“On Saturday I won’t have a brother for 90 minutes.” It’s Boateng vs. Boateng in Bundesliga’s FC Schalke vs. Bayern Munich this Saturday, with the former Tottenham and Mancheter City players coming face to face.
It is as it used to be, only now millions will be watching and the pitch won’t be the football ground at Berlin’s small river Panke, but FC Schalke’s Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
A Schalke-Bayern match is always a cause of heated atmosphere. Mainly because the proud miners’ club FC Schalke from the heart of the Ruhr valley, once a region of industrial and economical growth now eager to make a comeback, hates the wealthy club FC Bayern Munich from the south, who is boasting it’s financial resources.
One might say Schalke-Bayern is a rivalry, but it was diminished by FC Bayern Munich’s domination over the last few years. In 86 clashes Munich has won 43 and the last five in three years. Unlike most games of the old days, the ones in recent history had clear results.
But all that is off the table as ex-Tottenham’s Kevin-Prince Boateng from FC Schalke will meet his brother ex-Manchester City’s Jerome Boateng from FC Bayern Munich for the third time in their professional career.
Obviously they played before in their youth. Tradition has it that they learned the game of football on the same football ground in one of Berlin’s poorer neighbourhoods, despite growing up apart.
The fact that based on their positions both will probably meet a lot on the field, Jerome Boateng is Bayern Munich’s starting defender and Kevin-Prince Boateng is FC Schalke’s starting midfielder, will spice up the game.
Besides both brothers have made emotional pre-game comments:
“On Saturday I won’t have a brother for 90 minutes”, the Prince spoke. “I already said to him, I would be disappointed, when he won’t attack me 100%. I will do it like that”. Harsh words by Kevin-Prince Boateng, which were answered by his brother.
“I will try it without tackling, but if it doesn’t work that way, I will do it.”, promised Munich’s defender. “He certainly won’t run away from me.”
Jerome Boateng spoke like a true professional and like he remembered the old days. It won’t be the same, but maybe the Boateng brothers will feel a little bit vibe from their pitch of their youth right at Berlin’s Panke.
What do you think? Is it a problem to play against your brother? And who will win? FC Schalke or Bayern Munich?