In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Dida (39) enjoyed considerable success between the sticks for Brazil, with whom he took part in the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006™ and won two FIFA Confederations Cups, a FIFA U-20 World Cup, a bronze medal at the Olympic Football Tournament at Atlanta 1996, and a Copa America. At club level, he started out with Vitoria, before signing for Cruzeiro, where he would go on to lift the Brazilian Cup and Copa Libertadores. A move to Corinthians saw the athletic goalkeeper claim a league and cup double, as well as the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup in 2000. Dida then tried his hand at European football, helping AC Milan to claim the Serie A championship, Italian Cup and Italian Super Cup, as well two UEFA Champions League crowns and another FIFA Club World Cup, in 2007.
Joseph-Antoine Bell (58) is one of the greatest goalkeepers that Africa has ever produced. He was Cameroon’s first-choice custodian during both the 1992 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup USA 1994. Bell had a varied club career, beginning with Union Douala in his homeland. He subsequently played for Africa Sports in Côte d'Ivoire and Egyptian outfit Arab Contractors, before exporting his handling skills to France, where he turned out for Marseille, Toulon, Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne, where he finally hung up his gloves.
Mark Viduka (37) played a key role in enabling Australia to return to and shine on the world stage, scoring three goals at Germany 2006. He participated in two FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments, in 1997 and 2005, as well as in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the Socceroos’ debut in the continental competition. The explosive forward embarked on his professional career with Melbourne Knights, with whom he won the Australian league title, prior to signing for Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb, where he attained no fewer than three league and cup doubles. After moving to Celtic and obtaining a Scottish Premier League winners’ medal, a growing reputation led to his moving south to enjoy a spell with Leeds United, following which he also played for Middlesbrough and Newcastle United. Viduka was named Scottish Player of the Year and Oceania Footballer of the Year in 2000, and finished domestic top scorer three times, once in Scotland and twice in Australia.
Tony Adams (46) is generally regarded as one of the most commanding English defenders in the history of the modern game. He marshalled the Three Lions’ defence during the FIFA World Cup France 1998 as well as at three UEFA European Championships. Adams remained a loyal servant to Arsenal throughout his successful twenty-year career, during which time he won four English league titles, three FA Cups, two English League Cups, three Community Shields and one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Following his retirement, he managed Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth, and is currently in charge of Azerbaijani outfit Gabala.
Alvaro Fernandez (27) made a significant contribution to Uruguay’s remarkable run to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. The midfielder defended the colours of a handful of clubs in his homeland, including Atenas, Montevideo and Nacional, where he picked up a championship winners’ medal. He then pulled on the jersey of numerous foreign clubs, such as Mexican outfit Puebla, Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal and Santiago-based Universidad de Chile, as well as Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire in the USA.
Roberto Sensini (46) appeared at three FIFA World Cups with Argentina – Italy 1990, USA 1994 and France 1998. He started off at Newell's Old Boys, with whom he secured the Argentinian league title, before being transferred to Udinese in Italy. A subsequent move to Parma saw the defender acquire numerous honours – two Italian Cups, two UEFA Cups and a UEFA Super Cup – during two separate stints at the club. Sensini also played for Lazio, triumphing in Serie A and the Italian Cup, and rounded off his European playing experience with a second spell at Udinese. After retirement, he initially fulfilled the role of assistant coach at the northern Italian side, but then decided to return to his homeland, where he has since held the reins at Estudiantes, Newell's Old Boys and Colon.
Fuad Amin (40) will forever be remembered by Saudi Arabian football fans for his ground-breaking achievements at international level. He propelled the Green Falcons to their first-ever FIFA World Cup appearance, at USA 1994, where he scored the opening goal of their initial group-stage encounter against the Netherlands. He then went on to hit the back of the net versus Morocco, handing Saudi Arabia a stunning maiden victory in the competition and helping them to advance to the knockout phase in the process. The rangy midfielder also starred at France 1998 and at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1992 and 1995. In 1996, he was part of the Saudi Arabian side that emerged victorious at the AFC Asian Cup, four years after having lost their continental crown to Japan. Amin also hoisted the Gulf Cup of Nations in 1994, and had previously won the AFC U-17 Championship in 1988 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1989. In addition, he enjoyed a highly successful club career with Al Shabab, winning a host of league titles, two Saudi Cups, two Crown Prince Cups, one Arab Club Champions Cup, one Arab Super Cup and two Gulf Cups for Clubs.