Some of these players has been lauded by the fans for their immense technical abilities.
In some rare instances, Indian football have experienced siblings plying their trade in it together over the years. To have two members of the same family making it big in a sport, is something that doesn’t happen often but when it does it usually stays in the fans’ minds for a long time.
Looking back at some players, who are also brothers and played in different competitions in Indian football, only a few names come up who have represented the same team together at one point during their careers.
Here are the five times when brothers played together in Indian football:
5. Ramanna & Somanna
Ramanna and Somanna were brothers hailing from Mysore. Ramanna was a big name in Indian football back in the 1960s when he played for East Bengal and Mohammedan. He was picked up by the Red & Gold Brigade on the backdrop of a good performance in the Santosh Trophy of 1962.
Somanna played alongside Ramanna at Mohammedan. Both the brothers played instrumental roles for the club. Somanna was a prolific striker with an eye for goal thanks to his accurate finishing.
4. Jeakson Singh & Amarjit Singh Kiyam
Jeakson Singh and Amarjit SIngh Kiyam are cousin brothers who have played together for India U-17 football team at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2017. The tournament was held in India and the nation’s eyes were on the young stars of the country. Amarjit Singh was the captain of the team back then and against Colombia, his cousin brother Jeakson Singh became the Indian football team’s first-ever goal-scorer at a FIFA World Cup.
India lost the game by 2 – 1 to Colombia, but seeing the brothers celebrate the goal together was an iconic moment. Kritina Devi is another member of their family who is slated to represent India at the women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup. Jeakson plays for Kerala Blasters in the ISL while Amarjit recently signed for FC Goa.
3. Gursimrat Gill & Prabhsukhan Gill
Gursimrat Gill and Prabhsukhan Gill were briefly together at Bengaluru FC. While Gursimrat is a center-back and a utility player in defence, Prabhsukhan is a goalkeeper who was second-choice at the U17 FIFA World Cup in 2017.
The brothers have now departed for different teams after witnessing a lack of gametime at the Blues. Gursimrat signed for Sudeva Delhi from Bengaluru United to play in the I-League. While on the other hand, Kerala Blasters signed Prabhsukhan from BFC ahead of the 2020/21 season, where he made one appearance.
2. Climax Lawrence & Covan Lawrence
Climax Lawrence is one of the most renowned names in Indian football. He, along with his brother, Covan Larence, played together for Dempo SC between 2009 and 2013. Between the two brothers, Climax has extensively represented the Indian football team, featuring in 72 games while scoring three goals.
Covan Lawrence was a defender unlike his brother. He represented clubs like Salgaocar, Mahindra United, East Bengal and Dempo. He retired as a professional football player in 2013.
1. Michael Regin & Michael Soosairaj
Michael Regin and Michael Soosairaj are still playing together for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League. The duo won the league in 2019/20 with ATK. The brothers have also played together for Chennai City FC in 2017 in the I-League.
Michael Regin joined ATK in 2019/20 as an I-League champion while Soosairaj joined the Kolkata-based outfit from Jamshedpur FC, where he impressed after joining in 2018/19. While Regin is a defensive-midfielder by trade, his younger brother is an attacking winger who has also represented India on one occasion.