In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
28. Carsten Jancker (37) became a household name during his time at Bayern Munich, where he won four league titles, two German Cups, the UEFA Champions League and an Intercontinental Cup. His performances for Bayern brought him international recognition too, and the forward played at both UEFA EURO 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, remaining on the bench as Germany lost the final of the latter tournament 2-0 to Brazil. After that, Jancker represented a number of clubs, with notable spells at Udinese in Italy and Kaiserslautern and even a stint in China PR with Shanghai Shenhua, before he ended his career with SV Mattersburg in Austria.
29. Radek Bejbl (39) was in the Czech Republic side that impressed on their run to the final of EURO ’96, which they lost 2-1 to Germany following a golden goal. The Czechs also finished third in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia a year later, and it was his international performances that convinced Atletico Madrid to bring Bejbl on board fresh from winning the Spanish league and cup double in 1995/96. After four seasons in the Spanish capital, Bejbl spent two years at Lens before rejoining the club where he had started out, Slavia Prague. He finally hung up his boots after a single campaign at his last port of call, Slovan Liberec.
30. Radhi Jaidi (36) is one of the leading lights of Tunisian football, having helped the Carthage Eagles clinch their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in 2004. The defender has appeared in five editions of the competition overall and also featured in two FIFA World Cups, travelling to Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006 but facing group-stage elimination on both occasions. Jaidi also performed well at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup, while in the club realm he started his career at Esperance de Tunis before joining Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League. From there, he signed for Birmingham City and he now plays for Southampton.
31. Pepe Reina (29) has been heavily involved in Spain’s international success in the last few years. As back-up goalkeeper to Iker Casillas, he won EURO 2008 before entering football legend as he and his colleagues won the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Taught the ropes at Barcelona, Reina opted to join Villarreal to gain more playing time and left the Yellow Submarine for Liverpool in 2005, going on to add the FA Cup and FA Community Shield to his list of honours.
1. Abel Braga (59) can pride himself on having led Internacional to victory in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, when his side overcame Barcelona in the final. A gifted man-manager, Braga has won silverware with several different Brazilian clubs in addition to the Porto Alegre side, including Atletico Paranaense, Flamengo and Fluminense. He has known success abroad too, claiming a league and cup double with Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates. As a player, Braga was a member of the Brazil squad at the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina, when A Seleção finished third.
2. Rafik Halliche (25) helped Algeria return to a FIFA World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years when they qualified for South Africa 2010, and in the same year he was in the side that reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations. The Algiers native began his career at NA Hussein Dey and made the move to Europe when he signed for Benfica in 2008, though he was promptly loaned out to Nacional. The centre-back then packed his bags for Fulham in 2010, hoping to add more experience.
3. Julio Cesar (32) is considered one of the finest goalkeepers on the planet. With Brazil, he celebrated triumph in the Copa America of 2004, later going on to take part in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup as first choice, his campaign in South Africa ending in disappointment as A Seleção were knocked out in the quarter-finals. The Inter Milan custodian started out with Flamengo and briefly represented Chievo before joining I Nerrazzuri in 2005. Since his switch to the San Siro, he has won trophy after trophy, claiming five Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias, four Italian Super Cups, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. He was also named UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for 2009/10.