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World Cup 2022: These sons of famous fathers play at the World Cup


Some World Cup participants got the talent in their cradle - and emulate successful fathers in Qatar. Also present: Two US talents, one whose dad is part of the coaching staff. And a German international.

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George Weah

is many things: A legend of world football.

Africa's only world footballer, Africa's footballer of the century and an icon on the continent.

And, since 2017, also president of his home country Liberia.

Photo: Harold Cunningham / FIFA

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Big footsteps for son

Timothy Weah

, born in New York City, US international and currently active in France for OSC Lille.

After all, the Weah scion has already scored his first World Cup goal.


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A German national player also has prominent parents:

Leroy Sané

is the son of gymnast Regina Weber and a former Senegalese soccer player.

Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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Souleymane Sané

made his breakthrough in professional football in the 1980s as a strike partner for Joachim Löw at SC Freiburg, before moving first to the Bundesliga and then to the international stage as a striker for Senegal – although the French national team was also interested.

Photo: IMAGO / Sven Simon

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Just like dad - and yet so different:

Marcus Thuram

, like his father Lilian, is a French international.

But while Lilian, world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000, uncompromisingly cleaned up the backbone, Marcus uses his equally imposing stature combined with his above-average skills on the ball to help the Equipe Tricolore on the offensive.

Photo: IMAGO/JB Autissier / IMAGO/PanoramiC

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In everyday life, Marcus Thuram goes in search of goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach.

After the end of her active career, Lilian Thuram

dedicated herself primarily to anti-racist commitment.

Photo: Christian Liewig/Corbis/Getty Images

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In the club at Ajax Amsterdam,

Daley Blind

usually defends in the centre, in the Netherlands he is at home on the left flank and organizes the game from there.

As a defensive all-rounder, the former Manchester United pro is following in his father Danny's footsteps.

He also played for Ajax in the 1980s and 1990s, and 42 times for Elftal as well.

Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Even after his active career,

Danny Blind

did not turn his back on Oranje, but instead worked as a Bonds coach for two years.

Today, Papa Blind is part of Louis van Gaal's coaching staff.

Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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Claudio Reyna

made 112 appearances for the USA,

surprisingly the team advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup.

It shouldn't have been Reyna's last contribution to US soccer.

Photo: IMAGO / Rust

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Giovanni Reyna

, called Gio, is considered one of the greatest talents of a generation of talents that is already golden by American standards.

The youngster from Borussia Dortmund is not yet a regular player in the national team, which also has something to do with injuries.

However, Reyna's way to the top seems to be predetermined.

Photo: IMAGO/Michael Zemanek/Shutterstock / IMAGO/Shutterstock

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The World Cup is over for

Kasper Schmeichel


The international career of the 36-year-old is coming to an end, his career was a successful one: in 2016 he was the backbone of Leicester City's sensational championship title in the Premier League, in 2021 he was between the posts when the Danes reached the semi-finals of the European Championship .

Photo: Pool/Getty Images

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Only one keeper was more successful in Germany's northernmost neighboring country: Kasper's father

Peter Schmeichel,

five-time Premier League winner with Manchester United and European champion in 1992 with Denmark.

Photo: IMAGO

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André Ayew

and his brother Jordan, with whom he plays together on offense at the World Cup, also inherited their talent for football.

Namely from Abédi Ayew, better known as Abédi Péle.

It was also over for the Ayew brothers after the preliminary round.

Photo: Julio Cortez/AP

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And anyone who gets their nickname based on the Brazilian football legend can do more than just play a little bit well:

Abédi Péle

was named Africa's Footballer of the Year three times, and in the election for Africa's Footballer of the Century he came in behind George Weah and Roger Milla third place.

Photo: imago sportfotodienst / IMAGO / Kicker

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-12-03

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