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14 Jul 2011 20:27:25

John Arne Riise and brother Bjorn aren't only ones to make football team a family affair

It's a prestigious list for the families involved and it contains some of football's most famous names including Charlton, Laudrup and Koeman. But although the name Riise has already joined the famous footballing brothers at international level, John Arne's move to Fulham sees him team up with younger brother Bjorn to launch a 'domestic' charge at Craven Cottage next season. Family affair: John Arne Riise (left) has followed his brother Bjorn to Craven Cottage With the Norwegian duo set to go side by side in the Premier League, Sportsmail looks at the English top flight's Band of Brothers who have played in the same team. The Wallaces (Southampton, 1988-89) Forget double trouble, on October 22, 1988 Southampton unleashed a triple threat of siblings on to the English game when Danny, Ray and Rod Wallace became the first three brothers to play a professional English match in 67 years against Sheffield Wednesday. Danny was five years older than the twin brothers and was already an established Saints player while Ray and Rod had come through the ranks to make their debut that season. Three's company: Rod, Danny and Ray Wallace line up for Southampton The twins both joined Leeds in 1991 with contrasting fortunes. Ray hardly featured and joined Stoke three years later while Rod won the league title in his first season in a seven-year stint. Danny joined Manchester United in 1989 but his career came to a halt in 1995 following spells at Birmingham and Wycombe after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The Nevilles (Manchester United, 1995-2005) After being a part of Sir Alex Ferguson's famous fledglings, Gary and Phil broke into the United team in the mid-90s. They infamously started the 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa on the opening day of the 1995/96 season that prompted Alan Hansen to claim 'you never win anything with kids'. Nice one bruv: Phil tackles Leeds' Alan Smith as Gary looks on during a clash at Old Trafford in 2004 But Fergie kept faith in the defenders and both grew into the team that would clinch the league and cup double at the end of the campaign. Three years later they won the treble and after left-back stalwart Dennis Irwin left in 2002, Phil joined his older brother in becoming a regular in the first team. Everton signed Phil in 2005 where he remains to this day, while Gary became club captain in the same year and spent his whole career at the Red Devils before retiring last January. The Da Silvas (Manchester United, 2008-present) The identical Brazilian twins arrived at Old Trafford in 2008 from Fluminense and at just 21-years-old are on the road to becoming the long-term future for Ferguson's side. Rafael he has already established himself, picking up two league titles and two Carling Cup wins in his three years at the club having broken into the first team in his maiden season. Spot the difference: Manchester United defenders Fabio (left) and Rafael da Silva Injury has prevented Fabio from making similar progress but he secured a league medal last season having broken into the first XI late on in the campaign. His progress was impressive enough to warrant a start ahead of his brother for the Champions League final against Barcelona. As well as causing havoc down the flanks, they give referees trouble too. Fabio once picked up a booking for a foul his brother committed in a Carling Cup tie against Barnsley in 2009 - it was later switched to Rafael on appeal. The Toures (Manchester City, 2010-present) It has taken a while for the Toure brothers to unite for club as well as country but the pair have settled well at Manchester City following Yaya's ?28million move from Barcelona last summer. Since then the midfielder has wasted no time adapting to the English game and his more advanced role. Double trouble: Kolo (standing) and Yaya Toure try to stop Manchester United's Nani last season The Ivory Coast international scored the only goal in an FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United before repeating the trick against Stoke in the final that ended City's 35-year wait for a trophy. In addition he played a big role in helping City secure Champions League qualification. Kolo, who is older by two years at 30, was on course to play a part in both but after failing a drugs test in March missed the crucial run-in after being given a six-month suspension. Despite this the centre-back is expected to reclaim his first-team place and feature alongside Yaya against Europe's elite next term. The Caldwells (Wigan, 2010-11) After Steven signed a one-year-deal at Wigan last summer he was reunited with his younger brother of two years, Gary, who had only joined the Latics six months earlier. Both defenders started their careers at Newcastle before leaving in 2004 and Gary had spells at Hibernian and Celtic after failing to make a first-team appearance at St James' Park. Caldwell sandwich: Steven (left) and Gary Caldwell (right) crowd out Cesc Fabregas Steven featured in the Premier League and Championship for Sunderland and Burnley. The Scos' time at the DW Stadium proved to be short-lived however with the club failing to win a game when both players took part. Although Gary has established himself as club captain, Steven was given a free transfer to Birmingham this summer after just 13 starts under Roberto Martinez. P.S And here is one for Father and Son The Gudjohnsens (Iceland, 1996) A friendly match between Iceland and Estonia is not normally worth shouting about but for Eidur and Arnor Gudjohnsen, the clash on the April 24, 1996 will live in eternal memory. Go on my son: Eidur and Arnor Gudjohnsen almost played on the same pitch for Iceland Arnor at 34-years-old kissed his son Eidur on the cheek when he was replaced by the 17-year-old debutant in a 3-0 win, but was still angry at the Iceland management for not letting them play together. As cruel fate had it, the country wanted the occasion to happen on home soil the next month but the former Chelsea and Barcelona striker broke his ankle, seriously hampering his progress over the next two seasons. For Arnor it ruined a dream he had wished for nine years earlier, when on a chat show he claimed he would love to play alongside his son for Iceland.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR FREE FANTASY FOOTBALL GAMEFamily reunion for Riise as former Kop defender completes ?2.4m Fulham switch Club-by-club guide to all the Barclays Premier League summer transfersPREMIER LEAGUE NEW KIT SPECIAL: Strips your team will wear in 2011-12All the latest Fulham news, features and opinion


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