We selected these XI footballers born on this day and we wish them Happy Birthday! Check out our list here.
GK – Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (45)
Probably the most famous of all Japanese goalkeepers, Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was at the goal in Japan’s first-ever World Cup game in 1998. He represented his country from 1997 to 2008, has 116 caps, and was the captain. With Japan, he won the AFC Asian Cup in 2000 and 2004. In club football, Kawaguchi played over 400 games for Yokohama Marinos and Jubilo Iwata, and won the J1 League twice with Marinos (1995 and 2000). Kawaguchi briefly played in Europe for Portsmouth and Nordsjælland.
RB – Moreno Mannini (58)
A member of the most successful Sampdoria generation, Moreno Mannini appeared in 510 official games for the club between 1984 and 1999. Under the guidance of Vujadin Boškov, he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1990), Serie A (1991), Coppa Italia (1985, 1988, 1989, and 1994), and Italian Supercup (1991). Mannini left Sampdoria for Nottingham Forest in 1999 and ended his career at Imolese.
CB – Patrice Rio (72)
Rio started his career at Rouen, but his best footballing days were at Nantes, where he won four French championships (1973, 1977, 1980, and 1983), and one Coupe de France in 1979. Back then, Nantes was dominant force in France football, so Rio earned his way into the national team. For France he played 17 matches from 1976 to 1978. He later moved to Rennes and finished his career there in 1987.
CB – Dominique Heintz (27)
Heintz came through the ranks of Kaiserslautern, where he played from 2011 to 2015 before moving to FC Koln. Since 2018, Heintz is playing for SC Freiburg. He has eight caps and one goal for the U21 German national team.
LB – Jorge Carrascosa (72)
Carrascosa, alos known as “El Lobo”, spent his entire 12-year career in Argentina, where he represented Banfield (1967-1969), Rosario Central (1970-1972), and Huracan (1973-1979). The left back won two Primera Divisions; one with Rosario in 1971, and the other with Huracan in 1973. Between 1970 and 1977, Carrascosa earned 30 caps for Argentina and scored one goal.
DMF – Joris Marveaux (38)
Still going strong at the age of 38, Joris Marveaux is active since 2003. At the moment, he plays for Gazélec Ajaccio, but will be remembered as a key part of Montpelier’s Ligue 1 winning team in 2012. Marveaux played 197 league games and scored 11 goals for Montpellier from 2008 to 2017.
CM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (27)
Product of excellent Southampton youth academy, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain graduated in 2010 and stayed at St. Mary’s for only two years when Arsenal bought him. Ox won three FA Cups with the Gunners (2014, 2015, and 2017), but wasn’t very happy at the club because then manager Arsene Wenger often played him out of his position. He left Arsenal for Liverpool in 2017 and won the UEFA Champions League (2019), UEFA Super Cup (2019), FIFA World Cup (2019), and Premier League (2020) with the Reds. Oxlade-Chamberlain is representing England since 2012 and has 35 caps and seven goals to his name.
RW – Oussama Assaidi (32)
The Moroccan international made his first football steps in the Netherlands at Omniworld in 2006, but left his deepest mark during his spell at Heerenveen. He played for Heerenveen from 2009 to 2012 and scored 22 goals in 93 matches before moving to Liverpool. At Anfield, Assaidi appeared in just 12 games and spent two years on loan at Stoke City. Oussama finished his career at Twente in 2019. He has 17 caps and two goals for Morocco.
AM – Moubarak Boussoufa (36)
Another of Moroccan footballers born on this day, Moubarak Boussoufa had a way better career than his compatriot Assaidi. Born in Amsterdam, Boussoufa tried to make it through Ajax’s academy and later Chelsea’s, but failed, so he moved to Belgium, where he started senior career at Gent. After three years at the Ghelamco Arena, Boussoufa moved to Anderlecht in 2006 and stayed there until 2011. During his time with the Purple & White, this creative midfielder bagged 58 goals in 208 games, and won the Belgian First Division in 2007 and 2010, Belgian Cup in 2008, and Super Cup in 2007 and 2010. He then played in Russia for Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow, winning the Russian Cup in 2015 with Lokomotiv in the process. Boussoufa also won the UAE Arabian Gulf League in 2017 with Al Jazira, while his last club was Al-Sailiya. At the moment, Moubarak is a free agent.
LW – Boudewijn Zenden (44)
One of the best PSV products in the 90s, Boudewijn Zenden played 134 games and scored 35 goals between 1993 and 1998 before joining the Dutch contingent at Barcelona. He won one Eredivisie (1997) and KNVB Cup (1996) with PSV. Zenden then spent three years at Camp Nou and won LaLiga in 1999, and then moved to England in 2001, where he represented Chelsea, Middlesbrough, and Liverpool. In England, Boudewijn won the League Cup with Boro in 2004 and UEFA Super Cup in 2005 with Liverpool. Also played for Marseille from 2007 to 2009, and finished his career at Sunderland in 2011. Zenden represented Netherlands on 54 occasions and scored seven goals.
CF – Bernard Lacombe (68)
The prolific striker began his career with his hometown club Lyon, where he played from 1969 to 1978 and scored 123 goals, winning Coupe de France in 1973 along the way. Lacombe’s best years were at Bordeaux, though, where he won three Ligue 1 titles (1984, 1985, and 1987) and a couple of French cups (1986 and 1987). He has 38 caps and 12 goals for France, and won the UEFA European Championship in 1984.
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