It’s not such a common sight to find a family of brothers playing professional football. However, it’s an even rarer sight to see two siblings playing for different countries. Today we will take a look at five brothers, who not only played for different national teams but also sometimes face off against each other.
1. Wilson Eduardo (Angola) & Joao Mario (Portugal)
Wilson Eduardo is the elder brother of Benfica and Portuguese midfielder, Joao Mario. The two brothers are of Angolan descent. Wilson played for Portugal at youth level, and rejected an opportunity to play for Angola’s senior squad in 2013. In 2019, however, Eduardo reversed his decision played for Angola, and even scored for them on his debut. While Joao Mario has played for Portugal since 2014. The midfielder was part the Portuguese side that won the Euro 2016, and Primeira Liga with Sporting CP in 2021.
2. Jerome (Germany) & Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana)
The Boatengs are half-brothers born to a Ghanaian father and two different German mothers. The pair began their early careers in the German youth setup. The younger Jerome was a defender, while his older brother Kevin-Prince was an attacking midfielder and opted to play for the land of his father Ghana. Jerome represented Germany in various international competitions including the World Cup. He was part of the team that successfully lifted the World Cup played in Brazil in 2014. Kevin-Prince also played for Ghana at the World Cup in 2010 and 2014. In 2014 he and his brother set the record for the first brothers playing for different countries to face each at the World Cup when Germany played Ghana in the group stage.
3. Granit (Switzerland) & Taulant Xhaka (Albania)
The Xhaka brothers were born to parents of Albanian origin. Taulant the older brother plays as a defensive midfielder while Granit plays in a more advanced position in the central midfield. While the Arsenal man decided to play for his adopted Switzerland, Taulant chose to play for the land of his parents, Albania. The two siblings got a chance to face each other in an international competition when Switzerland played Albania in the group stage of the 2016 Euros.
4. Paul (France), Florentin & Mathias Pogba (Guinea)
Paul Pogba needs no introduction. The 2018 World Cup winner is highly regarded as one of the best creative midfielders in the game right now. Not many people know that he has brothers who also play international football, albeit for Guinea. Twins Florentin and Mathias have at one time or the other featured for the Guinean national team.
5. Thiago (Spain) & Rafinha Alcantara (Brazil)
Sons of former Brazilian international Iomar do Nascimento (Mazinho), the Alcantara siblings have a mutual love of football. The older Thiago has so far had a more accomplished career, currently still playing for the Spanish national team. Rafinha only has two caps to his name for Brazil.
6. Steve (France), Parfait & Riffi Mandanda (Congo)
The two Mandanda brothers are goalkeepers who represent different countries. Steve Mandanda plays for Olympique Marseilles and the French national team, while Parfait is a goalkeeper at Charleroi and a Congolese international. Steve is the elder brother, and has two other younger brothers apart from Parfait. Riffi Mandanda, who is a goalkeeper plays Kongsvinger in Norway, and Over Mandanda who plays for Bordeaux.
7. Tim (Australia) & Chris Cahill (Samoa)
The former Everton FC and Australia midfielder is no doubt the more well-known sibling of the two. His brother Chris also had intentions to play for the Aussies, but in the end, he decided to represent the land of his mother Samoa.