50 years: The club's origins (8/12)

This year, Paris Saint-Germain celebrates its 50th birthdayand PSG.fr is highlighting 12 important dates in the club's founding year. Today we look at 1 August 1970.

Just four days after the start of training, Paris Saint-Germain played their first-ever friendly against Normandy side Quevilly.

Around 2,000 fans came to the Stade Jean Bouin to watch the debut of the 'Red Devils', nickname of the capital's new club.

An very curious spectator attending this historic first match was National Technical Director Georges Boulogne.

International striker Jean-Claude Bras scored Paris Saint-Germain's only goal in the first half of the match, becoming the first goalscorer in the club's history.


Bras never forgot that incredible moment: "I remember very clearly the first goal I scored for Paris Saint-Germain. It was a strange goal: the lighting wasn't very good at the ground and it was raining and wet... I got the ball about 35m out from goal and Jean Djorkaeff screamed: "Shoot!" I shot and hit it hard and it went in. It was a great moment! Unforgettable..."

Lacking match fitness, Paris Saint-Germain lost to their more experienced opponents, who they would meet again a few weeks later in the Championnat National.

The capital club was beaten 3-1 but the main thing was that Paris Saint-Germain was now a real football club - it marked the start of a beautiful adventure.

Paris Saint-Germain vs Quevilly: Choquier - Fitte-Duval (Métrot), Béreau, Guicci, Djorkaeff (c) - Mitoraj, Destrumelle - Rémond (Brost), Prost, Pietrantoni, Bras. Coach: Pierre Phelipon.