Happy birthday to you!
In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Kevin Keegan (59) played for a raft of top clubs including Liverpool, Hamburg and Newcastle United. The England international returned to Newcastle as coach from 1992 to 1997, before a second spell in charge from January to September 2008. The former world-class striker represented his country at the 1982 FIFA World Cup™, and coached England from February 1999 to October 2000.
David and Philipp Degen (27) are one of the best-known pairs of twins in the professional game. David is currently with Young Boys Berne and his brother Philipp is on the books at Liverpool. Both were members of the Switzerland squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, where the Alpine nation fell to Ukraine in the last sixteen.
Angelo Peruzzi (40) spent his entire playing career in Italy. The keeper turned out for Roma, Hellas Verona, Juventus, Inter and Lazio in Serie A, ending his career in 2007 while with the Rome outfit. He was reserve keeper for Italy at UEFA EURO 1996 and at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he collected a winners’ medal.
Giuseppe Signori (42) was a member of the Italy team which fell to Brazil on penalties in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final. The diminutive but agile striker enjoyed the best spell of his Serie A career with Lazio, where he banged in the goals from 1992 to 1997. The former international finally hung up his boots in 2006.
Roberto Baggio (43) played alongside Signori at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Fate decreed that he would miss the decisive penalty which handed the famous Trophy to Brazil. The gifted striker, FIFA World Player of the Year in 1993, also appeared for Italy at the 1990 and 1998 finals. After spells with Juventus, and both AC Milan and Inter, Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail) ended his playing days in 2004 while with Brescia.
Enzo Scifo (44) rates as one of the best players ever to emerge from Belgium. The playmaker represented his country at no fewer than four FIFA World Cup finals. Scifo’s club career took in spells in his home country and abroad in Italy and France. Scifo took the helm at Belgian first division outfit Excelsior Mouscron from 2007 to 2009.
Karim Bagheri (36) and his Iran team-mates have missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, but the midfielder provided one of the bright spots in an otherwise disappointing qualifying campaign. His solitary FIFA World Cup finals appearance came at the 1998 tournament in France, although the Iranians packed for home after the group stage.