Swiss twins on World Cup roll

Philip and David Degan hope to become the ? fifth pair? of twins playing for Switzerland against France at the world cup.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 17:19 IST

Philip and David Degen hope to become the fifth pair of twins to have played in the World Cup finals when Switzerland take on France in a Group G match in Stuttgart.

Basel striker David, was born 30 minutes earlier than his sibling in 1983 but Borussia Dortmund defender Philip, was the first to appear on the international stage.

He made his debut against the UAE in 2005, while David had not figured in the national squad before coach Kobi Kuhn named his squad for Germany.

" Our family is very proud and we hope we can show them something during the tournament," Philip told the FIFA website.

" We have played together three times in the Swiss a national team now, but all of those were friendly games and this is the biggest thing you can possibly have - playing at the World Cup."

David added, " For me it's a dream that I can be here with my brother in this World Cup as a player. I was always hoping to be in the squad, but you can't do a lot about it except play well with your club and that's what I concentrated on."

Their first test could come against a French team whose attack will be led by Arsenal captain ' Thierry Henry' with Real Madrid great ' Zinedine Zidane' set to bow out after the tournament.

" Thierry Henry is the best attacking player in the world and they have got a lot of players who will probably play their last international tournament, so it is not only Henry we have to watch out for," David added.

Said Philip: "We have a good chance against France if we don't hide too much and let them play their own game."

The brothers, who once played together at Basel, have been reunited for a chance to become one of only five sets of twins to have played in the finals, after the Van De Kerkhof (Netherlands), Hassan (Egypt), De Boer (Netherlands) and Zewlakow (Poland) brothers.

First Published: Jun 13, 2006 17:19 IST