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Top 10 sporting siblings

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In honour of brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari teaming up to lead Italy to victory at golf's World Cup on Sunday, has put together a list of the top 10 sporting siblings.

Narrowing the list down to just 10 entries was tough as there have been plenty of talented families to leave their mark over the years.

You can send in your own suggestions using the feedback form at the bottom of the page.

Venus and Serena Williams

The Williams sisters were born and raised in one of the tougher areas of Los Angeles - not usually the most fertile ground for producing tennis champions.

But Venus and Serena - born just over a year apart - broke the mould in spectacular style.

Between them they have won 18 grand slam titles - 11 for Serena and seven for Venus - and have both enjoyed spells as the world number one.

Jack and Bobby Charlton

The coal-mining village of Ashington in Northumberland provided two members of England's only World Cup winning team, Jack and Bobby Charlton.

Jack, the elder by more than two years, was a central defender for more than 20 years with Leeds United, while Bobby's goal-scoring exploits made him a Manchester United legend.

But the high point of their respective careers came in the summer of 1966 when both were integral members of England's charge to the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Gary, Phil and Tracey Neville

The Nevilles - Gary, Phil and Tracey - are another remarkable set of sporting siblings from the north of England.

The eldest, Gary, has been a mainstay of the trophy-laden Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United and is England's most capped right-back.

Phil, initially alongside Gary at Old Trafford and more recently as captain of Everton, has also carved out a successful career at the top level, including 59 England appearances. Phil's twin sister Tracey won 74 caps for England at netball.

Ian, Greg and Trevor Chappell

Cricket in general and Australian cricket in particular has seen many brothers ply their trade at the top level.

Arguably the cream of the crop are the Chappells - Ian, Greg and Trevor.

The middle brother Greg was the best player, an elegant right-hander who finished his 87-cap Test career with an average of 53.86.

Ian, the eldest, was also a batsman of repute, collecting more than 5,000 Test runs and building a successful team in his own tough image during his time as Australia captain from 1971-75.

Trevor, unfortunately, is best remembered for his under arm delivery at the end of a one-dayer against New Zealand, denying the Kiwis the chance to tie the match with a six. He was acting on the instructions of Greg, Australia's captain that day.

The controversy somewhat overshadowed his own international career as an all-rounder, which consisted of three Tests and 20 one-dayers.

Mark and Steve Waugh

Fast-forward a couple of generations and there was another set of brothers in Australia's Test team.

The Waugh twins, Steve and Mark, combined for 296 Test appearances and almost 19,000 runs in Australia's all-conquering line-up. Steve captained his country with great success from 1998-2004.

They once put on 464 for the fifth wicket for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield but their early forays in international cricket did not always promote family harmony - Mark made his Test debut in 1991 at the expense of Steve.

Dean Waugh, four years younger, also made one first-class appearance, while Danny - the youngest of the four Waugh brothers - played in the Sydney grade competition.

Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko

The Klitschkos are the first brothers to simultaneously hold versions of the world heavyweight title.

Vitali, the oldest by almost five years, is the reigning WBC champion, while Wladimir owns the IBF and WBO belts.

There is, however, bad news for those who would like to see the heavyweight division unified as the Klitschkos have ruled out facing each other in the ring.

Michael and Ralf Schumacher

The Schumachers are the most successful brothers to have graced Formula One.

Michael ranks as one of the greats of the sport, having won seven world titles for Benetton and Ferrari in the decade from 1994.

His younger brother Ralf suffers in comparison but nevertheless managed six grand prix victories in a career that included spells with Jordan, Williams and Toyota.

Rory and Tony Underwood

For a time in the mid-90s playing on the wing for England was the exclusive preserve of the Underwood brothers, Rory and Tony.

Rory even switched flanks from right to left to accommodate his younger brother Tony in the team.

The prolific duo played together through to Rory's retirement in 1996, by which point he had bagged a record 89 caps and 49 tries for England.

Tony's career did not quite hit the same heights, he scored 13 tries in 29 Tests but is perhaps most famous for being trampled on by Jonah Lomu to provide the defining image of England's 1995 World Cup semi-final mauling at the hands of New Zealand.

Peyton and Eli Manning

Peyton and Eli Manning are the first brothers to each quarterback a team to Super Bowl glory.

The sons of former Saints signal caller Archie Manning, the pair led their NFL teams to glory in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Peyton, the older by almost seven years, guided the Indianapolis Colts to a 29-17 victory over the Chicago Bears, followed 12 months later by Eli overseeing the New York Giants' 17-14 success over the New England Patriots.

Michael and Brian Laudrup

The Laudrup brothers, Michael and Brian, are another fine example from the world of football.

Michael was a crowd-pleasing midfielder throughout a career that included stops at Juventus, Lazio, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

He was also part of the Denmark teams that reached the last 16 of the World Cup in 1986 and the quarter-final 12 years later.

Brian, the younger brother by five-and-a-half years, starred on the wing in the Rangers team that dominated the Scottish league in the 1990s, although he also had a brief and unsuccessful spell with Chelsea.

He won the European Championship with Denmark in 1992 and featured alongside Michael at the 1998 World Cup.

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Sohaib Zia says...

the akmal brothers? Umar and Kamran two top class batsmen and aflethic fielders they could turn out better than everybody on this list

Posted 20:12 5th December 2009

Keian ( football fan ) Sanchez says...

the de boer brothers? they deserve at least a mention? although not brother but cousins we have les ferdiand and rio ferdiand, anton ferdinand! other cousins Paul Ince and nigel benn

Posted 14:39 3rd December 2009

Daid Gilliver says...

PAdraig..What about the Wallace brothers, Danny, Rodney and Ray....!!!!

Posted 13:54 3rd December 2009

Padraig Greenwood says...

What about the Wallace brothers? Richard, Paul and David all played on Lions tours with David touring twice and him and Paul playing 3 tests each. David has also won two Heineken Cups and a grand slam, while Paul was a crucial part of the last successful Lions team. And the Tuilagis' omission is just shameful especially as they lose out to the Neville sisters and the Underwoods, one of whom (Rory) was quite good.

Posted 18:50 30th November 2009

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