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.
29 Romario (46) is one of the finest players ever to wear the Brazilian national side’s famous yellow-and-blue strip. His magnificent performance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ led the star-studded Seleção to a first triumph at the global showpiece since 1970. Scoring five goals and appearing in every game, the striker was awarded the adidas Golden Ball at the tournament, and received the FIFA World Player of The Year award later that year. He also won two Copa Americas and one FIFA Confederations Cup in a glorious international career. Romario’s goalscoring prowess also brought him success at club level. A trophy winner in his country of birth with Vasco da Gama, he moved to PSV in a transfer which brought him honours in the form of three Eredivisies, two Dutch Cups and one Dutch Super Cup. He then signed for a Barcelona side which included the likes of Pep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup, winning one La Liga title and a Spanish Super Cup with the Blaugrana, before returning to Brazil with Flamengo. Never one to stay in one place for long, Romario's nomadic subsequent career included a brief spell in Qatar with Al Sadd, where the diminutive front-man lifted the Crown Prince Cup. On an individual note, the prolific striker was top scorer in a number of competitions, including the Olympic Football Tournament Seoul 1988, the Eredivisie (twice), the Dutch Cup (twice), la Liga, the UEFA Champions League (twice), the FIFA Confederations Cup 2007 and the Brazilian championship (three times). After announcing he had reached the milestone of scoring 1000 goals, he ended his career at the age of 43.
30 Peter Crouch (31) has appeared in two FIFA World Cups™ with England, at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. In six appearances at the competition, he has scored one goal, against Trinidad and Tobago in Nuremburg. At 6’7 the Englishman is one of the tallest footballers in the world. He has turned out for a succession of English sides, including Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, and Stoke City, where he is now. He made his name at Liverpool, helping the Reds to the FA Cup and Community Shield in 2006. The forward has scored 151 goals at club level and 22 for his country.
31 Fabio Quagliarella (29) is one of the most gifted Italian strikers of the current generation. He appeared at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, scoring a fantastic goal against Slovakia, as well as the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and UEFA Euro 2008. His remarkable eye for goal has permitted him to net some stunning strikes for Torino, Ascoli, Sampdoria, Udinese, Naples and current club Juventus.
1 Adnan Hamad (51) is a striker turned manager who first showed his coaching skills leading Iraq to the FIFA World Youth Championships Argentina 2001. He also led his country to a fourth-place finish at the Olympic Football Tournament Athens 2004. Hamad's charges also reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup and missed out on qualification to Korea/Japan 2002 at the last hurdle. Under his tutelage, Iraq also triumphed at the West Asian Football Federation Championship Syria 2002. He has been in charge of a number of clubs, including Lebanese outfit Al Ansar, with whom he won a league and cup double in 2006. Coach of Jordanian side Al Faysali when they won the AFC Cup, this triumph led to him being chosen as manager of the Jordanian national team. After qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup, Al-Nashama came agonizingly close to a semi-final place but lost out to Uzbekistan. Hamad has recently led the Jordanians to the last round of qualifying for the next FIFA World Cup. Before becoming a coach, the Iraqi was an excellent centre-forward who helped his national side to one Arab Cup and a Panarabian Football Tournament, and appeared in many international and Olympic events. His club career saw him turn out for Al Zawraa, Al Talaba, Al Tayaran, Samarah FC and Salah-Al-Deen. Hamad’s individual honours include being designated Asian Manager of the Year in 2004, and being included in the Top Ten Managers of the World in 2004.
2 Valeri Karpin (43) represented his country Russia at two FIFA World Cups™, at USA 1994 and Korea/Japan 2002, as well as UEFA Euro 1996. The midfielder played for a number of clubs during his career, including CSKA and Spartak Moscow, with whom he won three league titles and one Russian Cup. He then joined Real Sociedad, before spells with Valencia and Celta Vigo. He retired after one last stint at La Real.
3 Joan Capdevila (34) has played a significant role in Spain’s victories at UEFA 2008 and South Africa 2010, as well as their third-place finish at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. The full-back, who can also play in left-midfield, was also part of the silver-winning side of the Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000. First spotted at Deportivo La Coruna, where he won the Copa Del Rey and Spanish Super Cup, Capdevilla later moved to Villarreal, and after four years with El Submarino Amarillo crossed the border to Portugal and signed for Benfica in 2011 - though he has yet to find his feet with Os Encarnados.
4 Sami Trabelsi (44) is hoping to celebrate his birthday with victory at the CAF African Cup of Nations 2012, where he is currently managing Tunisia. A winner of the African title as a player in 2004, he would dearly love to repeat that feat this year. A solid defender who took part in the 1998 FIFA World Cup France, Trabelsi’s club career included a successful era at CS Sfaxien, with whom he won numerous national titles and one CAF Cup.