In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
French coaching legend Guy Roux will be 71 on Sunday. The hugely respected boss's reign at Auxerre lasted an astonishing 44 years from 1961 to 2005, producing a host of successes and a string of future talents, including Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, and Djibril Cissé.
Iraq international Emad Mohammed celebrates his 27th birthday on Monday. The striker, who joined Sepahan in July 2007, enjoyed little good fortune with his national team both in 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying, and at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009.
Claudio Ranieri, who is 58 today, returned to the Italian footballing stage a month ago. After two years at the Juventus helm, he moved into the Roma hot seat in September and is now seeking to correct Roma's dismal start to the 2009-10 campaign.
Paul Ince (42) appeared for England at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France, and played his club football for a big-name roster including Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool. Serbia's Nemanja Vidic (28) will also be blowing out the candles on Wednesday. The centre-back plays for United in the Barclays Premier League, and his country has just sealed a berth in South Africa next summer.
Michel Salgado (34) spent a decade plying his trade for Real Madrid, before signing a one-year deal with English top flight side Blackburn Rovers last summer. Arsène Wenger, who passes a milestone with his 60th birthday today, rates as a permanent fixture in the Premier League nowadays. Arsenal's French coach took charge of the Gunners in 1996, and has a contract in North London through to 2011.
Pele, who is 69 on Friday, rates as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game. The Brazilian starred at four FIFA World Cup finals, and spent fully 18 seasons with Santos in his home country before ending his career after two years in the USA with New York Cosmos.
By contrast, Wayne Rooney (24) is still in the early years of his promising career, but has already tasted success on many fronts, including a UEFA Champions League triumph with Manchester United. In an England jersey, Rooney appeared at the UEFA Euro 2004 in Portugal, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He and his team-mates rate among the favourites for the global showdown in South Africa next summer after England's imperious progress through qualifying.