In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com brings you the names of some of the best-known figures on planet football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Theofanis Gekas (30) was top scorer in the European qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, and the Greek striker will be looking to keep up the good work at the tournament itself in a few weeks' time. Next season, he will be plying his trade at club level in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Former Celtic legend Pat Bonner (50), who was in goal for the Republic of Ireland at the FIFA World Cups in 1990 and 1994, is celebrating his half-century on Monday.
Daniel Passarella (57) is a member of the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers of all time. He was part of the Argentina team which won the FIFA World Cup on home soil in 1978, and he will no doubt be wishing current Albiceleste coach Diego Maradona all the best at South Africa 2010.
Like Passarella, Luca Toni (33) will be forced to watch the FIFA World Cup from his living room after coach Marcello Lippi decided not to select the attacker as part of the Italy squad. Though he is still under contract with Bayern Munich, he played the second half of last season for Roma and is on the lookout for a new club.
Paul Gascoigne (43) won both the Scottish league and cup with perennial powerhouses Rangers, while in an England jersey his greatest success came at Italy 1990, where he helped his team through to the semi-finals. 'Gazza' retired from professional football a number of years ago and but has since struggled to come to terms with life away from the game.
Hans-Jorg Butt (36) is looking forward to his second FIFA World Cup finals next month after travelling with the Germany squad to Korea/Japan 2002. The Bayern Munich keeper recently took over from the injured Rene Adler for his country and will be hoping to keep the No1 jersey once the tournament starts.
Andrei Arshavin (29) just missed out on qualifying for the FIFA World Cup after Russia lost in a play-off to Slovenia, meaning that the Arsenal attacker will join a whole host of stars watching the tournament from the sidelines.