#Fathersday: Five Great Fathers and Sons Football Stars
While there is no scientific proof that football talent is by any means hereditary, the world has come see the round leather game finding roots in some families as the baton is being passed from one generation to the other.
As part of Bounce Sports Father Days’ package, we bring you Five Great Fathers and Sons Football Stars.
Daniel Amokachi, father of Nazim and Kalim
One of the most accomplished Nigerian football players is Daniel Amokachi who is popularly called the Bull during his playing days.
Now into coaching and also the Technical Director at Finnish side JS Hercules, Amokachi has twin sons Nazim and Kalim who are toeing the path of their father.
Having honed their skills at the Everton Academy, one of the clubs their father played for, they were recently signed on by Turkish giants Besiktas.
Amokachi played 77 matches for Besiktas in which he scored 19 goals, he will be glad to see his twins do more once they are promoted to the main team
Abedi Pele, father of André and Jordan Ayew
In Africa, this Ghanaian family qualifies as one if not the biggest football family. The father played at the highest level and even wining the UEFA Champions League and AFCON titles at the peak of his career.
A recipient of three African player of the year award, Abedi’s son are towing his line already as the two now play in the Premier League.
If there is one thing their father could not do and they have done; it is playing at the FIFA World Cup.
Miguel Angel (aka Periko) and Xabi Alonso
In this part of the world, the prayer is always that our children should outshine us and that is the case as it concerns Xabi Alonso and his 63-year old father Miguel Angel Alonso, nicknamed Periko.
The older Alonso won the League three times and participated in the 82 World Cup.
Those achievements have been dwarfed by Xabi who has already won a World Cup, two European Championships and one Champions League.
Cesare and Paolo Maldini
In picking fathers and sons who made it as soccer players, one of the names that easily comes to minds are Maldini.
It is because Cesare and Paolo are two true soccer legends. Both players have won the Champions League and have worn the captain armband of AC Milan
Having received the football baton from his father, Paolo is willing to keep the dynasty running as he is breeding his sons Christian (19) and Daniel (14 years) for more greatness.
Pablo and Diego Forlan
One was a defender and the other a serial goal scorer. Pablo Forlan played the World cups of 66 and 74 and won the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. As for Diego, he delighted Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and the Uruguayan selection where he was selected as Golden player of the 2010 World Cup.