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CLAIREFONTAINE ACADEMY CLOCKS 30 IN 2018

Next year would see Clairefontaine academy clock thirty years, and 2018 holds the promises of a befitting anniversary celebration.


The academy has really done a lot, especially as they have continued to produce generations of incredible France international talent.

The Montjoye castle which is located almost 30 miles outside of Paris and in the depths of a forest is a renovated 17th century building with five-star facilities.

It houses the Clairefontaine project, a brainchild of French Football Federation President FernandSastre. This academy was inaugurated in 1988 by President Francois Mitterand.

In no more than a decade, France led by some of Clairefontainefinest graduands such as Thierry Henry won the World Cup.

In no time, they followed it up with a Euro 2000 success while also adding final appearances in both the 2006 World Cup and the Euro 2016 as well.

Former Liverpool manager, Gerard Houllier, who in the early 1990’s worked within the Federation,had something to say about the academy.

“Those buildings are more than a fantastic tool. They are a cornerstone, a vision, a philosophy, a place of unity. When they opened, we could not imagine the role this place would play ten years later.” Read more »

Unai Emery Wants Goals from across the Team

Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery says that the club cannot only rely upon the goals from Edinson Cavani.


He says that the other players should also start contributing on the scoresheet if PSG are to achieve the objectives the season. The club appointed the former Sevilla manager in order to lead them to European glory. Under the leadership of Laurent Blanc, the club was successful in domestic competitions only to be disappointed when it came to Europe.Emery, though, has an incredible record of winning the Europa League three times in succession with the Spanish club.

His arrival, though, has not been met with an upturn in terms of fortunes, as the club continue to struggle. Now, however, the struggles have extended to the domestic competition. PSG were the overwhelming favourites to win the league title at the start of the season. Read more »

Unai Emery Unhappy with Tactical Show against Monaco

Paris St Germain suffered a shock 3-1 loss against Monaco in the league to lose their 100% start to the season.


The team had managed wins from the opening two games as expected. As the strongest team in the French league by quite a long distance, Paris St Germain are realistically targeting the Champions League in order to gauge the performances of new manager Unai Emery. The former Sevilla boss was brought in as the replacement for Laurent Blanc. After achieving three consecutive Europa League titles with the Spanish club,Emery was seen as the perfect candidate to get European success to the French capital.

Emery already has a tough job on his hands to replace star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker has been the face of PSG for the last few years, but he has joined Manchester United on a free transfer. Even though he has a ready-made replacement in the form of Edinson Cavani, it is widely perceived that the Uruguay striker is not at the same level as Ibrahimovic. PSG have also not made significant inroads into the transfer market due to financial fair play issues with UEFA. PSG were reasonably good in pre-season, but they were shocking against Monaco.
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EdinsonCavani will not be sold

For the past few months, the Uruguayan attacker EdinsonCavani was believed to be unhappy in PSG due to his role in the French club as he has to play in a wide position which isn’t his preferred role but since ZlatanIbrahimovic is in the team as well, Cavani is the one who is being used as a scapegoat.

Napoli was being linked with a move to Cavani. It was with the Italian club where Cavani truly managed to stand out and make performances at a high level but the president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al Khelaifi has shut down the rumors that were linking Cavani with a move away from the club.

Nasser Al Khelaifi stated that EdinsonCavani is the future of PSG and will not be sold.

“Of course.Cavani is the future of the club. He’s a great player, a great striker, a great man. There’s no problem.”

Even though the president of Paris Saint-Germain shut down the rumors that involved Cavani being sold during the summer transfer window, this hasn’t stopped reports from emerging. More and more clubs appear to be interested in signing the Uruguayan forward including: Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus. Read more »

Paris St Germain got a Victory over Chelsea

Paris St Germain managed a quite impressive victory over Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 round to reach the quarter-finals yet again. This victory appeared improbable a few days ago after PSG managed to only get a 1-1 draw in the first leg at home.

The fact that Chelsea had an away goal under their belt made the blues favourite to progress to the quarter-finals. However, a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge meant that it was the French club who progressed to the latter stages of the European competition. PSG had come back three times in this tie and midfielder Blaise Matuidi reckons that the coach Laurent Blanc had a major impact.

Blanc suffered defeat at the hands of Mourinho and Chelsea at a similar stage last season. However, he was not going to let that happen once again after he produced an impressive set of tactics that prevented Chelsea from playing their game. Despite chasing the game with 10 men for most of the match – including extra time, PSG were the better team. Blanc’s position at the club has been coming under much threat over the last few months, as the club has not been unable to produce consistent form domestically. Read more »