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Birthdays in Sport in 1981

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 409

  • Jan 1 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian auto racer (German Formula Renault C'ship 1999), born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • Jan 2 Maxi Rodríguez, soccer midfielder (57 caps; Atlético Madrid, Newell's Old Boys), born in Rosario, Argentina

Person of interestEli Manning

Jan 3 Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback (MVP Super Bowls 2007, 11; Pro Bowl 2008, 11, 12, 15; NY Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • Jan 3 Chris Blais, American off-road racing rider (Motorcycle San Felipe 250 2005; Dakar Rally 2007 3rd overall), born in Apple Valley, California
  • Jan 5 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 7 Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Cold Lake, Canada
  • Jan 7 Marquis Daniels, American basketball player, born in Jasper, Florida
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 8 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China
  • Jan 9 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer, born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 12 Dan Klecko, American football player, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 13 Reggie Brown, American football player
  • Jan 13 Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Jan 15 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer, born in Perth, United Kingdom

  • Jan 16 Bobby Zamora, English footballer, born in Barking, United Kingdom
  • Jan 17 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jan 18 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 18 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player, born in Namur, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer, born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • Jan 19 Lucho González, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 20 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 20 Owen Hargreaves, English football player & television pundit, born in Calgary, Canada
  • Jan 21 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • Jan 21 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • Jan 21 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer, born in Bignona, Senegal
  • Jan 23 Rob Friend, Canadian football player, born in Rosetown, Canada
  • Jan 23 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter, born in Vallejo, California
  • Jan 24 Travis Hanson, American baseball player, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 25 Francis Jeffers, English footballer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian cyclist, born in Chascomús, Argentina
  • Jan 27 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • Jan 28 Rick Razzano, American football player
  • Jan 30 Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

  • Jan 30 Mathias Lauda, Austrian racing driver, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Jan 30 Peter Crouch, English footballer, born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player, born in Quilmes, Argentina
  • Feb 1 Luis Lamá, Angolan soccer goalkeeper (56 caps; Petro Luanda), born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 1 Graeme Smith, South African cricket batsman, captain and broadcaster (117 Tests, 9,265 runs @ 48.25, 27 x 100s; 197 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 1 Rob Austin, British auto racer (British GT Championship - GT4 runner-up 2008), born in Evesham, England
  • Feb 2 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 4 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player, born in Bontang, Indonesia
  • Feb 4 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist, born in Lommel, Belgium
  • Feb 4 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player, born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Feb 4 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 5 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player, born in Město Albrechtice, Czechia
  • Feb 6 Ty Warren, American football defensive lineman, born in Bryan, Texas
  • Feb 9 Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • Feb 10 Andrew Johnson, English footballer, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Scot Thompson, American soccer player, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Luisão [Ânderson Luís da Silva], Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Feb 13 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 2018)
  • Feb 13 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Feb 15 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 16 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • Feb 16 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • Feb 16 Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • Feb 17 Donielle Thompson, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado
  • Feb 17 Lisa Skinner, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Feb 18 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player, born in Izhevsk, Russia
  • Feb 18 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer, born in Castlederg, United Kingdom
  • Feb 18 Alex Rios, American baseball player, born in Coffee County, Alabama
  • Feb 19 Gil Reyes, American boxer
  • Feb 19 Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • Feb 20 Tony Hibbert, English footballer
  • Feb 22 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer, born in Monção, Brazil
  • Feb 23 Gareth Barry, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion F.C.), born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • Feb 23 Charles Tillman, American football cornerback, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 24 Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 25 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • Feb 26 Kertus Davis, American auto racer (competition director NASCAR team JD Motorsports), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
  • Feb 28 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France
  • Mar 1 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • Mar 3 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • Mar 3 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • Mar 5 Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Mar 5 Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 8 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • Mar 9 Antonio Bryant, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 Anders Nøhr, Danish footballer, born in Ikast, Denmark
  • Mar 9 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Mar 10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 10 Efthimios Kouloucheris, Greek footballer
  • Mar 10 Steven Reid, English-born footballer
  • Mar 11 Lee Evans, American football player
  • Mar 13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player, born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • Mar 14 Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 16 Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer
  • Mar 16 Andrew Bree, Irish swimmer
  • Mar 17 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • Mar 17 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • Mar 18 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • Mar 18 Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • Mar 19 Kolo Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • Mar 23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 23 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 24 Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 26 Baruch Dego, Israeli football player, born in Addis Ababa., Ethiopia
  • Mar 26 Josh Wilson, American baseball player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer, born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • Mar 28 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • Mar 29 Jlloyd Samuel, West Indian-born English footballer (Aston Villa), born on San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 31 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch distance swimmer (Olympic gold 10k open water 2008), born in Alkmaar, Netherlands
  • Apr 1 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball power forward and captain (Ilysiakos, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid; NBA: Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Maroussi, Greece
  • Apr 1 Bjørn Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper (world record longest jump 239m 2005; Olympic bronze team 2006), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 1 Bjørn Einar Romøren, Norwegian ski jumper (FIS Ski Flying World C'ship gold team 2004, 06; Olympic bronze LH 2006), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 2 Michael Clarke, Australian cricket batsman and captain (115 Tests, 8,643 runs @ 49.10, 28 x 100s; 245 ODIs) and broadcaster (9 Network, FoxSports), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 3 Matthew Nash, Australian soccer player (goalkeeper), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 3 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player, born in Fresno, California
  • Apr 6 Robert Earnshaw, Welsh soccer striker (59 caps; scored hat-tricks in Premier League, Divisions 1, 2 & 3, FA Cup, League Cup and international match; Cardiff City), born in Mufulira, Zambia
  • Apr 7 Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer (LPGA C'ship 2007, Evian C'ship 2013), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Apr 8 Rebecca Wilson, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Apr 8 Brian Burres, American baseball player, born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • Apr 9 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer (Polish national football team), born in Cieszyn, Poland

  • Apr 9 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player, born in Trenčín, Slovakia
  • Apr 9 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player, born in Queens, New York
  • Apr 10 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia
  • Apr 11 Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pincourt, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 12 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer, born in Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Apr 12 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist, born in Snejbjerg, Denmark
  • Apr 13 Nat Borchers, American soccer player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Apr 15 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • Apr 17 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Apr 18 Brian Buscher, American MLB third baseman, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Apr 19 Martin Havlát, Czech ice hockey player, born in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 19 Troy Polamalu, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • Apr 22 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • Apr 23 Sean Henn, American baseball player (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Apr 24 Taylor Dent, American tennis player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Apr 25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter, born in Frimley, Surrey, England
  • Apr 25 Anja Pärson, Swedish alpine skier, born in Umeå, Sweden
  • Apr 25 Dwone Hicks, American NFL running back, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Apr 26 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer, born in Nancy, France
  • Apr 27 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer, born in Älvsjö, Sweden
  • Apr 27 Joey Gathright, American baseball player, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • Apr 29 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 30 John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • May 1 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian soccer winger (80 caps; VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • May 1 Wes Welker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowls 2008-12; First Team All Pro 2009, 12), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 2 Matt Murray, English football goalkeeper, born in Solihull, England
  • May 2 Chris Kirkland, English football goalkeeper, born in Barwell, England
  • May 4 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon

  • May 5 Chris Duncan, American baseball player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 8 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • May 8 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • May 8 John Maine, American baseball player
  • May 9 Bill Murphy, American baseball player
  • May 10 Humberto Suazo, Chilean footballer
  • May 11 Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player, born in Albury, Australia
  • May 11 Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • May 13 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • May 15 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • May 15 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • May 17 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • May 17 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • May 17 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • May 18 Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer
  • May 19 Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • May 19 Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • May 19 Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
  • May 20 Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • May 20 Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
  • May 20 Mark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver
  • May 21 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 21 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • May 22 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • May 27 Johan Elmander, Swedish footballer
  • May 27 Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • May 27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • May 28 Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • May 29 Andrei Arshavin, Russian soccer midfielder (Russia 75 caps, Zenit SP, Arsenal), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • May 30 Andrey Arshavin, Russian Footballer

  • May 30 Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver
  • May 30 Ahmad Elrich, Australian footballer
  • May 31 Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • Jun 1 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2004, 06, 08; NL wins leader 2006; no-hitter 2008), born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
  • Jun 2 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Jun 2 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis pl
  • Jun 4 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer

Person of interestAnna Kournikova

Jun 7 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1999, 2002), born in Moscow, Russia

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
  • Jun 7 Kevin Kyle, Scottish soccer striker (Scotland 10 caps, Sunderland), born in Stranraer, Wigtownshire
  • Jun 8 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • Jun 10 Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 11 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jun 15 Jeremy Reed, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Miguel Villalta, Peruvian footballer
  • Jun 16 Benjamin Becker, German tennis player
  • Jun 16 Kevin Bieksa, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • Jun 17 Shane Watson, Australian Test cricket all-rounder (2005-2015), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Jun 20 Ardian Gashi, Albanian-Norwegian footballer

About 1981

How Old? 39 or 40 years old
Generation: Millennial

Chinese Zodiac: Monkey (Jan 1 - Feb 4), Rooster (Feb 5 - Dec 31)