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Birthdays in Sport in 1987

  • Jan 1 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jan 7 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian football player, born in Dourados, Brazil
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver, born in Roehampton, London
  • Jan 11 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • Jan 11 Danuta Kozák, Hungarian sprint canoeist (5-time Olympic gold K-1, K-2, K-4 500m 2012, 16), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer, born in Nuoro, Italy
  • Jan 13 Jack Johnson [John Johnson III], American NHL Hockey Player (Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player, born in Kempsey, Australia
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer, born in Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Brian Harman, American golfer (US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Jan 20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 22 Shane Long, Irish soccer striker (fastest EPL goal 7.69s 2019), born in Gortnahoe, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay

  • Jan 25 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom
  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Rossi, Italian-American soccer forward (30 caps Italy; Villarreal), born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Feb 1 Ronda Rousey, American pro wrestler, actress, author, mixed martial artist and judoka (UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion 6 defences; Olympic bronze 70kg judo 2008; WWE), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 1 Sebastian Boenisch, Polish soccer left back (14 caps; Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Gliwice, Poland
  • Feb 2 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • Feb 4 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player, born in Brno, Czechia
  • Feb 8 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • Feb 9 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • Feb 9 Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer
  • Feb 14 David Wheater, English footballer, born in Redcar, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Edinson Cavani, Uruguayan football striker (Uruguay, PSG), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Feb 16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • Feb 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • Mar 5 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • Mar 11 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 13 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti), born in Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 18 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer

  • Mar 18 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Michal Švec, Czech footballer
  • Mar 20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • Mar 20 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • Mar 20 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • Mar 20 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 24 Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (Bangaladesh 217 highest score 2017), born in Magura, Bangladesh
  • Mar 25 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • Mar 27 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sydney, Canada
  • Mar 31 Humpy Koneru, Indian chess player (youngest woman to achieve title of grandmaster), born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
  • Apr 1 Ding Junhui, Chinese snooker player (Masters 2011; Shanghai Masters 2013, 16; UK C'ships 2005, 09, 19), born in Yixing, Jiangsu, China
  • Apr 1 Li Ting, Chinese diver (Olympic gold platform synchro 2004; World C'ships gold 2003, 05), born in Lingui, Guilin, Guangxi, China
  • Apr 1 Oliver Turvey, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP2 2014), born in Penrith, Cumbria, England
  • Apr 2 Shane Lowry, Irish golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Clara, County Offaly
  • Apr 2 Pablo César Aguilar, Paraguayan soccer defender (28 caps; Sportivo Luqueño, América, Cruz Azul), born in Luque, Paraguay
  • Apr 3 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player (Atlanta United), born in San Diego, California
  • Apr 3 Jay Bruce, American baseball player, born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Apr 4 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player, born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Apr 8 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 9 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Singleton, New South Wales, Australia
  • Apr 16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Apr 18 Danny Guthrie, English footballer, born in Shrewsbury, England

Person of interestMaria Sharapova

Apr 19 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Apr 19 Joe Hart, English football goalkeeper (England national team), born in Shrewsbury, England
  • Apr 21 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Apr 22 David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Brazilian football player (Chelsea, Brazil national team), born in Diadema, Brazil
  • Apr 24 Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player (Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 24 Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer, born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • Apr 25 Johann Smith, American soccer player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 27 Elliott Shriane, Australian short track speed skater, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Apr 30 Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • May 1 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player (5 WTA singles titles), born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • May 1 Leonardo Bonucci, Italian soccer centre-back (95 caps; Juventus), born in Viterbo, Italy
  • May 1 Ryan Matthews, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 2011; SD Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Riverside, California
  • May 4 Francesc Fàbregas Soler, Spanish footballer (Chelsea, Spanish national team), born in Arenys de Mar, Spain
  • May 4 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer (MotoGP World Champion 2010, 12, 15; 250cc World Champion 2006-07), born in Palma, Majorca, Spain
  • May 7 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Felix Jones, American football player
  • May 10 Anej Lovrečič, Slovenian football (soccer) player
  • May 11 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • May 11 Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
  • May 11 Justin King, American football player
  • May 14 Franck Songo'o, Cameronian footballer, born in Yaoundé, Cameron
  • May 14 Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player

Person of interestAndy Murray

May 15 Andy Murray, British tennis player (Olympic gold 2012, 16; Wimbledon 2013, 16), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • May 19 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • May 19 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer

Person of interestNovak Đoković

May 22 Novak Đoković [Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (15 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • May 24 Guillaume Latendresse, French-Canadian hockey player, born in Sainte-Catherine, Quebec, Canada
  • May 25 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer, born in Liedekerke, Belgium
  • May 25 Yves De Winter, Belgian football goalkeeper, born in Lier, Belgium
  • May 29 Issac Luke, New Zealand Rugby League hooker (NZ 37 caps), born in Hawera, NZ
  • Jun 6 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer, born in Karachi, Pakistan

  • Jun 10 Martin Harnik, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 10 Amobi Okoye, Nigeria-born American football player
  • Jun 10 Anna Nordqvist, Swedish golfer (Women's PGA 2009, Evian C'ship 2017), born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • Jun 14 Andrew Cogliano, Professional Hockey Player
  • Jun 16 Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 19 Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
  • Jun 21 Dale Thomas, AFL footballer
  • Jun 21 Sebastian Prödl, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 24 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer

Person of interestLionel Messi

Jun 24 Lionel Messi, Argentine football star striker (5 FIFA Ballon d’Or, FC Barcelona), born in Rosario, Argentina

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jun 26 Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jun 26 Samir Nasri, French footballer (Antalyaspor), born in Septèmes-les-Vallons, France

Person of interestSebastian Vettel

Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel, German auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Jul 14 Adam Johnson, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Jul 17 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player, born in Gold Coast, Australia
  • Jul 17 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver, born in Prague, Czechia
  • Jul 17 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer, born in Pontoise, France
  • Jul 31 Michael Bradley, American soccer defender (USA 150 caps; Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Princeton, New Jersey
  • Aug 1 Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer, born in Seraing, Belgium
  • Aug 7 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player, born in Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Aug 11 Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
  • Aug 14 Tim Tebow, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2007, BCS National C'ship 2006, 08; U of Florida; Denver Broncos), born in Makati, Philippines
  • Aug 19 Richard Stearman, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast (3 Olympic gold 2004), born in Constanța, Romania
  • Aug 24 Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player, born in Jesenice, Slovenia
  • Aug 24 Jon Scheyer, American-Israeli basketball player, born in Northbrook, Illinois
  • Aug 25 James Wesolowski, Australian footballer
  • Aug 25 Justin Upton, American baseball player
  • Aug 27 Darren McFadden, American football player
  • Aug 29 Tony Kane, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom

  • Aug 31 Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
  • Sep 7 Aleksandra Wozniak, Canadian tennis player, born in Montreal, Quebec

Person of interestAlexandre Bilodeau

Sep 8 Alexandre Bilodeau, Canadian freestyle skier (Gold in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics), born in Montreal, Quebec

Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist Alexandre Bilodeau
Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Alexandre Bilodeau
  • Sep 9 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Sep 13 Luke Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union footballer, born in County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Sep 15 Aly Cissokho, French football (soccer) player
  • Sep 16 Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player, born in Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Sep 17 Paul Huntington, English footballer
  • Sep 21 Jimmy Clausen, American football player
  • Sep 21 Courtney Paris, American basketball player
  • Sep 21 Ashley Paris, American basketball player
  • Sep 24 Matthew Connolly, English footballer (Cardiff City), born in Barnet, England
  • Oct 2 Phil Kessel, American NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 2015-16, 16-17), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Oct 2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr, American auto racer (NASCAR Nationwide Series champion 2011-12), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Oct 3 Danny Willett, British golfer (US Masters 2016), born in Sheffield, England
  • Oct 5 Kevin Mirallas, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Oct 5 Javier Villa, Spanish racing driver, born in Colunga, Spain
  • Oct 7 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Oct 11 Mike Conley, Jr., American basketball player (Memphis Grizzlies), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Oct 15 Jesse Levine, American Canadian tennis player, born in Boca Raton, Florida
  • Oct 17 Jarosław Fojut, Polish footballer
  • Oct 22 Jake Richardson, English footballer
  • Oct 24 Charlie White, American ice dancer (Oympic gold & silver 2014, silver 2010), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Oct 24 Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgian footballer, born in Likasi, Zaire (now Congo)
  • Oct 25 Darron Gibson, Irish football player (Manchester United), born in Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 25 Fabian Hambüchen, German gymnast (Olympic gold 2016, silver 2012, bronze 2008), born in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • Oct 27 Andrew Bynum, American basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers), born in Plainsboro Township, New Jersey
  • Oct 27 Yi Jianlian, Chinese basketball player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Heshan, Guangdong, China
  • Oct 28 Choi Na-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Oct 30 Junaid Siddique, Bangladeshi cricketer, born in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

  • Nov 2 Danny Cipriani, English rugby union fly-half, fullback (16 caps; Wasps, Gloucester), born in London, England

Person of interestColin Kaepernick

Nov 3 Colin Kaepernick, American NFL quarterback (protest kneel during national anthem; SF 49ers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

NFL Player and Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Activist
Colin Kaepernick
  • Nov 6 Ana Ivanović, Serbian tennis player (French Open 2008; world #1 08), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Nov 8 Sam Bradford, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2008, U of Oklahoma; NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year 2010, St. Louis Rams), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Nov 12 Jason Day, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 2015, World Number #1), born in Beaudesert, Queensland
  • Nov 15 Isaiah Osbourne, English footballer
  • Nov 17 Darren McKillion, Northern Irish sportsman
  • Nov 21 Brian Douwes, Dutch kickboxer and martial artist
  • Nov 22 Marouane Fellaini, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 23 Nicklas Backstrom, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Valbo, Sweden
  • Nov 29 Stephen O'Halloran, Irish footballer, born in Cobh, Republic of Ireland
  • Nov 30 Vasilisa Bardina, Russian tennis player
  • Dec 3 Alicia Sacramone, American gymnast (World C'ship gold 2005, 07, 10, 11), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 10 Gonzalo Higuaín, French-born Argentine footballer
  • Dec 18 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • Dec 18 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • Dec 19 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • Dec 31 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 31 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast, born in La Garenne-Colombes, France

About 1987

How Old? 32 or 33 years old
Generation: Millennial

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger (Jan 1 - Jan 28), Rabbit (Jan 29 - Dec 31)