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It’s a family affair – Premier League siblings

10th September 2019, 18:28 by Jack Ogalbe

The Premier League has for a long time been a truly international division. However, some players have found rivalry closer to home - against their sibling.

Here we take a look at some of the brothers who have either played together or against each other in the Premier League era.

The Nevilles

Part of the fabled Class of ’92, Gary and Phil both made their mark at Manchester United. However, while the elder is arguably remembered as the greatest English right-back of the modern era, his presence hurt his brother’s progress.

After winning six Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and a Champions League, Phil moved to Everton where, rather than being a Mr Fixit across the park, he settled in central midfield.

The pair famously captained their respective clubs against each other and the younger of the pair hardly held back on such occasions.

They have continued to support each other and at one stage teamed up on the coaching staff at Valencia.

Coaching is clearly in the blood, with Phil’s twin sister Tracey recently leaving her role in charge of the England netball team.

Funnily enough, half a generation later the Da Silva twins also came through at United, with Rafael blocking the right-back spot for Fabio, and he too has gone on to enjoy the more glamorous career of the pair.

The Toures

Kolo and Yaya linked up together at Manchester City for three seasons and were part of the squad that won the title in 2011-12.

The elder of the two, Kolo also played for Arsenal and Liverpool and it was with the Reds that he faced Yaya in 2015, a 2-1 win for the Merseysiders.

They also faced off in the 2016 EFL Cup final, this time City coming out on top on penalties.

The Ferdinands

Both Rio and Anton Ferdinand started their careers at West Ham and, like the Nevilles, it was the elder of the brothers who enjoyed the more celebrated career.

Rio won six Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008, while also captaining England at times during an 81-cap England career.

Younger sibling Anton has enjoyed a decent career himself, representing the England Under-21s and, after spells with the Hammers, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers, his subsequent career has taken in Turkey, Thailand and Scotland.

The pair come from a footballing family, with big cousin Les having also lit up the English top flight, most notably with Newcastle’s ‘Entertainers’, while he too also had a spell at West Ham.

The Ayews 

A bit of a fast forward here as the Ayews complete our list. Neither Jordan nor Andre has particularly set English (or Welsh) football alight despite having oodles of talent.

Jordan, 27, currently plays for Crystal Palace following spells at Aston Villa and Swansea and his two goals this season have trebled his tally for the Eagles after spending last term on loan at Selhurst Park.

Andre, 29, is still at Swansea after himself escaping the Liberty Stadium ahead of their first season back in the Championship.

Again, his spell away at Fenerbahce promised lots but delivered little, much like his two years at West Ham, and it seems neither of these brothers will ever emulate the achievements of their father, Champions League winner Abedi Pele.

Best of the Rest

Of course, there are plenty of other Premier League brothers who have played in the Premier League, with Kevin-Prince and World Cup winner Jerome Boateng maybe not showing their best form in England.

Honourable mentions also go to the LuaLuas, Ameobis and the Flos.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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