FIFA.com takes a look at the list of players who have hung up their boots following the 2011/12 season, including Roberto Carlos, Samuel Kuffour and Ruud van Nistelrooij.
Featuring Jeremie Janot on keeping warm during games, Ricardo Rocha on how his humorous mistake helped Brazil in 1994, Martin O’Neill on how his French sounds South Korean and Michael Rensing on Cologne’s disease.
Korea Republic legend Ahn Jung-Hwan, famous for his dramatic goal against Italy in the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, is to retire next week.
FIFA.com again looks forward to a week of birthdays, including a pair of players in Xavi and Arjen Robben who met in the last FIFA World Cup™ final and two others in Gigi Buffon and Ahn Jung Hwan who met in Korea/Japan 2002.
The Chinese Super League is set to recommence with a host of clubs, many boosted by high-profile imports, seeking to claim Shandong Luneng’s crown.
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.