Latest France National Soccer Team News

New twist in Pogba extortion probe, with brother's videos

Sep. 23, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A police investigation into allegations that France soccer star Paul Pogba was targeted by extortionists took a bizarre new twist Friday with the release by one of the suspects, his elder brother Mathias, of a long string of videos taking aim at the 2018 World Cup winner, his...

World Cup captains want to wear rainbow armbands in Qatar

Sep. 21, 2022 09:31 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA came under pressure Wednesday from several European soccer federations who want their captains to wear an armband with a rainbow heart design during World Cup games in Qatar to campaign against discrimination. France and Germany, the last two World Cup champions,...

World Cup, Euro 2024 already weigh on Nations League games

Sep. 20, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

The 13 European national teams going to this year’s World Cup will play their last competitive soccer games in the Nations League this week, two months before the tournament starts in Qatar. For the rest of continent’s teams — with the exception of Russia, which has been...

Nike releases US World Cup jerseys some criticize as bland

Sep. 15, 2022 03:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike released the United States' World Cup jerseys Thursday, including a mostly white design for home matches that was criticized in advance by a pair of American players and some fans. The home jerseys have red and blue stripes on each sleeve, somewhat similar to...

Paul Pogba's brother in custody in alleged extortion case

Sep. 14, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French officials said Wednesday that soccer star Paul Pogba’s brother was in police custody along with four other people as part of an investigation into alleged efforts to extort millions of euros from the World Cup winner and Juventus midfielder. Mathias Pogba came...

World Cup Watch: Contractual tug-of-war may help Griezmann

Sep. 13, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Less could be more for Antoine Griezmann going into the World Cup. The France forward has been getting few minutes with Atlético Madrid because of a unique contractual dispute with Barcelona, but with his World Cup spot not really in danger, he may end up being one...

Pogba having knee surgery; World Cup status at risk

Sep. 05, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Reacquired Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba was undergoing surgery on his right knee and at risk of missing the World Cup with France. Pogba could be out for up to two months after tearing his meniscus and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday that he...

Pogba's World Cup place in doubt amid scandal and bad knee

Aug. 31, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paul Pogba's knee injury could save France coach Didier Deschamps from having to make a painful choice. For the midfielder's fitness could prove to be the determining factor in deciding whether he plays at the World Cup, amid an extortion scandal that threatens to...

French soccer star Pogba paid 100,000 euros to extortionists

Aug. 30, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — World Cup winner Paul Pogba paid 100,000 euros ($100,000) to an organized group including his brother that was trying to extort him for millions, French officials said on Tuesday. French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Pogba was the target of extortion...

Brazil star Neymar looks back to his best ahead of World Cup

Aug. 30, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Was that really Neymar? You had to blink and look again but, yes, it was him, sprinting down the left touchline deep into stoppage time desperately trying to keep the ball in play last weekend during the 1-1 home draw with Monaco at Parc des Princes. ...