A good idea? Is it going to be like Clairefontaine? What do you think? Clairefontaine: Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre (Fernand Sastre National Technical Centre), commonly referred to as Clairefontaine, is the national football centre and is one of the nine élite academies of France; only the best players from the Île-de-France région train there. There are eight other élite youth academies in Metropolitan France (Castelmaurou, Châteauroux, Liévin, Dijon, Marseille, Ploufragan, Vichy and Reims) covering the whole territory. Located 50 km southwest of Paris at Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, Clairefontaine is arguably the finest football academy in the world - the French answer to the English FA Youth Academy, Lilleshall. Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson once said if England had the equivalent to this they would have already won a major championship. The "mecca" of French football, it has a high reputation of producing some of the world's most gifted players, including the likes of Frenchmen Nicolas Anelka, Louis Saha, William Gallas and Thierry Henry.