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.
8. David Silva (26) is an integral part of the Spanish team that has won the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™ and UEFA EURO 2008 in recent years. He also featured at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, where La Roja finished third. Silva made his international breakthrough at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Finland 2003, where he scored three goals and won the adidas Bronze Ball as Spain finished runners-up. Part of his country’s 2004 UEFA U-19 Championship-winning squad, Silva also appeared at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Netherlands 2005. The stylish midfielder came through the youth setup at Valencia, making his first-team debut following loan spells at Eibar and Celta Vigo. After firing 21 goals in 119 appearances for Los Che, and winning the Copa del Rey, Silva moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2010. He promptly won the FA Cup in his first season and is now hoping to help the Citizens to a first league title since 1968.
9. Claudio Caniggia (45) will forever be associated with his friend Diego Maradona, with whom he appeared for the Albiceleste at Italy 1990. The pair combined brilliantly when “Cani” scored the winning goal against Brazil in the quarter-final. Caniggia then grabbed the vital equaliser as Argentina confounded the pundits by beating the hosts to reach the final, where they lost to Germany. Caniggia found the net twice at USA 1994, but Argentina were knocked out in the Round of 16. He missed out on France 1998, and although he made the squad did not get any playing time at Korea/Japan 2002. Caniggia appeared for a number of clubs, including Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate, with whom he started out and won a league title, the Copa Libertadores, the Intercontinental Cup and the Copa Interamericana. He also turned out for Verona, Roma, Benfica, Atalanta, Dundee and Rangers, where he won the league, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. Caniggia finally hung up his boots at Qatar S.C., where he won the Qatar Crown Prince Cup before retiring.
10. Marouane Chamakh (28) first came to prominence at Bordeaux where he scored 76 goals in eight seasons and won a league title, a French League Cup and Trophee des Champions. Chamakh then moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2010. A regular for the Moroccan national side, Chamakh has been the spearhead for the Lions des Atlas (Atlas Lions) in three CAF Africa Cup of Nations, including in 2004 when Morocco finished runners-up. After a dip in form for the Gunners, the striker will be hoping to rediscover his goalscoring prowess in the upcoming edition of Africa’s showpiece tournament, which starts soon after his birthday.
11. Bryan Robson (55) turned out for England at three FIFA World Cups (Spain 1982, Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990, where the Three Lions finished fourth), as well as at EURO 1988. “Robbo” spent most of his career at Manchester United, winning two league titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, three Charity Shields, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. After retiring, Robson had spells in charge of former clubs Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion, as well as Sheffield United and Bradford City. “Captain Marvel” then took charge of the Thailand national side but, having failed to qualify for South Africa 2010, he resigned in the summer of 2011.
12. Mauro Silva (44) was one of the key components of Brazil’s 1994 FIFA World Cup-winning side, playing in every game and shielding the Auriverde defence that only let in three goals on the way to A Seleção’s first triumph since 1970. The defensive midfielder also tasted glory for Brazil in the 1997 Copa America. Silva spent the bulk of his club career at Deportivo La Coruna, helping Depor to one league title, two Copas del Rey and three Spanish Super Cups.
13. Mario Yepes (36) is one of the finest defenders ever to have come out of Colombia. Part of the side that won the country’s first and only Copa America in 2001, Yepes took part in one FIFA Confederations Cup, in 2003, and three other Copa Americas, in 1999, 2007 and 2011. Starting his career with two league titles for Colombian side Deportivo Cali, Yepes joined River Plate, again winning two championships, before deciding to move to Europe, where he joined Nantes. A transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he won the French Cup and League Cup was followed by a brief spell with Chievo Verona. The centre-back then signed for AC Milan, where he has won one Scudetto and an Italian Super Cup.
14. Victor Valdes (30) has only won 7 caps for his country, but still earned a FIFA World Cup-winner’s medal as a squad member for the Spanish side that triumphed at South Africa 2010. Barcelona’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past decade, Valdes has won five league titles, one Copa del Rey, five Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups. On a more personal note, Valdes has won four Zamora awards, given to the best goalkeeper in La Liga. The Catalonian will be hoping for more trophies with the Blaugrana this year.