In our weekly birthday review we look at FIFA World Cup™ veterans Ruud Gullit and Leonardo, Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League pair Javi Martinez and Samuel Kuffour, as well as new Turkey coach Fatih Terim.
Just hours ahead of the Final, Vicente del Bosque chats to FIFA.com about not having designated penalty takers, putting Javi Martinez up front against Italy, Brazil’s qualities and what victory would mean to Spain.
After enjoying a breakthrough season with the all-conquering Bayern Munich, Spain midfielder Javi Martinez tells FIFA.com he is now aiming to help the world champions to glory at Brazil 2013.
The manner of last season's UEFA Champions League final defeat has left the current crop of Bayern Munich players more determined to secure success in Europe's premier club competition, says Jupp Heynckes.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has recalled Javi Martinez in place of the injured Gerard Pique as his only change for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France.