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.
12 Julius Aghahowa (30) was one of Nigeria's key players at the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002™, turning out in all of his country's games. The striker scored against Sweden, but the Super Eagles were knocked out in the group stages. With his national side, he participated at three CAF African Cup Of Nations. At his first, the Nigerians were beaten by Cameroon on penalties in the final, while in his second he ended joint top scorer with three goals. The forward first came to prominence at Esperance Tunis, where he won a Tunisian league title, before a move to Eastern Europe with Shaktar Donetsk. In Ukraine, Aghahowa lifted four league titles and two Ukranian Cups. After featuring for Wigan, in England, and Kayserispor, in Turkey, he moved to back to Shaktar. Failing to maintain a regular starting place with Kroty, he signed on loan for Sevastopol.
13 Sebastian Kehl (32) came agonizingly close to winning a FIFA World Cup™ at Korea/Japan 2002, as his native Germany reached the final before losing 2-0 to Brazil. At Germany 2006, Kehl also appeared for Die Mannschaft as they lost to eventual winners Italy after extra time in the semi-finals, before beating Portugal to secure third place and a bronze medal. Starting his career at Hannover 96 in the German second tier, Kehl moved to Freiburg in the hope of playing top-flight football. His performances in the south of Germany soon brought him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund. With Die Schwarzgelben, the defensive midfielder has won two Bundesligas. He is now hoping to win a third as Dortmund currently top the table.
14 Philippe Senderos (27) has turned out for Switzerland at two FIFA World Cups™, in Germany and South Africa, as well as one Euro, in 2008. The imposing defender caught the eye of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championships in 2002. Senderos came up through the youth set-up at Servette before Wenger managed to sign him for The Gunners and during his time in London he won one FA Cup and a Community Shield before having loan spells at AC Milan and Everton. In 2010, Arsenal sold him to Fulham, where the centre-back currently plies his trade.
15 Rabah Madjer (54) is considered one of the best Algerian footballers of all time. Madjer led Les Fennecs to a first ever FIFA World Cup appearance in 1982 where he had the honour of being the first Algerian to score at the global showpiece, netting in the 2-1 win over European champions West Germany. Madjer also appeared at Mexico 1986 and wore the captain's armband as the Algerians lifted their first and only CAF African Cup Of Nations in 1990. He also featured at the 1980 Olympic Football Tournament where the North Africans reached the quarter-finals. The striker had a successful club career which began with an Algerian league title with Hussein Dey before he moved across the Mediterranean to Racing Paris and then Tours, in France. A move to Porto brought him international fame as he scored a stunning equaliser in the 1987 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich, which the Portuguese club then went on to win. In his time with Dragoes, the frontman won three league titles, two Portuguese Cups and one Portuguese Super Cup, as well as the European Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup. A short spell at Qatar SC was followed by retirement. Madjer then moved into management and led Les Fennecs to the CAF African Cup of Nations in 2002.
16 Bebeto (48) helped Brazil to a first FIFA World Cup win in 24 years at USA 1994, where he scored three goals. At France 1998, Bebeto scored another three goals but two strikes from Zinedine Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit saw the hosts beat the Seleção 3-0 in the final. Bebeto also appeared at Italy 1990, and lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997 and the Copa America in 1989. As a youngster, the goalscorer won the FIFA World Youth Championships Mexico 1983 and also earned medals at the Olympic Football Tournament: silver at Seoul 1988 and bronze at Atlanta 1996. Throughout a career which lasted nearly 20 years, Bebeto won three Brazilian league titles, two with Flamengo and the other with Vasco de Gama. He turned out for a number of clubs all over the world, including Botafogo, Cruzeira and Vitoria in Brazil; Toros Neza, in Mexico; Kashima Antlers, in Japan, and Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. The forward also spent a number of years in Spain, winning the Copa Del Rey and Spanish Super Cup with Deportivo La Coruna. A brief stint with Sevilla marked the end of his European career. The Brazilian won a range of individual trophies, finishing top-scorer in the Brazilian and Spanish leagues, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Copa America. He was also designated South American Footballer Of The Year in 1989.
17 Adriano (30) has featured for Brazil at a number of international competitions, including the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 and FIFA Confederations Cups in 2003 and 2005. Not to be confused with ambidextrous midfielder Adriano Correia, who currently plays for Barcelona, the striker lifted the 2004 Copa America and the FIFA U-17 World Championships New Zealand 1999. Rising through the ranks at Flamenco, the powerful striker lifted one Brazilian league title, one Champion's Cup and the Rio De Janeiro Tournament. Adriano then moved to Inter Milan, where in nearly a decade at the club he lifted four league titles, two Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups. However, his form dropped, and he was loaned out to Parma, Fiorentina and Sao Paulo. Returning to his homeland with Corinthians, the forward won another Brazilian league title. His individual honours include being awarded both the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Shoe at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and finishing top-scorer of the Brazilian league and at the 2004 Copa America.
18 Roberto Baggio (45) engraved his name in footballing history when he put in a string of great performances that propelled Italy to the final of the FIFA World Cup USA 1994™. Cruelly, after the match finished scoreless it was Baggio who skied his spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out to hand Brazil victory. The brilliant playmaker appeared in three FIFA World Cups™: at Italy 1990, where La Squadra Azzura finished third after a defeat by Diego Maradona's Argentina in the semi-finals, USA 1994, where he scored five times as Italy finished second, and France 1998, where the Italians lost another penalty shoot-out, this time to hosts France in the quarter-finals. The prolific finisher scored a total of nine goals in sixteen games at the global showpiece. After first making a name at Fiorentina, Baggio moved to Juventus. With the Old Lady, Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail) won a league title, an Italian Cup and a UEFA Cup. He then signed for AC Milan, where he won another Scudetto, and then Inter Milan, making him one of the few players ever to feature for the three most famous Italian clubs, before ending his long career at Brescia. Baggio’s remarkable eye for goal led to a European Footballer of the Year and FIFA World Player of the Year double in 1993. He was also awarded the adidas Silver Shoe and Silver Ball at the FIFA World Cup USA 1994.