5 Football Siblings That Represent Different Countries

A whole lot of people grow up watching football, a whole lot of people grow up loving the game and you can say a whole lot of families grow up wanting to be a part of the game due to their parents or family members who have been involved in it.In this article thus,we look at the siblings who got involved professionally in the game and surprisingly represent different countries. Seriously??? Yeah,it happens.And here are our top five

1. The Pogba Brothers – Florentin, Mathias and Paul.

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When you mention Pogba, only one name comes to mind and that is obviously Paul but do you know he’s got brothers? In-fact, two brothers and they are twins.While Paul has had a successful career so far, his twin ‘elder’ brothers have struggled to get themselves to the top of the footballing world like younger one, Paul. Florentin Pogba began his youth career playing for several clubs in Île-de-France. It was here that he came to the attention of Spanish side Celta Vigo and signed for them in 2007 before moving to the likes of Sedan and Saint Etienne where he is currently playing.Pogba was handed his first call up to the Guinea squad by Michel Dussuyer ahead of a friendly match against Mali on 11 August 2010. He made his international debut in the second half of the game, helping his team to a 2-0 victory.Nine months later, Pogba accepted a call-up to play for the France under-20 team in the 2011 Toulon Tournament. Pogba was allowed to do this because FIFA’s regulations allow players with dual nationality to change their allegiance if they haven’t yet played a competitive match with for a country, which he hadn’t yet done with Guinea. Mathias Pogba joined the youth system at Spanish side Celta Vigo along with his twin brother Florentin.The pair left the club in 2009, with Pogba stating his time there was difficult due to language barriers, living abroad and being away from his family.He returned to France to join fourth division side Quimper, scoring twice in the league during one season at the club. While at the club, he lived with Algerian international Riyad Mahrez.He has gone on to play for Crewe Alexander, Pescara,Crawley town and currently plays for Patrick Thitsle.Paul Pogba needs no introduction,started his career in France before moving to Manchester United in 2009 where he couldn’t get first team opportunities and then decided to move to Juventus where he has been since 2012,making 123 appearances and scoring 28 goals and leading the club to win four Serie A titles and one Copa Italia title.The interesting fact is while Paul Pogba plays for the French national team, his elder brothers play for the Guinean national team.

2. The Alcantara Brothers – Thiago And Rafinha

Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara
Rafinha and Thiago Alcantara

Thiago was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy, when his father Mazinho was playing for nearby U.S. Lecce. He started at the lower levels of Flamengo in Brazil, and, at the age of five, moved to Spain with his father, and started playing with Galician team Ureca in Nigrán. In 2001, he played with Kelme CF when his father played for Elche CF. He returned to Flamengo aged 10 and, in 2005, once again moved back to Spain, signing with FC Barcelona, where his cousin Patrick was also playing.In 2013 though,he moved to Bayern Munich where he is still currently playing. There are many technically brilliant players out there,but Thiago sticks out in the way he carries himself on the pitch: Head up, posture like a ballet dancer, flair, impeccable first touch and with some of that 360 degree vision we have come to expect from a midfielder. In terms of pure and natural talent, there are not many better than him.Still, his main strengths are his superb ball control, technique and composure. He can bring the ball down in just about any situation, never gets stressed, and usually plays the right pass.Rafinha on the other hand was born in São Paulo, Brazil, Rafinha joined FC Barcelona’s youth ranks at the age of 13. On 8 January 2011 he made his professional debuts with the B-team, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan dos Santos in the 55th minute of a 1–2 home loss against Girona FC for the second division championship.A week later, again off the bench he scored his first goal in a 3–2 win at UD Salamanca, also adding an assist.Rafinha has many reputable strengths, most notably his dribbling and his passing. The La Masia graduate this season has so far created goal scoring chances,and posess a good pass accuracy of. Iniesta by comparison who is widely touted as the best playmaker in the world but could Rafinha take over Iniesta’s role in a few years? While Thiago plays for the Spanish national team though, his younger brother plays for Brazil.

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3. The Mandanda Brothers – Steve, Parfait, Riffi and Over
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parttttSteve Mandanda is a French professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French club Marseille in Ligue 1, where he serves as first-choice captain. Mandanda played for Le Havre and is also a French international. He has represented France at three international tournaments; UEFA Euro 2008, 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2012.The interesting about  him is his younger brothers also play football and are all goalkeepers.Speaking to FIFA.com, Parfait and Riffi spoke about their journey to the top.Parfait recalled: “Steve helped me a lot at first. He advised me and when I had something to ask him, he was there. But even if he is the oldest and plays for Marseille and France, he is open to advice from us also. We always say things constructively. And as we are all goalkeepers, we understand quickly.Riffi agreed with his older brother. “Steve and Parfait have always followed my career and watched my matches, although they are not often on TV. But we give each other our opinions. It is always positively. For example, even with Steve we analyse what he has not done well. We often talk on the phone, and when possible, we will see the matches of each other.

With Steve, Parfait and Riffi all playing professionally, it could well be that they are soon joined by Over. “He has a lot of talent and I think he has all the qualities to make it as a professional,” Parfait said. And if his older brothers are anything to go by, it seems likely that the Mandanda name and goalkeeping will be used together for years to come.In summary, Steve plays for France,while his younger brothers play for DR Congo.

4. The Boateng Brothers – Kevin and Jerome

Schalke 04's Kevin Prince Boateng and his brother Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich.
Schalke 04’s Kevin Prince Boateng and his brother Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich.

Boateng is a retired Ghanian international who started his club career with the club Reinickendorfer Füchse in early 1994 at age six prior to signing for Hertha BSC on 1 July 1994 at the age of seven, first playing for them to 31 July 2007 when he was 20 years old.He has gone on to play for lots of clubs in his illustrious career like AC Milan, Portsmouth, Bourissia Dortmund, Schalke 04,etc.Boateng has always been known for his aggression and leadership. He can produce the work rate, ball retrieval and attacking willingness of the box-to-box midfielder, but is not especially creative, “influencing the game with power rather than craft.” He combines technical skill with speed of action, and that’s what makes Boateng so dangerous. It’s not always what he does, but the speed with which he does it.Boateng can play in a variety of positions: either box-to-box,or as an attacking midfielder or forward. Jerome on the other hand is a German footballer who currently plays as a defender for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is a centre back, although he is a capable full back on either side. Physically strong and composed, he has garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling, defender and is considered to be one of the worlds best at his position. He is the younger, paternal half-brother of fellow professional footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng and plays for Germany while his elder brother played for Ghana.

5 The Aluko Siblings – Omatsone and Eniola

Eniola and Omatsone Aluko
Eniola and Omatsone Aluko

Will this list be complete without a set of Nigerians? It would’ve been though but we can’t be left out.Omatsone Folarin Sone Aluko is a professional footballer who plays as a forward/winger for Hull City.He started his career at Birmingham in England before moving on to clubs like Aberdeen, Blackpool, Rangers and currently plays for Hull City in the Championship in England.Born in England, Aluko was capped by England at all levels up to under-19 before accepting an offer to play for Nigeria where he has played seven times for the senior national team and scored two goals.Eniola “Eni” Aluko is an elder sister of Sone and represents England.She also plays for Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL as a forward. Born in Nigeria, she moved with her family to Birmingham in England when she was a year old.She has a degree in Law at Brunel University, where she graduated with a First class in 2008.Just WOW.She represents England at International level and has played 90 games for the senior team,scoring 32 goals.

 

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