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Birthdays during the competition (update)


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

In the remaining group matches, three players will celebrate their birthday on the match day of their national team:

LAMPARD Frank (20.06.1978), shirt no. 8

On the occasion of his 28th birthday, Lampard's England will face Sweden.

ZIDANE Zinedine (23.06.1972), shirt no. 10

VIEIRA Patrick (23.06.1976), shirt no. 24

France midfielders ZIDANE and VIEIRA share a birthday on the date that their national team meets Togo in their final group match.

Full list of birthdays during the competition (PDF file)

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 19 June 2006