In our regular round-up of the week's football birthdays we look at FIFA World Cup™ veterans Glenn Hoddle and Phillip Cocu, as well as former Barcelona players Mark Hughes and Simao.
Portuguese international winger Simao Sabrosa has signed for Espanyol, the Spanish top-flight club announced on Friday.
A goal from Xandao was enough to send Sporting fans home happy, after his back-heel sealed a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the night's first batch of UEFA Europa League, while Atletico Madrid won 3-1 against Besiktas.
Despite outstanding domestic form Sporting Braga's hopes of repeating last year's run to the UEFA Europa League final now hang by a thread after goals from Tomas Sivok and Simao gave Besiktas a 2-0 away victory.
Separated by only a few kilometres, fierce Portuguese club rivals Sporting and Benfica lend credence to the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt.
Simao Sabrosa's penalty earned Besiktas a 1-0 win over Antalyaspor and moved his side to within a point of the Super Lig leaders, while Ankaragucu won their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Genclerbirligi.