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Paul Pogba:The Rising Superstar

Paul Pogba has become one of the hottest prospect in the world of football.The Juventus midfielder is a target of many big clubs around the Europe.Today we will have a look at Pogba’s past,present and probable future.

Position :

 He operates primarily as a central midfielder and is comfortable at playing both in attack and defence

In Italy, he gained the nicknames “Paul the Octopus” for his long legs that look like tentacles during tackling or running  and “Pogboom” for his explosive style and energy on the pitch.

 

 

Early Life : 

Paul Labile Pogba was born in 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne, France.

Pogba began his football career at the age of six playing for US Roissy-en-Brie, a few miles south of his hometown.

He spent seven seasons at the club before joining US Torcy, where he served as captain of the club’s under-13 team. 

 

Professional Start 

Pogba joined professional club Le Havre . In his second season at the club, Pogba captained its under-16 team to the final phase of its domestic league, theChampionnat National des 16 ans.

Le Havre finished second to Lens in the final group phase, finishing ahead of the likes of Lyon and Nancy .

Pogba also established himself as a youth international for his country. His performances domestically and internationally led to interest from English club Arsenal as well as Italian club Juventus.

Departure to Manchester United : 

On 31 July 2009, Pogba announced that he was departing Le Havre to join the youth academy of Manchester United in England. The move stunned his parent club, as it allegedly had a “non-solicitation agreement” with Pogba, which was agreed to by not only the player but also his parents in 2006. The agreement, which was in place until the end of the2009–10 season, allowed Le Havre to sign Pogba to an aspirant (youth) contract once the player met specific age and scholarship requirements.On 1 August, Le Havre released an official statement on its website criticising Manchester United and the Pogba family. Le Havre also announced its intent to ask FIFA to probe the situation

On the same day of Pogba’s announcement to depart for England, Torcy released a press release on its official website criticising Le Havre’s accusations, stating, “We will not use the term ‘steal,’ but the recruiters of Le Havre acted the same way with the club in Torcy.

” The club cited Le Havre’s acceptance of allowing Pogba to sign an amateur license with the club without notifying Torcy as its primary reason why. 

On 7 October, Manchester United were cleared of wrongdoing by a judge appointed by FIFA, with the declaration that Pogba was not contractually linked to Le Havre. Despite having the option to appeal, on 18 June 2010, Le Havre officials confirmed that the club had reached an agreement with Manchester United for the transfer of Pogba. The terms of the agreement were confidential.

Pogba was one of four academy players promoted to the first-team squad by manager Alex Ferguson ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup fifth round match against Crawley Town, for which he was assigned the number 42 shirt

For the 2011/12 season Ferguson included Pogba in the first team and the French footballer made his professional debut as a half-time substitute in the Football League Cup match against Leeds United.

In January 2012, Pogba debuted in Premier League, replacing Javier Hernández and in March he appeared in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg match, ended 2-1 loss at Athletic Bilbao.

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Juventus Calling 

Paul Pogba signed a four-year contract with Italian Serie A club Juventus.

On 3 July 2012, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that Pogba had left the club after not signing a new contract. 

Ferguson stated that Pogba had signed for Italian club Juventus “a long time ago as far as we’re aware.” Ferguson also accused Pogba of disrespecting Manchester United, saying, “It is disappointing. I don’t think he showed us any respect at all, to be honest. I’m quite happy that if they [footballers] carry on that way, they’re probably better doing it away from us.

On 27 July, Juventus confirmed on their official website that Pogba had undergone a medical at the club, and the transfer was completed on 3 August, when he signed a four-year contract.

He made his first appearance for Juventus in a pre-season friendly against Benfica in Geneva on 1 August, coming on as a 78th-minute substitute for Andrea Pirlo

Pogba was described by his former club Manchester United  as a “powerful, skilful, and creative” player who has “an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular.” These characteristics have led him to be compared with former France international Patrick Vieira.

International : 

He represented the France national youth team at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels.

On 22 March 2013, Pogba made his debut for the French senior team in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Georgia. He played the full 90 minutes in a 3–1 win. Pogba then earned his second cap four days later in another 2014 World Cup qualifier against Spain.

On 13 July, Pogba was named the tournament’s Best Young Player.

 

Achievements so far :

He received the Golden Boy award for 2013, given to the best under-21 player in Europe, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014, awarded to the best under-23 player who has participated in European competitions.

Pogba was named the Fifa 2014 tournament’s Best Young Player

On 12 August, it was announced that he placed tenth in the 2015 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

On 31 October, Pogba made his 100th Serie A appearance in a 2–1 home win over Torino in the Turin Derby also scoring Juventus’s opening goal from a half-volley from outside the area.

On 24 November, Pogba was nominated for the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year,[later being named to the team on 8 January 2016. Three days later he was named to the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI.

In January 2014, Pogba was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.

It will be quite interesting to see which club he joins in the next summer if he leaves Juventus.

SUBHAM
A sports addict! @subhamchaurasia

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