Many happy returns

In the first instalment of what will be a regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com brings you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.

3 May: Former Germany international Bernd Forster will be 53 years old on Sunday. A UEFA European Championship winner with West Germany in 1980, Forster was also part of the national squad beaten by Italy in the Final of 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™. Also celebrating their big day will be Napoli's rampaging Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi (24) and ex-England head coach Steve McClaren (48).

4 May: Monday's birthday boy has earned hero status with both Spain and club side Arsenal, where since his arrival in 2003 he has grown into one of the world's most talented midfielders. It is hard to believe that Barcelona youth product Cesc Fabregas is set to turn just 22, particularly given career highlights which include reaching the Round of 16 at Germany 2006 with La Roja before going all the way to victory at UEFA EURO 2008.

5 May: One of Sweden's finest footballers of the last half century, Bo Larsson is turning 65. In a glittering career which took in appearances at three FIFA World Cups (1970, 1974, 1978), the striker notched 17 goals in 70 appearances for the Swedish national team. Liverpool's Israeli international Yossi Benayoun will also be celebrating his 29th birthday.

6 May: Barcelona wing-back Daniel Alves (26) has certainly had a year to remember, but victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night and a place in this season's UEFA Champions League final would surely be the best birthday present imaginable for the former Sevilla flyer.

7 May: Though the name Harry Williams may not mean a lot to today's football fans, the former Australian international was a member of the first Socceroos squad to take part in a FIFA World Cup finals at Germany 1974. Williams now resides in Canberra, where he will be celebrating his 58th birthday with his family.

8 May: This Friday sees a whole host of stars celebrating their big day. Former Italy sweeper Franco Baresi turns 49, while England's FIFA World Cup-winning centre-back Jack Charlton celebrates his 74th birthday. Two Brazilian stars, past and present, will also be looking forward to receiving birthday wishes from around the world with defender Lucio and legendary goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel turning 31 and 43 respectively.

9 May: Currently involved in one of the most exciting Bundesliga title races in years, Bayern Munich's newly appointed caretaker coach, the vastly experienced Jupp Heynckes, would be delighted with a victory at Energie Cottbus as a 64th birthday present. A FIFA World Cup winner in 1974 during his playing days, Heynckes' biggest success in the dugout to date was guiding Real Madrid to UEFA Champions League glory in 1997/98.