On This Day

Birthdays in Sport in 1985

  • Jan 1 Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 1 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • Jan 1 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil
  • Jan 2 Heather O'Reilly, American soccer midfielder (231 caps; FIFA Women's World Cup 2015; Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Jan 4 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 4 Al Jefferson, American basketball player, born in Monticello, Mississippi

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

Jan 7 Lewis Hamilton, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-20), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Jan 11 Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 12 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer, born in Solrød Strand, Denmark
  • Jan 18 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 19 Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 19 Esteban Guerrieri, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 21 Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
  • Jan 21 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Jan 22 Mohamed Sissoko, Malian footballer, born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • Jan 23 Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese football player, born in Dalian, China
  • Jan 25 Acie Law IV, American basketball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 28 Arnold Mvuemba, French footballer
  • Jan 29 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 30 Trae Williams, American football player, born in South Brisbane, Australia
  • Jan 31 Adam Federici, Australian football player, born in Nowra, Australia
  • Jan 31 Mario Williams, American football defensive end, born in Richlands, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Dean Shiels, Irish soccer midfielder (14 caps, Northern Ireland; Hibernian, Rangers), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestCristiano Ronaldo

Feb 5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (5 x Ballon d'Or; Sporting Lisbon; Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus), born in Funchal, Portugal

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Feb 6 Yang Yu, Chinese swimmer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • Feb 6 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater, born in Yamagata, Japan
  • Feb 6 Kris Humphries, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 10 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • Feb 11 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • Feb 13 Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer, born in Katerini, Greece
  • Feb 13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada
  • Feb 14 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Feb 14 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player, born in Lexington, Kentucky

  • Feb 16 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • Feb 16 Stacy Lewis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2011, Women's British Open 2013), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer, born in Peckham, London
  • Feb 20 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • Feb 22 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer, born in Essonne, France
  • Feb 25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • Feb 25 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • Feb 27 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 28 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Mar 1 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • Mar 2 Reggie Bush, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2005 [later forfeited], USC; Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints), born in Spring Valley, California
  • Mar 3 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • Mar 7 Gerwyn Price, Welsh darts player (PDC World C'ship 2021; Grand Slam of Darts 2018, 19; World Grand Prix 2020), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Mar 9 Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player, born in Ahmedabad, India
  • Mar 10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer
  • Mar 11 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • Mar 11 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 12 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Mar 12 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder
  • Mar 13 Alcides [Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves], Brazilian football player, born in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • Mar 13 Austin Scott, American football player, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • Mar 15 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • Mar 16 Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Mar 18 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • Mar 21 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • Mar 22 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
  • Mar 23 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • Mar 26 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Mar 27 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • Mar 27 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Mar 28 Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Mar 29 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker
  • Apr 1 Beth Tweddle, English gymnast (World C'ship gold 2006, 09, 10; Olympic bronze 2012), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Apr 2 Thom Evans, Scottish rugby union winger (10 caps; London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 2 Stéphane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater (World C'ship gold men's singles 2005, 06; Olympic silver 2006; Grand Prix Final champion 2005, 07), born in Martigny, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball player (Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Apr 6 Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • Apr 10 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 10 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • Apr 12 Ted Ginn Jr., American football player, born in Ohio
  • Apr 15 John Danks, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Luol Deng, Sudanese-born British basketball player, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • Apr 17 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player (Australian Open 2008 runner-up; Davis Cup 2017; Hopman Cup 2014), born in Le Mans, France
  • Apr 18 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish football goalkeeper (Poland national team), born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
  • Apr 18 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 19 Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 25 Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • Apr 26 John Isner, American tennis player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina

  • May 2 Kyle Busch, American auto racer, (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2015), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 2 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater, born in Great Neck, New York
  • May 2 David Nugent, English footballer, born in Huyton, England
  • May 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 4 Ravi Bopara, English cricketer, born in Forest Gate, London
  • May 5 Terrence Wheatley, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 5 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • May 6 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 7 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • May 9 Jake Long, American football player
  • May 10 Ryan Getzlaf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Tally Hall, American soccer player, born in SeaTac, Washington
  • May 12 Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer, born in Mechelen, Belgium
  • May 13 Travis Zajac, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 15 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • May 16 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • May 16 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 17 Matt Ryan, American football player
  • May 21 Andrew Miller, Major League Baseball player
  • May 22 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • May 22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • May 24 Tim Bridgman, British racing driver, born in Harlow, England
  • May 27 Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • May 31 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player
  • Jun 1 Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopian athlete (5,000m WR 14:11.15 2008; Olympic gold 5000m, 10000m 2008; 10000m 2012), born in Bekoji, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • Jun 1 Dinesh Karthik, Indian cricket wicket-keeper and batsman (26 Tests, 63 dismissals; 94 ODI; 32 T20I), born in Udangudi, India
  • Jun 4 Lukas Podolski, Polish-born footballer
  • Jun 4 Evan Lysacek, American figure skater
  • Jun 5 Kenny De Ketele, Belgian cyclist

  • Jun 8 Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • Jun 10 Kristina Lundberg, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Jun 10 Vasilis Torosidis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 12 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player (Brisbane Broncos), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 13 Danny Syvret, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 13 Filipe Albuquerque, Portuguese racing driver
  • Jun 14 Andrew Bonner, Scottish football player
  • Jun 14 Andy Soucek, Spanish racing driver
  • Jun 17 Marcos Baghdatis, Cypriot professional tennis player
  • Jun 17 Rafael Sóbis, Brazilian footballer, born in Erechim, Brazil
  • Jun 20 Souleymane Mamam, Togolese footballer
  • Jun 20 Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player (Detroit Pistons), born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Yugoslavia
  • Jun 21 Anthony Morelli, American football player
  • Jun 21 Byron Schammer, AFL footballer
  • Jun 22 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • Jun 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russian tennis player (US Open 2004, French Open 2009), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Jun 27 Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 World Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany
  • Jun 27 James Hook, Welsh rugby player, born in Port Talbot, Wales
  • Jun 28 Phil Bardsley, English football player (Burnley), born in Salford, England
  • Jun 29 Quintin Demps, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestMichael Phelps

Jun 30 Michael Phelps, American swimmer (record 23 Olympic gold medals), born in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Jun 30 Fabiana Vallejos, Argentine footballer
  • Jun 30 Cody Runnels, American wrestler
  • Jul 1 Chris Perez, American MLB reliever (All Star 2011-12), born in Bradenton, Florida
  • Jul 2 Rhett Bomar, American football player
  • Jul 2 Chad Henne, American football player

Person of interestMegan Rapinoe

Jul 5 Megan Rapinoe, American pro soccer player (American co-captain), born in Redding, California

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe
Soccer Star
Megan Rapinoe
  • Jul 9 Paweł Korzeniowski, Polish swimmer
  • Jul 9 Ashley Young, English footballer
  • Jul 9 BJ Watling, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (top Test score 205 2019), born in Durban, Natal Province, South Africa

  • Jul 10 Mario Gómez, German footballer
  • Jul 13 Guillermo Ochoa, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 17 Neil McGregor, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, United Kingdom
  • Jul 21 Von Wafer, American basketball player, born in Homer, Louisiana
  • Jul 22 Takudzwa Ngwenya, Zimbabwean-American rugby player
  • Jul 23 Luis Ángel Landín, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 24 Patrice Bergeron, Canadian hockey player
  • Jul 25 Nelson Piquet Jr., Brazilian auto racer (Formula E champion 2014-15), born in Heidelberg, West Germany
  • Jul 26 Gaël Clichy, French footballer (İstanbul Başakşehir), born in Toulouse, France
  • Jul 30 Daniel Fredheim Holm, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 3 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 4 Mark Milligan, Australian footballer
  • Aug 4 Luis Antonio Valencia, Ecuadorean footballer
  • Aug 4 Ha Seung-Jin, Korean basketball player
  • Aug 5 Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer, born in Farciennes, Belgium
  • Aug 5 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast
  • Aug 8 Brayan Ruiz, Costa Rican football player
  • Aug 9 Luca Filippi, Italian racing driver
  • Aug 9 Hayley Peirsol, American swimmer
  • Aug 9 JaMarcus Russell, American football player
  • Aug 10 Roy O'Donovan, Irish footballer
  • Aug 14 Christian Gentner, German footballer, born in Nürtingen, Germany
  • Aug 22 Brittany Lang, American golfer (US Open 2016), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Aug 30 Richard Duffy, Welsh footballer, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Aug 30 Leisel Jones, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic golds, 1 silver), born in Katherine, Australia
  • Aug 30 Eamon Sullivan, Australian swimmer (3 Olympic medals), born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 30 Steven Smith, Scottish footballer (Rangers), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • Sep 3 Scott Carson, English footballer, born in Whitehaven, England
  • Sep 3 Kelvin Wilson, English footballer, born in Nottingham, England
  • Sep 5 Ryan Guy, American soccer player, born in Carlsbad, California

  • Sep 6 Ali Ashfaq, Maldivian footballer, born in Malé, Maldives
  • Sep 6 Alberto Valerio, Brazilian racing driver, born in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Sep 7 Rafinha [Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza], Brazilian footballer, born in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil

Person of interestLuka Modrić

Sep 9 Luka Modrić, Croatian footballer (Real Madrid C.F.) and captain of Croatia, born in Zadar, Croatia, Yugoslavia

Footballer Luka Modrić
Footballer
Luka Modrić
  • Sep 9 J.R. Smith, American basketball player, born in Freehold, New Jersey
  • Sep 11 Shaun Livingston, American basketball player, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Sep 11 Zack Stortini, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 12 Jack Wilkinson, English footballer (Hartlepool United), born in Beverley, England
  • Sep 14 Delmon Young, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Sep 17 Alexander Ovechkin, Russian hockey player
  • Sep 17 Brendan Clarke, Irish Soccer Player with St. Patrick's Athletic
  • Sep 17 Tomáš Berdych, Czech tennis player (13 ATP Tour titles), born in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic
  • Sep 17 Mason Raymond, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 19 Brittany Lincicome, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2009, 15), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Sep 22 Faris Haroun, Belgian footballer
  • Sep 23 Brian Brohm, American football player
  • Sep 23 Lukáš Kašpar, Czech ice hockey player
  • Sep 23 Hossein Ka'abi, Iranian footballer
  • Sep 23 Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player

About 1985

How Old? 35 or 36 years old
Generation: Millennial

Chinese Zodiac: Rat (Jan 1 - Feb 19), Ox (Feb 20 - Dec 31)