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Famous Fathers & Sons Who've Played At The World Cup

Famous Fathers & Sons Who've Played At The FIFA World Cup

By David Kappel - Jun 26, 2018 09:00 PM @kappilinho

There are a few sons of famous footballing fathers taking part in this year's 2018 FIFA World Cup, with one of them even representing a different country to the one his World Cup-winning dad played for.

Click through the gallery above to see some famous fathers and sons who played at the World Cup.

Thiago Alcantara has made two appearances for Spain at Russia 2018 so far, following in the footsteps of his famous father Mazinho. Strangely, though, Thiago has decided to represent La Furia Roja, for whom he qualifies after living in Barcelona for more than five years, while his father ran out for Brazil and was part of the Selecao team that lifted the trophy in 1994.

Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel faced 1998 winners France in their final Group C clash on Tuesday afternoon and followed in his father's footsteps by qualifying for the round of 16. Back in 1998, Denmark reached the quarter-final, their best ever result in their World Cup history, with Peter Schmeichel in goal.

With his goal against South Korea, Mexico's Javier Hernandez became the first Mexican to score in three different World Cups, and the 30-year-old will be keen to help his side make it out of the group stage for a seventh straight tournament. His father, Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, though, managed to reach the quarter-finals with Mexico when they hosted the 1986 World Cup.

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You can find more sons of footballing fathers – three of them outshone their dads by lifting the trophy – in the gallery above.

Which father-son pair do you think has been the best in football history? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jun 27, 2018 06:44 AM
Yhoooo!! this is bad even Abedi "Pele" Ayew didn't play in the WC only his sons
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Mr Moloto Joined: 25 May 2018
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Mr Moloto Jun 26, 2018 11:38 PM
Again no african. the problem with us africans is that we don't understand the meaning of building, we just want results out of the blue, this should be a lesson to take care of our kids lets remember that a son can only take something serious when he is being pushed in the right direction especially when trying to follow in the footsteps of his father the problem here is africans want to build double storey house without foundation but still xpect it to last for years

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