In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
20. Martin Demichelis (35) represented Argentina at two consecutive FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, at South Africa 2010, where he managed to get on the scoreboard, and Brazil 2014, where he played in his country’s last three matches, including the Final against Germany. The robust centre-back’s hard luck in showpiece matches continued in 2015, as he was part of the Albiceleste side that lost to Chile in the Copa America final. At club level, he began his career with River Plate, where he won two Argentinian League titles, before joining Bayern Munich, where he landed four Bundesliga titles, four German Cups, two German League Cups and a German Super Cup. After eight seasons in Bavaria, Demichelis moved to Malaga and then to Manchester City, with whom he has since captured an English Premier League crown and an English League Cup.
21. Osinachi Ohale (24) starred for Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, where she earned a runners-up medal. After stepping up to the senior side, the defender competed at two FIFA Women’s World Cup™ competitions in a row: Germany 2011 and Canada 2015. In addition, the Nigeria international emerged victorious from two CAF African Women’s Championships. Ohale clinched two Nigerian Women’s Championships in a four-year spell with Delta Queens, and now plies her trade for River Angels.
22. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (48) played for Germany at the first three Women’s World Cups, reaching the Final at Sweden 1995, and at the inaugural Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in 1996. She also participated in five UEFA European Women's Championships, lifting the continental trophy in four of them. The attack-minded German’s club career was equally successful, as she picked up silverware with KBC Duisburg, TSV Siegen and FCR Duisburg. After hanging up her boots, she moved into coaching, taking charge of FCR Duisburg, FF USV Jena and the Swiss national team. Voss-Tecklenburg recently guided the Swiss to their first-ever Women’s World Cup, at Canada 2015, where her charges reached the knockout stages.
23. Noelle Maritz (20) helped Switzerland to qualify for Canada 2015, their first appearance on women’s football’s greatest stage. At the tournament proper, she took part in all four of her nation’s matches. Earlier in her career, the young defender played at the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. Maritz started out at FC Zurich, prior to signing for Wolfsburg, where she scooped a Frauen-Bundesliga title, a German Cup and a UEFA Women’s Champions League crown.
24. Serge Aurier (23) defended the colours of Côte d’Ivoire at Brazil 2014 and at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where Les Éléphants enjoyed a memorable triumph. The energetic right-back first turned out for Lens and Toulouse, who loaned him out to Paris Saint-Germain, where he bagged a Ligue 1 title, a French Cup, a French League Cup and two Trophees des champions. Aurier signed a permanent contract with PSG in April 2015.
25. Lihong Zhao (43) appeared for China PR at three Women’s World Cups, in 1995, where she finished fourth, in 1999, where she and her team-mates lost to USA in the Final, and in 2003. Zhao also showcased her skills at two Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments: Atlanta 1996, which culminated in a defeat at the hands of USA, and Sydney 2000.
26. Jean-Marc Ferreri (53) was one of the driving forces behind France’s fine showing at Mexico 1986, where Les Bleus finished third, their best finish at the World Cup since Sweden 1958. Two years earlier, the attacking midfielder had been a member of the French squad that prevailed at the UEFA European Championship for the first time. He made his name with Auxerre, winning the French second division title, but enjoyed greater success at Bordeaux, where he claimed a French League and Cup double. Ferreri later pulled on the jerseys of Marseille (where he netted a UEFA Champions League title and second division championship), Martigues, Toulon and FC Zurich.