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.
15. Eidur Gudjohnsen (35) flew the flag for Icelandic football with distinction throughout his long and varied career. While at PSV, he enjoyed success in the Dutch league and cup, before going on to win two Premier League titles and a League Cup with Chelsea. The composed forward then signed for Barcelona, subsequently adding a Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League title and a UEFA Super Cup to his footballing CV. Gudjohnsen also earned a runners-up medal in the FIFA Club World Cup. Gudjohnsen later pulled on the jerseys of Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Fulham, Bolton Wanderers, AEK Athens and Cercle Brugge. On the international stage, the seven-time Icelandic Footballer of the Year took part in his country’s qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™.
16. Antonia Goransson (23) propelled Sweden to third place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ and to the quarter-finals of the 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. In addition, she previously attained the last eight of the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup. After starting out at Swedish outfit Kristianstads, the midfielder starred for Hamburg and then Turbine Potsdam, with whom she claimed the German League title and reached the final of the German Cup last season.
17. Simone Perrotta (36) played a crucial role in Italy’s capture of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he appeared in every match. The tireless midfield man also participated in two UEFA European Championships in a row, in 2004 and 2008, and in the UEFA European U-21 Championship. After coming through the ranks at Reggina, the Italian international represented Juventus, Bari and then Chievo. His transfer to Roma signalled a turning point in his career, as it was in the Italian capital that he fully established himself in the starting XI, inspiring his side to glory in two Italian Cups and an Italian Super Cup, and to second spot in Serie A on four occasions.
18. Daniel Aranzubia (34) was Spain’s last line of defence during their victorious 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign, and he claimed a silver medal at the Olympic Football Tournament at Sydney 2000. The athletic goalkeeper started off with Athletic Bilbao’s reserve team, before going out on loan to Baskonia. Upon his return to Bilbao, he was promoted to the Basque outfit’s senior side, for whom he wore the No1 jersey for eight terms. He then signed for Deportivo, where he landed the UEFA Intertoto Cup. He twice experienced relegation with the Galicians; the first time, he remained loyal to Depor, contributing to their second division championship-winning season, but this year, however, he opted against playing second-tier football, and instead committed himself to Atletico Madrid.
19. Eduardo (31) appeared for Portugal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, where he was unable to prevent his team-mates from suffering elimination at the hands of eventual champions Spain. The confident custodian triumphed in the Intertoto Cup with Braga, prior to lifting the Portuguese League Cup during a loan stint at Vitoria Setubal. In a subsequent loan spell with Benfica, he added a second League Cup winner’s medal to his personal display cabinet. After signing for Genoa, he was again loaned to Benfica, and then to Istanbul BB and Braga.
20. Omar Abdulrahman (22) has gained star status in the United Arab Emirates in recent times, having helped his nation to hold aloft the Gulf Cup at the beginning of the year, where he was named Player of the Tournament. Before experiencing this success, he took part in the UAE’s historic qualification for London 2012, where the Asian representatives put in a creditable performance. Earlier in his international career, the dynamic attacking midfielder picked up a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games, and competed at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. Abdulrahman has been an Al Ain player since 2008, with whom he has won the last two Emirati League titles, adding to the Emirati Cup, League Cup and Super Cup trophies he had already hoisted with the Abu Dhabi-based club. In terms of individual accolades, he was twice named Emirati Young Player of the Year, and scooped the equivalent senior award last season. His high profile recently saw him appointed official ambassador for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is due to be held in the Emirates.
21. Gilberto (31) was a key component in the Angola team that secured a maiden qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, but an unfortunate injury denied him the chance to appear on football’s greatest stage. The pacey left winger has, however, been able to represent his country at the last four CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. After turning professional at Petro Atletico de Luanda in his homeland, he put pen to paper with Al Ahly, where he clinched five Egyptian League Championships, three Egyptian Cups, five Egyptian Super Cups and three CAF Champions League crowns. Gilberto also participated in two FIFA Club World Cups with the Cairo giants. After a spell in Belgian football with Lierse, he moved to Cypriot club AEL Limassol last season.