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Ameobi v Ameobi: Brothers Do Battle

Charltons? Hazards? Laudrups? De Boers? Toures? Cannavaros?... Terrys? Nope, it's all about the Ameobis this weekend

Brothers do battle: Shola and Sammy Ameobi could line up on opposing sides for the first time tomorrow
Brothers do battle: Shola and Sammy Ameobi could line up on opposing sides for the first time tomorrow
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In a week that's seemingly full of news about footballing brothers, tomorrow could see the first professional clash between football's greatest siblings as Shola Ameobi takes on Sammy Ameobi.

The duo played together at Newcastle United, despite Shola making his debut when Sammy was just eight years old, but have never taken the field on opposing sides. Shola, now 34, has racked up 423 career appearances, while Sammy, who is 23, has just 90.

Shola has spent much of his career as striker who can seemingly only score goals against Sunderland, and is in serious danger of becoming the next Emile Heskey (scoring on his debut and never scoring ever again).

Having been born in Nigeria, Shola grew up in Newcastle and made his debut for the club one month before his 19th birthday in September 2000. He scored 79 goals in 397 appearances for the Toon Army before leaving on a free transfer and heading off to Turkey with TFF First League side Gaziantep in 2014. He only mustered 11 appearances in Turkey, scoring four times, before a brief four-match spell with Crystal Palace in the second half of last season.

Younger brother Sammy, who also graduated through the ranks at Newcastle United, is now on loan with Cardiff City and is, supposedly, better than his brother but has struggled with health problems of late. Sammy, who is more of a winger than a striker, has scored four goals in 66 matches for Newcastle and showed some promise last season before being loaned out. He spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, scoring once in nine games, before joining Cardiff for this campaign, making 15 appearances with one goal to his name so far.

Brothers do battle

The Ameobis aren't the only pair of brothers going head-to-head in the Championship this weekend. Michael and Will Keane will do battle as Burnley host Preston in a Lancashire derby tomorrow, but interestingly this will be a very rare occasion of twins playing against each other.

Elsewhere in the Football League this season Ben and Jak Alnwick - also, strangely, former Newcastle players - kept opposing nets as Port Vale welcomed Peterborough United in League One in October. The game finished 1-1.

Last month, the Premier League saw two brothers score for opposing teams as Jordan and Andre Ayew lined up for Aston Villa and Swansea City respectively, with the latter winning 2-1. And back in March, Yaya and Kolo Toure played against each other for the first time as Manchester City defeated Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield.

And talking of brothers who have played against each other allows me to shoehorn in a mention of our wannabe new owner, Dean Holdsworth. Deano played against his brother David on several occasions, but also played alongside him for Bolton back in 2002.

But perhaps the highest profile case of brothers facing each other is last season's Champions League semi-final, in which Barcelona's Rafinha was victorious over his older brother Thiago Alcantara, of Bayern Munich. However, that wasn't the first time this feat occurred, as Diego and Gabriel Milito also played against each other when Inter Milan defeated Barcelona to reach the 2010 Champions League final.

So Sammy and Shola, you have a lot to live up to. But then again Sammy might not even play, and this might have been a massive waste of time...