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.
12. Babett Peter(25) announced her arrival on the world stage by putting in some highly impressive performances for Germany at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Russia 2006, which in turn sealed her place in her country’s senior side at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007, where she attained her first international honour. The defender followed up this success by earning a bronze medal at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, before playing a key role in the Germans’ 2009 UEFA European Women’s Championship triumph. She also competed on home soil at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but could not prevent Germany from exiting at the quarter-final stage. After starting out at Lokomotive Leipzig, Peter signed for Turbine Potsdam, where she secured four league titles, a national cup and a UEFA Women’s Champions League crown. In February 2012, she put pen to paper with FFC Frankfurt.
13. Oguchi Onyewu(31) has established himself as one of North America's most capable defenders over the past decade. He appeared at the last two FIFA World Cup™ competitions with the United States, in 2006 and 2010, and finished second at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. In addition, he lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005 and 2007. As a young man, the robust defender played at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1999 and the U-20 equivalent in 2001. The American centre-back turned professional at French outfit Metz, prior to enjoying stints in Belgium with La Louviere and Standard Liege, with whom he claimed two Belgian Championships and a Belgian Super Cup. Following a loan spell with Newcastle United, he moved to AC Milan, where, despite his best efforts, he was unable to hold down a regular place in the team. Onyewu was loaned out to Twente, where he held aloft the Dutch Cup. A transfer to Sporting Lisbon ensued, as did a subsequent loan deal that saw him join Spanish side Malaga at the beginning of this current campaign.
14. Bill Tchato(39) represented Cameroon at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan as well as at the 2001 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cups, reaching the final of the latter contest. At continental level, the defender participated in three CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, helping the Indomitable Lions* *hoist the trophy in 2002 and finish runners-up in Ghana in 2008. Tchato played for a host of clubs during his varied career, including French clubs Caen, Valence, Nice, Montpellier and Strasbourg, German side Kaiserslautern and Qatari outfits Al Khor and Qatar SC.
15. Rai(48) was an ever-present in the Brazilian national team for over a decade, as befits the younger brother of Seleção legend Socrates. The graceful attacking midfielder was instrumental in the South American nation recapturing the FIFA World Cup at USA 1994, a victory that more than made up for the loss suffered to Argentina in the final of the 1991 Copa America. Rai initially pulled on the jerseys of Botafogo, Ponte Preta and Sao Paolo, where he landed a Brazilian Championship, five Campeonato Paulista titles, two Copa Libertadores crowns and an Intercontinental Cup, before moving to Europe to join Paris Saint-German. He experienced a trophy-laden stay in the French capital, bagging the league title, two French Cups, a Trophée des champions, a French League Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
16. Lionel Scaloni(35) was part of the Argentina squad that took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, where he gained his first taste of a major international competition since starring in his country’s successful 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign, in which he scored two goals against Brazil in the quarter-finals. The versatile right-sided performer started off at Newell's Old Boys and then Estudiantes in Argentina, before exporting his skills to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. His time in Galicia coincided with a glorious era for the club, as a maiden Liga title, a Spanish Cup and two Spanish Super Cups were all captured in style. Scaloni next plied his trade for West Ham, where he reached the FA Cup final, before going back to Spain to turn out for Racing Santander and Mallorca. The latter part of the Argentinian’s career has been spent in Italy, where he has defended the colours of both Lazio and current employers Atalanta.
17. Juan Arango(33) is a stalwart of the Venezuelan national XI, and is currently doing his utmost to inspire his team-mates to qualify for Brazil 2014. The attacking midfielder began his career in his homeland with Nueva Cadiz Cumana and Caracas, where his fine performances attracted the interest of Mexican giants Monterrey. After subsequently signing for Pachuca, with whom he won the CONCACAF Champions League, and then Puebla, he tried his luck in Europe with Mallorca, where he played for five seasons. Arango was transferred to Borussia Monchengladbach in 2009.
18. Eugenie Le Sommer(24) has a formidable goalscoring record with both club and country. She helped France to a fourth-placed finish at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, where she ended up third in the voting for the adidas Golden Ball. Having been promoted to the senior team, she appeared at Germany 2011, where the French unexpectedly reached the semi-finals. They then repeated the feat the following year at the Olympic Games in London. Le Sommer got her first taste of top-flight football at Stade Briochin, where her displays persuaded Lyon to bring her on board. Her goals propelled Les Lyonnaises to glory in the French League (twice), the French Cup and the UEFA Women’s Champions League (also twice). As far as individual accolades are concerned, she has finished top scorer in the domestic league on two occasions and in the UEFA Women’s Champions League once.