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5 Pairs of brothers who are making it big in Indian football

These brothers in Indian football are trying to make it big
These brothers in Indian football are trying to make it big

The world of football has seen many brothers light up the sport and mesmerize the game with their individual skills. The dynamic English duo of Sir Bobby Charlton and Jack Charlton, who guided England to their only FIFA World Cup victory in 1966, are the best example of this.

In India, it is not new to see brothers rocking the football stage. Some famous pairs who did it in the past are the legendary Pradip Kumar and Prasun Banerjee, goalkeepers Hemanta and Prasanta Dora, Climax and Covan Lawrence, and Mohammed and Shafi Rafi.

Without any further ado, here are five pairs of brothers who are making it big in Indian football.

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#5 Prabhsukhan Gill and Gursimrat Gill

Both Prabhsukhan and Gursimrat are now contracted with Bengaluru FC
Both Prabhsukhan and Gursimrat are now contracted with Bengaluru FC

Both Prabhsukhan Gill and Gursimrat Gill represented India in their U-16 and U-19 days and will ply their trade with Bengaluru FC in the upcoming season of ISL.

Gursimrat was signed by Bengaluru FC at the onset of the 2018-19 season on a two-year deal from Northeast United FC. As a mainstay in their 'B' team, the left back helped them clinch the BDFA Super Division League title with a game to spare.

His astute defending ensured Bengaluru FC 'B' conceded only three goals en route to topping Group A of the second division. Gursimrat made only one first team appearance for their senior side against Jamshedpur FC in the ISL but left the pitch early after seeing a second yellow.

Prabhsukhan, on the other hand, was Indian Arrows' first-choice goalkeeper and made a total of 20 appearances in the I-League and Super Cup combined this season. His brilliant reflexes under the bar earned the AIFF Youth Developmental side 7 clean sheets.

Prabhsukhan also won the 'Hero of the Match' award in the Super Cup Qualifier where they knocked out Kerala Blasters.

#4 Rakesh Oram and Bekey Oram

The brothers from Odisha are also contracted with Bengaluru FC now
The brothers from Odisha are also contracted with Bengaluru FC now

The Gill brothers aren't the only family members Bengaluru FC have recruited. While a lot of women from Odisha have represented the country in various age groups and senior team, the men from the coastal state haven't found the same luck. But, the same can't be said about the Oram brothers.

Elder brother Rakesh Oram became the first player from Odisha to play in the ISL when Mumbai City FC signed the Sambalpuri-born player in the 2016 season. A regular in India's age-group teams, Rakesh made a total of 10 appearances for the Islanders in the third and fourth edition of the tournament, mainly coming on as a substitute.

Bengaluru FC signed the talented midfielder for their 'B' team but an injury derailed his playing time in the 2018-19 season. Rakesh also signed for DSK Shivajians in the 2015-16 I-League season.

Bekey, on the other hand, was a part of India's squad for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championships squad. Then only 14, Bekey was the youngest player in the squad and constantly created menace for the opposition defenders.

Bekey represented Bengaluru FC in the Hero Elite League, where they finished third in their group comprising of East Bengal, SAI Guwahati, and Delhi Dynamos. Bekey is also a part of Bengaluru FC's Hero Junior League squad which topped the regional Karnataka zone with a staggering +74 goal difference.

#3 Lallianzuala Chhangte and CVL Remtluanga

Both Chhangte and Remtluanga ply their trade with Delhi Dynamos now
Both Chhangte and Remtluanga ply their trade with Delhi Dynamos now

If you think Bengaluru FC is the only club in India which has siblings in their ranks, then you are mistaken. Delhi Dynamos have their own sibling duo of Lallianzuala Chhangte and CVL Remtluanga. While the elder brother plays for their senior side in the ISL, the younger one played for their junior team in the Hero Elite League.

Lallianzuala Chhangte came through the youth setup of DSK Shivajians and became the second youngest Indian to score when he found the back of the net against Nepal in the 2015 SAFF Cup at the age of 18. Chhangte recently gave trials with Norweigan top-division club Viking FK but the negotiations broke down and he was unable to sign a contract.

Remtluanga, on the other hand, scored five goals for the Dynamos in the Hero Elite League wherein they topped their group in the Delhi zonal round but faltered in the next round.

#2 Kamo Bayi and Bazie Armand

The brothers from Ivory Coast have played in the I-League with various clubs
The brothers from Ivory Coast have played in the I-League with various clubs

Born in Didier Drogba's hometown of Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Kamo Bayi and Bazie Armand have gained their foothold in India. The brothers have represented a variety of clubs across India in the CFL, Second Division I-League, and the I-League and are one of the most dynamic foreigners to watch out in the country.

Kamo Bayi came to India after the 2015 Nepal earthquake left the Himalayan nation and their Nepal National League in shambles. Playing for George Telegraph in the CFL and Salgaocar in the Goa Pro League, Kamo Bayi got his big break when he helped Aizawl clinch the 2016-17 I-League.

Thereafter, he played for Mohun Bagan and Gokulam Kerala in the I-League before putting pen to paper with Mohammedan SC in the Second Division and Tollygunge Agragami in the Calcutta Football League.

Bazie followed his younger brothers' footsteps and came to India only in 2017. Playing for NBP Rainbow AC in the 2017 Calcutta Football League, East Bengal scouts took note of his talent and he represented them in the I-League.

However, Bazie couldn't prove his worth for the Kolkata giant in the I-League and Minerva Punjab roped him in the January transfer window and he subsequently lifted the trophy with them. He played for Mohammedan in the 2018 CFL and Real Kashmir in the 2018-19 I-League where they finished third in the points table.

#1 Michael Soosairaj and Michael Regin

Both Soosairaj and Regin are stars in Tamil Nadu
Both Soosairaj and Regin are stars in Tamil Nadu

The story of Michael Soosairaj and Michael Regin needs no introduction as much was talked about it during Chennai City FC's I-League title triumph this season. Coming from Eraviputhenthurai, a small village on the coasts of Tamil Nadu, both Soosairaj and Regin lost their parents at a young age.

However, that didn't deter their plans of pursuing football as their profession. Soosairaj bagged the 'Best Midfielder of the League' award in 2018 after his exploits in the I-League with Chennai City FC. ISL side Jamshedpur FC took note of his talent and roped him for the subsequent season.

Michael Regin was a part of Chennai City FC's title-winning I-League campaign although he had to sit out for a majority of the season owing to injuries. He also played as a defensive midfielder for the club in the first two matches of the Super Cup where they defeated ISL sides FC Pune City and Bengaluru FC.

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