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.
13. Luisao (30) celebrates a milestone birthday today. The Brazilian joined Portuguese top flight outfit Benfica back in January 2004, after starting his career in Belo Horizonte with Cruzeiro. However, although he has 42 international caps, the tall centre-back has yet to appear at the FIFA World Cup™ finals. He played every game for Brazil at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009, but coach Dunga opted not to nominate him for the global showdown the following summer.
14. Kevin Keegan (60) is a living legend of the game in his home country of England. The versatile striker spent his illustrious playing career with the likes of Liverpool, Hamburg and Newcastle United. He represented the Three Lions at the1982 FIFA World Cup, but major honours with his country were never forthcoming.
15. David and Philipp Degen (28) rate as the best-known Swiss sporting twins of all time. David has plied his trade on home soil with Young Boys Berne since 2008, whereas his brother Philipp signed a loan deal with Stuttgart last August after failing to make the breakthrough with Liverpool.
16. Angelo Peruzzi (41) spent his entire career in Italy. The keeper became a Serie A legend after spells with Roma, Hellas, Juventus, Inter and finally Lazio, where he hung up his gloves three-and-a-half years ago. He was a member of the Squadra Azzurra at two major tournaments, with contrasting outcomes: UEFA EURO 1996 was disappointing for the Italians, but the 2006 FIFA World Cup ended in triumph.
17. Giuseppe Signori (43) belonged to a previous generation of Italian stars, although he was on the losing side when the south Europeans fell on penalties to Brazil in the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final in the USA. A diminutive figure at just 5"7, the striker’s success was based on explosive pace and sublime technique. The best spell of his Serie A career came with Lazio, where he went for goal from 1992 to 1997. He last played competitively in 2006 for Hungarian outfit Sopron.
18. Roberto Baggio (44) is the third Italian to feature on our birthday roll of honour this week, although he too remembers the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final for al the wrong reasons, as it was his missed penalty which ultimately sealed Brazil’s triumph. The Divine Ponytail, so-called for his trademark hairstyle and his Buddhist beliefs, also represented his country at the 1990 finals on home soil, and the 1998 edition in France. Baggio’s clubs included Juventus, both AC and Inter Milan, and finally Brescia, where he called time on his playing career in 2004. In August 2010, he joined the Italian FA as Technical Director.
19. Enzo Scifo (45) rates as one of the greatest players ever to emerge from Belgium. The gifted playmaker represented the Red Devils at a total of four FIFA World Cup tournaments. He spent his club career at home in Belgium, with later spells in Italy and France. After hanging up his boots, he took the reins at Belgian top flight outfit Excelsior Mouscron from 2007 to 2009.