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The Lone Star State, Botafogo at 111

On this day in 1904, Brazil’s Botafogo were founded as a football club by a group of teenagers following a maths class. First known as Electro Club, a merger with the Botafogo rowing team would see them rise to become one of Rio de Janeiro’s big four.

Zidane: A Fraction of the Whole

The artistry and genius of the great Zizou was captured in one piece of skill from Euro 2000, writes Luke Constable from the brilliantly named Ruud Gullit Sitting on a Shed.

Happy Birthday Chelsea

On this day in 1905, Chelsea FC was founded when businessman Gus Mears decided to create a football team for a stadium he was building at Stamford Bridge.

Zico’s Birthday Marked by Carnival Tribute

In 1981, the legendary Zico almost single-handedly took Liverpool apart in the Intercontinental Cup final in Japan. This week, the Brazilian turned 61 and he could think of no greater honour than having an entire samba school pay tribute to his career during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival.

Happy Birthday Liam Brady

Today’s marks the 58th birthday of Liam Brady. From signing as a teenager with Arsenal, to his wavy-haired international début at Dalymount, to his time as a star of the title-winning Juventus, Brady is considered among the greatest players ever to emerge from this island. As a pundit, he is a key member of RTE’s legendary panel. Chippy, we salute you.

Happy Birthday AC Milan

AC Milan was founded as Milan Cricket and Football Club on 16 December 1899 by English expatriates Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin.

Maradona at 18

In honour of his birthday this week, take a look at this footage of Diego Maradona from the 1979 FIFA U-20 World Cup, via FIFATV.

The Art of Kaká

Brazilian superstar Kaká celebrated his 31st birthday by launching his new website kakaww.com. The site features insights into the player’s life off the pitch and includes photos, interviews, blog posts and ways for his followers to interact including a fans’ artwork section.

Happy Birthday Mr. President

To celebrate President Higgins’ 72nd birthday, we’re paying tribute to Ireland’s football-mad first citizen.