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ISTANBUL---France midfielder Paul Pogba
is eager to cap his breakthrough season at
senior level with the biggest title in junior
After helping Juventus win Serie A and
making his debut in the national team under
coach Didier Deschamps, captain Pogba will
lead France's youth team against Uruguay in
today's Under-20 World Cup final.
After a modest start to the tournament
for both Pogba and the team, they found
their rhythm. France outscored its opponents
10-2 in the three knockout matches and
could win the junior world title for the first
"We always dreamed to be in this final,"
Pogba said yesterday. "Winning this cup
would be an incredible thing for me. It's an
experience for once in a lifetime."
France, improving on its best result of
fourth two years ago, can become only the
second European winner in 22 years and the
first since Spain in 1999.
"Our aim of course is to win but, first of
all, we wanted to come to this point," Pogba
said. "We are really proud to reach the final.
Even coming to this stage is really good for
us."Pogba came to Turkey after a strong season
with Juventus. The midfielder, born in France
to Guinean parents, had left Manchester
United in the offseason after only a handful
of appearances over three years.
Under coach Antonio Conte, Pogba scored
five goals in 27 matches for Juventus, earning
him his first call-up from Deschamps in
Pogba played the 2014 World Cup qualifiers
against Georgia and Spain, but was sent off
in the latter game after being booked twice
within a few minutes. He also got a red card
in Juventus' title-winning match against
Palermo after spitting at opponent Salvatore
Aronica in May.
Early at the U-20 world championship,
Dogba picked up a yellow card against both
Ghana (3-1 win) and the United States (1-
1 draw), sidelining himself for the final group
game against Spain (2-1 loss).
France coach Pierre Mankowski was reluc-
tant to comment on his extrovert playmaker's
"Paul is very successful but I can't complain
about any player," Mankowski said. "They
all have their responsibilities and they all add
differently to the success of this team. They
all have represented France in the best possible
way, not only on the pitch but also outside.
Paul's importance for the team is obvious."
With Pogba as the driving force, France
stepped up a gear in the knockout stage,
easily seeing off host Turkey (4-1) and Uzbek-
istan (4-0) before edging Ghana 2-1 in the
"If I am successful, it is thanks to all the
team members," Pogba said. "We are getting
along very well, me and the teammates. It's
no different before the final, we are having
fun, we are laughing and we are very good
as a group."
With Pogba controlling the midfield, France
will rely on attacking trio Jean Christophe
Bahebeck, Florian Thauvin and Arsenal new-
comer Yaya Sanogo, who share nine goals
However, Mankowski will have to replace
suspended defender Samuel Umtiti, who
was sent off for a second booking against
Uruguay's path to the final has been
rougher. The South Americans edged Nigeria
2-1 on a Nicolas Lopez penalty in the closing
minutes, went into extra time to beat Spain
1-0 and needed a penalty shootout after
drawing 1-1 with Iraq in the semifinals.
Uruguay can become the third South
American nation to win the title after Brazil
and Argentina, who have shared 11 of the
previous 18 youth world championships.
"This is a dream for all the Uruguayan
players," captain Gaston Silva said.
Despite beating 2011 champion Brazil in
qualifying, Uruguay had not been regarded
one of the favourites. (AP)
UNDER-20 WORLD CUP
France's Pogba wants
title to cap season
BEIJING---Fired national coach Jose
Camacho has taken his compensation dis-
pute with the Chinese Football Association
to Fifa, the latest move in a developing
scandal that has reignited public anger at
mismanagement by the government
bureaucrats overseeing the sport in China.
Fifa confirmed yesterday it received a
claim from the Spaniard, but said it could
offer no details while the case was pend-
Chinese media reports said the claim was
filed on Thursday after negotiations broke
Such cases can take years for Fifa's dispute
resolution chamber to resolve, and it was
unclear what arguments the sides intend
Camacho was fired last month following
a 5-1 loss to Thailand. He'd been hired by
the government-controlled football asso-
ciation in 2011 at an annual salary reported
to be as high as $8 million, becoming the
latest in a string of foreign coaches to shoul-
der perennial underperformer China's hopes
of climbing the world rankings.
Chinese reports said Camacho wants the
association to pay his salary for the 18
months remaining on his contract, along
with his hefty Chinese income tax bill.
The Beijing Times newspaper quoted an
unidentified association official as saying
they would fight the suit. It said the asso-
ciation has offered to pay only part of Cama-
cho's remaining salary and refuses to pick
up his tax bill that could add another $4
million to the total.
"We're not quite clear on this matter, but
we'll respect whatever Camacho's team
decides to do. If he wants to take it to Fifa,
then the CFA can only do its best to respond
to this suit," the official was quoted as saying.
"From the start we were negotiating in good
faith, but the other side did not see it that
Calls to association officials rang unan-
swered yesterday and Camacho's lawyers
were travelling and unavailable for com-
No replacement has been announced for
Camacho, who was reported by Spanish
newspaper La Opinion de Murcia to still be
in China for tax reasons. The paper said
Spanish second-division side Real Murcia
has expressed an interest in hiring him.
Camacho failed to qualify China for next
year's World Cup, winning just seven of his
20 games while losing 11.
China is a dismal 100th in the world
rankings, behind Oman, Georgia, and the
French territory of New Caledonia.
That poor performance stands in stark
contrast to China's dominant showings at
the Olympics, where it topped the gold
medal table for the first time in 2008.
Ex-coach Camacho suing Chinese FA
MANCHESTER---Manchester City could soon
have the third largest ground in the English
Premier League if the club gains permission to
increase the size of its Etihad Stadium.
City is looking to extend the 47,500-seat sta-
dium by starting work on one or two of its stands.
If it receives the go-ahead, the capacity could
be raised to around 60,000---behind only Man-
chester United and Arsenal in England's topflight.
City has made public its plans through an
exhibition at the stadium as part of a consultation
with fans, residents and stakeholders that runs
through August. The club intends to submit a
planning application to the local council in
City official Pete Bradshaw says yesterday "ris-
ing demand from supporters" is the reason behind
the expansion proposals. (AP)
City looking to
TURIN---Newly signed Juventus forward Carlos
Tevez has vowed to work even harder than he
did at Manchester City.
Tevez joined the Serie A champion last month,
bringing to an end a turbulent seven-year stint
in English football.
After his first training session yesterday, Tevez
says, "I'll certainly have to run a lot more than
Juventus is going for a hat-trick of league
titles---a feat it has not achieved since 1935.
Tevez says "we've got a team capable of sealing
a third successive title" but "we'll also be able
to give it our best in the Champions League,
which remains everyone's dream. I just want to
work hard and do all I can for the team." (AP)
Tevez: I'll run more
than I did in England
MANCHESTER---Manchester United manager
David Moyes says Wayne Rooney injured his
hamstring before the club s preseason tour to
Asia and Australia and dismissed suggestions
the striker is set to leave the club.
Rooney returned home after only one day in
Thailand and is expected to be out of action for
a month, placing him in doubt for United's first
match of the Premier League season against
Swansea on August 17.
"The day we left (Manchester for the tour) he
just felt his hamstring tighten up right at the end
of training and we thought there would be no
problem," Moyes said. "But after the long flight
we decided we'd get him tested and scanned and
have a look at things, and there is just a small
grade one injury there.
"We won't take any chances---there is no point
in taking him any further round the world, so
we've sent him back and he'll get treatment."
Rooney wrote on his Facebook page: "Gutted
to have picked up a niggling injury especially as
training was going so well, heading back to Man-
chester to have it assessed fully but early indications
are nothing to worry about." The early return pro-
voked further speculation about Rooney's future.
Previous United manager Alex Ferguson revealed
Rooney asked to leave the club at the end of last
season, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
said Friday that the 27-year-old England inter-
national is a player he admires. (AP)
David Moyes says
Uruguay's coach Juan Verzeri, first left, captain Gaston Silva, second left, and France's
coach Pierre Mankowksi, first right, captain Paul Pogba pose with the Under-20 World Cup
trophy in Istanbul yesterday. France and Uruguay will play at Under-20 World Cup final
football match in Istanbul today. AP PHOTO
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