UEFA Champions League Group stage for 2018/19 season is done and dusted. All big teams are through to the next round except of course Napoli and Inter Milan. All four English teams are through to the knockout stage too. Europa League final group matches will take place today before Monday 17 draw at Nyon. Today, we want to look at five brothers who played together in their careers.
5. Xabi & Mikel Alonso- Spain
— The League Magazine (@Theleaguemag) June 19, 2013
Xabi Alonso and his little-known brother Mikel played together six times in their career. The two wanted to be great midfielders but only of them succeeded. We all enjoyed watching Xabi play for Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. His brother played for middle-level clubs like Real Sociedad, Bolton Wanderers, and Charlton Athletics. The two started their careers together at Real Sociedad.
4. Karl-Heinz & Michael Rummenigge- Bayern/GER
Sin acercarse al nivel de su hermano Karl-Heinz goleó y alzó títulos en Bayern y Borussia Dortmund. Michael Rummenigge cumple hoy 53 años. pic.twitter.com/BIw0KXTNKs
— Falso 9 (@falso9web) February 3, 2017
Bayern Munich Chief Executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is no doubt well known all over the World. He played for the club in the 1970s and 80s delivering 2 UEFA Champions League titles and 2 Bundesliga crowns among others.
The former striker also played for Germany national team scoring 45 goals in 95 appearances. However, the World does really know that he had a brother called Michael Rummenigge. They enjoyed success together at Bayern but he later joined Borussia Dortmund. The two lined up together for the national team twice. In total for club and country, they played alongside each other 39 times.
3. Yaya & Kolo Toure- Man City/Ivory Coast
Brotherly love! 👏
— Dugout (@Dugout) May 10, 2018
Yaya and Kolo Toure played together 56 times for Manchester City and Ivory Coast national team. Kolo was in the Arsenal team that lifted 2003/04 season unbeaten. Yaya lifted UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2009.
The two played as a central midfielder and defender respectively. They also represented the national team for almost two decades. The African continent can be proud of their achievements in the game. Kolo left City to join Liverpool and Celtic before retiring to take up a coaching role. Yaya left City at the end of 2017/18 season.