You all know that one of the minor Parisian football clubs, Red Star FC, were relegated to the Championnat National, now renamed as the National 1, the highest of the three National divisions. However, for a time, it looked like Paris Football Club would be Red Star’s rival in the third division coming into this season. However, that is not the case, as PFC have been administratively promoted to Ligue 2, rendering their playoff with US Orleans as a glorified home and home exhibition series.
Let’s start by giving you a quick rundown of Paris FC’s season last year. They finished the season with a 15-9-10 record (54 points) and were tied with two other teams on points. Those teams were Marseille Consolat (16-6-12) and FC Chambly (14-12-8). A superior goal difference of +12 saw Paris FC through to the playoff with Orleans, which saw them lose 2-0 on back-to-back 1-0 scorelines.
For the next few weeks, it seemed that Paris and Red Star were to renew their Parisian derby. Then, some bad news came out of the island of Corsica. SC Bastia, who finished at the foot of the table, were under some financial duress and were administratively relegated to the National 1 by the DNCG, and whose decision was upheld by the French National Olympic and Sport Committee (CNOSF). That meant that as a result, Paris FC were moved up despite losing the playoff to Orleans.
In addition, it also ensured that for another year there was at least one Parisian team in Ligue 2. There has been an aspiring ambition for Paris FC to join the team it splintered off from and consequently formed less than five decades ago: Paris Saint-Germain.
But it will need a very strong campaign with hearts as strong as Leicester City in 2016 if it is to achieve its dream of a bona fide Parisian derby with PSG and set the City of Light on fire. PFC have not had a very good preseason, having won just one game while being smoked by AS Auxerre 9-0 away. Paris FC start their Ligue 2 season on July 28 at Stade Charlety against Clermont Foot.