Clairefontaine: France’s Elite Football Academy

In Northern France, about an hour outside Paris, lies the central nervous system of the French football machine. Buried in the plush green woods of the Rambouillet Forest, the Institut national du football de Clairefontaine, or simply INF Clairefontaine, is perhaps the most celebrated national football academy in the world. Clairefontaine is responsible for refining […]

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Are Corner Kicks Becoming Irrelevant in Football?

Corner kicks are always greeted with a thunderous roar. They bring hope, however hopeless they actually prove to be. Statistically, corners are football’s least effective set-piece and are in a worrying state of decline. Since 2000, across Europe’s big-five leagues, they have led to a goal just 3.3 percent of the time. 4 in 10 […]

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