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4 Fathers and Sons Who Have Played in the Spanish League

4 Fathers and Sons Who Have Played in the Spanish League

4 Fathers and Sons Who Have Played in the Spanish League

Johann & Jordi Cruyff

When you’re the son of one of the greatest legends in the history of the game, you’d be forgiven if you opted for a somewhat different career path to that of the old man. So fair play to Jordi for trying to break from the shadows.

OK, so his career didn’t quite hit the heights of his dad’s but it didn’t stop him having himself a pretty decent career nonetheless. Jordi made 41 appearances for Barcelona in the mid-90s thus following in the footsteps of his illustrious father. Johann, of course, is a Barca legend; one of the greatest players to wear the jersey as well as one of the great managers at the club. In fact, so much is he connected to Barcelona that Jordi’s name itself is in honour of his time at the club – in reference to Saint Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia.

Manuel Sanchis Martinez and Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo

A European Cup winner in 1966, Manuel Sanchis senior was a defender for the great Real Madrid side of the sixties, making more than 140 appearances for the Madrid giants and helping win not only that European crown but numerous domestic titles along the way. He would also go on to win 11 caps for Spain, including appearances at the 1966 World Cup Finals in England, during which he would score the only international goal of his career.

Like father, like son, Manuel Sanchis junior would also go on to ply his trade at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid; arguably surpassing the feats of his father as he amassed an amazing 700 appearances for the club as well as international representation at a World Cup and European Championship. A member of the Real team which won the European Cup in 1998 and again in 2000 he and his old man are one of only THREE father – son combos to have lifted the prestigious trophy.

Carles and Sergio Busquets

Known predominantly as a back-up goalkeeper to Spanish keeper Andoni Zubizarreta Carles managed 79 appearances for Barcelona throughout the 90s, including an outing between the sticks in the 1991 European Cup Winner’s Cup Final (a 2-1 loss to Man Utd). He was on the bench for the following year’s famous European Cup Final victory however, affording him a winner’s medal for his services. Son Sergio would later go on to claim THREE Champions league medals (and counting!) as a fixture in the midfield of the current golden era at Camp Nou. Busquets junior has certainly seen his star ascend beyond his dad’s on the football arena with a litany of honours at club and international level in a remarkable career.

Miguel and Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso Spanish Kicks

A legendary name in the Basque country, Miguel Alonso was an accomplished midfielder for the great Real Sociedad side of the late 70s and early 80s. He would play 154 matches for Sociedad between 1997 and 1982, helping the side to two league championship triumphs along the way. In addition Alonso would go on to represent Spain at their home World Cup in 1982 before departing his home club for a spell at Barcelona.

Like his father, Xabi would also become a favourite in the Sociedad midfield before a high-profile transfer to Liverpool in the 2004-05 season saw him scoring a goal in that season’s remarkable Champions League Final as Liverpool overhauled a 3-0 deficit to beat AC Milan. Alonso would later move onto Real Madrid where he would win a league title and a second Champions League. He’s also been an integral member of the all-conquering Spain teams that have won back to back European Crowns and the 2010 World Cup.


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