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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Assassinations, Football and Trump: The Story of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Rinat Akhmetov

The arrival of a new owner can be precipitated by any number of seemingly random events. Take Sir Alex Ferguson’s legal battle with two Manchester United shareholders over the stud rights for a racehorse, which in turn opened the door for the Glazers to take control of the club. Or even former Thai prime minister […]

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