Footballers Born On This Day (August 18)

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We ‘re giving you these XI footballers born on this day and we wish them a Happy Birthday! Check out our full list:

GK – Jon Busch (44)

Busch is best remembered for his amazing saves, despite his shorter stature for an elite goalkeeper (1.78 m), and spent most of his 21-year career in Major League Soccer, playing for the Columbus Crew, Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes. Jon also represented the United States at both youth and senior level.

Honors:

Columbus Crew:

  • MLS Supporters’ Shield: 2004

San Jose Earthquakes:

  • MLS Supporters’ Shield: 2012

RB – Dušan Basta (36)

Basta played as a right-sided full-back, and sometimes as a right midfielder. Started in Red Star Belgrade in 2002, Basta spent most of his career in the Italian Serie A, where he represented Udinese and Lazio. He has made a total of 18 caps for Serbia.

Honors:

Red Star:

  • Serbian SuperLiga: 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Serbian Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07

Lazio:

  • Coppa Italia: 2018–2019
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2017

CB – Patrik Andersson (49)

One of the best Swedish defenders in the 90s, Patrik Andersson began his career at Malmö FF in 1989, after which he had a short spell with Blackburn Rovers before settling in at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Following a six-year stay at Gladbach, Andersson joined Bayern Munich. His most memorable moment from his time with Bayern was in the 2000–01 championship season when he scored the final and decisive goal against Hamburger SV in the last minute – his only goal for the club. He also played for Barcelona, but didn’t experience the best of times at Camp Nou, so he returned to Sweden and finished his career at Malmö FF in 2005. Between 1992 and 2002, Andersson earned 96 caps for Sweden and scored three goals.

Honors:

Borussia Mönchengladbach:

  • DFB-Pokal: 1994–95

Bayern Munich:

  • Bundesliga: 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • DFB-Pokal: 1999–2000
  • UEFA Champions League: 2000–01

Malmö FF:

  • Allsvenskan: 2004

Sweden:

  • Bronze medal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup

Individual:

  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2001

CB – Robert Huth (36)

Although born in Eastern Germany, Robert Huth never played pro football in his country. He started at Chelsea in 2002, and played for the rest of his career in the Premier League; for Middlesbrough, Stoke City, and Leicester City, where he retired in 2018. Huth made the most Premier League appearances (322) by a German player. Has 19 caps for Germany and two goals.

Honors:

Chelsea:

  • Premier League: 2004–05, 2005–06

Leicester City:

  • Premier League: 2015–16

Germany:

  • FIFA World Cup third place: 2006

LB – Roberto Rosato (77)

One of the footballers born on this day, a strong, hard-tackling, and reliable centre-back, Roberto Rosato is regarded as one of Italy’s greatest defenders. After spending the first six years of his career at Torino, Rosato moved to AC Milan in 1966 and won practically everything in club football. Rosato later played for Genoa and retired at Aosta in 1979. From 1965 to 1972, Rosato collected 37 international caps. He died in 2010 after a lengthy illness.

Honors:

AC Milan:

  • Serie A: 1967–68
  • Coppa Italia: 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73
  • European Cup: 1968–69
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1967–68, 1972–73
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1969

Italy:

  • Mediterranean Games: 1963
  • UEFA European Football Championship: 1968

Individual:

  • A.C. Milan Hall of Fame

DM – Esteban Cambiasso (40)

Cambiasso was a versatile, consistent, and complete midfielder, who possessed tactical intelligence, and who was capable of playing in several midfield and defensive positions. Surely one of the best Argentinian midfielders of the past decade, Cambiasso had the best time during his stay at Inter, where he played for ten years and appeared in over 300 games. Esteban has 52 caps and five goals for Argentina, and he ended his career at Olympiacos in 2017.

Honors:

Real Madrid:

  • La Liga: 2002–03
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2002
  • Supercopa de España: 2003

Inter:

  • Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Coppa Italia: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010
  • UEFA Champions League: 2009–10
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2010

Olympiacos:

  • Superleague Greece: 2015–16, 2016–17

Individual:

  • Inter Milan Hall of Fame: 2020

RW – Bryan Ruiz (35)

A left-footed attacking midfielder, Ruiz can also play as a second striker or right winger. Ruiz began at Alajuelense in 2003, and after spending most of his career in Europe, playing for Gent, Twente, Fulham, and Sporting, he returned to his boyhood club in 2020. Ruiz is the captain of Costa Rica national team, and since 2005, he has 125 caps and 26 goals.

Honors:

Alajuelense:

  • CONCACAF Champions’ Cup: 2004
  • Copa Interclubes UNCAF: 2005
  • Primera División: 2004–05

Twente:

  • Eredivisie: 2009–10
  • KNVB Cup: 2010–11
  • Johan Cruyff Shield: 2010, 2011

Sporting CP:

  • Taça da Liga: 2017–18

Costa Rica:

  • Copa Centroamericana: 2014

Individual:

  • CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year: 2016
  • CONCACAF Goal of the Year: 2014
  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2015, 2016, 2017

AM – Gianni Rivera (77)

Another of the legendary AC Milan’s footballers born on this day, during his 20-year career, Gianni Rivera was mostly utilized as an attacking midfielder. Born in Alessandria, Italy, Rivera spent one year with his hometown club before making a switch to AC Milan in 1960. Rivera stayed at San Siro for 19 years, and retired in 1979. Played over 500 games for Rossoneri and won everything in club football. Between 1962 and 1974, Rivera earned 60 caps and scored 14 goals for Italy. Rivera is a politician nowadays.

Honors:

Milan:

  • Serie A: 1961–62, 1967–68, 1978–79
  • Coppa Italia: 1966–67, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1976–77
  • European Cup: 1962–63, 1968–69
  • UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1967–68, 1972–73
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1969

Italy:

  • UEFA European Championship: 1968

Individual:

  • Ballon d’Or: 1969
  • FIFA XI: 1967
  • IFFHS Italian Player of the 20th Century: 1999

LW – Ross McCormack (34)

The Scotsman who can cover every position in the attack, began his career at Rangers in 2004, but spent most of his career in England. McCormack played for Cardiff City, Leeds United, Fulham, and Aston Villa, while his most recent team was Motherwell in 2019. Ross has 13 caps and two goals for Scotland.

Honors:

Individual:

  • Football League Championship Golden Boot: 2013–14

CF – Just Fontaine (87)

Fontaine was born in Marrakech, French Morocco, and spent the first three years of his pro career at USM Casablanca, where he scored more goals than he had matches. Fontaine moved to Nice in 1953, but experienced the bets of times at Reims, where he played from 1956 to 1962 and scored 122 goals in 131 games. A prolific forward, Fontaine will always be remembered for scoring the most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in six matches in 1958. From 1953 to 1960, Fontaine got 21 caps for France and scored 30 goals.

Honors:

Stade de Reims:

  • French Division 1: 1957–58, 1959–60, 1961–62
  • Coupe de France: 1957–58

Individual:

CF – Kris Boyd (37)

With nearly 650 matches and 300 goals in his career, Kris Boyd is one of the most prolific Scottish strikers of all time. He established himself as one of the top strikers in Scotland during his time with Kilmarnock (2001-06), and then he was Rangers’ top scorer in each of five seasons he spent at Ibrox (2005-10). Boyd returned to his boyhood team Kilmarnock on two occasions (2013-14 and 2015-19), and retired at Rugby Park. Boyd has 18 caps and seven goals for Scotland.

Honors:

Rangers:

  • Scottish Premier League (2): 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Scottish Cup (2): 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Scottish League Cup (2): 2007–08, 2009–10

Individual:

  • Scottish league top goalscorer (5): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2017–18

We hope you liked our XI footballers born on this day. Stay tuned for more in the coming days, and check out our OTD in Sports page for more memorable moments.

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