No but SpVgg Unterhaching after the less famous brothers of Mario, Mats and Bastian could all be playing in the German third tier next season.
Footballing brothers are not exactly a rare breed. The Laudrup’s, the Neville’s, the Charlton’s, the Ferdinand’s or even the Izzet’s of Muzzy and Kemal are all prominent examples.
The fact is with a large portion of football talent attributed to genetic gifts the chances are that there will always be plenty of famous footballing brothers on the landscape.
In Germany there is a similar trend. The Bender twins of Sven and Lars are pretty evenly matched in many fields including footballing ability; both currently frequent members of the first-teams at Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.
However there is also a recent trend for a massive difference in the quality of German footballing brothers.
But there is one club that seems to be intent on building a squad made up of famous German footballing brothers; and next season might have Schweinsteiger, Hummels and Gotze all in the starting line-up.
Tobias Schweinsteiger is the older brother of Bayern Munich star Bastian and is on loan at SpVgg Unterhaching from Bayern Munich II but could make his move permanent in the summer after six months at the club.
Meanwhile it was announced this week that Fabian Gotze would also be on his way to Bavaria this summer after agreeing a swap from Vfl Bochum.
Unterhaching is a suburb on the outskirts of Munich and it is believed he is moving to the club in order to live with his younger and more famous brother Mario who has signed for the more illustrious Bavarian football team from Borussia Dortmund.
Fabian’s career is certainly not as eminent as the brother two years his junior. A journeyman left-back he has spent most of his time in the reserve teams at Dortmund, Mainz and Bochum before this move and now the former German under-17 international is hoping for sibling success in Bavaria next season.
Gotze, Schweinsteiger and Hummels may be a more recognised trio on the team-sheet for the Germany national side; but next season you may be able to see that same trio in very different surroundings.
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