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“Fathers And Sons” – 10 Football Players Whose Father Is Also A Football Player Ft. Haaland, Schmeichel, Maldini

The world of football is filled with families where multiple generations have played the beautiful game at the highest levels. It’s not uncommon to find fathers who have passed on their footballing genes and knowledge to their children, who have gone on to make their own mark in the sport.

In this context, we take a look at 10 football players whose fathers were also professional footballers. From Erling Haaland to Paolo Maldini, Kasper Schmeichel to Rivaldinho, these players have all had the benefit of growing up with a father who knows exactly what it takes to succeed in the beautiful game.

  1. Erling Haaland – Father: Alf-Inge Haaland. Alf-Inge Haaland is a former Norwegian footballer who played as a defender. He played for several clubs including Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester City. He also played 34 times for the Norwegian national team. Alf-Inge Haaland was known for his hard tackling and physical play.
  2. Kasper Schmeichel – Father: Peter Schmeichel. Peter Schmeichel is a retired Danish footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of all time and is particularly remembered for his time at Manchester United, where he won five Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League. Schmeichel also won the UEFA Euro 1992 with Denmark, and was awarded the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award in 1992 and 1993.
  3. Paolo Maldini – Father: Cesare Maldini. Cesare Maldini was an Italian footballer and manager. As a player, he spent most of his career at AC Milan, where he won four Serie A titles and the European Cup twice. Maldini also played for the Italian national team, and was a member of the squad that reached the final of the 1968 European Championship. After retiring as a player, Maldini became a successful manager, leading Parma to the UEFA Cup in 1999.
  4. Giovanni Simeone – Father: Diego Simeone. Diego Simeone is an Argentine former footballer and current manager of Atlético Madrid. As a player, he had a successful career in Europe, playing for teams such as Atlético Madrid, Inter Milan, and Lazio. He also played for the Argentine national team and was a member of the squad that won the Copa América in 1991 and 1993. As a manager, Simeone has led Atlético Madrid to numerous domestic and international titles, including the La Liga title and UEFA Europa League.
  5. Enzo Zidane – Father: Zinedine Zidane. Zinedine Zidane is a retired French footballer who is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He played for several clubs including Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid, where he won numerous titles including three UEFA Champions League titles. Zidane also played for the French national team, and was a key player in their victories at the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship.
  6. Timothy Weah – Father: George Weah. George Weah is a retired Liberian footballer who played as a striker. He had a successful career in Europe, playing for clubs such as Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, and AC Milan. Weah also played for the Liberian national team, and was named African Footballer of the Year three times. In 1995, he became the first and only African player to win the Ballon d’Or.
  7. Federico Chiesa – Father: Enrico Chiesa. Enrico Chiesa is a retired Italian footballer who played as a striker. He played for several clubs including Sampdoria, Fiorentina, and Parma, where he won the UEFA Cup in 1999. Chiesa also played for the Italian national team, and was a member of the squad that reached the final of the UEFA European Championship in 2000.
  8. Justin Kluivert – Father: Patrick Kluivert. Patrick Kluivert is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a striker. He had a successful career in Europe, playing for clubs such as Ajax, Barcelona, and AC Milan. Kluivert also played for the Dutch national team, and was a member of the squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup. He scored the winning goal in the final of the 1995 UEFA Champions League for Ajax, making him the youngest scorer in the history of the competition.
  9. Marcus Thuram – Father: Lilian Thuram. Lilian Thuram is a retired French footballer who played as a defender. He had a successful career in Europe, playing for clubs such as Monaco, Parma, and Barcelona. Thuram also played for the French national team, and was a key player in their victories at the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 UEFA European Championship. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time.
  10. Rivaldinho – Father: Rivaldo. Rivaldo is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder. He had a successful career in Europe, playing for clubs such as Barcelona, Milan, and Olympiacos. Rivaldo also played for the Brazilian national team, and was a key player in their victories at the 1999 Copa América and the 2002 World Cup. He was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1999, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Rivaldinho, his son, currently plays for Romanian club FC U Craiova 1948.

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