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

30. Lauren Cheney (25) will long retain fond memories of 2012 after leaving the recent Women's Olympic Football Tournament cradling a gold medal, her second after helping USA to glory at Beijing 2008 and her country's fourth Olympic triumph overall. The playmaker also finished a runner-up to Japan at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™, a year after turning professional with Boston Breakers and five years on from her first taste of international football at the Russia 2006 edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

1. Adnan Al Talyani (48) is a veritable legend of the game in the United Arab Emirates, his equaliser against Korea Republic having sealed his country's maiden FIFA World Cup™ finals place at Italy 1990. Six years later, he was a key performer as UAE advanced to the AFC Asian Cup showpiece, and he called time on his international career at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. At club level, Al Talyani won several league titles with Al Sha'ab and reached the final of the AFC Asian Cup Winners' Cup.

2. Luke Wilkshire (31) has been an important contributor to Australia's recent renaissance, epitomised by their appearances at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. The mission now for the Socceroos is to reach their third consecutive finals, and Wilkshire is again involved as they look to negotiate their qualifying campaign in the Asian Zone. The defender likewise served his country with distinction at the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar, where Australia lost the decider to Japan, and he also disputed the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2001 and the 2004 Athens Olympics. In the professional realm, he started out in England with Middlesbrough and then Bristol City, leaving to sign for Twente in the Netherlands before moving on to join Russian side Dynamo Moscow.

3. Claudio Pizarro (34) is rightly considered one of the greatest players in Peruvian history and his country's finest ambassador on the European stage. His major tournament experience may be limited to a trio of Copa America campaigns, but he has still managed to display his gifts on a regular basis, first making a name for himself while at German side Werder Bremen. From there, he joined Bayern Munich and helped the club claim three league crowns and three German Cups, in addition to two League Cup victories. Short stays with Chelsea and Bremen followed before he returned to Bayern, where he recently won the German Super Cup and set a new benchmark for Bundesliga appearances by a foreign player.

4. Jorge Valdano (57) experienced perhaps his finest hour in the Final of the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico, when his goal helped Argentina edge West Germany 3-2 to win football's ultimate prize. It was his second taste of the tournament after Spain 1982, the flamboyant forward having begun his career at Newell's Old Boys, where he clinched an Argentinian league title before packing his bags for second-tier Spanish side Deportivo Alaves. After turning heads with Real Zaragoza, he was then snapped up by Real Madrid, with whom he won two Liga crowns, a Spanish League Cup and two UEFA Cups. Valdano switched to coaching after hanging up his boots and steered Madrid to another Liga title, before moving upstairs at the capital club.

5. Mohamed Shawky (31) rose to prominence with Al Ahly and has won plaudits for his midfield displays with the Egyptian national team. He played his part in two CAF Africa Cup of Nations triumphs for the Pharaohs, in 2006 and 2008, and defended his nation's colours in style at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. In addition, he contributed to Egypt's excellent campaign at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2001, when his side secured a historic third-place finish. With Al Ahly, he has won three Egyptian league championships, two Egyptian Cups and a trio of Egyptian Super Cups, not to mention a pair of CAF Champions League wins and two CAF Super Cups. Shawky can also pride himself on two trips to the FIFA Club World Cup, helping Al Ahly take third spot in 2006. Further afield, he tried his luck in with Middlesbrough in England and Turkish outfit Kayserispor.

6. Kennet Andersson (45) was a frontline member of the Sweden side that so memorably clinched third place at the 1994 FIFA World Cup USA, weighing in with five goals to finish third in the tournament's scoring stakes. He likewise had his say as Sweden advanced through to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 1992, and brought an end to his international career in the wake of EURO 2000. In the club realm, he picked up two league titles and a Swedish Cup with Gothenburg before heading to France for stints with Lille and Caen. Italy beckoned next and he began his Serie A adventure with Bari, after which he lifted the UEFA Intertoto Cup while at Bologna. He then enjoyed UEFA Super Cup success with Lazio and later moved to Fenerbahce, where he celebrated a Turkish title win.