In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
11 Sami Al Jaber (39) experienced plenty of highs during his time in the Saudi Arabia side, participating in four FIFA World Cups™ and scoring in three of them. He turned out for the Sons of the Desert during their maiden appearance at the global showcase in 1994 and returned for France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, the last time the Saudis qualified for the finals. Al Jaber also took part in three FIFA Confederations Cups and helped his country win the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, before losing out to Japan in the final four years later. The striker remains a legendary figure at Saudi club Al Hilal, with whom he collected a vast array of national and continental titles during almost 20 years of service.
12 Daniel Agger (27) possesses not only a fine palette of skills as a centre-back but an eye for goal and technique that would make many forwards envious. He fulfilled a childhood dream by featuring for Denmark at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, and though his side were sent home after the group stage, he will be looking to make up for that disappointment at UEFA EURO 2012, having been a key figure during qualifying. In the club realm, Agger began his career at Brondby and won both the Danish league and cup before signing for Liverpool in 2006. He has lifted the League Cup and FA Community Shield while at Anfield and also reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2007, only to finish on the losing side to AC Milan in a memorable match.
13 Ricardo Gomes (47) represented Brazil at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he and his team-mates succumbed to Argentina in the last 16 after making a positive impression at the group stage. A centre-back in his playing days, he started out with Fluminense and crossed the Atlantic to turn out for Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain. After retirement, he switched his focus to coaching and first learned the ropes at PSG, ahead of spells with Bordeaux and Monaco and a return to Brazil, where he oversaw Sao Paolo before taking the reins at current club Vaso da Gama.
14 Jean-Alain Boumsong (32) played a role in France’s triumph at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, having also represented Les Bleus in two UEFA European Championships. The defender has experienced plenty of success in the professional sphere too, claiming the French Cup with Auxerre and the Scottish league title with Rangers, then helping Juventus finish top of Serie B after a stint at Newcastle. Boumsong left Turin for Lyon, where he won the French title and another French Cup before packing his bags for Panathinaikos last year.
15 Roman Pavlyuchenko (30) forged himself a reputation as one of the deadliest forwards in Europe thanks to his exploits for Russia at EURO 2008, where he was selected in the official team of the tournament. He took his first steps in the game with Dynamo Stavropol and subsequently turned out for Rotor Volgograd and Spartak Moscow, winning the Russian Cup and finishing top scorer in the league with the latter club. His performances at EURO 2008 then earned him a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, and having reached the 2009 League Cup showpiece he hopes to do even better this season.
16 Stanislav Sestak (29) earned a place in Slovakian football history by helping his national side reach the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he took part in all three group matches as Slovakia’s first ever finals appearance ended in the first knockout round against eventual finalists the Netherlands. The forward began his career with the likes of Slovan Bratislava and Zilina and made German club Bochum his first port of call further afield, later opting to showcase his abilities in Turkey, where he now represents Bursaspor.
17 Tim Wiese (30) came on to the scene at the tender age of just 19, when, having graduated from Bayer Leverkusen's youth set-up he began his career in the German third division at Fortuna Cologne. He made his Bundesliga debut at just 21 with Kaiserslautern before making a move to Werder Bremen in 2005. Despite early injury troubles he helped them to a runners-up finish in the Bundesliga in his first season, earning a place in the Germany squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup acting as third choice goalkeeper behind veterans Jens Lehmann and Oliver Kahn. He went on to help Bremen to another second place finish in the 2007/08 before a year later saving three penalties in the DFB Pokal semi-final on the way to lifting the cup.