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How Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira Earned Their Coaching Credentials

Leave the M4 motorway at Junction 24 in south Wales, head south along the tree-lined A48, cross the railway bridge, swing past the retail park, circle behind the athletics stadium and you arrive at Dragon Park.

The complex in Newport, 16 miles northeast of Cardiff, is the home of Wales' National Football Development Centre, and in recent years its corridors and training pitches have been trodden by a galaxy of world-famous football personalities studying for their coaching badges under the auspices of the Football Association of Wales.

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira are two of the centre's most well-known alumni, and on Wednesday, 740 miles away in southeast France, the lessons they learned at Dragon Park will be put to the test when Henry's Monaco and Vieira's Nice face off in Ligue 1.