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.
Alberigo Evani (48) was part of the Italy side that reached the Final of the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ only to lose on penalties to Brazil. A stylish midfielder, Evani rose to fame with AC Milan, with whom he went on to win three Serie A titles, two Italian Super Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and two UEFA Super Cups. He also lifted the Intercontinental Cup twice, scoring the winning goal in the final of the 1989 edition against Atletico Nacional. He then signed for Sampdoria, where he won the Coppa Italia. After a brief stint with Reggiana, Evani moved on to Carrarese, where he ended his career.
Maxi Rodriguez (30) burst on to the scene at a young age in 2001, winning the FIFA U-20 World Cup in his home country, Argentina. The midfielder scored four goals, including the third in the 3-0 win over Ghana in the final. Rodriguez featured in every match for La Albiceleste at Germany 2006 too, scoring three goals. Rodriguez participated in South Africa 2010 and the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005. Starting his club career in his country of birth with Newell’s Old Boys, he moved to Spain, spending three seasons with Espanyol and four with Atletico Madrid. In January 2010, Rodriguez signed for Liverpool, where he is hoping to help the Reds win a first trophy in six years.
Alioum Boukar (39) is a Cameroonian goalkeeper who represented his country at Korea/Japan 2002 and the previous year's FIFA Confederations Cup. He also took part in three CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, winning two, in 2000 and 2002. Boukar initially came through the ranks at Canon Yaounde, in his native country, before playing for a series of teams in Turkey over a 14-year period, ending with a spell at Istanbulspor.
James Milner (25) played for England at South Africa 2010. He also participated in two UEFA European U-21 Championships, finishing as runner-up in the 2009 edition. Milner first came to prominence at Leeds United, before moving to Newcastle United and then Aston Villa. After a successful two-year spell in the Midlands, the winger was snapped up by Manchester City in 2010 where he won the FA Cup in his first year. Milner is now hoping to help City win their first league title since 1968.
Diego Tristan (35) represented his country, Spain, at Korea/Japan 2002. However, it is with Deportivo La Coruna that he was most successful, lifting a Copa del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups. He also won the Pichichi trophy, given each season to the top scorer in the Spanish top flight, in 2002. After his release from Depor in 2006, the striker had one-year spells at Mallorca, Livorno and West Ham United, before returning to his native Andalusia for one last season at Cadiz, where he retired in 2010.
Attilio Lombardo (45) first appeared on the scene as a talented winger playing in a Sampdoria team that won the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, as well as a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Lombardo was also part of the Samp side that fell to Barcelona in the final of the 1992 UEFA European Cup. In 1995, Lombardo joined Juventus, where he added the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup to his trophy haul. After a brief stint as player-manager at Crystal Palace, he moved to Lazio, where he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, both in 1999, before claiming an Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Serie A treble in 2000. After 3 years with the Biancocelesti, he returned to Sampdoria where he ended his playing career and took charge of the youth setup. He then became the manager of Swiss side FC Chiasso, followed by spells managing Italian clubs Castelnuovo, Legnano and Spezia. In the summer of 2010, Lombardo joined up with old teammate Roberto Mancini in the coaching staff at Manchester City.
Eden Hazard (20) iis already attracting the attention of the top European clubs. Hazard left his native Belgium to join Lille , where he made his debut at the tender age of 16. His talents as an attacking midfielder have helped him to win the Ligue 1 award for best young player twice, following the example set by such illustrious predecessors as Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet. Last year, Hazard was named best player in the French top flight as the Dogues won a first league and Cup double since 1946. The young Belgian first turned out for his country at U-17 level, featuring in the 2007 UEFA European U-17 Championship and at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, before making his full debut for the national side at just 17.