Perhaps nowhere is the psychological spur of sibling rivalry more apparent than in the annals of the FIFA World Cup. An astonishingly large number of brothers have lined up for their respective national teams over the years; so join FIFA.com for a look back at some of the more notable fraternal duos from finals past.
Evaristo, Rosas, Gutierrez set the stage - Uruguay 1930
Mario and Juan Evaristo of Argentina got the brotherly ball rolling back at the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 by doing their part in an impressive run to the final. Though they were nicked by neighbours Uruguay, the Evaristos set the groundwork for brothers appearing in the same team in a World Cup final. In all, there would be five sets that would reach the ultimate match. With all respect to the Evaristos, though, Mexico's Manuel (18) and Felipe (20) Rosas were the first and youngest pair of brothers ever to line up in FIFA World Cup. And also there was another set in the Mexico team from Uruguay 1930 - Rafael and Francisco Gutierrez. All four were on the field together against Argentina in the first round - too bad the Evaristos stayed on the bench for that one.
Fritz and Ottmar up front - Switzerland 1954
Still nursing the psychic and physical scars of the Second World War, a wounded German populace was finally able to shout with joy again in 1954. Although Fritz Walter is largely regarded as the key figure in the defeat of Hungary in the 'miraculous' final in Berne, little brother Ottmar also played his part. Fritz' teammate at Kaiserslautern, Ottmar lived largely in his big brother's big shadow. He did manage to score in the opening 4-1 win over Turkey, and both he and Fritz scored again in the next meeting with the Turks. They both scored twice in the 6-1 semi-final win over Austria, before lining up together as massive underdogs against the fancied Hungarians in the final. The 3-2 victory saw the Walters become the first brothers to win a FIFA World Cup.
Joy-boy Bobby, hod carrier Jacky - England 1966
Just twelve years and two World Cups later, the Charltons became the second brothers to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. The contrasts between sumptuous Bobby of Manchester United and hard working Leeds centre-half Jacky could not have been more pronounced. Bobby earned 106 caps between 1958 and 1970, scoring a record 49 goals. Though Jacky, who only made his first England cap in 1965, can make no claims to individual immortality, he did his part in England's only FIFA World Cup win on home soil in 1966. Both played in all six matches, but while Jacky's tackling went largely unheralded, Bobby took the plaudits with three goals and some fine play en route to a famous victory over old rivals Germany.
The Brothers Van de Kerkhof- Germany 1974 and Argentina 1978
The Van de Kerkhof brothers of PSV Eindhoven fame hold the distinction of being the only twins to each have scored in a FIFA World Cup. Though fringe members of the side that reached the final in 1974, Rene and Willy really burst onto the scene at Argentina 1978. Trading positions in a free-form attack/midfield, the orange-clad duo played a crucial role in a scintillating run to a second-successive final - where they lost out at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires to the hosts.
Italian brothers Patrizio and Claudio Sala spent most of their time on the bench during Italy's long run at Argentina 1978. But boss Enzo Bearzot gave them both a little taste of the big time in the third-place match with Brazil - Patrizio started and Claudio came on for 12 minutes at the end.
Unhappy Chanov bros in line behind Rinat - Spain 1982
Though Victor and Vyacheslav became the only brotherly goalkeeping duo to appear in the same team at a FIFA World Cup, their experience at Spain 1982 may well have left them a little bitter. With number-one Rinat Dassaiev widely regarded as the greatest Soviet keeper since the legendary Yashin, neither Chanov was bound to see much playing time in Iberia. In fact, they both spent every minute of all five matches on the bench alongside coach Konstantin Beskov.
Final-bound Fosters - Spain 1982
Karl-Heinz was the dominant Foster in the German side that reached the final of Spain 82, starting all three group matches including the ignominious 1-2 loss to Algeria and the peculiarly dull draw with Austria. But after spending the first round on the touchline, coach Jupp Derwall brought in Bernd Foster - Karl-Heinz's younger brother. He played all four second-round matches including the classic semi-final with France and the final against Italy. The Fosters became the last brothers to appear together in a FIFA World Cup final. Karl-Heinz was voted German Player of the Year in 1982 and returned to the FIFA World Cup final again four years later in Mexico - and surely Bernd never heard the end of it...
1982 proved a banner year for brothers. In addition to the Chanovs and Fosters, Yugoslavian twins Zlatko and Zoran Vujovic also played together before being eliminated in the first round.
The indomitable Biyik brothers - Italy 1990
Brothers Francois Omam-Biyik and André Kana-Biyik were both in the Cameroon side that made the entire Mother Continent smile with pride at Italy 1990. In their tournament opener at their second finals, the Indomitable Lions kept up their unbeaten record (they had drawn all three games at Spain 1982) with a 1-0 win against Maradona and holders Argentina. In one of the greatest upsets in FIFA World Cup history, Francois rose highest to head home the only goal six minutes after André Kana was sent off for a wild tackle on Claudio Caniggia. The two went on to help Cameroon to the quarter-finals - a first for an African team.
Dane Laudrups on the mark - France 1998
Danish brothers Michael and Brian Laudrup - arguably the most gifted brothers of all time - lit up the tournament in France with some wonderful performances. Michael scored a penalty in the first round en route to a second-place finish in France's group. And in the Round of Sixteen match against fancied Nigeria, Brian grabbed one of his own in a 4-1 trouncing. The younger brother then went on to repeat the dose in a 2-3 loss against Brazil in the quarter-final - hands-down one of the most thrilling matches of the tournament.
Also in 1998, Norwegian brothers Tore Andre Flo and Jostein Flo both appeared in the Scandinavians' amazing first-round win over fancied Brazil. To complete the family affair, cousin Havard Flo played the full 90 minutes as well.
Kovac brothers bring at all back home - Korea/Japan 2002
The most-recent finals in Asia saw Berlin-born, Croatian brothers Niko and Robert Kovac line up side-by-side in the first round. Though they went out at the group stages, both Kovac brothers started all three matches for Croatia.