Sporting events have always been as intense as it is. Whether it’s the NBA, the Superbowl, the finals at Wimbledon, or anything in between, there’s no denying the stakes are high during these games. These competitions only get more intense when families and siblings come into play.
While siblings usually have an ‘us against the world’ mentality, it’s not exactly the same when you find yourself on different teams playing the exact same sport. As a matter of fact, this mindset is wholly different when you’re facing your brother or sister on the court. Tensions run high and sibling rivalry tends to ensue – even after the game.
Want to know who took family feud to a whole new level? Read and find out the 6 pairs of siblings who played against each other in the same sport. Grab some popcorn and witness their rivalry unfold on the court.
Stephen Curry and Seth Curry
Often dubbed as the Royal Family or the First Family of the NBA, or so says ESPN, both Stephen and Seth Curry are here to play whether you like it or not. Stephen Curry took the world by storm when he made one amazing move after the other as part of the Golden State Warriors.
Meanwhile, the younger Curry, Seth, played in the big leagues for the Dallas Mavericks. The brothers faced off each other in the NBA court for the first time in the Western Conference Finals. Although the brothers both played their best, Stephen and the Golden State Warriors nabbed the win.
Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol
Another basketball lovin’ set of siblings are brothers Pau and Marc Gasol. Though both share a love for the game, the two play for different teams. Older brother Pau plays center and power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, younger brother Marc is the center for the Toronto Raptors.
The Gasol siblings previously faced off with one another in 2012, when Pau played for the Lakers and Marc played for the Memphis Grizzlies. The caveat? Pau Gasol was traded for the Lakers in exchange for his brother Marc, as well as Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, and Kwame Brown.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
Who doesn’t know these two heavyweights when it comes to the field of tennis? While Serena Williams continues to make waves for her powerful command of the sport, Venus’s accomplishments in the court are also noteworthy.
The siblings have faced off in the court a total of 30 times, with the most recent rivalry happening in the 2018 U.S. Open. Because of their prowess in the field, the sisters are the only two women to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals, says ESPN. Despite the close match between the sisters, Serena reportedly won all four rounds.
Mathias, Paul, and Florentin Pogba
Twins Mathias and Florentin Pogba find themselves facing off one another in the football field. Mathias plays as a striker for Manchego, while twin Florentin plays defender for the Atlanta United FC and the national team of Guinea. Their brother Paul also plays football for Premier League Manchester United.
Paul and Florentin met in a face-off in 2017. Both of their then respective teams – Florentin for Saint-Etienne and Paul for Manchester United – played against each other in the Europa League. The unforgettable match between the two was highly anticipated by fans around the world.
Granit Xhaka and Taulant Xhaka
Brothers Granit and Taulant Xhaka were picked to play for two different countries. Granit was drawn for Switzerland’s football team and Taulant was drawn for Albania. This turn of events was important for the brothers as they have Kosovar-Albanian roots who came to live in Switzerland. According to them, playing opposite each other felt weird at first as they are best friends but have since accepted the situation.
Followers of football say that Granit has more accomplishments than Taulant. He is also regarded as a natural leader, albeit with a reckless quality when he plays. Meanwhile, Taulant was observed to have less discipline back when he played for Switzerland for the under-21 level. After failing to be drawn for a team, he leveraged the new FIFA eligibility rules, which enabled players over 21 years old to change nationalities. With this, he successfully joined the Albanian team.
Eric Staal and Marc Staal
Before brothers Eric and Marc Staal played for the same team, the siblings played against each other. In fact, in 2011, the two played a violent hockey game that left damages and hostilities that almost broke their family apart. Eric hit Marc on the head, leaving Marc with more than just concussions.
Thankfully, Marc Staal recovered from the hit, with brother Eric said he regretted his actions. Today, Marc plays for the New York Rangers, while Eric Staal plays for the Minnesota Wild. Other brothers Jordan and Jared also play hockey.
All is well that ends well, especially in sports. While siblings tend to compete with each other in most aspects of their life, nothing is more extreme when they play against each other in the same arena.
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