In the sporting world, springtime always brings with it a sense of culmination. Since last summer, our teams have been living and breathing the red and blue of the club, with daily efforts punctuated by big occasions and leading up to an impassioned finish. There are now just days left - hours even - before this 2016-2017 season comes to a head.
Women: Paris-OL, domestic and continental clashes!
Like their male counterparts, Patrice Lair's players are through to the final act of the Coupe de France. The last title the women's section claimed was back in 2010 (Challenge de France, the predecessor of the Coupe de France), but crunch time approaches apace: on Friday at the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes (21:00), Shirley Cruz and her teammates will lock horns with their bugbears from Lyon, who have claimed this title for the last five seasons running. Then, the battle will cross the English Channel to Cardiff' City Stadium 13 days later for an all-French edition of the UEFA Women's Champions League final. A chance for Paris to climb to the summit of the European game for the very first time…
A centennial cup to enter into legend…
On May 27, the club's flagship team will look to write a new page in the history books. Against Angers, Unai Emery's men have the mission of claiming honours in the competition's 100th edition. Thiago Silva has lifted the trophy for the past two seasons running and, should he do so for a third season in a row, the capital club will have won the competition 11 times - an absolute record. The date is set for this potentially historic occasion on the outskirts of Paris.
Handball: Double stakes
Now we switch pitches for courts, but there are still continental ambitions on the line. For the second season in a row, our handballers are taking part in the Velux EHF Champions League Final4. On 3 June, they head to Cologne's gigantic Lanxess Arena for this high-octane culmination to the season. After finishing third last season, Paris will this time look to go one better. First challenge: last season's runners-up Veszprém (Hungary) in the semis, with a potential appearance in the final the next day (against the winner of Vardar Skopje and Barcelona). The challenge is one the Karabatic brothers, Luc Abalo and Mikkel Hansen can rise to, especially if they head to Germany with a fourth French league title in five seasons. After winning the first Coupe de la Ligue in club history in April, Zvonimir Serdarusic's men are in the driver's seat to claim the Lidl StarLigue title on 26 May. Their win over Saran on Wednesday (30-29) kept the league leaders in front of nearest rivals Nantes, who take on Montpellier on Thursday knowing that defeat will see Paris crowned champions.
Paris set sights on the Big 5!
Outside or in the court, ball at their feet or grasped in their hands, our Parisians have no fewer than five incredible reasons to give this final stretch of the season everything they have… and to show Paris' colours in the most glorious of lights… With an impressive 23 titles won in the last six seasons, Paris Saint-Germain could well need to expand the trophy cabinet sooner rather than later!