Sister Cities Cup

PSG, Red Star and Legia profiled

Paris Saint-Germain

Founded: August 12, 1970 with the
merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain after an extended absence of top
flight football in the French capital.

Nicknames: Les Parisiens, Les
Rouge-et-Bleu

Stadium: Parc des Princes, (Cap.
48,713)

Manager: Antoine Kombouare (FRA)
Top Players:
goalkeeper Gregory Coupet (FRA), midfielder Claude Makelele
(FRA), midfielder Ludovic Giuly (FRA), striker Mateja Kezman (SRB), striker
Mevlut Erding (TUR)

Biggest Rival: Olympique Marseille –
titled, “Le Classique”

Championships:
-  Ligue 1: 2; 1986, ‘94
-  Coupe de France: 8; ‘82, ‘83, ‘93, ‘95, ‘98, ‘04,
‘06, ‘10
-  Coupe de la Ligue: 3; ‘95, ‘98, ‘08
-  Trophee des Champions (French Super Cup): 2; ‘95,
‘98
-  European Cup Winners Cup: 1; ‘96

Other info: Former Chicago Fire PDL
striker Vedad Ibisevic got his professional start with PSG in 2004.

This Season:  

One of the biggest clubs in French football, PSG hasn’t
always lived up to its billing. With two matches remaining this season,
Les Rouge-et-Bleu currently sit 11th
in Ligue 1 and could possibly climb all the way to eighth before the end of the
season if all results go their way the next two weeks.

Though they haven’t won a league championship since 1994,
PSG have found success in French Cup competitions, most recently winning the
Coupe de France last Saturday with a 1-0 victory over AS Monaco.  The win marks PSG’s eighth French Cup
championship, trailing only bitter rivals Olympique Marseille who have taken
the Cup 10 times in their history.

Perhaps their proudest moment came in 1996 when they took
their first and only European trophy, defeating Rapid Vienna 1-0 in the now
defunct European Cup Winners Cup.

Red Star Belgrade

Founded: March 4,
1945 by the Serbian United Antifascist Youth League

Nicknames: Zvevda (Star),
Crveno-beli (Red-whites)

Stadium: Stadion Crvena Zvevda (Cap.
– 55,538)

Manager: Ratko Dostanic (SRB)
Top Players:
striker Aleksandar Jevtic (SRB), striker Dejan Lekic (SRB),
goalkeeper Sasa Stamenkovic (SRB), defender Slavoljub Djordjevic (SRB),
midfielder Savio (BRA)

Biggest Rival: Partizan Belgrade

Championships:
-  League Championships: 25; 1951, ’53, ’56,
’57, ’59, ’60, ’64, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’73, ’77, ’80, ’81, ’84, ’88, ’90, ’91, ’92,
’95, ’00, ’01, ’04, ’06, ‘07
-  Cup Championships: 23; ’48, ’49, ’50, ’58,
’59, ’64, ’68, ’70, ’71, ’82, ’85, ’90, ’93, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’99, ’00, ’02, ’04,
’06, ’07, ‘10
-  European Cup/ Champions League: 1; 1991

Other info:  Red Star’s rivalry with Partizan is considered
one of the most intense in world soccer. The two clubs have won a combined 46
league titles and 34 cup championships between them, with Red Star holding the
record among Serbian clubs with 25 and 23 championships respectively. Red Star
are considered the most popular club in Serbian football with an estimated 50%
of the country considered supporters of Crvena Zvevda.

This Season: 

Though they’ve won more league championships than any other
club in Serbian history, Red Star have failed to take the Superliga title since
2007, finishing 2nd and 3
rd while Partizan won the title the last
two seasons.

With three matches remaining in the 2009-10 Serbian
Superliga, Red Star trails Partizan by one point. The title could be decided
when the bitter rivals clash on Saturday, with the winner getting the leg up on
the championship.

 Red Star will be
bolstered by this Wednesday’s Serbian Cup championship which they won by
downing Vojvodina 3-0. The title is the club’s first in team honor in three
seasons.

Legia Warsaw

Founded: March
1916 as the football club of the Polish Legions

Nicknames:  “Wojskowi” (Militaries), “Legionisci”
(Legionnaires)

Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego
(Cap. – 27,000)

Manager: Stefan Białas (POL)
Top Players:
defender Inaki Astiz (ESP), striker Bartlomiej Grzelak (POL),
striker Marcin Mieciel (POL), Maciej Iwanski (POL), goalkeeper Jan Mucha (SLO)

Biggest Rival: Polonia Warsaw

Championships:
-  League Championships: 8; 1955, ’56, ’69, ’70,
’94, ’95, ’02, ‘06
-  Cup Championships: 13; 1955, ’56, ’64, ’66,
’73, ’80, ’81, ’89, ’90, ’94, ’95, ’97, ‘08
-  League Cup: 1; 2002

-  Super Cup: 4; 1989, ’94, ’97, ‘08

Other info:  Formed after World War I as the Polish Army’
club and originally was made up almost entirely of soldiers from the Polish
legion.

This Season:

Though not mathematically out of the hunt for a league
championship, with three matches remaining fourth-place Legia will look to
focus on qualification for the Europa League. Their hopes took a blow last
Saturday when they were leap-frogged in the standings following their 1-0 loss
to Ruch Chorzow. While the result put Legia two points behind Ruch and things
won’t get easier this weekend when they take on Polish table-toppers Wisla
Krakow. Three points for
Wojskowi would
go a long way to bringing the club back into Europa League contention as well
as tightening the race for the Polish championship.