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Birthdays during the competition (PLA/COA/REF)


2006 FIFA World Cup™ birthdays during the competition

Of the 736 players at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, 60 will celebrate a birthday during the competition. Furthermore, two coaches and two referees will also mark a birthday between 9 June and 9 July.

Birthday and match day coincide

Of the 64 competition ‘birthday boys', six will be celebrating in style as their birthdays coincide with a match day of their home nation

KLOSE Miroslav (09.06.1978), shirt no. 11

Should he appear, the German striker will mark his 28th birthday by playing in the opening match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ v. Costa Rica.

MALOUDA Florent (13.06.1980), shirt no. 7

Midfielder Malouda will be 26 on the day of France's first match at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ against Switzerland.

LEMERRE Roger (18.06.1941), Tunisia coach

The only coach to celebrate a birthday/match day at the group stage is Roger Lemerre; as a French national and coach of Tunisia his birthday coincides with France's match against Korea Republic.

LAMPARD Frank (20.06.1978), shirt no. 8

On the occasion of his 28th birthday, England's penalty specialist Lampard will be partying on the pitch with his team mates against Sweden.

ZIDANE Zinedine (23.06.1972), shirt no. 10

VIEIRA Patrick (23.06.1976), shirt no. 24

France's two midfield maestros not only share a birthday, but will also celebrate it by playing for their national team against newcomers Togo in their final group match.

Full list of birthdays during the competition (pdf file)

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 7 June 2006