Friday, 6 September 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Bruce Rioch, Carlo Cudicini, Tim Henman, Massimo Maccarone, Samuel Peter, Joseph Yobo

Bruce Rioch

Bruce Rioch is 66 today. He is a football manager and former player.

As a player, he made more than 550 appearances in the Football League and by virtue of his father's birthplace, represented Scotland in 24 matches; he became the first Scottish captain to be born in England. As a manager, he has taken charge of clubs in England, the United States, and Denmark. Arsenal is the most notable club he manged where he's the predecessor of current manager Arsene Wenger.

Carlo Cudicini

Carlo Cudicini is 40 today. He is an Italian goalkeeper who plays for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. He's from a footballing family as He is the son of the former AC Milan goalkeeper Fabio Cudicini and the grandson of Circolo Sportivo Ponziana 1912 defender Guglielmo Cudicini. Carlo Cudicinie was also in between the sticks for notable clubs like Ac Milan, Chelsea and Tottenham.

Tim Henman

Tim Henman is 39 today. He is a retired English professional tennis player who is one of the greatest British tennis players of all time. Although Henman never reached the finals of any Grand Slam, he reached six Grand Slam semifinals and won 15 career ATP titles (11 in singles and four in doubles) including the Paris Masters in 2003. He also reached a career high ranking of world number four.

Massimo Maccarone

Massimo Maccarone is 34 today. He is an Italian striker currently playing for Empoli on loan from Sampdoria. He made headlines in March 2002 when he became the first Serie B player in twenty years to be picked for the Italian national side. He is nicknamed Big Mac.

Samuel Peter

Samuel Peter is 33 today. nicknamed "The Nigerian Nightmare," He is a professional heavyweight boxer and the former WBC heavyweight champion. Originally, Peter's preferred sport was soccer. In 1992, some boxers came to Peter's school to train. The curious young 11-year-old stopped by and asked if he could train along with them. He was put up against an experienced amateur and knocked him out. This marked the beginning of a successful career for Peter. He's won a total of 34 fights in his career, losing just 5.

Joseph Yobo

Joseph Yobo is also 33 today. He is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a centre back for Fenerbah├že. He is the captain of the Nigerian national team, for which he has 95 caps, making him the most capped Nigerian player ever. He's also had spells with clubs like Standard Liege, Marseille, Tenerife and Everton where he spent ten years.

After making his international debut in Spring 2001, he played in the Super Eagles' three matches in Japan and South Korea, for the 2002 World Cup and even provided the assist for his side's only goal of the tournament. Yobo's play at international level has received positive reviews. He was also part of the Nigerian squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after which he assumed the Eagles' captaincy on the international retirement of Nwankwo Kanu.

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