Alex Massie

The worst team in Europe?

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Are Paris Saint-Germain the worst football team in Europe? This obviously depends upon how one measures or defines "worst". PSG, despite another appalling season, would (thankfully) still be expected to defeat, say, Shamrock Rovers. But in a pound-for-pound sense is there a more pathetic club in europe?

I's not just that they only narrowly avoided relegation this season, it's that they continue to squander resources. Even when they were owned by Canal Plus, PSG under-performed. Indeed, since the club was formed in 1970 they've only won the French championship twice (in 1986 and 1994), despite being one of the richest clubs in France and the only major club in Paris. Their 1996 UEFA Cup triumph offers just a partial compensation while also rather demonstrating the overall gap between PSG's theoretical potential and it's actual haplessness.

So, pound-for-pound are PSG the worst* club in europe? Ad if they're not, who is?

*NB: I mean in a footballing sense; times become tougher still for PSG when you factor their fans into the equation.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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