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.
10. Christian Worns (43) made five appearances for Germany at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, where Die Nationalelf were eliminated at the quarter-final stage. The composed sweeper later took part in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and UEFA EURO 2004, but could not prevent his team-mates from suffering a disappointing group-phase exit at the latter contest. After starting out at Waldhof Mannheim, he spent seven seasons with Bayer Leverkusen, lifting a German Cup and finishing second in the 1996/97 Bundesliga race. A subsequent transfer to Paris Saint-Germain saw the talented defender capture the Trophee des Champions and attract the interest of Borussia Dortmund, with whom he earned a German League winners’ medal. Worns moved into coaching post-retirement, first taking the reins of the youth teams at Bochum and Schalke, and then fulfilling the role of assistant coach at Unterhaching.
11. Daisuke Matsui (34) represented Japan at South Africa 2010, playing in four matches, and at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, from which the Samurai Blue emerged victorious. As a younger man, the attacking midfielder competed at the 2003 Confederations Cup and the 2004 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. He began his career with Kyoto Sanga, with whom he claimed the Emperor’s Cup and the Japanese second division title, before exporting his skills to France, where he pulled on the jerseys of Le Mans, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble and Dijon. Matsui later starred for Slavia Sofia and Lechia Gdansk, but returned to his homeland to sign for Jubilo Iwata in 2014.
12. Rhian Wilkinson (33) participated in three consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournaments with Canada (USA 2003, where they finished fourth, China 2007 and Germany 2011), and will soon make a fourth appearance on home soil this summer. The versatile defender previously appeared at two Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments, at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, winning a gold medal at the latter competition. Wilkinson has turned out for several clubs during her career, including Canadian outfits Ottawa Fury, Surrey United and Laval Comets, Norwegian side Strommen (now LSK Kvinner FK) and American teams Boston Breakers and Portland Thorns.
13. Yaya Toure (32) finally got his hands on the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with Côte d'Ivoire earlier this year, having failed to do so on five previous occasions. The energetic box-to-box midfielder was also part of the Ivorian side that took part in Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, where a defeat by Greece ended their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Bwake native came through the ranks at ASEC Mimosas, with whom he won an Ivoirian League title, prior to moving to Europe, where he defended the colours of Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk and Olympiacos. After securing a Greek League and Cup double with the Piraeus club, Toure joined Monaco and then Barcelona, where he clinched two Liga titles, a Spanish Cup, a Spanish Super Cup, a UEFA Champions League crown, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup. The four-time African Footballer of the Year then committed himself to Manchester City, propelling his new team-mates to two English Premier League titles, an FA Cup and an English League Cup.
14. Hassan Yebda (31) played for Algeria at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, where Les Fennecs advanced from the group stage for the first time ever. In addition, the central midfielder finished fourth at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, having previously triumphed at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup while wearing the colours of France. At club level, he initially appeared for Auxerre, Laval and Le Mans, as well as Benfica and Portsmouth, hoisting the Portuguese League Cup with the former and reaching the FA Cup final with the latter. Yebda has also represented Napoli, Grenada, Udinese and current club Fujairah (UAE).
15. Matias Fernandez (29) was part of the Chile XI that impressed at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but unfortunately missed the 2014 event through injury. The all-action attacking midfielder also participated in the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2007 and 2011 Copa America tournaments. The former South American Footballer of the Year turned professional with Colo Colo, bagging two Chilean Championships, but it was at Villarreal and Sporting Lisbon that he rose to wider prominence. Fernandez put pen to paper with Fiorentina in 2012.
16. Ricardo Costa (34) donned the jersey of Portugal at three World Cups, at Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The commanding centre-back was also a member of the Portuguese squad that finished third at the 2004 UEFA European U-21 Championship. He made his name at Porto, amassing four Portuguese League titles, two Portuguese League Cups, a UEFA Champions League title, a UEFA Cup and an Intercontinental Cup. The Iberian defender then signed for Wolfsburg, with whom he gained a Bundesliga winners’ medal. Costa later plied his trade for Lille, Valencia, Al-Sailiya and present club PAOK.