Yesterday is an usual Sunday to most of us, but Yesterday is unusual to those people, who is well-known in football field. Yesterday is their birthday, according to the record of UTfifa15coins, let’s say “happy birthday” to these players.
15. Christian Lopez (62) wore the colours of France at the FIFA World Cup™ in 1978 and 1982, scoring a goal at the former and reaching the semi-finals at the latter. The Algeria-born defender started out at Saint-Etienne, where he won four league titles and three French cups. He also appeared for ASSE in the 1976 European Cup final versus Bayern Munich, and Lopez later turned out for Toulouse and Montpellier.
16. Admir Mehmedi (24) donned Switzerland’s jersey at Brazil 2014, where he made four appearances, including La Nati’s Round-of-16 exit at the hands of Argentina. The versatile attacker previously starred at the 2008 Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, at which he was named Player of the Tournament, and the 2011 UEFA European U-21 Championship, where the Swiss reached the final. He also took part in the 2012 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in London. Mehmedi turned professional at FC Zurich, where he claimed two Swiss Super League titles, before signing for Dynamo Kiev, who sent him out on loan to Freiburg. In May 2014, he joined the German outfit on a permanent basis.
17. Steven Pienaar (33) appeared for South Africa at two World Cups, in 2002, and on home soil in 2010, where he played in all three of his country’s matches. The dynamic attacking midfielder also took part in the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, helping the Bafana Bafana to reach the semi-finals of the latter contest. After lifting the national cup with Ajax Cape Town, he moved to Dutch giants Ajax, with whom he secured two Eredivisie titles, two Dutch Cups and two Dutch Super Cups. Pienaar, the 2009 South African Player of the Year, later pulled on the jerseys of Borussia Dortmund, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur. He returned to the Toffees in 2012.
18. Jovan Kirovski (39) represented USA in the 1999 and 2003 Confederations Cups, as well as in two CONCACAF Gold Cups, one of which – in 1996 – resulted in the Stars and Stripes finishing third. In addition, the California native competed in the Copa America and the 1996 Olympic Football Tournament. He got his club career off to a flying start, earning winners’ medals in the UEFA Champions League and Intercontinental Cup with Borussia Dortmund, before enjoying spells at Fortuna Cologne, Sporting Lisbon, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Los Angeles Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes. Kirovski landed several major honours with LA, including two MLS Cups and four Western Conference titles.
19. Kolo Toure (34) recently helped Côte d’Ivoire to capture the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1992, after which he retired from international football after 15 years of loyal service. The solid centre-back appeared at three World Cups and seven Cup of Nations tournaments, finishing second in 2006 and 2012. At club level, he started off in his homeland with ASEC Mimosas, where he bagged two Ivoirian Championships and a CAF Super Cup, before committing himself to Arsenal, with whom he clinched an English Premier League crown, two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields. Toure also played for Manchester City, winning another league title, FA Cup and FA Community Shield, and moved to Liverpool in 2013.
20. Marcos Rojo (25) participated in six matches with Argentina at Brazil 2014, gaining a runners-up medal for his efforts. During the group stage, the pacey left-back, whose international career began at the 2011 Copa America, got forward well to score the winning goal against Nigeria. The South American turned professional at Estudiantes, his home-town team, where he scooped an Argentinian League title and the Copa Libertadores, but lost the FIFA Club World Cup final to Barcelona in 2009. He exported his defensive skills to Europe in 2011, successively plying his trade for Spartak Moscow, Sporting Lisbon and present club Manchester United.
21. Antoine Griezmann (24) was an ever-present during France’s 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, having previously garnered international experience at the 2010 UEFA European U-19 Championship, where he and his team-mates emerged victorious, and at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where Les Bleuets finished fourth. A product of Real Sociedad’s youth academy, the exciting forward duly established himself in the starting XI, winning the Segunda Division title and going on to score 40 goals in four seasons in La Liga. After the World Cup, he put pen to paper with Atletico Madrid, and hoisted the Spanish Super Cup soon afterwards. Griezmann is currently Los Colchoneros’ top scorer in the Spanish League (and joint fourth overall), with 14 goals in 27 matches.