Happy Birthday to you!
In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
19. David Seaman (47) will doubtless be accepting congratulations from his many former team-mates and fans today. In a long and varied career, the former England keeper spent a long and successful spell with Arsenal, where he made an impressive 405 appearances.
20. Erwin Koeman (49) was most recently employed as Hungary coach, but after the nation’s failure to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Dutchman stepped down in favour of Sandor Egervari. A UEFA EURO 1988 winner, his greatest triumph at club level came with KV Mechelen, who sealed the European Cup Winners’ Cup, also in 1988.
21. Tab Ramos (44) appeared at three FIFA World Cup finals, representing the USA with distinction in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Named his country’s Player of the Year for 1990, he continued playing for another 12 years before finally hanging up his boots while on the books with the New York Metro Stars.
22. Ronaldo (34) rates as one of the greatest footballers ever to emerge from Brazil. The all-time leading scorer at FIFA World Cup finals laid hands on the world’s most prestigious sporting trophy twice, and played his club football for big names such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan. Since 2009, he has been back in his country of birth with Corinthians.
23. Paolo Rossi (54) finished leading scorer at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and was named European Player of the Year a few months later. He was a member of the Nazionale squad at three FIFA World Cup finals and ranks as one of the most potent strikers ever produced by the four-time world champions. He ended his playing career in 1987.
24. John Arne Riise (30) enjoyed the most productive period of his career to date in Liverpool colours. His honours collection includes a remarkable UEFA Champions League triumph in 2005. For the last two seasons, the Norway stalwart has been plying his trade for AS Roma, where he is a regular for Claudio Ranieri’s side.
25. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (55) finished on the losing side with Germany in the FIFA World Cup Final in both 1982 and 1986. Now chairman at Bayern Munich, his greatest success as a player was a European Championship winners' medal in 1980. At club level, Rummenigge spent his career with Bayern, Inter, and Servette Geneva, where he hung up his boots in 1989.