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Meet 8 Brothers Who Play Football For Different Countries

It’s quite uncommon to witness a family of brothers gracing the professional football stage, but it’s even more extraordinary to see siblings donning different national team jerseys. Today, we delve into the stories of eight sets of brothers who not only represented distinct countries but also found themselves occasionally pitted against each other on the pitch....CONTINUE READING

1. Iñaki Williams (Ghana) and Nico Williams (Spain): Hailing from Bilbao, Spain, to Ghanaian parents, the Williams brothers honed their skills at Athletic Bilbao. While Iñaki made a solitary appearance for the Spanish national team before committing to Ghana for the 2022 World Cup, Nico earned his spot in Spain’s senior squad, featuring prominently for Athletic Club.

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2. Wilson Eduardo (Angola) & Joao Mario (Portugal): Brothers Wilson Eduardo and Joao Mario, with Angolan roots, charted different paths. While Wilson initially declined Angola’s call in 2013, he later embraced it in 2019. Joao Mario, a fixture in Portugal’s lineup since 2014, tasted success with Portugal in Euro 2016 and the Primeira Liga with Sporting CP in 2021.

3. Jerome (Germany) & Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana): Born to a Ghanaian father and German mothers, Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng embarked on divergent international journeys. Jerome soared with Germany, winning the 2014 World Cup, while Kevin-Prince showcased his talent for Ghana in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, notably facing off against his brother in 2014.

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4. Granit (Switzerland) & Taulant Xhaka (Albania): The Xhaka brothers, of Albanian heritage, opted for different national teams. Granit chose Switzerland, while Taulant embraced Albania. Their clash during the 2016 Euros epitomized the unique bond and rivalry between siblings on the international stage.

5. Paul (France), Florentin & Mathias Pogba (Guinea): Paul Pogba’s brilliance shines on the world stage with France, while his brothers, Florentin and Mathias, contributed to Guinea’s football legacy, exemplifying a rare familial international football dynamic.

6. Thiago (Spain) & Rafinha Alcantara (Brazil): Sons of Brazilian legend Mazinho, Thiago and Rafinha Alcantara inherited their father’s passion for the game. Thiago, a mainstay in Spain’s midfield, contrasts with Rafinha’s limited appearances for Brazil, reflecting the diversity within their footballing careers.

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7. Steve (France), Parfait & Riffi Mandanda (Congo): Goalkeeping talents run deep in the Mandanda family, with Steve representing France and Parfait proudly donning Congo’s colors. Their siblings, Riffi and Over, continue the family tradition in the goalkeeping realm.

8. Tim (Australia) & Chris Cahill (Samoa): While Tim Cahill’s exploits resonate globally, his brother Chris opted to represent Samoa, showcasing the breadth of their footballing identities rooted in familial ties.