Born in 2014, Le Ballon started life as a bar in Paris that served as the clubhouse for some of the city’s most boisterous fans, Les PariSG 300. Originally named L\INCONNU (The Unknown), the bar was founded in 2012 in Paris’ up-and-coming 10th arrondissement. After creating a scene first with young, fashionable music lovers and then the neighbours, the trendy nightspot morphed into a pop-up bar for the World Cup in 2014 and a destination for football fans to watch the games.
Since then, the men behind Le Ballon (Mikael Attar, Jeremy Attuil, Pascal Monfort and James Whelan) have decided that football and beer was the life for them and Le Ballon Football League as gone from strength to strength. The original aim of the bar was to provide Parisians with a place to watch football and be surrounded by other like-minded individuals, but Le Ballon offers much more than that. They have created a community that includes some of Paris’ most influential characters from the worlds of fashion, publishing, art and football, the league has been a great success so far with matches taking place at the FFF’s centre of excellence; Clairefontaine – no less. With strong backing from Nike and the know-how of all involved, Le Ballon continues to develop and grow.