Brothers who played together:
The recent on-pitch battle between Paul and Florentin Pogba dominated headline over the past two weeks, prompting us to take a look at 10 brothers who have faced each other on the playing field. The first sibling rivalry we look at is that of the famous Neville brothers. Gary and Phil played alongside each other during their time at Manchester United, but in 2005 Phil, left for David Moyes’ Everton. The two played a few games against each other and in 2006 they became the first brothers to captain their respective teams against each other in the Premier League.
Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng are another set of siblings who have come up against each other in their professional careers. The two might not have played against each other at club level, but they have on the international front, with Kevin-Prince having decided to represent the country of his parents’ birth, Ghana, while his brother plays for Germany. They first faced each other in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Yaya and Kolo Toure have played alongside each other for both club and country. Kolo played for Arsenal before joining his brother at Manchester City, but a few seasons later moved to Liverpool. Both played for the Ivory Coast, of course.
Brazilian brothers Thiago and Rafinha Alcantara are another pair of siblings who started playing alongside each other but went their separate ways. Rafinha plays for Spanish giants Barcelona while brother Thiago is now at Bayern Munich. Other brothers who have faced each other include Andre and Jordan Ayew, Fabio and Paolo Cannavaro, and Anton and Rio Ferdinand.
Orlando Pirates’ Thamsanqa and Siyabonga Sangweni also played together while growing up as Siyabonga played for Pirates and retired there before his younger brother Thamsanqa joined the team.
Brothers who represented different countries:
Paul Pogba and his brother Florentin clashed recently in the Europa League, but while the Manchester United star represents France, his brother plays for an African country. Here are more brother-pairs who represent different countries, including two South African siblings.
One of the most famous brother pairs are Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Both were born in Germany to a Ghanaian father, but have different mothers. While Jerome decided to represent Germany and was part of the countries’ 2014 FIFA World Cup winning side, Kevin-Prince switched allegiances to Ghana after featuring for Germany at youth level.
Another famous brother pair are Granit and Taulant Xhaka, who met each other during the 2016 UEFA European Championship. While the Arsenal midfielder runs out for Switzerland, his older brother appears for Albania, the country of the pairs’ parents.
The Pogba brothers are another example for brothers, who have decided to don different national colours. While Pogba runs out for France, his older brother Florentin is representing Guinea. Similarly, the third Pogba brother, Mathias, is also representing the African birth country of the siblings’ parents.
You have to look into the history books to find the South African brother-pair of which only one opted to play for Bafana Bafana. Roy and Steve Wegerle were born in Pretoria, but Roy opted to represent the United States after marrying an American wife, while Steve made a few appearances for the South African side.
Other brother-pairs, running out for different countries’ include Christain Vieri (Italy) and his brother Massimiliano (Australia), Thiago (Spain) and Rafinha Alcantara (Brazil), among others.