Former Netherlands midfielder Mark van Bommel has taken his first steps into coaching by becoming assistant for the Netherlands U-17 team, who will be hoping to gain a place at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
FIFA.com highlights the group of footballers and coaches, including household names such as David Beckham, Sir Alex Ferguson, Alessandro Nesta, Deco and Louis Saha, who chose 2013 as the year to retire.
With AC Milan and Barcelona having become very familiar with each other in recent seasons in the UEFA Champions League, FIFA.com looks back at some of the classic encounters between this pair of European giants.
Gertjan Verbeek is hoping his AZ side can complete what he sees as a "unique" achievement by beating PSV in the KNVB Beker final, in what he calls "a beautiful event".
Mark van Bommel grabbed a late winner as PSV Eindhoven beat Feyenoord 2-1 to reach the semi-finals of the KNVB Cup, while PEC Zwolle beat Heracles 3-2 to also advance.
Goals from two Manchester United new boys, fresh feats by Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a rush of yellow cards for Mark van Bommel and mixed news for Jose Mourinho feature in FIFA.com's latest stats review.