PARIS FC have moved one step closer to joining the stars of French football – including capital city neighbours and big-guns Paris Saint-Germain – after securing a Ligue 2 play-off spot, writes Stanley Szecowka.
A convincing 3-0 victory over Chambly, with goals from Cyril Paul, Ali Abdi and Julien Lopez, meant they finished in fifth place much to the delight of His Majesty King Hamad’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
The team proudly wear the Victorious Bahrain sporting banner on their shirts. “We’re happy to see the kingdom’s name in European leagues, and this is part of our efforts to contribute to achieving Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030,” Shaikh Nasser said, appreciating the efforts of the players in reaching the play-offs.
He also highlighted the board of directors’ support of the club’s administrative and technical teams.
Paris, however, will have to do it the hard way … winning the next three fixtures away from home.
Troyes and Clermont have taken the automatic promotion places to Ligue 1, leaving Toulouse, Grenoble Foot 38 and Paris FC to fight their way for a final spot with an all-or-nothing fixture against fallen giants FC Nantes who finished in the season in 18th place in the top league.
The fourth and fifth-place finishers play a one leg fixture at the fourth-place finisher’s stadium, the winner of this fixture faces the third-place finisher at the third-place finisher’s stadium, the winner of this fixture plays the 18th-placed team in Ligue 1 for the right to play in Ligue 1 the following season.
FC Nantes are one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory.
Replacing Les Canaris (The Canaries) would rock French football … but fairytales do sometimes come true in football and Paris FC are brimming with victorious confidence.