During Euro 2016, we have witnessed a football match in which two brothers were playing against each other. On 11th of June, Switzerland played Albania – and brothers Taulant and Granit Xhaka featured in that game, with each one representing a different country.
This was a good example that once again football knows no barriers. Let’s look at some other footballing brothers who have represented different national teams.
8. Luis and Paolo Suarez (El Salvador and Uruguay)
Did you know that the great Luis Suarez has a brother who is also a footballer? Yes he does, but he is far less famous than him and represents El Salvador.
7. Steve and Parfait Mandanda (France and D.R Congo)
France national team goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has a young brother Parfait Boateng who plays for D.R Congo – their country of origin.
Steve, who was born in D.R Congo, chose to represent France, and Parfait who was born in France opted for D.R Congo!
6. Tim and Chris Cahill (Australia and Samoa)
The former Everton star and Australia international Tim Cahill has a young brother Chris Cahill who played for Samoa. They were both born in Australia but Chris opted to represent Samoa, where their mother hails from.
Chris earned 3 caps and scored 2 goals for Samoa, while his brother Tim has represented Australia 91 times and scored 47 goals.
5. Christian and Massimiliano Vieri (Italy and Australia)
Christian and Massimiliano Vieri are another example of footballing brothers who played for different national teams. Vieri (Christian) was born in Italy in 1973 slightly before his family move with him to Australia, where his brother Max was born.
Both of these retired footballers chose to represent the country in which they were born, with Christian choosing Italy and Max embracing the Socceroos.
Christian was certainly the more prolific, making 49 appearances and scoring 23 goals for the Azzurri. Max earned only six caps for Australia.