In our regular Sunday feature, presents you with some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.

30 Steven Gerrard (30) is hoping England can live up to their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. At club level, the goal-getting midfielder captains Premier League powerhouse Liverpool.

31 Alfredo Torres (79) took part in the 1954 FIFA World Cup as part of the Mexico national team. Unfortunately for Torres, El Tri failed to make an impression in Switzerland, crashing out of the tournament in the first round.

01 Alexi Lalas (40) is celebrating the 'Big Four-0' this week having previously represented the USA in two FIFA World Cups (1994 and 1998). The iconic American hung up his boots seven years ago.

02 Sergio Aguero (22) will be aiming to translate his good form at club level onto the biggest stage with Argentina in South Africa. The Atletico Madrid star picked up the UEFA Europa League trophy this term with victory over Fulham in the final.

03 Luigi Di Biagio (39) enjoyed a glittering career in Italy with the likes of Roma and Inter Milan. The combative midfielder also took part at both France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002 with the Squadra Azzurri.

04 Lukas Podolski (25) was voted Best Young Player at Germany 2006, leaving illustrious names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in his wake. The Cologne striker will be doing his utmost to repeat that success at South Africa 2010.

05 Zvjezdan Misimovic (28) just missed out on a place in South Africa after Bosnia-Herzegovina were defeated by Portugal at the play-off stage. At club level, the creative midfielder's finest hour to date came in the 2008/09 season as Wolfsburg won their maiden Bundesliga title.