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Lucas and Theo celebrate a goal against Belgium.AFP7 via Europa Press (Europa Press)

It is not a common situation, but neither is it unprecedented. The case that occurred on Thursday in the French team of the coincidence of two brothers, Theo and Lucas, trained at Atlético de Madrid, in the same match had already occurred previously in the neighboring country and of course in the national team itself Spanish, which in its 100-year history has seen five similar cases. Five pairs of brothers sharing internationality in the same meeting.

The Olasos and the Regueiro. The pioneers in the field. For more curiosity, they shared a situation on the same day, May 29, 1927, but with different circumstances. On that date Spain, for the only time in its history, played two official matches on the same day, one in Bologna against Italy, lost 2-0 and another in Madrid against Portugal (0-0). Surprisingly, in 1954, 27 years later, the Federation decoded the one played in the Metropolitano as an absolute team match and the players who played it were stripped of their international status. No official explanation was given.

The two brothers Olaso, Luis and Alfonso, who played for Atlético de Madrid, attended the Italian event and played. For the first it was his fourth and last caps and for the second, his first and last. The Regueiros curled the curl more. Luis played the Bologna game and Pedro that of Madrid, to later share the line-up in four commitments between 1928 and 1936. Luis, who played the Amsterdam Games, reached 25 international matches and Pedro stayed in five.

The Gonzalvo in the 1950 World Cup. José, a midfielder and a left-back, responded to the name of Gonzalvo II and Mariano, a midfielder, to Gonzalvo III, both Barcelona players, who have played the most games together: six. The first of the qualifying phase for the 1950 World Cup, against Portugal (5-1), and the other five already on Brazilian soil against the United States (3-1), Chile (2-0), England (1-0 ), Uruguay (2-2) and Brazil (1-6). Three of them were in Maracana. José, the oldest, ended his career with the national team there (eight games) and Mariano continued until reaching 16 games.

The Reds, a single day. Kubala was the coach and the 50 years of the Turkish Federation were commemorated. Friendly (0-0) against the host in Istanbul (17-10-73). For the first and only time, José Ángel (Rojo II), Athletic midfielder, is called up and coincides with his brother Txetxu (Rojo I), Atletico left winger, who that afternoon debuted captaincy. Txetxu was international 18 times and scored three goals.

Los Salinas, four minutes. To confirm the complexity of the coincidence of two brothers in the same national team match, the case of Julio and Patxi Salinas is conclusive. The first one a year older than the second. Julio made his debut with La Roja in 1986, when he was already a player for Atlético de Madrid and crossed paths with his brother, who was still playing for Athletic, two years later. They agreed in two games, but they were only together on the pitch for four minutes. Patxi’s first appearance was on 9-14-88 in Oviedo against Yugoslavia (1-2). He started and was replaced by Nando in the 60th minute. Just then Julio entered the field instead of Butragueño. As it was a triple change they had the opportunity to greet each other in the band.

The following month, at the Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville, against Argentina, Luis Suárez summoned the two brothers again. They were both substitutes. Patxi entered for Beguiristáin in 80 ‘and Julio for Butragueño in 86’, so they shared the corresponding extension on the pitch for four more minutes. The oldest of the saga made a career in the national team. He played three World Cups (Mexico 86, Italy 90 and United States 94) and two European Cups (Germany 88 and England 96) with a total of 56 matches and 25 goals.

In Spanish football, another good handful of brothers achieved the honor of internationality, but without coinciding on the field. This was the case of the Aguirrezabala family, known as Chirri I (Marcelino) and Chirri II (Ignacio); the Lesmes (Francisco and Rafael); the Alonso (Gabriel and Juanito), the Arieta (Ignacio and Antón), and the López Recarte (Luis María and Aitor).

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