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.
09. Claudio Caniggia (44) represented Argentina at three FIFA World Cups™, helping his team to the Final at the 1990 edition in Italy. At club level, the globe-trotting wide player appeared in his home country, Italy, Portugal, Scotland and finally Qatar. One of the game’s more flamboyant hairstyles finally disappeared from the footballing stage in June 2006.
10. Marouane Chamakh (27) switched to Arsenal in the summer of 2010, and the Morocco star has had an excellent debut season in the Premier League so far. The striker was previously with Bordeaux, who he joined in 2002 and helped to the Ligue 1 title in 2009.
11. Bryan Robson (54) plied his trade at three FIFA World Cups from 1982 to 1990, and captained England for a long spell during that time. The former hard-running midfielder took the Thai national helm in September 2009, but was unable to lead his team to the AFC Asian Cup 2011.
12. Ottmar Hitzfeld (62) rates as indisputably one of the best coaches in world football. A qualified maths teacher, the 'General' has won a vast array of silverware as a coach, including the UEFA Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup and the German Bundesliga, and took charge of Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, although that adventure was to end in a group stage exit.
13. Tomas Rincon (23) joined Bundesliga outfit Hamburg in 2009 and is under contract at the north German club until June 2014. The player now has some 30 caps for Venezuela and rates as a lynchpin of the current team.
14. Victor Valdes (29) is one of the most successful goalkeepers in the world. He turned professional for Barcelona in 2002 after spending a long spell in the club’s youth section. He collected the greatest honour of his career so far at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a member of the Spain squad which claimed the famous trophy in South Africa.
15. Rene Adler (26), Germany’s No2 goalkeeper, will be glad to have put 2010 behind him. He entered the year of the FIFA World Cup as first-choice for his country, but a serious injury while playing for Bayer Leverkusen a few weeks before the tournament forced him to withdraw, and he promptly lost his place to Manuel Neuer. Adler will aim to bounce back strongly in 2011.