Summary

  • Altintop twins set to meet this weekend.
  • Jerome Boateng and half-brother Kevin-Prince face off for club and country.
  • Raffael and Ronny played together at Hertha.

Brotherly love will be put to the ultimate test should Halil Altintop line up against twin Hamit when Augsburg travel to Darmstadt this weekend.

In anticipation of what promises to be an eye-catching fraternal showdown, bundesliga.com takes a look at the German top flight's foremost sibling rivalries...

Hamit and Halil Altintop

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Altintop household.

After winning the Bundesliga twice whilst at Bayern Munich and enjoying great success in his native Turkey with Galatasaray SK, Hamit is back on German soil looking to get one over on older brother, Halil.

"We set aside brotherly love for 90 minutes," Halil once said prior to a Bundesliga showdown between the pair in 2009. "He's won more often, but I've scored more goals. They’re always special games. We don't bear a grudge afterwards."

Augsburg's Halil - scorer of 64 goals in 339 appearances in Germany's top flight - is at his fourth Bundesliga station, where he has become a firm fan favourite.

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The Altintop brothers faced off a number of times in the noughties. © imago / Team2

Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng

The same can be said of Jerome Boateng, who has evolved into one of modern football's most accomplished central defenders since joining Bayern in summer 2011.

A treble winner in 2012/13, the former Hamburg and Manchester City FC man honed his craft during a fruitful three-season spell under Pep Guardiola that yielded a further three Bundesliga titles and two DFB Cups. He also won the FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014.

While Jerome chose to play for the land of his mother, Germany, half-brother Kevin-Prince opted to represent his father's homeland, Ghana.

The two famously crossed swords at the 2010 World Cup - the only siblings to do so in the tournament's history -  as well as on a further three occasions in the Bundesliga.

Twenty-nine-year-old midfield hard man Kevin, who racked up 98 Bundesliga appearances during stints at Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, currently plies his trade with Las Palmas in Spain's La Liga.

Watch: 2013/14 flashback: the battle of the Boatengs:

Raffael and Ronny de Araujo

Still proudly flying the Bundesliga flag, nine years after he first arrived in Germany, Raffael has become something of a club legend at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

His 54 goals in all competitions have propelled Borussia back into the spotlight, and he remains as relevant as ever in 2016/17, with six goals for the season - including one against Guardiola's Manchester City in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. You would never have guessed he will be 32 in March.

Another of the de Araujo brood to enjoy footballing deity status, Ronny gave Hertha fans six years of magic.

A year younger than Raffael, he was the capital outfit's stand-out performer in their run to the Bundesliga 2 title in 2012/13 and return to the top flight at the first time of asking.

The former Brazil Under-20 international scored 28 goals in 123 outings for the Old Lady all told, leaving behind a left-footed legacy that is the subject of many a YouTube search to this very day.

Raffael and Ronny played together at Hertha Berlin for two years. © gettyimages

Sven and Lars Bender

Head-turners in their own right, Sven Bender and his identical twin Lars made the step up from Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich to the Bundesliga in 2009.

Sven joined Dortmund, and has since lifted two Bundesliga titles, the DFB Cup and two Supercups.

Lars may have somewhat fewer medals, but his career has blossomed equally well at Bayer Leverkusen.

Twelve minutes older than his brother, he has helped Bayer secure four successive seasons of Champions League football and has also made his mark at international level, scoring the goal against Denmark that secured Germany's progression to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.

He has the edge over Sven in terms of national team appearances, but the two brothers are level when it comes to their Bundesliga head-to-heads (W2, L2, D1).

Identical twins Sven and Lars Bender have made over 300 Bundesliga appearances between them. © imago / Uwe Kraft

Toni and Felix Kroos

Toni and Felix Kroos also played together at youth level for Hansa Rostock, but while one has gone on to enjoy worldwide acclaim, the other's career has been somewhat more modest.

After becoming Bayern's youngest-ever Bundesliga debutant in September 2007, Toni spent one and a half seasons on loan at Leverkusen between 2010 and 2011, maturing into one of Germany's most dangerous attacking midfielders.

He then won multiple titles with Bayern, lifted the World Cup in 2014 and continues to enjoy great success at Real Madrid.

Felix, on the other hand, although once hailed as "the better Kroos" by his former youth coach at Bremen, has yet to hit such dizzy career heights.

Now 25 - two years Toni's junior - the ex-Bremen midfielder finds himself in the second tier of German football, playing for promotion candidates Union Berlin.

Toni Kroos won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Bayern. © gettyimages

Uli and Dieter Hoeneß

Stepping back in time to finish, it took Dieter a little while longer to catch up with big brother, Uli, at Bayern - nine years in fact.

Uli set the bar pretty high, winning three Bundesliga titles and a hat-trick of European Cups, but Dieter rose to the challenge and, after swapping Stuttgart for Bayern in 1979, got his hands on five Bundesliga crowns and three DFB Cups.

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Uli Hoeneß scored 86 goals in 250 Bundesliga appearances. © imago / WEREK