In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Fabio Quagliarella (27) rates as one of Italy’s in-form strikers at the present time. The goal-getter and his Squadra Azzurra team-mates qualified comfortably enough for this summer’s FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa. At club level, where Quagliarella is contracted to Napoli until 2014, he is enjoying a prolific season in Serie A.
Manuel Amoros (48) spent his entire playing career in the French Ligue 1. The defender had successful spells with Monaco, Marseille and Lyon. In a France jersey, Amoros competed at the 1984 and 1992 European Championships, and at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cup finals.
Valeriy Karpin (41), whose club career involved stints at home in Russia and abroad in Spain, was at his best during a spell with Celta Vigo in La Liga. He represented his country at two FIFA World Cup finals, the 1994 event in the USA and the 2002 showdown in Korea/Japan.
Joachim Low (50), assistant coach to Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, stepped up to the role of Germany head coach after the finals. Low has subsequently enjoyed a successful spell at the national helm, leading his country to the runners-up spot at UEFA Euro 2008, and orchestrating an unbeaten qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Oleg Protasov (46) represented the USSR at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1986 and 1990. He was also a member of the team that made it as far as the final at the 1988 European Championship. The former striker embarked on a coaching career in 2003 and is currently in charge at Greek top flight side Iraklis Saloniki.
John Aloisi (34) rates as one of Australia’s all-time greats. He appeared in all four of his country’s games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, including the Socceroos’ narrow Round of 16 defeat to eventual winners Italy. After spells in Belgium, Italy, England and Spain, the striker returned home in 2007, where he is contracted to Sydney until June this year.
Ricardo La Volpe (58) has made two FIFA World Cup finals appearances to date, once as a player with Argentina in 1978, and once as a coach with Mexico in 2006. The former world-class goalkeeper obtained his coaching qualifications in 1992, and has taken charge of a host of big-name clubs including Atlante, Boca Juniors and Monterrey.