A lot of famous sports personalities are celebrating their birthday today, and we’re giving you XI footballers born on this day (August 14).
GK – Carlos Germano (50)
Carlos Germano was born on Domingos Martins, Brazil, and started his career at Vasco De Gama, where he spent eight years and played over 120 matches. During his stint at Vasco De Gama, Germano won four Campeonato Carioca (1992, 1993, 1994, and 1998), Brazilian Serie A (1997), and Copa Libertadores (1998). Germano has nine caps for Brazil and one Copa America (1997) with Seleção, and was part of the squad that won silver medal at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
RB – Heiko Westermann (37)
Born in Alzenau, West Germany, Heiko Westermann is best known as a tall centre-back, but was often deployed at right-back. Westermann played for Greuther Furth and Arminia Bielefeld early in his career, but left the deepest mark at Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV, where he played nearly 250 Bundesliga game and scored more than 20 goals. He also represented Real Betis and Ajax, and finished his career at Austria Wien in 2018. Heiko has 27 caps for Germany between 2007 and 2014 and scored four goals. Interestingly, he never won a trophy in his career; he was runner-up of the Europa League with Ajax in 2017 and runner-up of the European Championship with Germany in 2008.
CB – Morten Olsen (71)
Defender who spent most of his career in Belgium, playing for Cercle Brugge and Anderlecht. Morten Olsen won three Belgian championships with Anderlecht (1981, 1985, and 1986) and UEFA Cup in 1983. He was named the Danish footballer of the year on two occasions (1983 and 1986). Olsen served as head coach of Danish national team from 2000 to 2015, while as a manager, he won Danish Superliga with Brondby in 1990 and 1991, and Eredivisie and KNVB Cup with Ajax.
CB – Giorgio Chiellini (36)
One of the best Italian defenders of his generation, Giorgio Chiellini is still going strong at age of 36. He played almost 400 Serie A matches for Juventus and scored 27 goals, and won nine consecutive scudetto’s with the Old Lady from 2011 to 2020. Chiellini also won Coppa Italia on four occasions (from 2015 to 2018) and four Supercoppas (2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018). Has 103 caps and eight goals for Italy and Olympic bronze medal in 2004.
LB – Jérémie Bréchet (41)
Born and raised in Lyon, Jérémie Bréchet started his career at his hometown club and played 117 league games from 1998 to 2003. He also represented Inter MIlan, Real Sociedad, Sochaux, PSV,a nd Bordeaux, before ending his career with Gazelec Ajaccio in 2018. Bréchet won two Ligue 1 titles with Lyon (2002 and 2003), Coupe de la Ligue (2001), and Coupe de France with Sochaux in 2007. Although appeared on just three occasions for French national team, Bréchet was a member of the squad that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001.
DM – Ljubomir Fejsa (32)
The most decorated player in this team of footballers born on this day, Ljubomir Fejsa won trophies everywhere he played. Has three league titles and two cups with Partizan Belgrade, three titles and two Greek cups with Olympiacos, and even 12 trophies with Benfica, whee he plays since 2013. Fejsa spent the previous season on Loan at Alaves, but will likely return to Benfica this summer. Since 2007, Fejsa got 25 caps for the Serbian national team.
CM – Ander Herrera (31)
Born in Bilbao, Ander Herrera actually started his career at Real Zaragoza and played there from 2009 to 2011, when he moved to his beloved Athletic Bilbao. He spend five years at Manchester United and won one FA Cup (2016), League Cup (2017), and UEFA Europa League in 2017. Herrera is currently at PSG, and won all three domestic trophies in France last season. Ander represented Spain twice, and was a part of the U-21 side that won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2011.
CM – Freddy Rincón (54)
A very efficient player from the middle of the park, Freddy Rincón scored over 160 league goals in 627 games in his career. He also has 17 goals in 84 matches for Colombia. Played for some of the best Brazilian teams such as Palmeiras, Corinthians, Santos, and Cruzeiro, Rincón won the Brazilian Serie A three times (one with Palmeiras and two with Corinthians). Rincón also won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2000 with Corinthians. Before his stint in Brazil, Freddy played for América de Cali and won two league titles in 1990 and 1992.
AM – Jay-Jay Okocha (47)
Easily the most gifted of all XI footballers on this list, Jay-Jay Okocha began his career at Borussia Neunkirchen in German regional league, but caught the eye of the fans around the world with his magnificent solo effort and goal for Eintracht Frankfurt against Karlsruher and legendary Oliver Kahn. Okocha also played for Fenerbahçe, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers, Qatar SC, and Hull City, but didn’t have much success in terms of winning trophies (only two Turkish cups with Fener). However, at the international level, Okocha was a leader of a great Nigerian generation that won the Olympic Games in 1996, Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, and Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995.
SS – Benito Carbone (49)
A journeyman who played for 17 different teams in his 22-year career, Benito Carbone is probably the best remembered from his time with Sheffield Wednesday (1996-1999). He also played for such renowned clubs such as Torino, Napoli, Inter, Aston Villa, and Parma, but never won a trophy in club football. Carbone did win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 1994 with Italy.
CF – Jared Borgetti (47)
We conclude the list of footballers born on this day with this gem. Born in infamous Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, Jared Borgetti was known as a prolific goal scorer at both club and national level, and for his trademark heading ability. “The Desert Fox” began his career in Atlas in 1994, but spent the most of his time with Santos Laguna, where he scored 189 league goals in 295 games between 1996 and 2004, and is the team’s all-time top scorer with 205 goals. Borgetti played abroad for Bolton Wanderers and Al-Ittihad, but his only trophies came at Santos Laguna: two Mexican Primera Division titles in 1996 and 2001, and CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003. For Mexico, Borgetti played 89 times and bagged 46, only Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored more goals than him (52).
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