When it comes to a brotherly strike force, not many come as dangerous as the brothers Inzaghi. Simone, the younger and less decorated of the two brothers was still a regular thorn in many a defense in Italy. He spent over ten years at Lazio but only made 129 appearances during that time. His record is roughly one goal in every five games, which is not bad for a 14-year career. A place at a smaller club may have given more opportunities and more goals which would have helped add to his 3 caps.
When it comes to strikers, few have had as much success in the game as Filippo Inzaghi. Multiple Serie A titles, two Champions Leagues and a World Cup medal, ‘Pippo’ was the consummate professional throughout his 210year career. Arguably the most potent finisher to ever play the game, Inzaghi was always likely to score.
His finest moment coming in 2007 where Inzaghi’s brace was enough to secure revenge against Liverpool. At the age of 34 he still had the class and composure to slot two past their enemies of ’05. At 40, he eventually retired from the game and went on to coach the Milan youth team. After Clarence Seedorf’s abject season, Filippo is hotly tipped to take over as manger of the club he gave so much to. Check out this golazo against Barcelona:
4: The Nevilles
Gary and Phil Neville; two of the most decorated players of the last 20 years, and two players who at certain times, encapsulated all that was good about the Ferguson era.
Phil, the younger of the two spent ten years at United. while he was used sporadically during his time there, he still earned six Premier Leagues, three F.A Cups and a Champions League medal. A transfer to Everton followed and it was here, under David Moyes, where Phil showed his real ability. His versatility at playing midfield or defense made him a linchpin of the emerging Everton side, and in 2007 he earned the captaincy. After eight impressive years at Everton, Phil retired, becoming a coach with David Moyes at United.
Referred to by Alex Ferguson as ‘the best English right best of his generation‘, Gary Neville bled United red. A graduate of the class of ’92, Gary spent his entire career at United. In 2005, following Roy Keane’s departure, Red Nev was made captain. Although his later career was blighted with injury, Gary still managed to make over 600 appearances in his career. Since his retirement Neville has become an England coach and a regular on the Sky Sports punditry team.
Both brothers hold the English record for most times started together in an England shirt, (31), and have a trophy cabinet bigger than my entire apartment. If you’re a Liverpool fan you might comment that they didn’t score enough goals.
A family of 2 syllables; Kolo, Yaya…and eh, Ibrahim.
The Touré brothers are the current familial powerhouse in football today. Kolo has been a major player in the Premier League since 2002 and was one of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’. He has established himself as one of the most complete defenders in the Premier League. He possessed a cool head when needed, and when there was risk, his pace, power and tenacity made him a match for the best strikers in Europe. Since his time at Arsenal, Kolo has played for Manchester City and most recently, Liverpool, winning the League with City and being a part, albeit a small one, of Liverpool’s best season in years.
Yaya is arguably one of the best midfielders in the world. Starting out as a holding midfielder, Yaya failed at a trial at Arsenal in 2003. After some time in Ukraine and Greece, Yaya found his way to Monaco and then Barcelona. Despite playing as a hybrid of a defensive midfielder, and center back, Yaya began playing a ‘box-to-box’ role following his £24 million move to Man City, with more interest on the attacking side. Since that switch he has been one of the main driving forces for City’s success. Simply put, they are a weaker side without him, such is his influence on the team.
Ibrahim could be a very good footballer, playing most of his career in Africa. Unlike his brothers, who are key parts of the national side, he has never been called up by the Ivory Coast. It must be hard being Ibrahim, in any other family being a professional footballer is a big deal, just not when your brothers are Yaya and Kolo
2: The Charltons
A little United and Irish bias here, but hear me out. Jack and Bobby Charlton encapsulate all that was good about the old fashioned game. Jack, a lifetime Leeds player, was voted into their greatest ever XI. Where his brother had class, Jack had true grit. In 1967 he won the football writer association player of the year award,as well as winning everything to be won in Britain at the time in his Leeds side. but of course, it is as a manager that Jack will be remembered. At the Republic of Ireland, he lead the team to their first international tournament in Euro 88 and reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1990.
Another United Legend, Bobby Charlton had ability that didn’t suit England at the time. He played in 4 World Cups, winning of course in 66. A survivor of the Munich air disaster he formed the holy trinity with Denis Law and George Best, where their combined attacking flair is the stuff of legends. With over 700 appearances for United and over 100 caps for England, Bobby Charlton spent his career outwitting defenders and scoring goals. To this day some of the goals he scored are comparable to none and he has to go down as one of the greatest midfielders of any generation
1: The Maldinis
This is more than a footballing family, its an institution of Italian football. Cesare Maldini won four Serie A titles and the European Championship with Milan, most of which as captain. He also had a great influence on Italian football after his retirement. He was a coach on the 1982 World Cup Winning Italy side and went on to be a highly successful under-21 manager and also managed the senior team for a brief time.
Paolo is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. Winning everything possible in the game, and breaking nearly every appearance and age related record ever held, he went on to maintain his father’s legacy at Milan. His positioning was second to none and his ability to time a tackle frustrated players for the best part of 25 years.
The story is not yet complete, Paolo’s son Christian,17, is currently on loan at Brescia from Milan and is highly rated, possibly as he’s highly related.
Here’s a video of Paolo’s son tackling Clarence Seedorf:
Jason Dundon, Pundit Arena.
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