Paris Saint-Germain Women
Perfectly illustrated by the arrival of the experienced Farid Benstiti and host of new players, the 2012-13 season also marked the dawn of a new era for the Paris Saint-Germain Women's team as the club from the capital set out with the ambition of trying to qualify for the Champions League as quickly as possible!
It wasn't long before the girls had hit their cruising altitude at the Stade Charléty in the capital's south. After an opening 1-1 draw with Guingamp, the club struck their first major triumph with a 5-0 drubbing of Saint-Etienne before another 1-1 draw with Montpellier in Week 3.
The results in October continued to flow: 6-0 away to Toulouse, 6-0 against Arras, only 5-0 over Rodez… Sabrina Delannoy and Co. recorded five consecutive wins before a first loss of the season in Week 9 and a home clash with the undisputed champions of the women's game, Olympique Lyonnais. But Laure Boulleau and her side pushed the European champions all the way before going down 1-0.
It wasn't enough to dent the capital club's aspirations and they bounced back with another incredible run of nine consecutive victories, in all competitions. It was enough consolidate their place in the top three.
The return match at the Stade Gerland was tougher with the future Champions League finalists winning 3-0, while the Parisians held onto second place in the league and continued to shine in the Coupe de France.
Les Rouge et Bleu made it all the way to the semi-finals without even conceding a goal after a 2-0 win over Juvisy in the last 16 and a 3-0 victory over Yzeure in the quarters. In the end, the run ended away to Saint-Etienne, 2-0, but the club from the capital have already set their sights on going one or two steps better next year.
Les Rouge et Bleu could now focus on the league and fight for that second place, behind the untouchable Lyon, and qualify for next season's Champions League. Farid Benstiti's charges certainly did that. After the loss to OL they went on another five-game winning streak! Defeating Rodez, 4-0, and Yzeure, 3-0, before trouncing Vendenheim at the Stade Charléty… 11-0!
Qualification for the Champions League was definitively secured with a 2-0 win over Juvisy in the penultimate match of the season. The girls brought the curtain down on an exceptional season with a 5-0 triumph over Guingamp. The excellent season (18m wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats), saw Les Parisiennes qualify for the continent's top club competition for just the second time in the club's history... it bodes well for the future!