In honor of National Siblings Day, we’re bringing you some of the best sibling action you’ll see on the soccer pitch:
Kristie and Samantha Mewis (USA)
These sisters have dreamed of playing soccer together for the US women’s national team since they were little girls. During the 2014 Algarve Cup, that dream became a reality:
Gonzalo and Federico Higuain (Argentina)
Gonzalo is clearly the more well-known Higuain, but older brother Federico has also had a decent career in soccer. He currently plays for the Columbus Crew, and scores really pretty goals, like this one:
Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)
The Hazard brothers in training for Belgium. (Image: Twitter)
Big brother Eden may be stealing the headlines now, but 21-year-old Thorgan isn’t far behind. While on-loan from Chelsea in the Jupiler League, the striker has been tearing it up — he even won the Golden Shoe for the 2013 season. It won’t be long until we see both brothers on the pitch for the Blues.
Lars and Sven Bender (Germany)
National team twins (Image: Action)
The Bender twins got their start at 1860 Munich together, and were integral parts to Germany’s Under-19 European Championship squad in 2008. Since then, Lars and Sven have gone their separate ways, to German powerhouses Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, respectively. Both are now members of Germany’s senior side, though Sven could miss out on this summer’s World Cup due to injury.
Rafael and Fabio da Silva (Brazil)
Rafael (L) and Fabio (R) after winning the Premier League in 2011 (Image: Getty).
When the Brazilian twins joined Manchester United in 2008, their arrival was filled with hype and excitement. Rafael fulfilled expectations, but Fabio fell short. Now, the joy of playing club soccer together has ended as Fabio left for Cardiff in January of 2014. But hey, they won a Premier League title together. That’s a memory that will last a lifetime.
Michael and Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
Back in 1998, the last year the pair played for Denmark. (Image: Action)
The Danish legends are beyond their playing careers now, but in the 1980s and 1990s, the two were a fixture for the Danish national team. Unfortunately, Michael had briefly quit the team when Denmark won the ‘92 European Championship, but the brothers did win the 1995 Confed Cup together.
Yaya and Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)
The Toure brothers together at Manchester City during their title-winning season. (Image: Action)
Not only have these two have had the opportunity to play together both for their country and club, they won a league title together as well. That 2011-12 season at Manchester City is one any player would want to be a part of, but sharing it with your brother must have made it that much more special.
Rio and Anton Ferdinand (England)
Opponents in the Premier League in 2012 (Image: Action).
They both started their careers at West Ham, but have taken very different trajectories since. Rio has been far more successful, but has always stood by him in times of need (like, for instance, against John Terry).
Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng (Germany, Ghana)
The Boateng brothers seen here facing off in the Bundesliga for their respective clubs this season (Image: Action).
These siblings also started their careers together, playing with Hertha Berlin in their youth and at the beginning senior careers. They’ve gone their separate ways since — even internationally, as Kevin-Prince chose to play for Ghana instead of Germany — but every so often still get to face off on the pitch.