Our weekly preview of birthdays in the footballing world takes in an Egyptian hotshot, a Portugal and Real Madrid defensive rock, an Italian midfield maestro and an American full-back.
Real Madrid closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a 1-0 victory away to Espanyol, while Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano and Levante were all winners.
Barcelona continued their winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Villarreal thanks to a brace from Neymar, while ten-man Real Madrid came from two goals down to draw at Osasuna.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 20 defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the initiative in their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Sweden with a late header as Paulo Bento's emerged with a 1-0 victory from a tense affair in Lisbon.