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.
20. Sally Shipard (26) had already acquired a considerable amount of experience before making her debut for the full Australian national women’s side, having competed at two consecutive FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups, in 2004 and 2006, as well as at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament of 2004. The midfielder subsequently played at the senior FIFA Women’s World Cup™ at 2007 and 2011, reaching the quarter-finals on both occasions. After her country had switched confederations to the AFC, she lifted the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2010. At club level, Shipard won the Australian W-League with Canberra United. She then enjoyed a loan spell with Bayer Leverkusen last season, before returning to Canberra in time for the new season.
21. Jon Andoni Goikoetxea (48) is regarded as one of the greatest players in Spanish football history, propelling La Roja to the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™, where he scored two goals in the group stage. The versatile right-footer also appeared in the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1985, a match that Spain lost to Brazil. After coming through the ranks at Osasuna, the Spanish international moved to Barcelona where, following a loan stint with Real Sociedad, he enjoyed tremendous success, claiming four Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, a UEFA Champion League crown and a European Super Cup. He was then transferred to Athletic Bilbao, before representing Japanese outfit Yokohama Marinos and Osasuna for a second time. Goikoetxea later fulfilled the role of assistant coach at the latter club, as well as at Jerez.
22. Nicolas Vallar (30) captained the Tahiti team that participated in the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, the island nation's first appearance in a major international competition and one they earned courtesy of their unexpected 2012 OFC Nations Cup victory. Vallar started out with Montpellier, prior to joining Ligue 2 side Sete. Following spells with more modest sides such as Excelsior and Montceau-les-Mines, the imposing central defender returned to Tahiti, where he secured the national championship with AS Dragon.
23. Andoni Zubizarreta (52) is one of Spain’s most iconic goalkeepers, having played in no fewer than four World Cups – in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 – and two UEFA European Championships (in 1988 and 1996) with La Roja. After turning professional with Alaves, the legendary shot-stopper landed two Spanish League titles, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup in the colours of Athletic Bilbao. He then signed for Barcelona, with whom he clinched four Liga crowns, two Spanish Cups, two Spanish Super Cups, a European Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and a European Super Cup. Zubizarreta saw out the remainder of his playing career, during which he received two significant individual accolades – the Zamora Trophy, presented to the goalkeeper conceding the fewest goals in the Spanish top tier, and the Spanish Player of the Year award, both in 1987 – with Valencia. He is currently Barcelona’s director of football.
24. Ilkay Gundogan (23) has recently established himself in Germany’s midfield despite his young age and the fierce competition in that particular area of the pitch. At Borussia Dortmund, he showed the full range of his talents while inspiring his team-mates to German League, Cup and Super Cup glory. Last season, the skilful playmaker reached the final of the UEFA Champions League at Wembley, in which he scored a goal but could not prevent Die Schwarzgelben from succumbing 2-1 to Bayern Munich. Gundogan began his club career at Bochum, but rose to prominence at Nurnberg, before committing himself to Dortmund in 2011. After briefly contributing to Germany’s 2014 World Cup campaign, he is doubtless hopeful of being selected for Joachim Low’s final squad next summer.
25. Shaun Wright-Phillips (32) represented England at the 2010 World Cup. The pacey winger started off at Manchester City, with whom he sealed the English second division title and gained promotion to the top flight. A move to Chelsea saw him earn winners’ medals in the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. The talented dribbler then returned to Manchester City, where he held aloft the FA Cup once again. Wright-Phillips put pen to paper with Queens Park Rangers in August 2011.
26. Jefferson Farfan (29) is one of the most exciting attacking players to pull on a Peru jersey over the past decade. The explosive winger turned out for his national XI during the 2003 and 2007 Copa America tournaments as well as the last three World Cup qualifying campaigns, all of which have ended in disappointment for La Blanquirroja. A product of Alianza Lima’s youth system, Farfan scooped four Peruvian League Championships with the club from the capital. He then exported his skills to PSV Eindhoven, going on to add four Dutch titles and a Dutch Cup to his footballing CV. Since joining Schalke in 2008, he has hoisted the German Cup and German Super Cup with the Gelsenkirchen heavyweights.