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.
Eddie Johnson scored twice as the Seattle Sounders posted their third straight Major League Soccer victory with a 4-2 win against FC Dallas, while Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten run to ten games.
Jose Barkero has labelled Levante's 3-0 victory over Olympiacos as "a dream", putting them in prime position to progress from the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has left star strikers Peter Odemwingie and Obafemi Martins out of his squad for next month's CAF Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Radamel Falcao became the first player in a decade to score five goals in a La Liga match as Atletico Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-0, while Levante earlier thrashed Mallorca 4-0.