Hernandez, Ayew, Hazard, Williams… The siblings of the 2022 World Cup

Lucas and Theo Hernandez (France)

It was essential to make an enormous leap up to now to seek out, collectively on the garden, two French worldwide brothers. The newest had been Hervé and Patrick Revelli, March 23, 1974, on the Parc des Princes, throughout France-Romania (1-0). Forty-seven years later, the Hernandez brothers, each left-handers and defenders, appeared with the Blues jersey, in opposition to Belgium (2-3, October 7, 2021) within the semi-finals of the League of Nations. The story was much more stunning for Théo, the youngest, the day after his twenty fourth birthday, who gave victory to the French (ninetieth) for his second choice. The energetic left facet of AC Milan satisfied Didier Deschamps to summon him, thereafter, for every rally and was decisive on his first 5 picks (1 aim and 4 assists).

He joined within the group his eldest Lucas (a 12 months and eight months aside) who was world champion in 2018. Typically aligned within the axis of the protection of Bayern Munich, he was utilized by the French coach in the identical register, inside a three-man protection, throughout his final 4 appearances. However for this 2022 World Cup, Deschamps has chosen a four-man protection. Subsequently, the Hernandez brothers can be competing at left-back.

Eden and Thorgan Hazard (Belgium)

For the 2 Belgians born in La Louvière, enjoying collectively to defend the colours of the flat nation took root one autumn night throughout a pleasant match in opposition to the Netherlands (1-1, November 9, 2016). Thorgan, 23 that day, performed his first minutes with Eden, 25 and captain of the Pink Devils. For years, Thorgan Hazard remained within the shadow of his brother who loved glory and success with LOSC (French champion in 2011), Chelsea (England champion in 2015 and 2017, winner of the Europa League in 2013 and 2019) and have become among the best gamers within the historical past of Belgium. However since his switch to Actual Madrid in 2019 for greater than 100 M€, Eden Hazard has accrued accidents and immediately finds himself confined to the bench underneath the orders of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Lens-trained participant got here into extra of the highlight throughout his profitable spell at Borussia Mönchengladbach (46 objectives and 44 assists in 182 matches), incomes him a spot within the 2018 World Cup and 7 minutes of play along with his eldest, in opposition to Panama (3-0). But additionally at Euro 2021, the place he scored two objectives together with one in opposition to Portugal which propelled Belgium to the quarter-finals.

Eden and Thorgan Hazard throughout the 2018 World Cup. (R. Martin/L’Équipe)

Vanja and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia)

In 2015, goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic watched from the bench as her brother, two years older, win the Beneath-20 World Cup with Serbia in opposition to Brazil (2-1). Former Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic was within the beginning job that day. Seven years later, the 2 goalkeepers had been known as up for the Qatari World Cup however the development within the final matches of the Serbian workforce would give the benefit to the large of Torino (2m02) for the beginning place, to the detriment of the present Mallorca goalkeeper.

For his first participation within the ultimate part of the World Cup, he ought to evolve along with his huge brother, Sergej (27 years previous) who is among the masters to play of his choice alongside captain Dusan Tadic within the midfield of Serbia . Recruited by Lazio Rome after their U20 world title, the midfielder has grow to be an emblematic determine for the Biancocelesti (63 objectives and 58 assists in 314 matches). Nicknamed “the Sergeant”, he made the heyday of the Italian membership with the highest scorer within the historical past of the membership, Ciro Motionless.

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (25) is a starter with the Torino club.  (IPP)

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic (25) is a starter with the Torino membership. (IPP)

Andre and Jordan Ayew (Ghana)

They’re the satisfaction of their father Abedi Pelé, former African glory, who by no means had the prospect to take part in a World Cup finals with Ghana. The 2 former OM gamers will play their second World Cup collectively. The third in a private capability for André Ayew (33 years previous on December 17) who was a part of the Black Stars group which reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the primary time in its historical past in 2010, defeated by Uruguay (1-1, 4-2 tabs).

The 2 brothers, additionally handed by Lorient or Swansea, have grow to be important gamers within the choice. Centenarian on the stage of the capes, the present left winger of Al-Sadd wears the captain’s armband. For Jordan Ayew (84 caps, 19 objectives) enjoying at Crystal Palace, he’s promised a beginning place in assault.

Inaki and Nico Williams (Ghana and Spain)

They’re brothers, teammates in membership and henceforth… opponents in choice. From Ghanaian mother and father who fled the distress of the nation twenty-eight years in the past, the 2 attackers had been born in Spain: Inaki in Bilbao in 1994, Nico in Pamplona eight years later, and are the heyday of Athletic Bilbao, 4th in La Liga on the break (8 objectives and 4 assists between them).

We may have imagined seeing them shine collectively within the nationwide workforce, however Nico made the selection to play for La Roja and never for Ghana like his huge brother. The latter had been satisfied by the president of the Ghanaian federation, Edwin Simeon-Okraru, to desert the Spanish choice with which he had 1 choice. His 20-year-old brother, then again, was not rocked by the speech of the Ghanaian chief and opted for his adopted nation. With three small picks every, Nico (20) and Inaki Williams (28) will uncover the World Cup with two completely different international locations. And possibly a remake of the Boateng brothers who met on the 2010 and 2014 Worlds. Jérôme with Germany and Kevin-Prince with Ghana.

Inaki and Nico Williams with the Athletic Bilbao shirt.  (R. Larreina/Sports Press)

Inaki and Nico Williams with the Athletic Bilbao shirt. (R. Larreina/Sports activities Press)


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