The Amazon platform is preparing a documentary on Paris Saint-Germain for the club's 50th anniversary

Paris Saint-Germain was born in 1970. To mark its half-century of existence, Amazon Prime Video announced Friday the broadcast in 2020 of an exclusive documentary series behind the scenes and the history of the club.

The American platform Amazon Prime Video is progressively making its way in France. She set her sights on the most successful football club in France. For the fiftieth anniversary of Paris Saint-Germain, Amazon plans to broadcast an exclusive documentary series in 2020 revealing behind the scenes and the history of PSG, 1996 winner of the European Cup Winners' Cup and current defending French champion (a trophy he won eight times), among other mainly national titles.

This program, which will be broadcast everywhere, except in China – where Amazon is not present – and in the Middle East, will benefit from exclusive access to the club, and in particular to its players and its management. In this documentary in four episodes, with the title still unknown, we will discover the daily life of Paris Saint-Germain, a club with a tormented international journey and which arouses all kinds of passions and frictions, thanks to sequences filmed during the 2019-20 season – recently suspended due to coronavirus – and exclusive access to the PSG archives.

We can hope to find current and older stars of the team like the Algerian Mustapha Dahleb, the former Stéphanois Dominique Rocheteau, the Yugoslav Safet Sušić, the Liberian George Weah (current president of his country), the Brazilians Raï, Ronaldinho or Neymar, the Portuguese Pedro Miguel Pauleta, the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani (top scorer of the club), the young prodigy Kylian Mbappé …

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and, in the background, Blaise Matuidi, celebrate a goal by the Swede registered on penalty in the final of the Coupe de France against Olympique de Marseille, May 21, 2016 at Stade de France (STEPHANE ALLAMAN / AFP)

Amazon will launch in 2020 this docuseries produced by the company Capa and PSG TV, the channel of the Parisian club, and entrusted to Manuel Herrero, specialist in sports documentaries, said the platform in a press release.

The American online video platform is behind this project, which has already started filming and which required “long negotiations” with the club, Isabelle Bertrand, director of acquisitions at Prime Video France, told AFP. “We had to convince them, which took a long time because since the arrival of the shareholder (Qatar, editor's note) no team had such behind the scenes access to the club “, she said.

Even if it's a real “collaboration” with the PSG teams, it will not be a sanitized documentary that would overlook sensitive subjects, assures the manager. “We are not here to advertise the club”, says Isabelle Bertrand. The club, recently qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after several disappointments in the eighth, faces the recent stoppage of sports competitions due to coronavirus.

“In fact, what interested us was that PSG is not only the most successful French club, but it is also a club which is very interesting because it has a strong identity and which is divisive. So there are asperities, elements of drama, tensions and characters that revolve around the club “, which will be told in this program, she sums up.

Amazon, which gave a big boost to its French content projects at the end of 2019, is therefore continuing its strategy of developing programs for the local public. But it is a double blow with this documentary on PSG, likely to please a large international audience, given the influence of the club and its star players abroad.

Amazon has already exclusively broadcast a documentary on Raphaël Varane, the most successful French player, and (in second window after TF1) the docus Les Bleus 2018, at the heart of the Russian epic and Didier facing Deschamps.


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