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Everyone is very familiar with the stars of Europe - with the likes of Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and many more lighting up their respective leagues. You never really think if they have siblings that are performing to a decent level in their own right, here we look at who they are and what they are doing for their club.

Let's kick it off with one of the most feared attackers in the Premier League: Eden Hazard with his brother Thorgan.

At only 20-years-old, like his older brother, Thorgan is already proving to be a true talent himself. Arriving in England with Chelsea soon after his brother, he was played in the U21's to be later loaned out to Zulte Waregem in his native country of Belgium, there he became a first team regular and only began to make swift growth.

Playing a similar style to Eden, he can play on the wing and in attacking midfield where he often provides a highly impressive amount of goals and assists, so much so he was named the Belgian league's best player of 2013. With this in mind, rumours have surfaced that his parent club want to loan him out to a Premier League club when he returns next season, only making him adapt to the English game at the top level a lot faster - the thought of being up against two Hazards is a frightening concept.

Moving on to another familiar face in England and another Chelsea player, although currently spending the season on loan at Everton: Romelu Lukaku with his brother Jordan.

Not too similar to his brother's play-style at all, Jordan is a left-back for Anderlecht in, again, his native Belgium. Currently on loan at another top division club in the same country, K.V. Oostende, he seems to be finding his feet and growing all the time, proven by the fact he is somewhat of a first team regular for his temporary team and he has represented his nation on levels up to u21.

Although he isn't the same position as his older brother, Jordan does in fact share some physical traits - he is pacey and strong, never afraid to take on defenders of any kind. At 19 years old he still has a lot of growing to do, both physically and on the pitch, so we may have another Lukaku potentially make his way onto the scene.

Now leaving Belgium we head over to Germany, where there is a very well-known figure that stands in midfield for European champions Bayern Munich: Toni Kroos, though taking a look at his younger brother Felix.

22 year old Felix is similar to his brother in the sense that he can pretty much do everything equally as well; pass, attack, defend etc, albeit not quite as good as him. Playing in his early years as a striker for his former club Hansa Rostock, he then moved to Werder Bremen where he was converted to an attacking midfielder, although now he's more of a defensive (sometimes even center-back) role for them, gathering more and more first team appearances.

Signs show recently that he could be finally making his mark on football in his own right, as his performances are more first-team worthy, he has represented Germany on every level up to u21 and his value is increasing all the time. Could it be long before we see another Kroos pulling the strings of a powerful German midfield?

Staying on the topic of German nationality - you may well be very familiar with the name Sami Khedira, defensive midfielder for no other than Real Madrid, but have you heard about his younger brother Rani?

Currently playing for Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart, he hasn't really made a mark as of yet at the age of 20 for country or club. Being given a professional contract by his club in late 2012, he has only gone on to make two senior appearances in the league for them, possibly suggesting he isn't making the swift progress in comparison to his big brother.

Speaking of Sami, Rani is just like his brother on the pitch though with his defensive capabilities in midfield - possessing the strength, height and ball control to be quite the difficult task to take the ball off, also the vision to swiftly and accurately pick out pin-point passes to great success. Although he hasn't developed into being the kind of player his brother is at this point it doesn't mean he never will, he may just be a late bloomer.

Finally, I couldn't finish this article without mentioning possibly the world's most famous footballing brothers: Kolo and Yaya Touré, but we're not here to look at them - we are taking a look at their younger and practically unknown brother Ibrahim.

It seems the Tourés cover all lines of the pitch with Kolo being the defender and Yaya being the midfielder, as Ibrahim decided to be a striker. Never too prolific enough to make as much of a dent on the footballing world as he would have wanted to, the peak he probably reached was playing for French club OGC Nice in Ligue 1. Here he never broke through to the first team, assuming the club saw the "Touré" in his name and thought they'd take a shot on him being as successful as his siblings.

Now playing in the Lebanese league for the club Al-Safa' SC he is picking up some bit of form, even if it is in a non-too prestigious league, with seven goals in nine appearances.. I wouldn't hold your breath on seeing him make his way to any top division in Europe though, he is 28 and again - this is the Lebanese league.

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