11 Iconic Fathers and Sons in Football After Lillian Thuram Watches Marcus Win Serie A

11 Iconic Fathers and Sons in Football After Lillian Thuram Watches Marcus Win Serie A

Rene Otinga
updated at April 23, 2024 at 5:08 PM
  • Inter Milan won their 20th Scudetto after beating city rivals Milan
  • Marcus Thuram secured the title in front of his father Lillian Thuram
  • The Thurams are part of an elite group of footballing father and sons

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Former Juventus midfielder Lillian Thuram was a proud father on Monday, April 22 as he watched his son Marcus win the Serie A.

Inter secured their 20th title after beating Milan 2-1 in the Derby della Madonnina. Thuram scored the winner.

Marcus Thuram, Inter, Serie A, Lillian Thuram, Father and Son
Marcus Thuram and Marko Arnautovic celebrate after winning the Serie A match against AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 22, Photo by sportinfoto/DeFodi Images.
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The Nerazzuri took the lead through Francesco Acerbi, who headed in Benjamin Pavard’s flick-on from a corner.

According to BBC, Thuram latched onto a long ball before smashing in to give his side a 2-0 lead in the 49th minute.

Despite Fikayo Tomori’s header from close range, it was not enough for Milan to mount a comeback.

Football’s father and sons

For Lillian Thuram, seeing his son’s title triumph must have surely brought back memories of his own playing days with Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona.

Sports Brief now takes a look at other big names in football, who have been lucky enough to see their offspring go professional in the game.

Steve and Alex Bruce

Steve Bruce was an integral member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s team during his nine years at Manchester United.

His son Alex, also a defender, followed in his footsteps and worked with Steve at Birmingham City and then Hull. The father and son famously combined to win promotion to the Premier League.

Zinedine and Luca Zidane

Zinedine Zidane, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, has three sons who hope to follow in his footsteps.

Luca, Zidane, who chose to become a goalkeeper, perhaps made the wisest choice of the trio, as he is thriving in his position. He has represented several Spanish clubs since leaving Real Madrid in 2020.

Abedi Pele and the Ayew brothers

Abedi Pele is a Ghanaian football legend.

Internationally, he was part of the Marseille side that was formidable in the French league in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

His three sons, Andre, Jordan and Ibrahim all took up the footballing gene and have had fairly successful careers, for both club and country.

Patrick and Justin Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert, a formidable winger in his heyday, also left big shoes to fill for his offspring.

He scored 40 goals in 79 appearances for his national team and upon his retirement, his son Justin took up the mantle, playing for clubs such as Ajax, Roma and Valencia CF.

Eidur Gudjohnsen and sons

The Gudjohnsens have a growing bloodline of footballers.

Former Chelsea star Eidur became the first player to play alongside his dad Arnor in the same international side in an official match in 1996, according to Shortlist.

Eidur retired in 2016 and his sons Svein Aron, Andri Lucas and Daniel Tristan have all become professional footballers.

Alfie and Erling Haaland

This is one of the few cases on this list where the son is outshining the father in terms of career trajectory.

Alf-Inge Haaland represented Manchester City in the late 1990s and early 2000s without much success.

His son Erling has however experienced a tremendous career rise after spells at Molde, Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund. He recently won the treble with Manchester City in 2022/23.

Peter and Kasper Schmeichel

Another former Manchester United player, Peter Schmeichel won several league titles with the Red Devils.

His son Kasper has also had a successful career as a goalkeeper, with his most defining moment arguably being winning the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016.

Daley and Danny Blind

Danny Blind was an Eredivisie specialist, winning several titles with Ajax in the 1980s and 1990s. He also earned 42 caps for the national team.

The son, Daley, has had spells at Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Girona and has over 100 caps for the Netherlands.

Diego and Giovanni Simeone

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was not the most memorable footballer in his prime, but had a decent playing career.

His son Giovanni is one of three who have ventured in football. Giovanni has had the most successful stint so far, playing for teams such as River Plate, Fiorentina and Napoli.

George and Timothy Weah

1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Wesh is considered the best footballing export from Africa to Europe.

His son Timothy, who was born in New York was bound to struggle to fill his father’s shoes, but has done impressively in his stints with Paris Saint-Germain, Lille and Juventus.

Cesare Maldini and sons

Ask any modern football fan about a Maldini, and they will probably think of the legendary defender Paulo first.

But before the era of Paulo Maldini, there was Cesare Maldini, who was a defender before his son and played 14 times for Italy.

The newer generation now has Daniel Maldini, who is Paulo Maldini’s son. The youngster plays as an attacking midfielder who has represented AC Milan and Italy at Under 21 level.

Individuals who won Serie A as manager/player

Sports Brief also reported on some of the individuals who have won the Serie A as a player and manager.

Simeone Inzaghi joined the group following his Scudetto success with Inter.

Carlo Ancelotti headlines the list, having won the Serie a with Roma and Milan as a player.

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