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.
9. Houssine Kharja (32) took part in four CAF Africa Cup of Nations contests with Morocco, ending up on the losing side in the 2004 final versus Tunisia and jointly topping the scoring charts in 2012. In addition, the dynamic midfielder competed in three ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaigns for the FIFA World Cup™, and in the 2012 Olympic Football Tournament in London. The skilful African spent the majority of his club career in Italy, starring for, among others, Roma, Piacenza, Siena, Genoa and Inter Milan, with whom he lifted the Coppa Italia. Kharja signed for Qatari outfit Al-Arabi in June 2012.
10. Nadine Angerer (36) was named FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2013. The athletic goalkeeper made her senior debut for Germany in 1996, going on to participate in four FIFA Women’s World Cup™ competitions, two of which, in 2003 and 2007, have culminated in victory for Die Nationalelf, although it was only at the latter event that she played an active part in her team’s success. Following on from Germany 2011, she is hopeful of appearing at a fifth World Cup next year in Canada. The respected shot-stopper has also amassed three Olympic bronze medals, acquired at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and no fewer than five UEFA European Women's Championship titles. Angerer started out at Nuremberg, before turning out for Wacker Munich, Bayern Munich and Turbine Potsdam, where she landed two Frauen-Bundesliga crowns, three German Cups and a UEFA Women’s Cup. After a brief spell with Swedish side Djurgardens, she returned to her homeland, later hoisting another German Cup with FFC Frankfurt. She subsequently packed her bags for Australia, where she represented Brisbane Roar, and then for the USA, where she played for Portland Thorns. The German international recently rejoined Brisbane on loan.
11. Philipp Lahm (31) captained Germany to their 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil, after which he decided to retire from international football. The talented full-back had previously finished third at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, as well as appearing in the final of UEFA EURO 2008. Lahm came through the ranks at Bayern Munich, spending the majority of his career – a two-season loan stint at Stuttgart aside – with the Bavarian giants, with whom he has bagged six Bundesliga Championships, six German Cups, two German Super Cups, a German League Cup, a UEFA Champions League title and a FIFA Club World Cup.
12. Hiroshi Kiyotake (25) defended the colours of Japan at the 2014 World Cup, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Olympic Football Tournament, where he and his team-mates finished fourth. The attacking midfielder began his career with Oita Trinita, where he held aloft the J. League Cup, prior to moving to Cerezo Osaka and then Nuremburg. Kiyotake switched to Hannover from the Bavarian club over the summer.
13. Pedro Reyes (42) was part of the Chile side that qualified for France 1998, where he made four appearances, including their defeat by Brazil in the Round of 16. The solid defender also reached the semi-finals of the 1999 Copa America and gained a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Football Tournament. Reyes spent the majority of his club career in his homeland, winning three league titles with Colo-Colo and pulling on the jerseys of Universidad de Chile and Union Espanola, among other Chilean clubs. The South American only ventured abroad once, spending four productive seasons with French outfit Auxerre. In 1997, he was named Chilean Footballer of the Year.
14. Coco (42) played in four FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups with Uruguay, attaining the final in 2006 and claimed third place in 2007. The powerful South American was also a key member of the team that finished fourth at Dubai 2009. Coco boasts a total of six goals at the prestigious tournament.
15. Sergio Conceicao (40) helped Portugal to return to the World Cup stage at Korea/Japan 2002, following a 16-year absence. The tricky winger was also involved in A Selecção das Quinas’ quest for glory at EURO 2000, where he scored a hat-trick against Germany before succumbing to eventual winners France in the semi-finals. Conceicao turned professional with Penafiel, but it was at Porto that he rose to prominence, scooping three Portuguese League titles, a Portuguese Cup and a Portuguese Super Cup during his time at the club. A transfer to Lazio saw him add a Serie A crown, two Italian Cups, an Italian Super Cup, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a UEFA Super Cup to his footballing CV. Stints at Parma and Inter Milan followed, as did brief second spells at Lazio and Porto. In 2004, the speedy wide man put pen to paper with Standard Liege, with whom he was later named Belgian Footballer of the Year. After a short-lived adventure in Kuwait, he joined Greek team PAOK, where he saw out the remainder of his playing days. The former Portuguese international has since moved into coaching, taking the reins of Olhanense, Academica and current club Braga.