There’s really not much comparison between Sami Khedira and his brother Rani.
Granted, they look alike, but in terms of career trajectory, they’re way off.
While Sami currently turns out for Serie A giants Juventus – having previously played for Real Madrid – Rani plays for Bundesliga side FC Augsburg.
Certainly not a bad side by any means, but while Sami boasts a World Cup and Champions League winners’ medal, Rani is yet to experience the same kind of success.
And while Sami – who has 72 caps for Germany – will almost definitely be a part of Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad, Rani last played for his country at Under-19 level.
But miraculously, he could still be going to the World Cup this summer – just not with the Germans.
According to Kicker, Tunisia are seriously interested in calling-up Rani for their trip to Russia.
The nation secured the last of Africa’s World Cup qualification berths last week thanks to a goalless draw at home to Libya, which was enough to pip DR Congo to top spot in their group.
With Tunisia in pot three for the upcoming World Cup draw, there’s a chance that Germany (who are in pot one) could face the African side in the group stage.
Khedira against Khedira?
In an interview with the magazine, Rani – who, along with his older brother, was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and a Tunisian father – said he’s tempted by the offer, but wants to wait.
He said: “I haven’t decided yet.
“First, I want to get a foothold in Bundesliga and develop.
“I just want to play the next ten games and in spring, we can talk about it and look if it makes sense for both sides.
“That’s the current situation.”
Understandably, he also questions how he would fit into the team.
He said: “I do not speak Arabic or French, I barely know a player from there.
“It’s something completely different.
“It needs to make sense for both sides: I need to help the country, the country needs to help me and if that’s not the case, we don’t need to do it because it would go down the drain.”
It sure is a tough one.
But then again, the chance to play at the World Cup doesn’t come around every day.