PSG Kit History: The Tale of The Famous Hechter Jersey

January 20, 2020

Established on August 20, 1970, PSG is Ligue 1’s one of youngest team in absolute terms. Compared to 136-year-old Le Havre or 109-year-old Marseille, the Paris side are relative teenagers in fact. Born after the merger between Stade Saint-Germain and some 20,000 Paris sportsmen, eager to see a great football club in Paris and Stade Saint Germain, Paris Saint Germain have always represented both Paris and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.

The colors of PSG jersey, taken from club’s coat of arms, are the traces of this merger. The red of Eiffel tower and the blue background are traditional colors of Paris, and are representative of French revolution. Red is associated with Saint-Denise and blue with Saint-Martin. The wink of white gives recognition to the coat of arms of Saint Germain en Laye. Fleur-de-lis, a royal symbol, and cradle remind that Louis XIV was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye while Eiffel tower recalls the beauty of Paris.

PSG arrived, the first season of 1970/71 in the French second division, wearing red jerseys with blue and white collars, white shorts, and blue socks. This jersey continued with minor changes until the 1972/73 season. In 1973, Daniel Hechter became club president and designed what is now famous as the “Hechter Jersey”: a dominant blue, a vertical broad central red band framed by two white lines. This look was inspired by Ajax’s jersey. Except for 1974/75 season where the colors were reversed, PSG made the “Hechter Jersey” its home identity until 1982. 

Under the leadership of Francis Borrelli, the Hechter Jersey was put on for away games. Paris now donned for home games in white with red and blue vertical bands on the side – the outer jersey in the last three seasons. Players who have marked the history of PSG in the 80s –Luis Fernandez, Dominique Bathenay – are associated with white jersey with red and blue bands on left side.  It is with this jersey, PSG won its first Cope de France (1982), pocketed the second cup (1983), and won the title of Champion of France (1986). The Hetcher jersey, which was demoted to an away jersey, was replaced for two seasons in 1988-1989 by blue jersey with diagonal strip.   

The Hechter Jersey returned as home identity in 1994 and has remained as home jersey since then. PSG stars such as Ronaldinho, Pauleta, Rai were seen in the Hechter in 90s and 00s. Popular with fans, gray jersey came in sight, as outer jersey, in 1999/2000 and made a comeback following season. The Hechter shirt saw numerous pinnacle moments including UEFA Cup Winners in 1995/96 and this jersey, with its vibrant and iconic colors, has remained the true soul of Paris Saint Germain.

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