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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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea Tactics Explained

Frank Lampard’s tenure at Chelsea has begun with some good football but less than great results. A high-scoring pre-season, which saw plenty of goals scored and conceded while using Lampard’s preferred 4-2-3-1, has given way to a less successful start to competitive football and a return, of sorts, to Maurizio Sarri’s 4-3-3 with Jorginho anchoring […]

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