6 father and sons who have torn up football as Chiesa follows in dad’s footsteps

It is the dream of fathers across the world to see their child excel on the football pitch and make it to the highest levels of the beautiful game.

Many dream of their own ‘Project Mbappe’.

However, it must be even sweeter to see your son do so if they are following in your own footsteps.

Many father-son duos have torn up modern football, one after the other, and impressed on the very biggest stages.

From the Schmeichels’ never-ending titan performances between the sticks to one Haaland making the other a footnote in history.

Mirror Sport has delved into the archives to pick out some of the greatest father-son duos of the game.

Federico Chiesa in action



Federico and Enrico Chiesa

Federico Chiesa scored the winner for Juventus in their 1-0 Champions League victory over Chelsea in their second group game this week.

Chiesa came into the season off the back of a brilliant Euro 2020 campaign in which he had been a vital player for the victorious Italian team.

Whilst some saw him for the first time as he showed out for Italy, many would see in his play a terrifying resemblance to that of his father Enrico.

Both were elegant attackers and prolific goalscorers who loved to ghost past players, utilise their pace and played with their hearts on their sleeves.

They even run like one another.

Enrico played across a number of Italian sides including Sampdoria, Parma, Lazio, Siena and Fiorentina, where his son would begin his own career.

Both represented Italy and whilst Chiesa reached higher than his father, having such a talented dad to help you out in life could not hurt.

Kasper and Peter Schmeichel

The Danish duo have terrorised strikers for decades now between them.

Whilst Peter captained Manchester United ’s treble-winning team, Kasper helped lead Leicester to the historic Premier League victory in the 2015/16 season.

Treble-winning keeper Peter Schmeichel


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They remain the only biological father/son duo to both win the Premier League when playing in the same position.

Nigh unbeatable in goal, both towering keepers dominated their team’s backline and are and were stalwart members of United and Leicester respectively.

Both similarly became the first-choice keeper for country too, with Kasper a part of the underdog Denmark team which made it to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

For country, Peter held the Danish record for most minutes without conceding until his son Kasper broke it.

However, whereas Peter has scored ten goals across his career, Kasper is yet to net.

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Erling and Alf-Inge Haaland

Erling has reached such levels that he has made his father a footnote in his own story.

It is difficult to overstate how good the younger Haaland is, continues to be, and could become.

But his father was not half bad himself.

Alf-Inge was perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of one of Roy Keane’s leg breakers towards the end of his career.

But the Norwegian international played at the top level for Leeds United, where a certain Erling was born, and at Manchester City too.

His career was far more than one vindictive tackle and fathering a generational talent.

Whilst more of a defender or midfielder, his son Erling is one of the world’s deadliest strikers, currently plying his trade in Borussia Dortmund.

These days, as Erling plays, his father has become his representative and is set to be involved in the decision over his next move as top clubs queue up to acquire his services.

Xabi Alonso and Periko Alonso

The saying ‘like father like son’ certainly applies to Periko and Xabi Alonso.

Both are midfielders, and both dominated La Liga with their respective clubs.

Txetxu Gallego of Athletic (L) and Periko Alonso of Real Sociedad (R) during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao


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However, whereas Xabi plied his trade on one side of El Classico, Periko did so on the other.

Periko won back-to-back La Liga titles with Real Sociedad in 1980/81 and 1981/82 and later added another when he moved to Barcelona.

Both started off at Real Sociedad and were influential players within their teams’ later glories, and as Periko went into coaching so did Xabi.

Whilst Periko lasted only ten games managing Real Sociedad, Xabi has taken over Real Sociedad B to great success.

The younger Alonso has quickly proven his merits as a manager, earning links with a vacant Borussia Monchengladbach job earlier this year.

Daley and Danny Blind

Like many duos on this list, Daley and Danny Blind played extremely similar positions, occupied similar roles and did so for some of the same clubs too.

You can imagine the Dutch father and son spent a lot of time passing the ball back and forth in their garden.

Ajax is renowned for its cultured passing game and how the team once dominated under Yohan Cruyff.

Father Danny was a relatively unknown signing by the enigmatic Dutchman but became a mainstay of his team, one of only two Dutch players to win every single UEFA club competition.

Son Daley was later a product of the Ajax youth system, and quickly rose through the ranks and established himself as a defensive midfielder or able and technical centre-back – the latter the role his father occupied.

Danny Blind became an Ajax stalwart under manager Yohan Cruyff



Daley had a stint at Manchester United whilst the Red Devils were in transition but returned to his boyhood club Ajax where he continues to be a stalwart of the team.

Danny went into management, unsuccessfully during his stint as Netherlands national boss, but is now assistant to current Dutch boss Louis van Gaal.

Daniel and Paolo and Cesare Maldini

Now whilst a father and son playing at the highest levels of football is impressive, a grandfather, father, and son reaching such heights is even more so.

Enter the Maldini’s, who have been a vital part of AC Milan for decades.

Grandfather Cesare won four Serie A’s and a European cup in the 50s and 60s.

His son Paolo won pretty much everything a player can win in the 80s, 90s and 00s.

Paolo Maldini won seven Serie As and five European Cups and made 902 appearances



And his son Daniel scored on his first-ever start in a 2-1 win at Spezia this month.

The dominance the Maldini family have had in Milan, and Italy, means they are borderline a dynasty as things stand.

And if Daniel achieves a tenth of what his father did, the Maldini’s will forever represent the best of Milan.

Paolo currently sits as technical director for the club, whilst his father Cesare briefly coach Milan whilst his son was captain and also managed Italy and Paraguay.

Cesare was a defender and sweeper, elegant and technical. His son Paolo, over his 25 season career, is considered to be amongst the best defenders ever to play.

And son Daniel is an attacking midfielder – the youth of today.

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