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Rafinha and Thiago are not the first brothers to play together at Barça and the tradition of siblings goes back to the very start of the Club.

There are 22 cases of players who have played together with their brothers -16 cases of two brothers and 6 of three brothers. Arthur and Ernest Witty were the first brothers to play for the Club, on Christmas Eve 1899 when Barça played the second game in their history against Català. In the first ever game, held 16 days earlier, the two brothers had played for the team's opponents, the English Colony.

Three brothers in a final

In 1902, the three Morris brothers took part in the final of a tournament held to mark the coronation of Alfonso XIII in Madrid, the three Scots played in goal (Samuel), defence (John) and attack (Henry), but their family understanding wasn't enough to avoid a Barça defeat!

Limelight and shadows

Quite often, one brother will overshadow another, as with the great goal scorer  Carles Comamala (172 goals in 145 games) and his two brothers Arseni and Áureo or Charles and Percival Wallace, Alfred and Santiago Massana, Manuel and Ramón Parera or César and Ricardo ('Calo') Rodríguez. César, for example is the Club's leading goalscorer in official games (235), whilst Calo was a solid defender, who, however, never really established himself in the team.

We could also mention the cases of Estanislao Basora, Joaquim Rifé and José Mari Bakero, whose excellence tended to put their brothers - Joaqum, Llorenç and Jon in the shade.

The Gonzalvo brothers

The story of the Gonzalvo brothers – all three midfielders with the Club- is also interesting: the youngest, Maria –but forever known as Gonzalvo III, was one of the best players to ever grace the team, whilst Josep was a player, coach and board member. The oldest of the three, Juli (Gonzalvo I), was less of a star and although he was playing at the same period as his brothers, they never featured in the same team together.

From García to Alcántara

In the modern era, Roger and Òscar Garcia were two good home grown players, as were Gerard and Sergi López, although the latter's career was blighted by injuries. The De Boer brothers (Ronald and Frank) were twins and they both arrived in the winter transfer window of 1998/99, whilst Giovani dos Santos failed to establish himself after coming up through the youth teams – as has his brother Jonathan, who is a B team player alongside Rafinha Alcántara, whose own brother Thiago has of course, fought his way into the first team.