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. Lucas Radebe (46) helped South Africa to qualify for their first-ever FIFA World Cup™ at France 1998, where he proudly wore the captain’s armband. Four years later, at Korea/Japan 2002, the commanding centre-back again played an influential role for the Bafana Bafana, scoring a goal against Spain in the group stage. In addition, he appeared at several CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, lifting the continental trophy in 1996 and earning a runners-up medal in 1998, as well as at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. At club level, Radebe began his career with Johannesburg-based Kaizer Chiefs, with whom he won numerous national honours, before joining Leeds United, where he performed with distinction for over a decade.
13. Safet Susic (60) competed at Spain 1982 and Italy 1990 with Yugoslavia, where he scored a goal against the United Arab Emirates in the group stage, but could not prevent his side from being eliminated by Argentina in the quarter-finals. The technically gifted midfield man was also involved in UEFA EURO 1984. After starting out at FK Sarajevo, where he finished as top scorer in the Yugoslav First League and earned the Yugoslav Footballer of the Year award, he signed for Paris Saint-Germain, where he captured a French League title and French Cup. Eight productive seasons later, the Bosnian left the club to see out the remainder of his career with fellow Parisians Red Star. Following a move into coaching, Susic took the reins of several Turkish outfits prior to guiding Bosnia-Herzegovina to Brazil 2014.
14. Nicola Berti (48) represented Italy at two World Cups: in 1990, where La Nazionale finished third on home soil, and in 1994, where they lost on penalties to Brazil in the final. The hard-working midfielder turned professional at Parma, with whom he won the Serie C title, before starring for Fiorentina and then Inter Milan, where he scooped a Serie A crown, an Italian Super Cup and three UEFA Cups. Berti later played for Tottenham Hotspur, where he lifted the English League Cup, Spanish outfit Alaves and Australian side Northern Spirit.
15. Andres D'Alessandro (34) enjoyed early success with Argentina, triumphing at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he came second in the voting for the adidas Golden Ball, and the 2004 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. The dynamic attacking midfielder also reached the final of the 2004 Copa America. He first rose to prominence at River Plate, where he claimed three Argentinian League titles and piqued the interest of Wolfsburg, who secured his services in 2003. Spells at Portsmouth, Real Zaragoza and San Lorenzo followed, as did a move to Brazilian giants Internacional, where he not only picked up five Rio Grande do Sul State Championships, a Copa Libertadores, a Copa Sudamericana and a Recopa Sudamericana, but also appeared at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, where the Colorado finished third. D'Alessandro was named South American Footballer of the Year in 2010.
16. Shinji Okazaki (29) defended the flag of Japan at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, finding the back of the net on both occasions. The clinical striker also scored for the Samurai Blue at the 2013 Confederations Cup, and at two AFC Asian Cups: in 2011, when he and his team-mates emerged victorious, and in 2015, when they exited at the quarter-final stage. In 2008, he took part in the Olympic Football Tournament in Beijing. Okazaki initially spent six seasons with Shimizu S-Pulse, prior to exporting his skills to Stuttgart, with whom he reached the final of the DFB-Pokal in 2013. Later that year, the Japanese international put pen to paper with Mainz, and is the club’s leading scorer in the Bundesliga this season.
17. Shkodran Mustafi (23) was part of the Germany squad that held aloft the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As a younger man, he won the 2009 UEFA European U-17 Championship and competed at the FIFA U-17 World Cup later that same year. A product of Everton’s youth academy, the up-and-coming centre-back was transferred to Sampdoria in 2012, and subsequently helped the Genoa team to return to Serie A. At the start of this current campaign, Mustafi committed himself to Valencia, and quickly established himself in Los Che’s starting XI.
18. Milan Jovanovic (34) starred for Serbia at South Africa 2010, where he scored the only goal of his country’s group-stage victory over Germany. The incisive winger made his name at Vojvodina, before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk, where he brandished the Ukrainian Cup. Following a successful stint with Lokomotiv Moscow, during which he bagged a Russian League title, he pulled on the jersey of Standard Liege, with whom he clinched two Belgian Championships and two Belgian Super Cups. In 2010, the pacey wide man joined Liverpool, but found playing time at Anfield hard to come by. Jovanovic then signed for Anderlecht, where he added two further Belgian League crowns and another Belgium Super Cup to his CV.