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.
8. Yacine Brahimi (25) rose to international prominence at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, where he inspired Algeria to the Round of 16 for the first time in four outings, scoring a fantastic goal against Korea Republic in the group stage. In recognition for his excellent year, the attacking midfielder was named Most Promising Talent for 2014 by the African Football Confederation. He recently competed in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, where the highly fancied Fennecs exited at the quarter-final stage. Brahimi began his career at Rennes, who loaned him out to Clermont and Spanish outfit Granada, with whom he signed a permanent contract in 2013. In July 2014, he committed himself to Porto.
9. Anderson Polga (36) took part in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup triumph, the fifth in the South American country’s history. The solid defender started out at Gremio, winning two Rio Grande do Sul State Championships and a Brazilian Cup, prior to moving to Sporting Lisbon, where he lifted two Portuguese Cups and two Portuguese Super Cups, and reached the UEFA Cup final. After a long stint in Portugal, the centre-back returned to his homeland to represent Corinthians, with whom he held aloft the FIFA Club World Cup in 2012.
10. Chung Yonghwan (55) starred for Korea Republic at Mexico 1986 and Italy 1990, as well as at the 1979 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 1988 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament and the 1988 AFC Asian Cup, where his nation attained the final versus Saudi Arabia. In 1986, the defender was part of the Korean team that emerged victorious from the Asian Games. He remained a one-club man for the entirety of his career, helping Daewoo Royals to claim three K-League titles and an AFC Champions League crown.
11. Steve McManaman (43) donned the white of England during France 1998 and two UEFA European Championships, in 1996 and 2000. The skilful winger turned professional at Liverpool, with whom he hoisted an English League Cup and FA Cup during a nine-season period. His fine performances piqued the interest of Real Madrid, who secured his services in 1999. The English playmaker enjoyed great success in the Spanish capital, bagging two Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Champions League trophies, a UEFA Super Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. McManaman then retraced his steps to England, seeing out the remainder of his playing days with Manchester City.
12. Abdelmajid Lamriss (56) participated in Morocco’s World Cup adventure at Mexico 1986, where the Atlas Lions unexpectedly finished top of their group and became the first Arab or African side to advance to the knockout stages. The left-sided defender also played at the 1984 Olympic Football Tournament and at two Cup of Nations (in 1986 and 1988), finishing fourth on both occasions. Lamriss spent five campaigns with MC Marrakesh, before joining FAR Rabat, where he landed three Moroccan League titles, three Moroccan Cups and a CAF Champions League crown.
13. Luisao (34) appeared for Brazil at Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010, and brandished two FIFA Confederations Cups, in 2005 and 2009. The towering centre-half previously took part in the 2004 Copa America, the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where A Canarinho lost in the final, and the 2001 U-20 World Cup. After starting off at Sao Paolo-based Juventus, he was transferred to Cruzeiro, later winning the Minas Gerais State Championship, the Brazilian League title and the Brazilian Cup. In 2003, Luisao joined his current club, Benfica, with whom he has since earned winners’ medals in three Portuguese League campaigns, two Portuguese Cups, five Portuguese League Cups and two Portuguese Super Cups. The Amparo native also reached two UEFA Europa League finals in a row, in 2013 and 2014.
14. Philippe Senderos (30) was included in Switzerland’s squads at Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, making a total of five appearances and scoring one goal. The no-nonsense stopper also played at UEFA EURO 2008, the 2005 U-20 World Cup and the 2002 UEFA European U-17 Championship, where the Swiss lifted the trophy. After getting his big break at Servette, Senderos moved to Arsenal, where he captured the FA Cup and FA Community Shield, and reached the Champions League final. Following loan spells with AC Milan and Everton, the Swiss international put pen to paper with Fulham, with whom he went on a surprising run to the final of the Europa League. A short-term deal with Valencia followed, as did a subsequent two-year contract with Aston Villa, his present employers.