Famous Football Fathers and Sons
Through the years, famous football father and son duos have taken centre stage on the pitch in their national team uniforms, contributing their skills and family name to the game. Let's take a look at a few who stand out...
Paolo and Cesare Maldini
Cesare Maldini is a former Italian centre half and captain of AC Milan. He later went on to coach the national U-21 team. Prior to that, he proudly wore the national soccer uniform for 14 years, making his debut in the year 1988. Cesare retired in 2002 with 126 caps and 7 goals to his credit. His son, Paolo Maldini, was one of the best defenders of all time. He shares the record for most caps in the Italian national team. Paolo spent 25 seasons of his career playing for AC Milan, during which he won seven Italian Serie A championships, five UEFA Champions League Cups and one FIFA World Cup. He is remembered for his lightning pace, precise tackling and strong influence, both on and off the pitch. Paolo captained Milan to the 2003 Champions League Title, a feat achieved by his father forty years ago...
Franz and Stephan Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer or The Emperor, helped Germany win the World Cup back in 1974. Regarded as the greatest German footballer ever and one of the best footballers in the world, he was known for his precise passes and coolheaded playmaking. Beckenbauer's pet name recalls the way he dominated the football pitch, much like an Emperor! After retiring, he took on the job of coaching the German national team, which went on to win the 1990 World Cup. Beckenbauer is said to have invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero. Having made 103 appearances for West Germany, he won the World Cup as captain in 1974, and again as manager in 1990! Beckenbauer found a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was voted second, behind Johan Cruyff, in the European Player of the Century election in 1999. Beckenbauer continues to be an influential figure in German and international football. His son, Stephan Beckenbauer, began his career with Bayern Munich, before transferring to TSV 1860 Munich. He is now back with Bayern Munich, this time as coach, and that's his soccer uniform.
Frank Lampard, Senior and Junior
Frank Lampard Senior played left back at West Ham United for eighteen years. Thereafter, he became the assistant coach of the Hammers, while his son, Frank Lampard Junior, began playing for Upton Park. Frank Junior currently plays for the Premier League club Chelsea and the England national team. He is Chelsea's top goal scorer with 130 goals, the most by any midfielder in the club's history! With more than 190 goals scored to date, Frank Lampard Junior is the highest scoring midfielder in Europe, and continues to make his mark...
Wlodzimierz and Ebi Smolarek
Wlodzimierz Smolarek, Poland's greatest striker, played a key role in his country's third place slot in the 1982 World Cup. His son, Euzebiusz aka Ebi, named after the great Portuguese soccer star Eusebio, trained under his father as coach. A regular in the Polish national team, Ebi has already played one World Cup. During the UEFA Euro Cup 2008, he rose to become Poland's top scorer, as well as Group A's, with nine goals to his credit, beating Cristiano Ronaldo! Ebi happens to be the first Pole to have scored a goal against Portugal in 20 years, the previous goal being scored by his father!
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