Top Black Players to Watch in 2014 World Cup

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  • Yaya Toure
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Paul Pogba
  • Tim Howard
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Marcelo
  • Kevin Prince Boeteng
  • Pepe
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  • Mario Balotelli
  • Neymar
  • Samuel Eto'o
  • Alex Song

Paul Pogba (France)

Even though he is only 21, this is not Paul Pogba’s first World Cup. Last year, he was captain of France’s under 20 team, which won the 2013 FIFA U-21 World Cup. This summer he moves up to the big contest as a French international player. Born in France to Guinean parents, Pogba began officially playing for a youth club when he was six, but alongside his brothers — who are also professional soccer players — it has been a lifelong passion. He joined Manchester United in 2011 and a year later transferred to Italy’s top team, Juventus. Although the move prompted his Man U coach to publicly call him “disrespectful,” the controversy hasn’t hurt Pogba's career at all.  (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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