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.
17. Hassan Abdel-Fattah (32) is regarded as one of Jordan’s top performers, having starred for several foreign clubs and helped his country to reach the quarter-finals of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar, where he scored in a group-stage match against Japan. More recently, the attacking midfielder has taken part in numerous qualifying games for the 2015 edition of the continental tournament, which will take place in Australia next year. In addition, the Saudi Arabia-born playmaker finished top scorer during Al-Nashama’s creditable qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. After coming through the ranks and winning a number of Jordanian trophies at Al-Wahdat, Abdel-Fattah exported his skills to Syria, the United Arab Emirates and then Qatar, where he currently defends the colours of Al-Kharaitiyat.
18. Dimitris Salpingidis (33) represented Greece at the 2010 World Cup, the first time the Ethniki had appeared at the prestigious tournament for 16 years. The speedy winger notched his country’s first goal in South Africa – and in the history of the competition – versus Nigeria in the group phase, and contributed towards their qualification for Brazil 2014, where the Greeks reached the Round of 16. He also competed at the UEFA European Championships of 2008 and 2012, scoring against Poland and Germany at the latter contest, and at the 2004 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Athens. Salpingidis has spent his entire career in Greek football, starting out at Thessaloniki-based PAOK and later turning out for Larissa, Kavala and Panathinaikos, with whom he claimed the Greek Superleague title and Greek Cup. He re-signed for PAOK in 2010.
19. Joao Pinto (42) was part of Portugal’s 'golden generation', winning two FIFA U-20 World Cups in a row, in 1989 and 1991. The talented forward also took part in two European Championships, losing to France in the semi-finals in 2000, and in the 2002 World Cup. A product of Boavista’s youth set-up, he secured the Portuguese Cup with the Porto-based club, before moving to Benfica, where he clinched two further league titles, another Portuguese Cup, and three Portuguese Footballer of the Year awards. A move to Sporting Lisbon saw the influential attacker seal a Portuguese League, Cup and Super Cup treble. Following a two-season spell with Boavista, Pinto joined Braga, where he brought the curtain down on his impressive career.
20. Alexey Makarov (29) helped Russia to hoist the last two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups, at Ravenna 2011 and Tahiti 2013. Prior to enjoying those successes, the defender participated in three previous tournaments, in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and has scored a total of 13 goals in 22 World Cup matches.
21. Didier Six (60) was a key component of the French squads that travelled to the 1978 and 1982 World Cups, and that triumphed at EURO 1984. The winger pulled on the jerseys of a large number of clubs during his nomadic career, including Lens, Marseille, Stuttgart, Aston Villa, Metz and Galatasaray. After hanging up his boots, Six moved into coaching, steering the Togolese national team to the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where Les Eperviers attained the last eight.
22. Federico Magallanes (38) played for Uruguay at the 1999 Copa America, where they lost to Brazil in the final, and at Korea/Japan 2002, making two substitute appearances in what was Los Charruas’ first World Cup outing for 12 years. At club level the robust striker turned out for, among others, Penarol, Atalanta, Real Madrid, Torino and Sevilla.
23. Kate Markgraf (38) brandished the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on home soil at USA 1999, prior to finishing in third place in 2003 and 2007. The resilient defender also gained a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, as well as a gold in both 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing).