THE STORY. Brother and sister, they can win the FA Cup this weekend with Chelsea

This is the beautiful story of this FA Cup final. Saturday (5:45 p.m.), then Sunday (3:30 p.m.), Lauren and Reece James, brother and sister playing under both Chelsea jerseys, will each try in turn to lift the precious trophy at Wembley.

Under the eyes of their family, of course, including their father, himself a coach, and who played a big role in their development. “I used to challenge them in the garden and if they did well I would give them 20 cents and then another 20. Before I knew it I had spent 20 pounds! »he had fun in an interview with the Guardian.

Chelsea fans since childhood

“Growing up, we supported Chelsea, so both representing the club now is obviously special. We have worked hard, inside and outside football, to get there. »confides the eldest, right side holder in the team of Thomas Tuchel.

Trained at the club, the two brothers were then separated. Reece did all of his training with the Blues, by joining the academy from the age of 6. He was quickly joined by Lauren, his junior by two years, but the latter eventually joined the youth teams of Arsenal, another London club. While her brother was rapidly climbing the ladder by signing his first pro contract at 16, Lauren was also breaking precocity records by becoming, on her 16th birthday, the second youngest player in the league. Gunners to make his debut with the first team. Like what, even at a distance, the two were still pulling the plug.

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Similar trajectories

And it is ultimately the common thread in their respective careers, whose trajectory is substantially the same. In the summer of 2018, the two decided to join second division clubs in order to gain playing time and experience. Natives of the London suburbs, they take the direction of the north of England at the same time. Reece is on loan at Championship-promoted Manchester-area club Wigan. Lauren is part of the brand new Manchester United women’s team.

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This experience, away from their family, is a success. After one season, the big brother returns to Chelsea and quickly makes a place for himself among the holders, playing and even winning the Champions League in 2021. His sister will wear the Chelsea jersey for three seasons. Red Devils. The young striker ends the 2020-2021 season as her club’s top scorer. She also won a nomination for the title of best young player of the season. After this coup, Chelsea decides to delight the whole Reece family by bringing together the brother and sister in the same jersey.

A historic combo

Since the beginning of the season, here they are together back at home. If Lauren has not yet really had the opportunity to show herself with her new club, the fault of an injury, she could finally walk the lawn of Wembley on Sunday (3.30 p.m.), when 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the women’s final against Manchester City. “We are both looking forwardconfirmed Reece. Our goal is to win both trophies. She will support me and, likewise, I will support her. » An additional force to help them, each one, to write history.

THE STORY. Brother and sister, they can win the FA Cup this weekend with Chelsea

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