It is the Pogba Derby in the Europa League

 

The football world will be eager to watch the Pogba brothers face each other in the Europa League next year. Though not the first time siblings have come up against each other in football but it is the first time for the Pogbas.

Man United’s Paul Pogba will come up against his brother Florentin Pogba in the last 32 of the Europa League. After the draw on Monday afternoon, United were paired with French club Saint-Etienne.

The French midfielder who returned to Old Trafford after four years at Juventus this summer in a world record transfer fee is three years younger than Florentin.

While Paul is a known star with the French national team, Florentin opted to play for Africa nation Guinea where he was born in 1990 but had featured for the French U20 team

The two brothers were regulars for their respective clubs at the group stage of the Europe second-tier competition with Florentin featuring 5 times while Paul played six times and netted twice

Florentin plays in the defence unlike his midfielder brother and has been at Saint-Etienne since 2012.

Other siblings that have faced each other at the club or country level are Phil Neville and Gary Neville, Kevin Prince Boateng and Jerome Boateng, Taulant Xhaka and Granit Xhaka and Frank de Boer and Roland de Boer, among others

Jose Mourinho will host Etienne in the first leg after finishing second in Group A behind Fenerbache while Saint-Etienne topped Group C.

The other Premier League club Tottenham will face Belgian club Gent after their elimination from the Champion League.

The first legs will be played on February 16 with the return legs a week later.

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