This week's look ahead to another seven days of footballing birthdays focusses on the likes of FIFA World Cup-winner Christian Karembeu, German hitman Ulf Kirsten and former Scotland captain Colin Hendry.
Marseille travelled to Bastia and played to a goalless draw following their UEFA Champions League defeat by Arsenal, while Rennes continued their strong start by beating winless Ajaccio.
For many footballers January is a time when suitcases are packed and transfer deals signed.FIFA.com rounds up who has gone where at the start of the latest transfer window.
Marseille's perfect Ligue 1 record came to a stunning end as Valenciennes thrashed the visitors 4-1, with Anthony Le Tallec hitting a brace.
A 3-2 defeat at home to Central African Republic has left Egypt with an uphill battle to qualify for the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, while Algeria have booked their place in the final round.
FIFA.com spoke to Algeria midfielder Foued Kadir about the Desert Foxes' rejuvenation under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic, his experience at South Africa 2010 and ambitions for Brazil 2014.