Born in Algarve in 1986, Joao Moutinho was picked up by Sporting Lisbon scouts after demonstrating great promise for his hometown club Portimonense.
His restless on-field presence was duly rewarded, earning him a brief call-up as part of Sporting’s starting eleven. Although he later returned to the junior team with the likes of Nani and Miguel Veloso, his versatility in diamond-shaped formations caught the eye of many of Portugal’s top clubs.
Moutinho moved northwards to join bitter rivals Porto in 2010, cementing himself as a regular starter. During his first season with Porto, the club secured league honours and also went on to clinch an impressive European treble in 2011.
2013 proved the year of his departure along with teammate James Rodriguez, as the two Porto stars left the club to join Monaco where Moutinho still features to this day.
For the Seleção, he featured in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 triumph in July.
More sporting icons’ birthdays on this day:
1952: Graham Mourie, All Black flanker and coach of the Hurricanes.
1989: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Icelandic midfielder who features for Swansea. Deadly set-piece taker.
1990: Matthew Dellavedova, Australian international who plays in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks.
1995: Ellie Black, Canadian gymnast who was crowned 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Pan American Games beam champion
On this day two years ago, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced plans to stand as head of football’s governing body.
The Swiss, notorious for continuously being drenched in controversy, previously affirmed claims assuring his complete lack of involvement as FIFA boss in 2011.
However, the surprise announcement arrived after the Swiss felt compelled to continue as leader, successfully managing to secure the full-support of five out of six continental confederations; the sole disparaging voice heralded from UEFA.
After receiving criticism, the 80-year-old decided to withdraw candidacy in June 2015 amid the infamous corruption scandal.
It was soon discovered Sepp Blatter and UEFA boss Michel Platini were both involved in irregular transactions. In October, FIFA suspended the men after ongoing investigations by the ethics committee before finally dishing out eight year bans for their improper conduct.
1888: First matches in the newly-formed Football League were played, with Derby producing the best result by defeating Bolton 6-3.
1998: St Louis Cardinals baseball player Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ 37-year-old record of 61 home runs hit in a single season.
2008: Roger Federer defeats Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in the US Open final.
2010: John Higgins banned from snooker for six months and fined £75,000 after admitting breaching the rules around betting.
Before she took to the courts at Flushing Meadows, Monica Seles, who represented Yugoslavia and the US, had already won two major slams in 1991 – in Australia and France.
Unable to play at Wimbledon due to injury, question marks were raised whether she could go all the way in New York and she duly delivered. On this day 15 years ago, Seles claimed her third slam of the year, defeating four-time winner Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1 for her first US Open title to reclaim the top spot in the rankings. She would go on to retain her crown the next year.
At the end of the season, she won 10 out of the 16 tournaments and retired in 2008 with 53 career titles, including nine Grand Slams.
More memorable events on this day:
1952: Whitey Ford becomes the fifth pitcher to hurl consecutive one-hitters.
1978: The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 15-3 in the first game of the Boston Massacre.
1980: Earnest Gray becomes the second New York Giants player to score four touchdowns (versus St. Louis Cardinals).
2008: Serena Williams captures her third US Open title, beating Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5.