By the time Lorenzo Insigne cancelled out his brother’s opener in Napoli’s 2-1 win over Benevento on Sunday, history had been made. Two family members scoring for opposing teams had not occurred since 1949 when Hungarians Istvan and Ferenc Nyers found the back of the net in Inter’s 2-1 win over Lazio.
The Giallorossi took the lead at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito when Roberto Insigne, the younger brother of the Azzurri captain Lorenzo found himself unmarked inside the box and fired past Alex Meret from a tight angle.
The Partenopei thought they had levelled things up through their captain in the first half only for VAR to rule the goal out for offside. History making would have to wait until the 60th minute when the Italy international scored with his weaker foot via the crossbar, starting the Neapolitans comeback.
Brothers scoring in the same match is rarity in Serie A, however, there have been notable occurrences of siblings playing against each other in more recent years.
Giuseppe Baresi and Franco Baresi squared off for Inter and Milan respectively in the Derby della Madonnina during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s with both players representing Italy in the 1980 European Championships.
Neapolitans Fabio and Paolo Cannavaro took the field during Napoli’s 3-1 win over Juventus in 2010, both defenders had risen through the youth ranks at the San Paolo.
Parma stalwart Alessandro Lucarelli failed stop his brother Cristiano Lucarelli scoring the second goal in Livorno’s 2-1 victory over Parma in 2010. The Lucarelli brothers would then spend a year together at the Stadio Ennio Tardini for the Ducali in 2008.
Goalkeeper Sebastien Frey played for five Italian sides during a 17-year spell in the peninsula, while his brother Nicolas has spent the last 12 seasons at Chievo. The French pair have lined up against each other on more than one occasion.
Emanuele and Antonio Filippini were almost a buy-one-get-one-free package in the 1990s and 2000s, as both players togged out for Brescia, Palermo, Lazio, Treviso, and Livorno at the same time. However, Emanuele spent a season on loan at Parma during the 2002-03 edition of Serie A and played against his twin in both games that season.
Finally, we come to Filippo and Simone Inzaghi, the attackers from Piacenza. SuperPippo made his name at Juventus and Milan winning the Champions League and World Cup during his playing career, while younger sibling Simone lifted the Scudetto, UEFA Cup, and a host of Coppa Italia titles with Lazio. The brothers will also make history this season when they are up against each other in the dugouts while in charge of Lazio and Benevento.