Global Soccer: Paul Pogba, a Force of Nature for France


Paul Pogba after France defeated Germany 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semifinals. Clubs in four countries reportedly will bid for Pogba’s services: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris St.-Germain and his current team, Juventus.

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LONDON — Paul Pogba has been a mercurial force in the French midfield during the European Championships. He was there in Stade de France last November when three bombs went off outside the stadium as France and Germany played a friendly. And for the most part, he has been a constant presence under Coach Didier Deschamps on a team carrying the weight of two burdens at the Euros: uniting a country after last autumn’s terror attacks, and dealing with the lingering fallout from the 2010 World Cup, when the French players mutinied against their coach and earned the distrust of many.

Yet Pogba — sometimes a young colossus on the field, and at other times a liability with Les Bleus — has mostly been making headlines in England, France, Italy and Spain over which club he will join next. Like any other…

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