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.
4. Antonello Cuccureddu (66) represented Italy five times at the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™, where he and his team-mates finished fourth. A defender who liked to get forward, he began his career with Torres and then Brescia, prior to enjoying great success with Juventus, with whom he captured six Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a UEFA Cup. After three subsequent seasons with Fiorentina, the Alghero native ended his playing days while performing for Novara. After moving into coaching, Cuccureddu took the reins of numerous Italian clubs, including Crotone and Grosseto, guiding the latter outfit to the Serie C Championship in 2007.
5. Anouschka Bernhard (45) was part of the Germany XI that lost the Final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Sweden 1995™ to Norway. The defender also competed at two UEFA Women’s Championships, lifting the continental trophy in 1995. After hanging up her boots, the ex-international coached FSV Frankfurt and the German women’s U-17 side, taking charge at three UEFA Women’s U-17 Championships, from which her team emerged victorious in 2012 and 2014, and at two FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, at Azerbaijan 2012 and Costa Rica 2014.
6. Martin Jorgensen (40) donned the colours of Denmark at three World Cups: France 1998, where he scored in his nation’s quarter-final defeat at the hands of Brazil, Korea/Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010. The all-action midfielder also participated in two UEFA European Championships (2000 and 2004). At club level, Jorgensen rose to prominence with Aarhus, with whom he held aloft a Danish Cup, before spending 13 years in Italy with Udinese and then Fiorentina. In 2010, the experienced Dane returned to Aarhus to see out the remainder of his career.
7. Sami Hyypia (42) is a living legend of Finnish football, having been a cornerstone of his national team for almost two decades. The robust centre-back turned professional in his homeland, hoisting two Finnish Cups with MyPa and securing a move to Dutch side Willem II. In 1999, he moved to Liverpool, where he would spend ten productive seasons, winning two FA Cups, two English League Cups, a UEFA Champions League title, a UEFA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Community Shields. In 2005, the influential defender helped the Reds to attain the final of the FIFA Club World Cup. After enjoying a two-year swansong at Bayer Leverkusen, the former nine-time Finnish Footballer of the Year fulfilled the role of assistant coach with the Finnish national side, serving an apprenticeship that led to him taking the helm at Bayer Leverkusen. Hyypia later coached Brighton & Hove Albion and current club FC Zurich.
8. Miguel Brindisi (65) turned out for Argentina at West Germany 1974, where he played in four matches and found the net against Brazil. The attacking midfielder pulled on the jerseys of Huracan, Las Palmas (Spain), Boca Juniors, Union de Santa Fe, Nacional (Uruguay) and Racing Club, during his career. In 1973, he was named Argentinian Footballer of the Year. As a coach, he oversaw one of Guatemala’s CONCACAF Gold Cup campaigns, before taking charge of, among others, Independiente, Espanyol (Spain), Huracan, Lanus and Boca Juniors, as well as Mexican outfits Atlas and Jaguares.
9. Asisat Oshoala (21) made her name by propelling Nigeria to the final of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, a competition in which she was awarded both the adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Shoe. The talented forward also took part in the 2012 edition of the U-20 tournament in Japan and in the Super Falcons’ successful 2014 African Women’s Championship campaign, as well as in the senior Women’s World Cup in Canada earlier this year, where she hit the back of the net versus Sweden. Oshoala started out at Rivers Angels, with whom she earned winners’ medals in the Nigerian League and two Nigerian Cups. Following her fine displays at Canada 2015, she recently put pen to paper with Liverpool Ladies.
10. Xherdan Shaqiri (24) made a significant impact with Switzerland at Brazil 2014, where he impressed in four matches, scoring a memorable hat-trick – the 50th in World Cup history – against Honduras. At South Africa 2010, however, he made just one appearance on football’s greatest stage. The dynamic midfielder got his first taste of silverware at Basel, where he claimed three Swiss League crowns and two Swiss Cups, before joining Bayern Munich, where he added two Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, a German Super Cup, a Champions League title, a UEFA Super Cup and a Club World Cup to his CV. After a brief spell at Inter Milan, Shaqiri was transferred to English outfit Stoke City at the beginning of this current campaign.