Augsburg's Felix Götze dedicated his headline-grabbing goal against former club Bayern Munich to brother Mario - but that's not the only example of fraternal love in the Bundesliga. takes a closer look at some of the German top flight's foremost brotherly pairings or, in some cases, rivalries...

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Felix and Mario Götze

With six years between them, the Götze brothers have never played in the same side professionally, but they've always had each other's backs.

"We'll always support each other," Felix said after coming back to haunt Bayern. "He'll be happy for me and I'll always be happy for him. The goal proves that we Götzes are capable of many things. The goal was for him."

Young Felix was making only his second Bundesliga appearance, having joined Augsburg from Bayern in summer 2018. He spent four years in Munich, albeit playing for the U17s, U19s and reserves.

Mario had already been on the Bayern books for a year when his brother rocked up. He won three of his five Bundesliga titles to date in Munich, before returning to the scene of his big career break, Borussia Dortmund, in 2016. He famously scored Germany's World Cup final-winning goal at Brazil 2014.

Mario Götze broke Argentinian hearts in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. © gettyimages / Robert Cianflone

Maximilian and Johannes Eggestein

Another pair of fraternal Bundesliga contemporaries, the Eggestein brothers are Werder Bremen through and through.

Max - an attacking midfielder - joined Werder's boarding school aged just fourteen, with Johannes - a striker - following him to the Weser just two years later.

They made history as the first ever siblings to play for the Green-Whites at the same time in a competitive match back in August 2017, and have since become fully fledged members of the senior side. The duo are also teammates for the Germany U21s.

Max may be the elder of the two, but Johannes will have the bragging rights in the scoring department after bagging his first Bundesliga goal against Wolfsburg in just his 11th game - his older sibling needed 18 matches.

"We spend a lot of time together, but we also have time for ourselves," says Maxi. "We both have to find our own way, although we obviously support each other."

There are 17 months between Johannes Eggestein (l.) and older brother Maximilian (r.). © imago / Nordphoto

Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng

The careers of Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng have taken very different but curiously interconnected paths.

Both came through at Hertha Berlin, but while Kevin-Prince opted to represent his father's homeland, Ghana, half-brother Jerome choose to play for the land of his mother, Germany. The two famously crossed swords at the 2010 World Cup - the only siblings to do so in the tournament's history -  and again four years later.

Jerome was the victor on both occasions, going the distance to lift world football's ultimate prize at Brazil 2014. The acclaimed central defender has also got his hands on the Bundesliga title six times and the UEFA Champions League (2013).

Midfield hard man Kevin, who racked up 129 Bundesliga appearances during stints at Hertha, Dortmund, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt - with whom he also won the 2018 DFB Cup - currently plies his trade in Italy with Sassuolo.

Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng (l.-r.) - united by blood and football. © gettyimages / Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images

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, where he lifted two Bundesliga titles, the DFB Cup and two Supercups during a storied eight-year stay. And while Lars may have somewhat fewer medals, his career has blossomed equally well at Bayer Leverkusen.

Twelve minutes older than his brother, he has 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).

They now player together, at Leverkusen.

Sven and Lars Bender have been reunited in the colours of Bayer Leverkusen. © imago

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. He won multiple titles back at Bayern and lifted the FIFA World Cup in 2014, before earning a move to Real Madrid, where the four-time Champions League winner has cemented his legacy as one of the finest midfielders in history.

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

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Raffael and Ronny de Araujo

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

His 70 goals in all competitions have propelled Borussia back into the spotlight, and he remains as relevant as ever in 2018/19 - at the ripe old age of 33!

A year younger than Raffael, Ronny was the Hertha'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 (l.-r.) played together at Hertha Berlin for two years. © gettyimages

Hamit and Halil Altintop

Hamit and Halil Altintop were regular faces in the Bundesliga in times past, racking up 543 appearances between them.

After winning the Bundesliga twice whilst at Bayern and enjoying great success in his native Turkey with Galatasaray, Hamit returned to Germany with Darmstadt in 2017.

At the time time, his brother, Halil, was wrapping up a four-year stay with Augsburg.

"We set aside brotherly love for 90 minutes," Halil said of their handful of fraternal showdowns. "He's won more often, but I've scored more goals. They're always special games. We don't bear a grudge afterwards."

The Altintop brothers (l.-r.) faced off a number of times in the noughties. © imago / Team2

Uli and Dieter Hoeneß

Stepping even further 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 VfB Stuttgart for Bayern in 1979, got his hands on five Bundesliga crowns and three DFB Cups.

Nowadays, Uli calls the shots as president of his beloved Bayern.

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

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