Top Five: Famous Football Brothers

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Chelsea look likely to keep up a fine Premier League tradition – that of making sure footballing siblings always end up at the same club.

The Blues made waves by beating their rivals to the punch for Eden Hazard earlier this summer and now they have been linked with a move for the former Lille man’s younger brother, Thorgan.

The Lens youngster may not have the reputation of his older brother but it is hoped he can make the grade at Stamford Bridge. If he needs any inspiration, a look back at these famous football families will no doubt help him out.

The Neville brothers, Manchester United

‘Neville Neville’s, the name of your dad’ went the chant to the tune of David Bowie’s rebel rebel and it would seem Neville Sr likes things that come in twos if his footballer sons are anything to go by.

Gary and Phil both played for Manchester United having graduated from the club’s youth academy, and while it was Gary who enjoyed the more successful career it is Phil who is still playing the game having signed for Everton in 2005.

Since hanging up his boots, Gary has gone on to become a pundit for Sky Sports and was part of England’s coaching team for Euro 2012.

The Toure brothers, Manchester City

One is a powerhouse midfielder who helped drive Manchester City to the Premier League title last season and also scored in the Citizens’ FA Cup final win in 2011, and the other one is, well, Kolo Toure.

Both arrived at Manchester City by different routes, with Kolo building himself a reputation at Arsenal before moving to the Etihad stadium in 2009, while Yaya went to Barcelona via Olympiacos and Monaco before landing in Manchester in 2010.

While Yaya is considered to be one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League, Kolo has seen his stock fall after a ban for taking his wife’s diet pills to combat his expanding waistline, with a move away from the club on the cards.

The De Boer brothers, Ajax and Barcelona

Why is it that siblings have to play in the same, or similar positions? Frank and Ronald established themselves as two of the finest full-backs in Europe and played together at five different clubs.

The pair began their career at Ajax before a big money move to Barcelona in 1999 followed.

Ronaldo and Frank also played together in the Dutch national team, while also representing Rangers, and Qatar sides Al Rayyan and Al Shamal.

The Wallace brothers, Southampton

Forget two brothers, that’s been done loads of times before – try shoe-horning three siblings into one side.

That’s what Southampton managed to achieve in the late eighties when Danny, Ray and Rod all made it on to the pitch for the Saints.

Danny was already an established Southampton player when twins Ray and Rod signed on the dotted line.

The twins would go on to play together at Leeds, but while Rod would a successful seven year stint at Elland Road, Ray struggled to make an impact and left the club in 1994.

The Da Silva twins, Manchester United

The latest in a long line of Manchester United siblings, the jury is still out on whether Fabio and Rafael will make the cut at Old Trafford.

The Brazilian pair arrived in Manchester in 2008 having signed for the club the previous year, with Rafael faring better than his twin brother.

While Rafael appeared regularly for the first-team last season, Fabio has been shipped out on loan to QPR for the 2012/13 season in order to gain first team experience.

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