In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays during the coming week.
16. Ebrahim Mirzapour (34) helped Iran reach the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, where he shone between the posts as his country's last line of defence. He also played his part as Iran finished third at the 2004 AFC Asian Cup and took gold at the 2002 Asian Games, before tasting triumph in the 2008 West Asian Football Federation Championship. Mirzapour first made a name for himself as a goalkeeper with Foolad, where he won the Iranian championship. He then took in brief spells with Esteghlal and Estil Azin ahead of a move to Saipa Karaj, and he currently wears the gloves for Shahrdari Tabriz.
17. Mirdjalal Kasimov (42) is one of the most celebrated names in the history of Uzbek football. Before his nation gained independence, he helped the USSR experience success at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Canada 1987 and clinched silverware again at the UEFA European U-18 Championship the following year. His next international tournament outings came in the colours of Uzbekistan as he featured in two editions of the Asian Cup – Lebanon 2000 and China 2004 – though he and his team-mates were never able to qualify for a FIFA World Cup finals. In the club game, Kasimov claimed three league crowns and four Uzbek Cups with Pakhtakor Tashkent, in addition to a Russian league title and two runners-up finishes during a stint with Alania Vladikavkaz. He was singled out for individual honours too, being voted Uzbek Player of the Year on three separate occasions before hanging up his boots at the end of the Germany 2006 qualifying campaign. Kasimov was appointed coach of Bunyodkor and his national team a year after retiring and now hopes to lead his team to the promised land of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
18. Peter Shilton (63) remains an iconic figure to football fans across the globe, having kept goal for England at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups, finishing fourth in the latter edition. He also represented his country at the UEFA European Championship in 1980 and 1988, while in the club sphere he collected a long list of medals despite never turning out for one of England's traditional heavyweights. Shilton won a second division title and the Charity Shield with Leicester City, and then snared another Charity Shield at Nottingham Forest, where he more memorably also won two European Cups, the UEFA Super Cup, a league title and an English League Cup. After spells with Stoke City, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City and West Ham United, he passed the milestone of 1,000 league matches during his short stay at Leyton Orient, eventually retiring with 1,005 appearances under his belt – a record that stands to this day. He was 47 when he finally called time on his glittering career, having enjoyed tremendous longevity in the game.
19. Sonny Anderson (42) was granted only a limited taste of major tournament football with Brazil, participating in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup after run-outs in the FIFA U-17 and U-20 World Cups, but that did not stop him hitting the heights wherever he plied his trade. The forward won a Brazilian title with Vasco da Gama before setting sail for Europe and sealing championship wins with Swiss side Servette and Monaco. He then added two Liga crowns and a Copa del Rey with Barcelona, not to mention a UEFA Super Cup, subsequently returning to France to amass two more league titles, a Trophee des Champions win and a French League Cup. Anderson was not done there either, picking up a UEFA Intertoto Cup while at Villarreal, and he saw out the twilight of his career in Qatar with Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa. Always prolific, he topped the scoring charts in Switzerland and finished leading marksman in France three times.
20. Richard Witschge (43) contested the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy and UEFA EURO 96 with the Netherlands. A midfielder, he started out with Ajax, where he lifted two Dutch Cups and a Cup Winners' Cup, catching the eye of Barcelona and going on to claim a pair of Liga titles, the European Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his time at the Camp Nou. From there, he returned to Ajax and collected two more Eredivisie crowns, later adding a Dutch Super Cup in a third spell with the Amsterdam giants. Witschge ended his career representing Oita Trinita in Japan.
21. Tab Ramos (46) graced many of the most illustrious tournaments the game has to offer, with the FIFA World Cup top of the list after he represented USA at Italy 1990, USA 1994 and France 1998. He also disputed the inaugural edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia 1992, before which he displayed his burgeoning talents at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Mexico 1983, the 1988 Men's Olympic Football Tournament and the FIFA Futsal World Cup Netherlands 1989. As if that were not enough, the midfielder also participated in two CONCACAF Gold Cups, while in the professional realm he turned out for Stateside outfits Miami Sharks and MetroStars along with a spell in Spain with Real Betis.
22. Emmanuel Petit (42) made history with France as Les Bleus enjoyed a golden age, becoming world champions on home soil at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and adding continental success at EURO 2000. Petit was also involved in their disappointing 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign, having first expressed himself on the global stage at the 1987 FIFA U-17 World Cup. With Monaco, the blond-haired midfielder clinched a Ligue 1 title and the French Cup, earning a move to Arsenal where he won the Premier League, FA Cup and two Charity Shields. His subsequent switch to Barcelona proved less than fulfilling and Petit returned to England to see out his playing days with Chelsea.