In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Yaya Toure (29) has become a worldwide phenomenon wearing the colours of his native Côte d’Ivoire, Spanish giants Barcelona and current club Manchester City. His strength and speed on the ball won him the 2011 African Footballer of the Year award. The midfielder, who can switch from defensive to offensive positions in the blink of an eye, reached the CAF Africa Cup of Nations final in both 2006 and 2012, losing penalty shoot-outs to Egypt and Zambia respectively. With the Elephants, he also participated at the FIFA World Cups Germany 2006™ and South Africa 2010™. Having started his career with ASEC Mimosas and played for various minor European sides, his talent was finally recognised by Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona in 2007. In Catalonia, Toure lifted La Liga titles in 2009 and 2010, and won the Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, all in 2009. His time at the Camp Nou came to an end when he signed for Manchester City in 2010, winning the FA Cup in his first season. Toure is hoping to clinch the Premier League on his birthday, needing to beat Queens Park Rangers to secure the title.
Carlos Tenorio (33) took part in Ecuador’s landmark first participation at a FIFA World Cup, at Korea/Japan 2002, and then again at Germany 2006 where La Tri reached the Round of 16, with Tenorio scoring twice in the group stage. The striker also represented his country at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2002 and the Copa America 2007. Rising to prominence with LDU Quito, he signed for Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr where he would be top scorer of the 2003 Saudi Premier League with 15 goals. The forward next moved to Al Sadd in Qatar, winning three Qatari Leagues, two Emir of Qatar Cups, three Crown Prince Cups and a Sheikh Jassem Cup as well as finishing as top goalscorer of the Qatari League in 2006 with 21 goals. Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates was next for the South American, where he stayed for two years before completing a transfer to Brazilian side Vasco da Gama in 2012.
Patrice Evra (31) has known nothing but success with Manchester United since his 2006 transfer from Monaco. In five-and-a-half seasons at the club, the Frenchman has lifted four league titles, three League Cups, four Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. The left-back's international career has seen him take part at UEFA EURO 2008 and at the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010, with France failing to progress from the group stage in both tournaments. Before his move to England, the defender had lifted the Coupe de la Ligue with Monaco after starting a successful career with Nice.
Anja Mittag (27) is one of women's football’s biggest names, having lifted an impressive number of titles with her native Germany. She finished third at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002, before winning the same competition two years later in Thailand. With the full German side, Mittag has lifted the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 and the UEFA Women’s EURO in 2005 and 2009, and won the bronze medal at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008. The striker finished as top scorer of the UEFA European Women’s U-19 Championship 2004 with six goals. Rising through the ranks of FC Erzgebirge, Mittag joined Turbine Potsdam, where she would spend a number of years before leaving for Swedish side Malmo early this season.
Mohamed Saqr (31) has led from the back for Qatari side Al Sadd for nearly a decade now, lifting the AFC Champions League in 2011 and finishing third at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan later the same year. On the domestic front, he has won the Qatar Stars League in 2004, 2006 and 2008, the Emir of Qatar Cup twice, the Qatar Crown Prince Cup three times and the Sheikh Jassem Cup once. The goalkeeper also won the Gulf Cup of Nations with the Qatari national side in 2004.
Mahamadou Diarra (31) has turned out for a number of clubs in Europe in a trophy-laden career that started with Greek side OFI Crete and then Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands. A move to Lyon brought him success in the form of four consecutive Ligue 1 and Trophee des Champions doubles. Diarra then decided to sign for Real Madrid, where he would lift two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and a Spanish Supercup. After a golden spell with Los Merengues, he completed a transfer to Fulham, with a short spell with Monaco in between. With Mali, the midfielder has participated in four editions of the Africa Cup of Nations as well as the FIFA U-17 World Championship Egypt 1997 and the FIFA World Youth Championship Nigeria 1999, where the Malians finished third.
Andrea Pirlo (33) will be celebrating his birthday on the back of winning Serie A with Juventus and will be hoping to win the Coppa Italia against Napoli the next day. Pirlo lifted the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 and participated in Italy’s disastrous campaign at South Africa 2010, not forgetting appearances at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 and UEFA EURO 2004 and 2008. With the Olympic side, the playmaker earned a bronze medal at the Men’s Football Tournament Athens 2004 after turning out four years earlier at Sydney 2000. He also lifted the UEFA European U-21 Championship in 2000, being awarded the Golden Player to boot. After making his name at Brescia, the classy midfielder, who is also a set-piece specialist, joined Inter Milan and then Reggina before signing for AC Milan. In north-west Italy, Pirlo lifted two Scudettos, one Coppa Italia, an Italian Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League twice and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2007 before leaving for Turin at the start of this season.