Ghana’s Kevin-Prince Boateng has predicted a “fight to the death” when he faces his sibling – Germany’s Jerome Boateng – in Group G tonight.
The half-brothers normally talk to each other daily, but say they have cut off communication as they prepare for the clash in Fortaleza, Brazil.
“We’ve had no contact recently, each of us is just concentrating on himself,” said Bayern Munich’s Jerome.
Kevin-Prince has predicted a fierce battle not unlike the gladiatorial fights in ancient Rome.
“There will be people around the pitch who want to see how two teams fight,” he said. “The team who wants it more will win and we will fight to the death against Germany.”
The half brothers were both born in Berlin to separate mothers, but in 2009, Kevin-Prince, 27, opted to play for Ghana.
At the World Cup in South Africa, the siblings set a record by becoming the first brothers to play against each other at a World Cup finals and their father, Prince, says he is looking forward to seeing his two sons go head to head in Brazil.
Although it will be awkward to cheer both teams, whichever team wins, Prince will be happy as one of his sons will be celebrating.
“Regardless of what happens, I can only win. My only wish is that nobody gets hurt,” he said.