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.
4. Betsy Hassett (23) established herself in the starting XI of New Zealand’s women’s team at an early age, after impressing at two consecutive FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups. A promotion to the senior side saw the midfielder compete at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, and then at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament the following year, where the Football Ferns reached the quarter-finals. Like many of her peers, she initially represented her university team – the California Golden Bears – before joining German outfit SC Sand.
5. Theodore Whitmore (41) is regarded as a living legend of Jamaican football, having played a key role in qualifying the Reggae Boys for their maiden FIFA World Cup™ at France 1998. While there, the creative playmaker scored two goals against Japan in the group stage, helping his nation to secure their first-ever and thus far only victory at the prestigious tournament. The Caribbean midfielder also took part in three consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cups and two successful Caribbean Cup campaigns. Whitmore began his club career with Ajax Cape Town in South Africa, but it was with Jamaican sides Violet Kickers and Seba United (now Montego Bay United) that he made a name for himself. He soon exported his skills to Europe, turning out for English outfit Hull City and Scottish team Livingston. Following a short second stint with Seba United, he returned to England to sign for Tranmere Rovers. He then rejoined Seba United as player-coach, a position that proved a useful apprenticeship for his next assignment, which entailed taking the reins of the Jamaican national side, first as an assistant and then as head coach in his own right. During his tenure, he led the Jamaicans to two Caribbean Cup triumphs.
6. Roman Weidenfeller (33) got off to the best possible start this season by propelling Borussia Dortmund to a fine recent victory over Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. One of the most widely respected goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, he has performed between the sticks with aplomb for Dortmund since 2002, during which time he has won two league titles, a German Cup and two German Super Cups. Last season was particularly memorable for Weidenfeller and his team-mates, as they surged to an eventually unsuccessful UEFA Champions League final with Bayern at Wembley Stadium. The reliable custodian has never been capped for Germany’s senior team, but he did appear at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1997. He originally came through the ranks at Kaiserslautern, where he earned a regular place in the first team, before signing for Die Schwarzgelben in 2002.
7. Jocelyn Angloma (48) represented France at two UEFA European Championships in a row, in 1992 and 1996, reaching the semi-finals in the latter tournament. Earlier in his international career, he was part of the French side that emerged victorious at the UEFA European U-21 Championship. The tireless right-back turned professional at Rennes, prior to enjoying stints with Lille and Paris Saint-Germain. It was at Marseille, however, that he first got his hands on silverware at club level, claiming a French League title and a UEFA Champions League crown. A move to Italy saw the Guadeloupe-born defender pull on the jerseys of Torino and Inter Milan, with whom he attained the UEFA Cup final in 1997. Angloma then put pen to paper with Valencia, where he experienced five productive campaigns, winning the Spanish Cup and Spanish Super Cup, as well as reaching two successive Champions League finals.
8. Ali Hussein Rehema (28) sealed his place in Iraqi football history by inspiring his nation to AFC Asian Cup glory in 2007, a success which qualified the Lions of Mesopotamia for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009. In addition, the commanding defender participated in the 2011 Asian Cup and the qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and is currently involved in qualifiers for the 2015 Asian Cup, to be held in Australia. At the turn of the year, he finished second at the Gulf Cup of Nations. As a younger man, Rehema won a gold medal at the 2005 West Asian Games and a silver at the 2006 Asian Games. At club level, the Iraqi centre-back has defended the colours of Al Quwa Al Jawiya and Erbil in his homeland, as well as Libyan side Al Ahly and Qatari outfit Al Wakra.
9. Mario Zagallo (82) is a Brazilian football icon, having landed a remarkable number of trophies as both player and coach. The attack-minded South American was a key component in the Brazilian team that recorded their first two FIFA World Cup successes in 1958 and 1962, and later went on to coach the much-lauded side that triumphed in 1970. In 1994 he was involved in a fourth success at FIFA’s flagship tournament, assisting Carlos Alberto Parreira during A Seleção’s victory in the United States. While in outright charge, he also earned second and fourth place finishes, at France 1998 and West Germany 1974 respectively. Zagallo oversaw victories in other competitions, including the FIFA Confederations Cup and the Copa America, an event in which his charges also claimed a runners-up spot in 1995. The legendary Brazilian played for America, Flamengo and Botafogo, where he clinched two Rio de Janeiro State Championships and two Guanabara Cups. Aside from Brazil, he also took charge of, among others, Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco de Gama, Portuguesa, Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and the United Arab Emirates national team.
10. Roy Keane (42) is one of Manchester United greatest-ever players, helping to inspire the Red Devils to unprecedented heights – seven English League titles, four FA Cups, four Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League crown, and one Intercontinental Cup – during his 13-year spell with the club. The combative midfielder also took part in the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, the same year he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year. Following a move north to sign for Glasgow giants Celtic, he picked up winners’ medals in the Scottish Premier League and Scottish League Cup. In the international arena, he appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. After hanging up his boots, he moved into management, steering Sunderland to promotion and subsequently taking the helm at Ipswich Town for two seasons.