Pogba's brother turned down by German 3rd-tier club

2018-08-15 15:47
Paul Pogba (Supplied)
Paul Pogba (Supplied)

Berlin - Mathias Pogba, the brother of France's World Cup winner Paul Pogba, has been turned down by third division German minnows Uerdingen -- because the Guinea international midfielder is too heavy.

"He's been and gone. Mathias couldn't help the team, he is currently not in good physical shape," Uerdingen coach Stefan Kraemer told German daily Bild.

"Mathias has a good build for a 'Nine' (attacking midfielder) and is tall, but he is carrying too many kilos."

Uerdingen, a former Bundesliga club, earned promotion to the third division in May and won three of their four games this season, but turned down the chance to have a 'Pogba' in their squad.

Mathias, the 27-year-old brother of Manchester United and France star Paul, is currently out of contract having picked up an injury after spending the 2016-17 season at Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam.

He failed to win a contract after a trial with Uerdingen, who already have a World Cup winner on their books - defender Kevin Grosskreutz, who was part of Germany's Brazil 2014-winning squad.

Mathias, who has played for British clubs Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Partick Thistle in a colourful career, cheered on his younger brother in Russia last month as France won the World Cup for the second time.

However, despite his famous surname and world champion sibling, the forward kept a low profile during his trial at Uerdingen, which is near Duesseldorf.

"Mathias did not let on that his brother is a World Cup winner," revealed Uerdingen's captain Mario Erb.

One of three brothers brought up in Paris, Mathias Pogba made the first of his five international appearances for Guinea in 2013.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.