Germany versus Ghana does not sound like it will be a brilliant match, as Philipp Lahm and co will no doubt dismantle the Black Stars.
However, in the Boateng household, they will watching in awe and neutrality, as brothers Kevin-Prince and Jerome face each other in their Group G match on Saturday. The pair were both born in Germany’s capital, Berlin, and they both rose through the ranks of local club, Hertha Berlin.
However, Kevin-Prince chose to play for his father’s home country, Ghana, when the German Football Association (DFB) refused to allow him to play for his home nation.
This came after the former Portsmouth midfielder, infamously, slide-tackled Michael Ballack in the 2010 FA Cup final, injuring his ligaments and causing the ex-Chelsea star to miss that year’s World Cup in South Africa.
And it wasn't long before the two brothers came face-to-face on the international stage.
Just a month after declaring his allegiance to Ghana, the 27-year-old Kevin-Prince was lining up against his half-brother Jerome in the group stages of the 2010 World Cup, becoming the first brothers to play against each other at a World Cup finals.
As fate would have it, the pair will take each other on once again in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil.
Germany are looking strong to progress to the knockout stages, after demolishing Portugal 4-0 on Monday, with Jerome starting his 42nd cap at right-back in the match.
As for Ghana, they are in desperate need of a good result in Fortaleza, following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of USA. With the match set to determine one, if not both, nations’ futures in the World Cup, both brothers have retreated into their own shells and teams.
Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng told BBC Sport: “We've had no contact recently, each of us is just concentrating on himself.”
While it may just be a game of football, Kevin-Prince, who has 11 Ghana caps to his name, believes it will be more like a battle on Saturday.
“It’s like in ancient Rome. There will be people around the pitch who want to see how two teams fight,” said the Schalke 04 star.
“The team who wants it more will win and we will fight to the death against Germany.”
Yet, one man who is looking forward to the contest at the weekend is the pair’s father, Prince Boateng.
“For me, it’s the easier game ever, as regardless of what happens, I can only win,” he said.
My only wish is that nobody gets hurt.”
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