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.
3. Claudio Maldonado (36) won a bronze medal with Chile at the 2000 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, having previously taken part in the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Cup. In addition, the tough-tackling defensive midfielder starred in the 2001 Copa America and in two FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns, playing 12 matches in the run-up to Germany 2006 and two ahead of South Africa 2010, where Chile returned to the global stage after two failed attempts. At club level, he began his career with Colo Colo, where he claimed a Chilean Championship, before packing his bags for Brazil, where he won numerous national and state honours with Sao Paolo, Cruzeiro and Santos. Following a spell with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, Maldonado returned to Brazil, securing a Serie A crown and a Rio de Janeiro State League title with Flamengo and the Recopa Sudamericana with Corinthians. In 2014, the combative Chilean re-signed for Colo Colo.
4. Jung Sungryong (31) wore the No1 jersey for Korea Republic at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, as well as at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, where he and his team-mates finished third. In 2015, his country went a step further by reaching the final of the continental event, but the talented goalkeeper remained on the bench throughout. He also participated in two Olympic Football Tournaments, at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, from which the South Koreans emerged with the bronze medal. The Gwangju-born shot-stopper started out at Pohang Steelers, with whom he clinched a K-League title, prior to inspiring Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to an AFC Champions League crown and a semi-final appearance at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. Jung Sungryong later turned out for Suwon Bluewings and for Japanese outfit Kawasaki Frontale, his current club.
5. Glenn Stromberg (56) represented Sweden at Italy 1990, scoring a goal against Scotland in the group stage. After bagging a Swedish League title, Swedish Cup and UEFA Cup with Gothenburg, the dominant midfielder signed for Benfica, with whom he landed two Portuguese Championships and a Portuguese Super Cup. Stromberg subsequently saw out the rest of his career at Bergamo-based Atalanta, where he earned the Guldbollen Swedish Footballer of the Year award.
6. Manfred Kaltz (63) competed for West Germany at Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982, where Die Nationalelf reached the Final. The strong-running full-back also enjoyed success at the UEFA European Championship, finishing second in 1976 and capturing the continental trophy in 1980. He came through the ranks at Hamburg, where he amassed three Bundesliga titles, a German Cup, a German League Cup, a European Cup and a European Cup Winners’ Cup, and reached the finals of the UEFA Cup and Intercontinental Cup. Following two brief stints at Bordeaux and Mulhouse, Kaltz returned to Hamburg for one final season.
7. Eden Hazard (25) helped Belgium to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he made five appearances as he and his compatriots reached the quarter-finals. As a younger man, the creative playmaker played at the 2007 U-17 World Cup. He initially spent five seasons with Lille, winning a French League and Cup double and piquing the interest of Chelsea, who sealed his signature in 2012. Since arriving at Stamford Bridge, the skilful attacking midfielder has picked up winners’ medals in the English Premier League, English League Cup and UEFA Europa League. Hazard also reached the final of the Club World Cup in 2012.
8. David Silva (30) lifted the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship trophy in 2008 and 2012 with Spain. He enjoyed less success at Brazil 2014, where the Spaniards failed to live up to expectations. The dynamic attacking midfielder was also part of the sides that finished third and second at the 2009 and 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments respectively. He had previously taken part in the 2003 U-17 World Cup, where he came third in the voting for the adidas Golden Ball as La Roja lost in the final, and the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup. A product of Valencia’s youth system, the gifted Iberian was loaned out to Eibar and Celta Vigo before establishing himself in Los Che’s starting XI and subsequently holding aloft the Copa del Rey. In 2010, Silva put pen to paper with Manchester City, with whom he has since lifted two English Premier League titles, an FA Cup, an English League Cup and an FA Community Shield.
9. Ebi Smolarek (35) contributed to Poland’s campaigns at the 2006 World Cup, making three appearances, and at EURO 2008, where he again played a part in three matches. The Lodz native turned professional with Feyenoord, where he lifted the UEFA Cup, but rose to wider prominence at Borussia Dortmund, Racing Santander and Bolton Wanderers. The three-time Polish Footballer of the Year later starred for Kavala (Greece), Polonia Warsaw (Poland), Al-Khor (Qatar), ADO Den Haag (Netherlands), and Jagiellonia Bialystok (Poland).