We picked these XI footballers born on this day and we wish them a Happy Birthday! Check out our full list:
GK – Dmitri Kharine (52)
After playing nearly 150 games for three Moscow teams: Torpedo, Dynamo, and CSKA, Dmitri Kharine moved to Chelsea in 1992 and stayed at Stamford Bridge until 1999. He didn’t have luck to be included in Chelsea’s League Cup, FA Cup, and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup victories in 1997 and 1998. Kharine also played for Celtic and finished his career at non-league club Hornchurch, where he received a red card on his debut.
RB – Diego Llorente (27)
Although a natural centre-back, Diego Llorente can also play on the right flank of defense and as a defensive midfielder thanks to his excellent positioning and strong aerial ability. Born In Madrid, where he came through the youth system and make it to the first squad, Llorente played just two league games in five seasons for Los Galacticos. Following short spells at Rayo Vallecano and Malaga, Llorente joined Real Sociedad in 2017 and is still there. He also has five caps for Spain.
CB – Iván Hurtado (46)
With 168 international matches for Ecuador between 1992 and 2014, Iván Hurtado is the most capped South American footballer of all time, and the eighth-most capped international player in history. Started at Emelec in 1992, Jurtado played for 14 different clubs in his 20-year career. He won the Ecuadorian Serie A with Emelec in 1993 and 1994, and the Colombian Primera A with Atletico Nacional in 2007.
CB – Joleon Lescott (38)
A graduate of the Wolverhampton Wanderers youth academy, Jolean Lescott played for the Wolves between 2000 and 2006. He moved to Everton and earned a call to the English national team. From 2009 to 2014, Lescott played for Manchester City and won the Premier League twice (2012 and 2014), FA Cup (2011), and League Cup (2014). He later played for West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, AEK, and ended his career at Sunderland in 2017. For England, Lescott played 26 games between 2007 and 2013 and scored one goal.
LB – Stan Lazaridis (48)
The Aussie who could run down the left flank the entire day, Stan Lazaridis played for Floreat Athena and West Adelaide before moving to England. In England, Stan represented West Ham United and Birmingham City, appearing in 215 matches in seven years for the latter. He returned to his country in 2006 to join Perth Glory, where he retired in 2008. Lazaridis has 60 caps for Australia from 1993 to 2006 and won the OFC Nations Cup in 2000.
DM – Slaviša Jokanović (52)
A physical player considered strong in the air and good with the ball on his feet, Slaviša Jokanović won the Yugoslav First League with his hometown club Vojvodina in 1989, and then moved to Partizan Belgrade in 1990. At Partizan, Jokanović won one First League (1993) and one Cup (1992). He spent the next seven years playing in Spain for Real Oviedo, Tenerife, and Deportivo La Coruna. His most famous game came against Barcelona, when he scored a hat-trick in Tenerife’s 4-0 victory. In the 1999-00 campaign, Jokanović won LaLiga and Supercopa de Espana with Deportivo. Between 2000 and 2002, he played for Chelsea, and finished his career at Ciudad Murcia in 2004. As a manager, Jokanović has two Serbian Super Leagues and Cups with Partizan, one Thai Premier League with Muangthong United, while he also won the Championship Playoffs with Fulham in 2018. At the moment, one of our XI footballers born on this day is managing Qatari team Al-Gharafa.
CM – Moussa Sissoko (31)
After spending four years in Toulouse’s club’s youth academy, Moussa Sissoko made his professional debut in the 2007–08 season. He played 218 games and bagged 24 goals for Toulouse between 2007 and 2013, before joining Newcastle United. Sissoko spent four years at St. James’ Park, and then in August 2016, he signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year, £30 million deal. Sissoko represented France at every level and has 62 caps and two goals for the senior team.
AM – Ismaïl Aissati (32)
Once regarded as highly-talented prospect at PSV, Ismaïl Aissati never fulfilled his potential. From 2005 to 2012, Aissati played for both PSV and Ajax and won three Eredivisie (two with PSV), and one KNVB Cup with Ajax. He moved to Turkey and Russia, and since 2018, Aisatti plays for Denizlispor. Even though he never made a debut for the Netherlands senior team, Aissati did win two UEFA European Under-21 Football Championships in 2006 and 2007.
AM – Milan Rapaić (47)
One of our XI footballers born on this day, Rapaić began his career at Hajduk Split, where he spent six years and won Prva HNL in 1992, 1994, and 1995. In 1996, Milan went to Perugia and recorded 121 games and 20 goals, while from 2000 to 2002, Rapaić played for Fenerbahçe and won the Super Lig in 2001. He briefly returned to Hajduk in 2003, and also represented Ancona, Standard Liege, and Trogir, where he ended his career. Rapaić has 49 caps for Croatia and six goals, with the most important goal for his country came at the 2002 World Cup in a win over Italy.
CF – Jonatan Johansson (45)
Johansson is the best remembered from his time at Charlton Athletic (2000-2006), where he played 168 games and scored 33 goals. His only trophies came at Rangers, though, as he won the Scottish double in 2000 under manager Walter Smith. Johansson hung up his boots at TPS in 2011, and now serves as the team’s manager. For Finland, Johansson played 105 games and scored 22 goals from 1996 to 2010.
CF – Roque Santa Cruz (38)
Roque Santa Cruz made his debut for Olimpia Asuncion at the age of 15 in 1997 and won three Primera División titles after which Bayern Munich knocked on Olimpia’s door with an offer for a talented striker. He moved to Germany in 1999 and won five Bundesliga titles, four DFB Pokals, UEFA Champions League in 2001, and FIFA Intercontinental Cup in 2001. Bayern sold him to Blackburn Rovers in 2007, and Roque was an instant hit at Ewood Park, scoring 23 goals in 43 appearances that year. Santa Cruz later played for Manchester City, Betis, Malaga, and Cruz Azul, while he returned to his beloved Olimpia in 2016, and is still playing now. Between 1999 and 2016, Santa Cruz earned 112 caps for Paraguay and scored 32 goals, which makes him country’s record goal-scorer.
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