Happy birthday to you!
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
06. Ricardo La Volpe (59) is one of a select band to have appeared at the FIFA World Cup™ as both player and coach, helping Argentina to the 1978 title as reserve goalkeeper and later leading Mexico to the 2006 edition in Germany. The former shot-stopper has managed various clubs across South America including Atlante, Boca Juniors and Monterrey and has been in charge of the Costa Rican national team since September 2010.
07. Daniel Cousin (34) will be remembered as one of Gabon’s greatest ever footballers. The experienced striker, who enjoyed spells in France, Scotland and England, is currently leading the line for Greek side Larissa. Cousin has been a fixture in his country’s national team since 2000, taking part in two CAF Africa Cup of Nations with the Black Panthers.
08. Hristo Stoichkov (45) ranked among the world’s greatest strikers during his 1990s heyday. The enigmatic Bulgarian’s finest hour came at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, where the eastern Europeans surprised everyone by finishing fourth. The former Barcelona goalgetter has already coached his country’s national team, Celta Vigo of Spain and South African outfit Mamelodi Sundowns.
09. Angelos Charisteas (31) became a Greek legend when he scored his homeland’s winning goal in the final of UEFA EURO 2004. Following spells with Werder Bremen, Ajax Amsterdam, Bayer Leverkusen, Nuremberg and Arles, the striker recently signed a deal with Bundesliga club Schalke.
10. Miroslav Blazevic (76) began his coaching career in 1968 and 30 years later led Croatia to a third place finish at France 1998. The experienced tactician almost steered Bosnia-Herzegovina to the finals of South Africa 2010 but was ultimately halted in the play-offs by Portugal. Following a season with Shanghai Shenua in China PR, Blazevic is now coach of the country’s U-23 side.
11. Ciro Ferrara (44) had already served as assistant coach to the Italian national team by the time he took the helm at Juventus in 2009. However, the former Azzurri international centre-back lasted less than a season with I Bianconeri and subsequently took over his country’s U-21 side in October 2010.
12. Bryan Roy (41) represented the Netherlands at both Italy 1990 and USA 1994, reaching the Round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively. At club level, Roy enjoyed his most successful period with Ajax between 1987 and 1992.