Euro 2016 playing host to four sets of brothers

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During Euro 2016, there will be a record-equalling fours sets of brothers registered to represent their nation.

The amount of brothers in this year's competition equals the record set back in 2000, and will also be the first to feature two brothers going head-to-head in opposing sides, in the Xhaka brothers. 

There was even rumors that this year would see the record for most pairs of brothers broken, but that possibility was extinguished when Thorgan Hazard didn't make the final cut, leaving his brother, Eden, to captain their Belgium side.


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Taulant and Granit Xhaka have become the first players in Euro history to face their brother on opposing sides when Granit's Switzerland played Taulant's Albania. The brothers were born in Basel, Switzerland to a Kosovar-Albanian family, who moved to Basel shortly before Taulant's birth.

Having both played for Switzerland at various youth levels, Granit decided to play for his native country, while Taulant chose to play for the birthplace of his parents. Granit has so far made 44 appearances for his country of choice, while Taulant has made 11 for his. Granit helped his side secure a 1-0 win when the two nations met, in this historic game.

Another pair of brothers set to make an appearance are the Evans brothers, who are set to become the first pair to represent Northern Ireland at the Euros. With N.Ireland set to make their first appearance at a major tournament in 30 years, everyone will be eager to impress but perhaps none more so than the Evans brothers.

Although they will be the first pair to represent N.Ireland at a major tournament, and will, of course, be honored to be so, they would have been the second if fate had not been so cruel. 

Danny and Jackie Blanchflower would have represented their nation at the 1958 World Cup if it hadn't been for the Munich air disaster. They will also be the first to admit they owe a great deal to their father, Jackie Evans, who failed to make the cut at both Arsenal and Chelsea. Despite that, he has inspired and encouraged both his sons, not only to become professionals but both internationals.

The two former Manchester United graduates, now at West Brom (Jonny) and Blackburn (Corry) respectively, will seek to impress and do the whole nation proud. Ultimately the pair will seek to add to their caps with Johnny currently on 49, and Corry on 31.

Another brother pairing at this summer's competition is Vasili and Aleksei Berezutski, a pair of Russian identical twins who both play for CSKA Moscow in defensive positions, as well as representing the Russian national team. Vasili has 97 caps to his name and has been appointed captain, while Aleksei has 57 caps to date.

The final set of brothers at Euro 2016 are the Lukaku brothers. Jordan Lukaku will accompany his more well-known brother, Romelu, in representing Belgium. 

Jordan currently represents Oostende in the Belgium League, while Romelu plays for Everton in the Premier League. The pair have already linked up internationally, with Jordan previously assisting his brother for a goal when the pair faced Portugal.

Born in Antwerp, the pair are sons of former professional footballer Roger Lukaku, who was capped internationally by Zaire. Both players progressed through the youth divisions at Anderlecht, with Romelu having 45 caps to his name, and Jordan currently having just four.

So it'll be interesting to see how these pairs of brothers can affect the Euros and what impact they can have for their nations. 

Will they work together or battle to outshine one another? No matter what, it'll be interesting to see if the pairs will be able to deliver on the big stage and if one could potentially outshine the other.

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