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. Dwight Yorke (42) is a veritable legend in Trinidad and Tobago, having helped the diminutive Caribbean nation to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup™, at Germany 2006. He also appeared in two CONCACAF Gold Cups and at the 1991 FIFA U-20 World Cup. It was at club level that the lively striker first made his name, however, propelling Aston Villa back to the English top flight and to two English League Cup triumphs, prior to signing for Manchester United. The Trinidadian forward enjoyed great success at Old Trafford, winning three league titles, an FA Cup, a UEFA Champions League crown and an Intercontinental Cup, and starring in the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup tournament. In the 1998-99 season, he finished top scorer in the league and was voted Premier League Player of the Season. Following spells with Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, Yorke secured the Australian A-League title with Sydney FC. A return to England saw him embark on a final three-season adventure with Sunderland.
4. Kirsty Yallop (27) represented New Zealand at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ and at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments of 2008 and 2012. The midfielder had previously played at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2006. Yallop started out at Lynn-Avon United, before exporting her skills to Sweden, where she pulled on the jerseys of Kristianstads and Vittsjo, her current employers.
5. Jean-Pierre Papin (50) is one of the greatest goalscorers in the history of French football. He finished third at the 1986 World Cup and took part in UEFA EURO 1992 with Les Bleus. After turning professional with Valenciennes, then in the French second division, the explosive attacker joined Club Brugge, where he lifted the Belgian Cup. His form piqued the interest of Marseille, with whom he would land four French titles and a French Cup. A move to AC Milan saw the prolific Frenchman collect two Serie A titles, two Italian Super Cups and a UEFA Champions League title, before he joined Bayern Munich, where he lifted the UEFA Cup. Papin subsequently returned to France, defending the colours of Bordeaux and Guingamp. He finished top scorer in the French League and Champions League on five and three occasions respectively, and was named both French and European Footballer of the Year in 1991. The man known as ‘JPP’ then tried his hand at coaching, taking the reins at Strasbourg, Lens and Chateauroux.
6. Andre Schurrle (23) has recently established himself in the German national team, making a significant contribution to his country’s qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, during which he scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Sweden in the final group match. The attack-minded midfielder was also part of the Germany squad that reached the semi-finals of EURO 2012. Schurrle began his career at Mainz, but it was at Bayer Leverkusen that he rose to Europe-wide prominence, competing and scoring in the Champions League with Die Werkself. Consequently, his talents came to the attention of Chelsea, who acquired his services at the start of this current season.
7. Rio Ferdinand (35) is one of the most competent defenders to have represented England over the past two decades. After twelve years of service to the Three Lions, during which time he appeared at two World Cups (in 2002 and 2006), he announced his international retirement last year. The reliable centre-back started off at West Ham and then moved to Leeds United, before putting pen to paper with Manchester United. In his time with the Red Devils, Ferdinand has added six Premier League titles, two League Cups, five Community Shields, a Champions League crown and a Club World Cup to his footballing CV.
8. Luis Fabiano (33) participated in the 2010 World Cup with Brazil, scoring three goals. The previous year, he had already held aloft the FIFA Confederations Cup, where he won the adidas Golden Shoe award. In addition, the free-scoring front man got his hands on the Copa America in 2004. He made his professional debut for Ponte Preta, before enjoying stints at Rennes, Sao Paulo, Porto and Sevilla. While in Andalusia, the Brazilian international clinched two Spanish Cups, a Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Cups and a UEFA Super Cup. Fabiano then rejoined Sao Paulo, with whom he scooped the Copa Sudamericana. He has previously finished top scorer in the Brazilian League, the Copa Libertadores and the Confederations Cup.
9. Andreas Brehme (53) is accorded legendary status in Germany, having played at three World Cups – Mexico 1986, Italy 1990 and USA 1994 – with Die Nationalelf. In 1986, he earned a runners-up medal in the prestigious tournament. In 1990, he scored three crucial goals in the knockout stage: the winner against the Netherlands in the Round of 16, the opener versus England in the semi-final and the penalty kick that decided the Final with Argentina. The composed left-back also took part in EURO 1984, EURO 1988 and EURO 1992, where the Germans lost to Denmark in the final, as well as in the Olympic Football Tournament of 1984. It was with Kaiserslautern that Brehme rose to stardom, sealing the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. A transfer to Bayern Munich led to further success in the shape of another league crown and a German Super Cup, but he was unable to prevent his team-mates from losing the 1987 European Cup final. The iconic defender then packed his bags for Inter Milan, where he triumphed in Serie A, the Italian Super Cup and the UEFA Cup. Following a season with Real Zaragoza, he returned to Kaiserslautern, before hanging up his boots. He went on to fulfil coaching roles at Kaiserslautern, Unterhaching and Stuttgart.