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.
22. Alcides Ghiggia (87) starred for Uruguay during their triumphant 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ campaign, scoring four goals in four games, including an unforgettable winner in the final encounter versus A Seleção, a result that was met with shock and dismay by fans of the host nation. The tricky winger earned three Uruguayan league winners’ medals with Penarol, prior to exporting his skills to Roma, with whom he landed the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the precursor to the UEFA Cup. Following a transfer to AC Milan, Ghiggia claimed the Serie A title, but returned home soon afterwards to see out the remainder of his career with Danubio. After hanging up his boots, the iconic Uruguayan briefly coached Penarol.
23. Agustin Delgado (39) played a crucial role in Ecuador’s first-ever qualification for the FIFA World Cup in 2002, and repeated the feat four years later. The imposing striker scored three goals across the two competitions, helping La Tri reach the Round of 16 at Germany 2006. In addition, he took part in four successive Copa America tournaments, between 1997 and 2004. He started out in his homeland, defending the colours of ESPOLI, El Nacional, where he won the Ecuadorian Serie A title, and Barcelona Sporting Club, with whom he added two further league crowns to his footballing CV. The powerful South American subsequently moved to Mexico, where he pulled on the jerseys of Cruz Azul and Necaxa, claiming third place at the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup with the latter-named outfit in 2000. After three seasons at English side Southampton, Delgado returned home to sign for Aucas, but half a year later he was off on his travels again, with Mexican team Pumas UNAM his chosen destination. The Ecuadorian international then joined LDU Quito, with whom he secured another league championship as well as the Copa Libertadores, prior to enjoying spells with Emelec and Valle de Chota at the tail end of his career.
24. Eddie Pope (40) represented USA at France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, as well as at the Olympic Football Tournament in 1996. He also emerged victorious at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005, his third appearance in the continental contest. At club level, the consistent defender turned out for DC United, MetroStars and Real Salt Lake. Pope was named MLS Defender of the Year in 1997 and was included in the MLS Best XI on four occasions.
25. Emmanuel Amunike (43) was part of the Nigerian team that qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 1994. At the tournament proper in the United States, the explosive winger scored two goals in four matches. He was no stranger to international success, having struck twice against Zambia in the final of the 1994 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and notched the winner in the final of the 1996 Olympic Football Tournament versus Argentina. Amunike enjoyed domestic success as well, clinching the Nigerian league title with Julius Berger, and two Egyptian Championships, a CAF Champions League crown and an African Cup Winners’ Cup with Zamalek. After putting pen to paper with Sporting Lisbon, the Nigerian international – named African Footballer of the Year during his stint in Portugal – lifted the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup, attracting the interest of Barcelona in the process. Despite capturing the Copa del Rey, his time with the Catalan giants was disrupted by a serious injury, a setback which saw him leave Camp Nou in favour of Albacete and then Jordanian outfit Al Wahdat. Post-retirement, he fulfilled the role of assistant coach at Saudi Arabian side Al Hazm and took charge in his own right at Nigerian clubs Julius Berger and Ocean Boys.
26. Sofiane Feghouli (24) has established himself as one of Algeria’s key performers over the past couple of years, and he proved his worth recently by bagging two goals during their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014. One of those goals, scored in the first leg of Les Fennecs’ play-off duel with Burkina Faso, was particularly critical, as it practically paved the way to FIFA’s flagship tournament, the fourth time the nation has achieved such a feat. The creative playmaker has previously appeared at one other major international tournament, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. He turned professional at Grenoble, where his strong displays piqued the interest of Valencia, who acquired his services and then sent him out on loan to Almeria. Feghouli’s excellent form since returning to the Mestalla saw him named Algerian Player of the Year last season.
27. Klaus Fischer (64) came close to hoisting the 1982 World Cup, but he and his West German team-mates were thwarted by an inspired performance from Italy in the Final in Madrid. Up to that point, the athletic front-man had been instrumental in Die Nationalelf's run to the showpiece match, getting on the scoresheet twice, once against Spain in the second group stage and once versus France in the semi-finals. Fischer started off at 1860 Munich, before committing himself to Schalke, where he scooped two Bundesliga titles and topped the scoring charts in 1976. After 11 campaigns in Gelsenkirchen, the clinical striker tried his luck at Cologne and then brought the curtain down on his playing career at Bochum. Following a stint as assistant coach with Cologne, he was appointed to the position of technical director at Schalke.
28. Terry Butcher (55) appeared at three World Cups in a row with England: Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, where he exited at the quarter-final stage, and Italy 1990, where his team lost to West Germany in a closely contested semi-final and then to the host nation in the match for third place a few days later. Butcher spent ten years at Ipswich, during which time he held aloft the UEFA Cup, before moving north to join Rangers. Three Scottish Premier League titles and two Scottish League Cups later, the robust centre-half departed Ibrox for Coventry City. A year at Sunderland and a short-lived spell at now-defunct Scottish outfit Clydebank followed, as retirement beckoned. Butcher then tried his hand at management, taking the reins at Coventry City, Sunderland, Motherwell, Sydney FC, Brentford and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, guiding the Highland club to promotion to the Scottish top flight in 2010. The Englishman was recently installed as the new manager of Edinburgh-based Hibernian.