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.
Kenny Dalglish (61) is a legend not only in his native Scotland but also at the club where he spent a large part of both his playing and managerial careers: Liverpool. With his national side, Dalglish played in three FIFA World Cups™: West Germany 1974, where the valiant Scots went out unbeaten on goal difference in the first round; Argentina 1978, and Spain 1982. In eight games at the global showpiece, Dalglish scored two goals. The most-capped Scottish international, with 102 appearances to his name, the striker’s long and fruitful club career started in his hometown of Glasgow at Celtic. With the Bhoys, he lifted four league titles, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup. That success was followed by a big-money move to Liverpool, where he quickly established himself as a top goalscorer. King Kenny, as he became known, played a huge part in the Reds’ success in the 1980s. At Anfield, the prolific goalscorer won five league titles, four League Cups, four Charity Shields, one European Super Cup and three European Cups. In 1985, he became player-manager of the club and went on to win a further two league titles, two FA Cups and three Charity Shields. After a 14-year stay on Merseyside, Dalglish took a break before taking over the reins at Blackburn Rovers, who he led to a Premier League title before becoming Director of Football. That move upstairs did not work out and after short spells in charge of Newcastle United and former club Celtic, where he won a Scottish League Cup, he then left the game for 11 years. Since his return to his beloved Liverpool for a second time, Dalglish has recently won a League Cup in his first full season in charge. Liverpool are still in contention for both the FA Cup and an all-important fourth-placed finish in the league.
Juan Esnaider (39) participated with Argentina in the FIFA World Youth Championship Portugal 1991 but thereafter had most success at club level. The striker spent most of his career travelling between a succession of clubs. With giants Real Madrid, he lifted a Copa del Rey before moving to Real Zaragoza, where he won a European Cup Winners’ Cup in a famous victory over Arsenal, and two Copa del Reys in two spells with the club. He journeyed through Spain thereafter, with stints at Atletico Madrid, Espanyol and Murcia, before spreading his wings even further, heading first to Italy, where he played for Juventus, then to Portugal with FC Porto, on to France and Ajaccio and ultimately back to his native Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys. Esnaider then made the move into management, and after a short spell as assistant manager of Getafe, he is now the coach of the Zaragoza reserves.
Tim Howard (33) is one of USA's most famous footballing exports. Selected for the FIFA World Youth Championship Nigeria 1999, the imposing goalkeeper lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007 and was a member of the Stars and Stripes side that made it to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Howard was the last line of defence of the USA team that made it through to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. A series of excellent club performances for the New York MetroStars in the United States led to his transfer to Manchester United as a replacement for Fabien Barthez. With the Red Devils he won an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield. The signing of Edwin van der Sar then relegated him to the bench and in 2006 he was snapped up by Everton, where he still plays.
Kanga Akale (31) was part of the first Cote d’Ivoire team ever to appear at a FIFA World Cup, at Germany 2006, where he played three games. Just months before this landmark, he looked set to win a CAF Africa Cup of Nations before being pipped to the trophy by hosts Egypt. Akale has played at a variety of clubs, including Lens, Auxerre and Marseille in France, Huelva in Spain, FC Zurich in Switzerland and Lekhwiya in Qatar. The midfielder currently plies his trade at Panetoliko FC in Greece.
Julio Cesar (49) represented Brazil at the FIFA World Cup Mexico 1986, where he showed off his solid defensive skills. Cesar first came to prominence in Europe at Montpellier, where he won a French Cup, before moving to Juventus. With the Old Lady, Cesar won a UEFA Cup before signing for Borussia Dortmund, where he would spend the best part of his career, winning two Bundesligas, a UEFA Champions League, an Intercontinental Cup and a European Super Cup. Next, he turned out for Panathinaikos and Werder Bremen before hanging up his boots back in his homeland at Rio Branco.
Clint Dempsey (29) has played in two FIFA World Cups. After a disappointing display at Germany 2006, Team USA reached the Round of 16 at South Africa 2010. The attacking midfielder turned striker scored in each edition of the global showpiece, and has helped his country to two CONCACAF Gold Cups, not forgetting a brilliant run to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. After starting his career with New England Revolution, Dempsey crossed the Atlantic to join Fulham, where he is currently leading scorer and a constant threat to opposing defences. Dempsey was an important member of the Fulham side that surprised observers by making it to the final of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.
Hany Ramzy (43) imposed himself as one of Egypt’s finest players from a young age. He participated in three FIFA World Cups, six CAF Africa Cup Of Nations, winning the continental showpiece in 1998, and the FIFA Confederations Cup Mexico 1999. He became the youngest Egyptian to play in Europe when he signed for Neuchatel, and then moved on to Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern. After 11 years in the Bundesliga, Ramzy signed for second division side Sarrebrucken, before retiring. He is now in charge of Egypt’s Olympic team that will be appearing at the London Games this summer.