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A few familiar names from football past and present celebrate their birthdays today. First up is Dave Beasant, 61 today, a goalkeeper whose career had many clubs, and even more ups and downs. Beasant’s claim to fame is that he was the first person to save a penalty in an FA Cup Final.
Sky Sports pundit, and Soccer Saturday stalwart Paul Merson is 52 today. Merse had a distinguished career, including long stints at Arsenal and Aston Villa, as well as representing England in the 1998 World Cup.
Former Manchester United winger Jesper Olsen is 59 today. Jesper was one of the first foreign footballers to play in the English game, and racked up over 100 appearances for United in the 1980s, as well as being part of the exciting Denmark team that reached the last 16 of the 1986 World Cup, alongside Michael Laudrup, Jan Molby and his United teammate John Sivebaek.
Once the most expensive player transferred between two English clubs, Fernando Torres turns 36 today. The best years of his career came at his beloved Atletico Madrid, and during a three-and-a-half year spell at Liverpool before a controversial £50m move to Chelsea, which was ultimately disappointing in spite of the fact he won the Champions League with the Blues. In a glittering career Torres also won over 100 caps for Spain, and was part of the squad that won the World Cup and European Championships.
Finally Manchester United defender Marcus Rojo, who is currently on loan in his native Argentina, turns 30 today. A World Cup finalist in 2014, he has never managed to establish himself at United, and it remains to be seen if he’ll return to Old Trafford at the end of this season.
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