Pogba buys American-style ring for France’s World Cup winners


Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – “The present has arrived,” said Paul Pogba on Wednesday, confirming he had given all his France team-mates world champion rings modelled on those in many American sports.

“We handed them out to the players, the reaction was good, they thanked me,” Pogba told a press conference at France’s training centre. 

“It’s a small gesture after winning a World Cup with great players. I consider them my family. It’s a small gift from me.”

Earlier on Wednesday France midfielder Blaise Matuidi tweeted a photo showing him and Pogba holding the boxes containing the enormous rings.

“Unforgettable present for an unforgettable memory. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the jewellery @paulpogba.” Matuidi wrote.

Pogba said he had already made a similar gesture when he left Juventus, where he won four straight Serie A titles, for Manchester United.

“I made a small gift to the players when I left,” he said. 

“It was a small gesture to thank them for the trophies, because we do not play alone, we never win on our own,” he added. 

Pogba hatched the plan with Antoine Griezmann, a fan of American basketball, where championship rings, which originated in baseball, are common.  

“A World Cup you do not win it alone, the players were there behind me, they supported me” and despite “criticism”, the group remained “bonded”, Pogba said.

“A small gesture like that is nothing because a World Cup is for life, this ring you can lose, but the World Cup you do not lose that,” he said.

Pogba buys American-style ring for France’s World Cup winners


Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – “The present has arrived,” said Paul Pogba on Wednesday, confirming he had given all his France team-mates world champion rings modelled on those in many American sports.

“We handed them out to the players, the reaction was good, they thanked me,” Pogba told a press conference at France’s training centre. 

“It’s a small gesture after winning a World Cup with great players. I consider them my family. It’s a small gift from me.”

Earlier on Wednesday France midfielder Blaise Matuidi tweeted a photo showing him and Pogba holding the boxes containing the enormous rings.

“Unforgettable present for an unforgettable memory. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to the jewellery @paulpogba.” Matuidi wrote.

Pogba said he had already made a similar gesture when he left Juventus, where he won four straight Serie A titles, for Manchester United.

“I made a small gift to the players when I left,” he said. 

“It was a small gesture to thank them for the trophies, because we do not play alone, we never win on our own,” he added. 

Pogba hatched the plan with Antoine Griezmann, a fan of American basketball, where championship rings, which originated in baseball, are common.  

“A World Cup you do not win it alone, the players were there behind me, they supported me” and despite “criticism”, the group remained “bonded”, Pogba said.

“A small gesture like that is nothing because a World Cup is for life, this ring you can lose, but the World Cup you do not lose that,” he said.

Pogba says Real Madrid is ‘a dream club’


Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – Paul Pogba said on Wednesday he is “happy” at Manchester United but that Real Madrid, “is a dream club.”

Playing for Real, “is a dream for every kid, for every football player,” the midfielder told a press conference at France’s training base.

“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always said Real Madrid is a dream club for every player,” the 26-year-old said.

The Spanish outfit recently re-appointed another World Cup winning French midfielder in Zinedine Zidane as head coach taking over from Santiago Solari.

United have also changed bosses this season, bringing in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho. 

“At the moment, I’m happy in Manchester. I play. There’s a new coach,” he said. 

Pogba, who was interviewed on British television earlier in the day, was asked again about his difficult relationship with Mourinho, and again attempted a sidestep.

“What was wrong? Bah, We did not win,” he said.

“That’s why they changed coaches. It’s not necessary to go into details.

“If the results had been more positive, the coach would have stayed,” he added with a smile.

Pogba says Real Madrid is ‘a dream club’


Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines (France) (AFP) – Paul Pogba said on Wednesday he is “happy” at Manchester United but that Real Madrid, “is a dream club.”

Playing for Real, “is a dream for every kid, for every football player,” the midfielder told a press conference at France’s training base.

“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always said Real Madrid is a dream club for every player,” the 26-year-old said.

The Spanish outfit recently re-appointed another World Cup winning French midfielder in Zinedine Zidane as head coach taking over from Santiago Solari.

United have also changed bosses this season, bringing in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho. 

“At the moment, I’m happy in Manchester. I play. There’s a new coach,” he said. 

Pogba, who was interviewed on British television earlier in the day, was asked again about his difficult relationship with Mourinho, and again attempted a sidestep.

“What was wrong? Bah, We did not win,” he said.

“That’s why they changed coaches. It’s not necessary to go into details.

“If the results had been more positive, the coach would have stayed,” he added with a smile.

Former Netherlands boss Van Marwijk named UAE coach


Abu Dhabi (AFP) – Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has been named the new United Arab Emirates coach, the country’s football association announced on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old, who led the Netherlands national side to the 2010 World Cup final, last coached Australia.

He previously worked in Asia with Saudi Arabia, but quit after failing to agree a new contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation despite helping the team qualify for last year’s World Cup in Russia.

Van Marwijk replaces Italian Alberto Zaccheroni, who left his job as UAE coach after their 4-0 Asian Cup semi-final thrashing on home soil by Qatar in January.