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Premier League: Footballing brothers

Good call: Brothers Steven and Gary in action for Wigan (©GettyImages)
Good call: Brothers Steven and Gary in action for Wigan (©GettyImages).

The Best of the Rest

GMS now looks at a list of other brothers who spent time together at a club but with not as much success. 

Gary and Steven Caldwell - Wigan Athletic - After starting their careers together at Newcastle, the tough Scottish centre-backs were partnered together by Latics manager Roberto Martinez for a brief spell in the 2010-11 season. Unfortunately the partnership never gelled on the pitch - the club failed to win any of their games when both players took part before Steven was shown the exit door. Gary remains to this day, the club captain. 

Martin and Marcus Olsson - Blackburn Rovers - Twins Martin and Marcus were reunited together at Ewood Park in January 2012 when Marcus joined forces with his brother from Swedish outfit Halmstads BK. Despite linking up and playing regularly, the brothers who can both operate at left-back and left-midfield couldn't save Blackburn's relegation into the Championship that same season. 

John Arne and Bjorn Helge Riise - Fulham - It was a short but sweet time together for the Riise's at Craven Cottage. Although John is a household name now after joining the west London club in the summer of 2011, it was actually his brother who joined the Cottagers first. Signed in 2009, Bjorn Helge endured a frustrating time at Fulham - often finding his first-team opportunities severely limited. So limited that in fact, the pair only featured in one game together at the club as Bjorn came on as a 76th minute sub for John in a Europa League qualifier in July 2011. 

Eden and Thorgan Hazard - Chelsea - Although they have yet to make an appearance together, many forget that Eden's younger brother Thorgan joined the Blues just after Eden. Everybody knows about the qualities of Eden, who enjoyed a successful debut season for Chelsea last term but not many have heard of Thorgan, who, like his big brother, plays as an attacking midfielder/winger. Signed from Lens, Thorgan, 20, is currently out on loan at Belgian Pro League club Zulte Waregem gaining invaluable first-team experience. 

Others include: 

Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips at Manchester City

Luke and Stefan Moore at Aston Villa

Justin and Gavin Hoyte at Arsenal

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