Happy Birthday - October 15 - Deschamps, Chalmers, Ozil

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Deschamps played as a defensive midfielder for several clubs in France, Italy, England, and Spain, including Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia, as well as Nantes and Bordeaux.

After retiring as a player, he went into football management. He was appointed head coach of Monaco in France’s Ligue 1, leading them to the Coupe de la Ligue title in 2003 and to its first UEFA Champions League final in 2004. He resigned on 19 September 2005 after a poor start to the season, and disagreement with the club’s president.

Since then, Deschamps has gone on to manage Juventus – winning Serie B – and Marsielle, where he won Ligue 1, as well as a number of cup competitions. But since 2012, he has been manager of the French Men’s National team, guiding them to the final of Euro 2016 earlier this year.

1968: Craig Chalmers (rugby union) – former Scotland and Lions stand-off.

1977: David Trezeguet (soccer) – former France striker.

In the final of Euro 2000, France found themselves 1-0 down to Italy in the 90th minute, before Sylvain Wiltord drew them level on the brink of added time. Then came extra time, and substitute David Trezeguet’s memorable golden goal – a superb volley from Robert Pirès’s cross.

1981: Elena Dementieva (tennis) – 2008 Olympic singles champion, now retired.

1988: Mesut Ozil (soccer) – Arsenal and Germany midfielder.

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Happy Birthday - October 14 - Cram, Le Tissier, Dilshan

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On the international scene, though, it was a different story. Le Tissier was picked by the then manager Terry Venables to start the ill-fated friendly match against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road that had to be abandoned due to a group of England fans rioting.

In the run up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Le Tissier scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 victory for England B against Russia B; despite this, he was controversially overlooked by manager Glenn Hoddle for the final squad, a decision that the player himself cited as a hiatus in his career after which his form never fully recovered.

Following his retirement as a player, Le Tissier became a football pundit, and currently works as a panellist on the Sky Sports show Soccer Saturday. In 2011 he became honorary president of Guernsey F.C., for whom he briefly registered as a player in May 2013 to help with the club’s fixture congestion.

1960: Steve Cram (athletics) – former world 1500 metres champion, now a commentator (66)

Steve Cram was one of the world’s dominant middle distance runners during the 1980s. Nicknamed “The Jarrow Arrow”, after his hometown, Cram set world records in the 1500 m, 2000 m and the mile during a 19-day period in the summer of 1985.

He was the first man to run 1500 m under 3 minutes and 30 seconds. He won the 1500 m gold medal at the 1983 World Championships and the 1500 m silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

1976: Tillakaratne Dilshan (cricket) – former Sri Lanka opener and captain (40)

1988: Glenn Maxwell (cricket) – Australia all-rounder (28)

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IN PICS: Top 10 retirements this year

Sport360 staff 14/10/2016
Calling it a day: The retired crew.

DAVID ORTIZ

The three-time World Series champ brought down the curtain on his career at the age of 40.

PEYTON MANNING

One of the best quarterback in NFL history, he retired after he won the Super Bowl with Denver.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ

The 14-time All-Star announced his retirement in August and joined the NY Yankees front office.

FABIAN CANCELLERA

Spartacus has called it a career and signed off in the best way possible, winning Olympic gold in Rio.

KOBE BRYANT

The LA Lakers icon retired as one of the greatest NBA players of all-time with five championship rings.

TIM DUNCAN

Headed up a dominant San Antonio franchise during a 19-year stay before retiring with five NBA titles.

MCKAYLA MARONEY

A ‘Fierce Five’ member, the Olympic gold medallist announced her retirement from gymnastics.

MICHAEL PHELPS

The most decorated Olympian of all time retired after the Rio Games with a total of 23 gold medals.

LLEYTON HEWITT

The former world No1 brought his career to an emotional end at his home major in Australia.

TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN

One of the most innovative batsmen, the former Sri Lankan skipper retired from all forms last month.

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