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Crewe Alexandra: Mathias Pogba hopes his brother Paul can star for France at 2014 World Cup

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: June 14, 2014

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PAUL Pogba has won many admirers with his performances for France and Juventus in recent seasons, but his biggest fan remains his brother Mathias.

Crewe Alexandra forward Mathias will be jetting out to Brazil to watch his younger brother in action during France's opening two World Cup games.

Mathias, two years Paul's senior at 23, says he is very proud of his brother who rose to fame with Manchester United but has gone on to star with Serie A champions Juventus.

Many view France's group – consisting of Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador – as being favourable for the team who needed the play-offs to make sure of their place in Brazil.

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But it will be tough according to Mathias, who will watch his brother in their games against Honduras and the Swiss.

"I think they will get past the group stages and what happens after that we have to guess what it will be like," said Mathias.

"It depends. If they are in a good mood they can get to the final and if not then they might not get past through group.

"Everyone is saying that France have the easier group, but it is just the same for me.

"All of the smaller countries will be 200 per cent against France so they will have to play at 250 per cent.

"People say France have an easier group but for me, it is harder if you have got the easier group because you have got to concentrate every game, so it might not be the easiest."

There is also another footballing Pogba, Mathias's twin brother Florentin who, like the Crewe forward, has also represented Guinea who missed out on qualification to the World Cup.

Paul starred in last year's under-20 World Cup in Turkey as France were crowned Champions, beating Uruguay in the final on penalties.

And Mathias hopes his other brother can have a similar impact in Brazil.

"He has played the under-20 World Cup and now he has the chance to play in the first team," Mathias said of Paul, who won his first full international cap against Georgia in March 2013.

"I am very proud and can't wait to see him playing in the proper World Cup and I will be there to support.

"It is not every day that you can go to Brazil and I can't wait to go and enjoy the World Cup and to watch my brother play."

France recorded their only World Cup win in 1998, a tournament which they hosted, and remain the last hosts to win the cup.

They will however, need to build on early exits in 2002 and 2010 where they finished bottom of their group on both occasions.

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