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.


13 FIFA World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro celebrates his 36th birthday on Sunday. The Italy captain's proudest moment came in 2006, when he hoisted the greatest trophy in world football into the Berlin night sky. As of this season, the rock-solid defender plays his club football for Juventus.

14 Candles and cake this Monday for one of the true legends of the German game. During his playing days, Gunter Netzer (65) starred for Borussia Monchengladbach, Real Madrid and Grasshoppers Zurich. Nowadays, the former midfielder passes on his wisdom as a TV summariser. Stepping back a generation or two, former Bundesliga dynamo and Nigeria international Sunday Oliseh will be 35 today.

15 Top-class strike pair Eidur Gudjohnsen and Marko Pantelic both celebrate their 31st birthdays on Tuesday. Gudjohnsen has switched to AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1, seeking regular football after a spell on the bench at Barcelona. Bundesliga side Hertha BSC Berlin were unable to retain the services of Serbian marksman Pantelic for the new season, and he is now going for Eredivisie goals in Amsterdam with Ajax.

16 Chilean veteran Manuel Pellegrini, who is 56 today, knows full well that the job of Real Madrid head coach brings unending pressure and ceaseless media attention. However, why worry when your team includes superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka?

17 Thursday's best-known birthday boy hails from Cote d'Ivoire. Bakari Koné (28) earns his wages with Olympique Marseille and is poised to book a trip to next year's FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa with his national team.

18 Two English footballing legends will be tearing off the gift wrapping this Friday. Sol Campbell (35) is a veteran of three FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euros. Meanwhile, at 59, Peter Shilton rates as an elder statesman of the English game nowadays. Just like Campbell, Shilton also appeared in the greatest footballing show on earth three times, with his career highlight being England's progress to the last four in 1990.

19 Another famous English keeper celebrates a birthday on Saturday: David Seaman will be 46. The former Arsenal shot-stopper made his last Premier League appearance in December 2003. Finally, best wishes from and all our users to Antoine Hey. The former Bundesliga pro and current Kenya coach will be 39.