Family footballing rivalries — can you help?

February 19, 2008

De Guzman celebrates a goal

Toronto-born, of Jamaican and Filipino descent, Jonathan de Guzmán is a veritable citizen of the world, and even more so after this month receiving his Dutch passport.

The Feyenoord midfielder is a prodigious talent who should be picked for the Dutch under-21 side in the next month and may even make it the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year.

For several years now, his native Canada have been trying to get him to commit to their cause, where Jonathan’s elder brother Julian is already a regular. But the younger De Guzman was steadfast in his desire to obtain the nationality of the Netherlands and possibly someday play alongside the likes of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie.

His case mirrored the unsuccessful bid of Salomon Kalou, when he was at Feyenoord. Kalou went through a lengthy legal process in a bid to win a Dutch passport and had the support of national coach Marco van Basten, who wanted him for Oranje’s 2006 World Cup squad.

In so doing, Kalou ignored the appeals of his own brother, Bonaventure Kalou, then captain of the Ivory Coast side. The younger Kalou was eventually denied Dutch nationality, by which time it was too late to play for the Ivorians at the World Cup in Germany. But less than a year later, once he had moved to Chelsea, any thoughts of going Dutch had long evaporated and Kalou is now a highly valued member of the Ivorian team, ironically taking the place of his brother in the recent African Nations Cup finals squad.

But that is an aside. Back to the De Guzmans. When Jonathan does put on a Dutch shirt, he and his brother will join a rare list of siblings capped by different countries.

I know of a few others and want to find out if you might help produce a definitive list.

Currently Manfred Kizito plays for Rwanda and his brother Nestory for Uganda, where they both hail from. Manfred was offered a passport by Rwanda after he went to play club soccer there.

In 1996, Lito, full name José Carlos Fernandes Vidigal, played for Angola at the Nations Cup finals in South Africa. He was Angolan-born but had been brought up in Portugal, and played at the top level there with Belenenses.

He was one of five brothers, one of whom was a lot better and quickly snapped up by the Portuguese. Jose Luis Vidigal was also born in Angola but moved to Portugal after independence at the age of two. He was a member of the Portugal side that reached the semifinals at the Euro 2000 and now plays at Livorno in Italy’s Serie A.

Earlier in February, the Olympique Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda played for France A in a goalless draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Marbella. Although not a full international, it was remarkable encounter in the sense that Mandanda’s younger brother Parfait kept a clean sheet at the other end.

Both brothers were born in Kinshasa but brought up in France. Steve, now 22, has come through most of France’s junior age group level teams while 18-year-old Parfait is on the books at Girondins Bordeaux.

I know that Djibril Cisse’s father was an international for the Ivory Coast but that opens up another list.

So how many siblings capped for rival international countries do you know. Or are there other father-and-son combinations who played for different countries at international level? If you know of any, please let us know via the comments below.

Mark Gleeson covers African football for Reuters

PHOTO: Feyenoord’s Jonathan de Guzman celebrates a goal against Wisla Krakow in the UEFA Cup in Rotterdam, December 13, 2006. REUTERS/Michael Kooren.

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De Guzman, like Solamon Kalou before him, has applied for a dutch passport and unlike Kalou actually got it…

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Eidur Gudjohnsen played for the Icelandic national team with his father (actually, he came on as a substitute for him).

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There are more brothers that play with differents national teams?

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John Hollins will be well known to older readers winning a cap for Engalnd in 1967 his brother Dave won a cap for Wales in 1962

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John Goodall played for England 1888-98, his brother Archie for Ireland 1899-04

Arthur Hiller played for Germany 1908-09, his brother Marius for Germany 1910-11 but also for Argentina 1916

Paul Romano played for France 1911-12, his brother Félix for France 1913 but also for Italy 1921-24

Jim Brown played for Scotland 1930, his brother John for the USA 1938

Miguel Ángel ‘Michele’ Andreolo played for Italy 1936-42, his brother Raymundo for Uruguay 1937

Joe Baker played for England 1959-66, his brother Gerry for the USA 1967

Christian Vieri played for Italy 1997-05, his brother Massimiliano (Max) for Australia 2004-05

Tim Cahill plays for Australia 2004-08, his brother Chris for Samoa 2007

Arthur (1894) and Robert (1893-94) Topham both played for England. Robert turned down an invitation to play for Wales in 1885.

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Does anybody know the surnames of brothers who played international football for Italy and Australia?

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