Football is at times considered to be a family affair. Smaller brothers have followed in the footsteps of their older brothers who may also have stepped in their father’s shoes. This article is written to prove that indeed football runs within the blood and that the chances of members of the same family participating in the sport either directly or indirectly are quite high. We shall focus on the Spanish league fixtures which is also the most entertaining league in the world.
Johann And Jordi Cruyff
Johann Cruyff is one of the greatest football legends that ever lived. His son, Jordi Cruyff, could easily have been spared for not wanting to step into his father’s shoes. However, his father’s achievements did not deter him from becoming an excellent player. Although his career cannot be described as his father’s would, the young Cruyff did manage to create a decent name for himself.
Jordi Cruyff truly followed in the footsteps of his father. During his time as a Barcelona player he made 41 appearances for the Catalans. Although this was in the 90’s, the Barcelona legend is to date considered one of the club’s greatest players. He later quit active football to become a manager at the club. In Catalonia, the name Jordi is quite relevant and it is used to honor his time at the club.
Manuel Sanchis Martinez And Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo
Manuel Sanchis senior was a Real Madrid defender in the sixties and he made 140 appearances for the club. He will be remembered for the role he played in the club’s 1966 European Cup Trophy. Among his other victories include 11 caps for his country Spain and his stunning goal against England in the 1966 world cup finals. That was his first and last international goal in his illustrious career.
With Real Madrid, Sanchis senior was able to help the club win both domestic and European titles. As if to prove a point to his father, Sanchis junior made 700 appearances for Real Madrid which were topped up by two European Cup victories in 1998 and 2000. The duo is among three other father-son combos that have lifted the European Cup. Before quitting active football, he also represented his country at the world cup and European championship.
It is evident that the young Sanchis truly outdid his father in the field although the two will go into history as legends in their respective times.
Carles And Sergio Busquets
Carles made 79 appearances for Barcelona in the 90’s but his role was predominantly as a back-up goalkeeper to the Spanish number one Andoni Zubizarreta. His team suffered a 2 – 1 loss to Manchester United in the European Cup Winner’s Cup Final of 1991. He was rested the following year when Barcelona clinched the title, but he was afforded a winner’s medal for his role throughout the competition.
His son Sergio has so far clinched three champions league medals with the Catalans. He has firmly held onto his position as a central midfielder and considering his current form, he surely will achieve much more than his father ever did. His excellent field performance has seen his collect a litany of honors that could only be bestowed on a legend. His club and international footballing career can only be described as being remarkable.
Miguel And Xavi Alonso
Miguel Alonso played for Real Sociedad as a midfielder in the 70s and 80s making 154 club appearances in total. During that time he assisted his club into lifting two league championship titles. He later represented his country in the 1982 world cup final before departing for Barcelona. His son Xabi Alonso also started his career at Sociedad before moving to Liverpool in the 2004 – 05 season.
His goal helped Liverpool overturn a 3 – 0 deficit to beat AC Milan for the champions league title. He then went back to Spain, this time playing for Real Madrid, where he won a league title and a second champions league title. His role with the national team has also been remarkable winning the 2010 world cup and European cup title.