When a business is paying you well, you will want to involve your whole family and friends in the business as well same goes for football. Today we will be talking about the father/son combo in football. From the opening sentence, we said almost everybody would involve their relatives and loved ones in businesses that pay them well, so; many footballers were able to hand over their boots to their children. fa
We will be looking at the father/son combo in football and possibly the clubs they played for.
Famous Father/Son Combo in Football Game
Father/Son Combo in Football Between PETER & KASPER SCHMEICHEL
The two are two great Danes who both won the Premier League title and captained their country at major championships. Peter is regarded as a god in Denmark, and not just by himself.
He was a key player in Denmark’s Euro ’92 triumph, making a string of world-class saves in the final against Germany. He also led English Premier League side Manchester United to a historic ‘Treble’ in 1999 when they defeated Bayern Munich with two dramatic injury-time goals. His son, on the other hand, Kasper, started his career at rivals Manchester City but made only eight appearances for the club before signing for Notts County.
He spent one year at Leeds United then moved to Leicester City, where he’s spent the past eight seasons. He was instrumental in helping The Foxes win the 2016 Premier League title and the English FA Cup in the 2020/21 season.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between DANNY & DALEY BLIND
Danny Blind was the linchpin of the Ajax defence when the Amsterdam outfit won the Champions League in 1995. The cultured centre-back played almost 500 games for the Dutch team during a 13-year spell at the club.
He won 16 major honours in the club in his 13-years with the club before retiring from professional football. After his retirement, Blind Snr moved into coaching, and after stints as assistant boss at both Ajax and Holland, he was appointed manager of the full national side in 2015.
During his spell in charge of Oranje, Blind Snr coached his son, Daley. His son Daley Blind spent seven seasons at Ajax before moving to Manchester United in 2014. The versatile defender stayed at United for four years, where he won the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.
He then returned to Ajax in 2018 and has so far made many appearances for the club over the course of his three seasons with the club. Daley Blind has already exceeded his father’s record at the international level, winning 70-plus caps compared to his father, who made only 42.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between JOHAN & JORDI CRUYFF
Jordi Cruyff was given the unenviable task of following in his father’s immortal footsteps. He was determined to make it as a footballer on his own terms, opting to use the name Jordi on his shirt and forging a solid career lasting 18 seasons.
The attacking midfielder spent two seasons with Spanish La Liga side Barcelona and then moved to the English Premier League where he played for Manchester United.
He won nine international caps, scoring one goal. Cruyff Snr is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, scooping three Ballons d’Or during his astonishing career.
After ten trophy-laden seasons at Ajax, during which he lifted three European Cups, he then returned to Camp Nou, where he ended the Catalan club’s 14-year wait for a league title.
He led the Dutch national side to the 1974 World Cup Final and was voted ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the process.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between IAN WRIGHT & SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS
Ian Wright and Shaun Wright-Phillips are the only other father/son combo apart from the Schmeichels to have won a Premier League title. Both had very similar international careers in terms of their duration, caps earned, and goals scored.
While the father, Ian, earned a total of 33 caps during his seven-year spell, he scored nine goals in the process. While his son, whose own England career lasted six years, scored six goals in 36 appearances. Ian Wright was a goal machine who was playing non-league football for £30-a-week before signing professional terms with Crystal Palace.
His scoring exploits led to a club-record fee of £2.5m move to Arsenal, where he spent the next seven years of his career. In 1997 he scored a hat trick against Bolton Wanderers to surpass Cliff Bastin’s club record of 178 goals to become Arsenal’s all-time top scorer.
For his son Shaun Wright-Phillips, he began his career with Manchester City, making a name for himself in England’s second-tier as a lightning-quick winger with an eye for goal. When Manchester City cemented their place in the Premier League, his impressive performances drew the attention of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who paid £21M for him to join his side, Chelsea.
Despite picking up Premier League and FA Cup winners medals at Stamford Bridge, the winger found opportunities hard to come by and returned to his former side Manchester City in a cut-price £8M move three years later.
Wright-Phillips is gradually becoming a big name in English football as their son, D’Margio is currently playing for Manchester City’s academy, and he is also in England U16s. The dynasty is set to continue.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between FRANK SNR & FRANK JR LAMPARD
Frank Lampard Snr was left-back for Premier League side West Ham United for 20 years, becoming one of the most revered players in the East London club’s history. He’s second only to Billy Bonds in terms of appearances for the club, clocking up 670 games for The Hammers.
During his stint with The Irons, Lampard Snr won two FA Cup medals in 1975 and 1980, as well as the old Second Division in 1981. His club performance did not reflect in his countryside as he only made two appearances for England.
On the other hand, his son Frank Lampard Jnr went on to become the eighth-most capped player in England’s history. The player was a box-to-box midfielder, and he played for West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City in the English Premier League before retiring.
He was England’s 10th highest goal-scorer before his retirement from international football in 2014. Like his father, Lampard began his career at West Ham but felt his position at the club was untenable after his father’s dismissal as assistant manager.
He then joined Chelsea for £11M, where he won 13 many trophies in 13 years, becoming the club’s all-time top goal-scorer in the process.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between PATRICK & JUSTIN KLUIVERT
Patrick Kluivert is always remembered for his 85th-minute goal against Juventus in the Champions League final when he was just 18-years-old at Ajax. After winning every trophy available during a three-year spell with Ajax, the striker moved to AC Milan at the end of an injury-plagued 1996/97 season.
Kluivert spent one miserable year at the San Siro that bore only six goals before moving to Barcelona for £9M. The Dutchman returned to his goal-scoring form in the Spanish La Liga side as he scored 122 goals in 257 appearances.
He also played in the English Premier League before his retirement. He played for Newcastle United. Barcelona was not the only La Liga club he played for. He also played for Valencia and also PSV in the Dutch League before ending his career at French Ligue 1 side Lille in 2008.
Kluivert scored 40 goals in 79 appearances for his country Netherlands and was the country’s leading goal-scorer before the record was broken by Robin van Persie in 2013. His son, on the other hand, Justin Kluivert, followed in his father’s footsteps by making his Ajax debut at the age of 18.
The young striker spent two seasons at the Amsterdam Arena, netting 13 goals before moving to AS Roma for £16M.
Father/Son Combo in Football Between ALF INGE & ERLING HÅLAND
Also in the list of football father/son combo is the Norwegian father-and-son duo, Alf Inge & Erling Håland. Håland Snr is best remembered for his 10-year stint in England’s top flight and his infamous feud with Roy Keane.
The row culminated in an x-rated challenge by the former Manchester United captain, which Håland later cited as the main reason behind his early retirement. The dependable midfielder also won 34 caps for Norway and represented his country at the 1994 World Cup.
Erling Braut Håland came to the world’s attention in the 2018/2019 season due to his prolific goal-scoring abilities. He was with Red Bull Salzburg of Austria.
The 6’4 striker was the first teenager in the Champions League history to score four consecutive games. He scored 26 goals in just 18 games when he joined German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.