Happy Birthday: Oliver Bierhoff, Stuart Appleby, Tommy Robredo

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A host of sporting stars are celebrating their birthdays.

The former Ascoli, Udinese and AC Milan hitman, who scored the first Golden Goal in the history of international football to help Germany lift the European Championships in 1996 in England, is now part of Joachim Loew’s coaching set-up in the national side.

Bierhoff enjoyed a stellar career internationally, captaining his country and scoring 37 goals in 70 appearances. He was also part of the German side that finished as runners-up at the 2002 World Cup.

Domestically, the powerful striker won the Scudetto with the San Siro giants in 1999.

Here’s who else is celebrating their birthday from the sporting world:

1959: Roger Chapman, former European Tour golfer and two-time senior tour major winner (57).

1960: Steve Cauthen, American horse racer who won three English jockey championships, and the Epsom Derby in 1985 on Slip Anchor and in 1987 on Reference Point (56).

1971: Stuart Appleby – Australian golfer and member of the PGA Tour (45).

1975: Alexey Smertin – Former Chelsea, Fulham and Russia midfielder (41).

1979: Mauro Bergamasco – Italian rugby union international (37).

1981: Alexander Hleb – Belarus international and former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder (35).

1982: Tommy Robredo (tennis) – Spanish tennis player (34).

1987: Shahar Peer – Israeli five-time winner on the WTA Tour (29).

1992: Matej Vydra – Czech forward on loan at Reading from Watford (24).

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On this day: April 26, 2008 - Luka Modric signs for Tottenham in record-equalling deal

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Modric pictured alongside Giovani dos Santos (L) and Heurelho Gomes (C).

The Croatian agreed his move to White Hart Lane from Dinamo Zagreb and was the Premier League’s first summer transfer in 2008.

He penned a six-year deal with the Whites and the north London side paid a club record-equalling £16.5 million for his services.

Modric spent four seasons with Spurs, winning the club’s Player of the Year accolade in 2011 and helping the Premier League side secure Champions League football, before moving to giants Real Madrid in August 2012 for £30m.

Here’s what other memorable events took place on this day:

1912: Hugh Bradley made the first home run at Fenway Park.

2003: South African batsman Jacques Rudolph batted for more than eight-and-a-half hours to become just the fifth man to score a double-century at the first attempt, eventually ending up unbeaten on 222 against Bangladesh.

2009: Jenson Button made it three wins from four at start of his championship winning season for Brawn.

2012: The Charlotte Bobcats set a new record for the lowest-winning percentage in NBA history of 10.6 with a loss to New York Knicks.

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Happy Birthday - April 26 - John Isner, Chris Perry, Daniil Kvyat

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A host of sporting stars are celebrating.

The Tampa-born 6ft 10 in giant, who was involved in the longest tennis match in history at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships against Nicolas Mahut (11 hours and five minutes over three days) is known for his powerful serve.

Isner’s best Grand Slam performance to date was at the 2011 US Open, where he reached the quarter-final, while he has also won 10 titles on the ATP tour.

Here’s who else is celebrating their birthday from the sporting world:

1938: Willie Wood – legendary Scot bowls star who became the first person to compete in seven Commonwealth Games in 2002 (78).

1973: Chris Perry – former Wimbledon, Tottenham, Charlton and Southampton defender (43).

1980: Marlon King – former Watford, Wigan and Birmingham striker (36).

1994: Daniil Kvyat – Russian Formula One driver for Red Bull Racing (22).

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