Four sets of brothers set for UEFA EURO 2016

There are a record-equalling four sets of brothers among the 552 players at UEFA EURO 2016, including a first for the competition: two on opposing sides.

Jordan and Romelu Lukaku
Jordan and Romelu Lukaku ©AFP

There are four sets of brothers among the players at UEFA EURO 2016, equalling a competition record set in 2000.

Belgium: Jordan and Romelu Lukaku
Northern Ireland: Corry and Jonny Evans
Russia: Vasili and Aleksei Berezutski
Albania and Switzerland: Taulant and Granit Xhaka

The tournament was expected to take the record outright but Thorgan Hazard, whose sibling Eden was named Belgium captain, missed out on the final 23.

There is one first this summer, though, with Taulant and Granit Xhaka selected to represent different countries – their native Switzerland in the case of Granit; and Albania, their parents' homeland, for Taulant. The two sides meet in Lens on Saturday.

These eight siblings join a stellar cast of brothers who have turned out at EUROs since Dutch pair René and Willy van de Kerkhof became the first in 1976. The list in full is:

Rene and Willy van de Kerkhof
Rene and Willy van de Kerkhof©Bob Thomas/Getty Images

1976
Netherlands: René and Willy van de Kerkhof

1980
Belgium: Luc and Marc Millecamps
Germany: Bernd and Karlheinz Förster
Italy: Franco and Giuseppe Baresi

1984
Germany: Bernd and Karlheinz Förster

1988
Netherlands: Erwin and Ronald Koeman

Ronald and Erwin Koeman starred for the Netherlands in 1988
Ronald and Erwin Koeman starred for the Netherlands in 1988©AFP

1996
Denmark: Brian and Michael Laudrup
England: Gary and Phil Neville

Gary and Phil Neville: three EUROs together
Gary and Phil Neville: three EUROs together©Getty Images

2000
Belgium: Emil and Mbo Mpenza
England: Gary and Phil Neville
Netherlands: Frank and Ronald de Boer
Sweden: Daniel and Patrik Andersson

2004
Croatia: Niko and Robert Kovač
England: Gary and Phil Neville
Switzerland: Murat and Hakan Yakin

2008
Croatia: Niko and Robert Kovač
Russia: Vasili and Aleksei Berezutski

Robert and Niko Kovač were in the Croatia ranks in 2004 and 2008
Robert and Niko Kovač were in the Croatia ranks in 2004 and 2008©AFP
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