Paris Saint-Germain have appointed Thomas Tuchel as head coach to succeed the departing Unai Emery.
The French champions have turned to the former Borussia Dortmund boss after two seasons under the guidance of Emery, who will leave following next weekend’s final game of the Ligue 1 season at Caen.
Tuchel, who has been out of work since his Dortmund exit almost a year ago, has signed a two-year deal.
“It is with great joy and ambition that I join this great, global football club that is Paris Saint-Germain,” said Tuchel.
“I look forward to working with all these great players, all of whom are among the best on the planet.
“With my staff, we will do everything to help the team push their limits to the highest international level. There is extraordinary potential at PSG and it is the most exciting challenge I’ve had presented to me.
“I’m also looking forward to discovering the Parc des Princes, a legendary stadium of European football, where there is a fantastic atmosphere.”
Along with continuing PSG’s dominance in France – Emery departs as a domestic treble winner – Tuchel will be under pressure to deliver Champions League success as one of the most highly touted coaching talents in Europe.
Barcelona recovered from a 4-0 defeat at Parc des Princes to sensationally eliminate PSG 6-5 on aggregate last season.
This time around, despite signing Brazil superstar and the architect of their previous downfall Neymar, Emery’s side lost 5-2 to Real Madrid at the same stage of the competition.
“I am very happy to announce Thomas Tuchel as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain,” added president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
“Thomas is one of the most competitive European coaches to have emerged at the highest level in recent years.
“He is strongly imbued with very strong principles of playing spectacular and clinical football that has always been the foundation of German football, especially on the international scene.
“His competitive spirit, his preference for attacking play and his strong character are in line with what we have always wanted at Paris Saint-Germain, a style that the fans of our club have always demanded and admired.”