As is tradition, every Sunday FIFA.com looks ahead to the week's birthdays in the world of football, with defenders coming to the fore in the shape of Philipp Lahm, Thomas Vermaelen, John Heitinga and Dario Simic.
Following in the footsteps of Dario Simic and Steffi Jones, Azerbaijani singing sensation Chingiz Mustafayev has been chosen as an official ‘friend’ of Azerbaijan 2012.
FIFA.com looks at the early movers in the ongoing transfer window, including Kevin Kuranyi, Marama Vahirua, Ben Foster, Mario Yepes and David Villa.
Following in the footsteps of Josip Skoblar, Alen Boksic and Aljosa Asanovic, a new generation of Croatians are making Ligue 1 their home.
With the close-season transfer window approaching its conclusion, European clubs have been putting the finishing touches to their squads.
French Ligue 1 side Monaco confirmed on Monday they have reached agreement with AC Milan to sign Croatian international defender Dario Simic.