In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Former German international turned top coach Felix Magath turns 56 today. After steering Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title last season, Magath moved to Schalke for a fresh challenge. Inter Milan's FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 winner Maicon (28) and Mexican international Pavel Pardo (33) also celebrate their birthdays on Sunday.
The eccentric Jose Luis Chilavert, who represented Paraguay at two FIFA World Cups™ before calling time on his career in 2004, turns 44. Sidney Govou (30), who represented France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and former German international Hansi Muller (52), will also be blowing out the candles on Monday.
Manchester United and England defensive midfield Michael Carrick will be 28 on 28 July. Carrick was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2006 and has since gone on to become a lynchpin of the team. Spain's UEFA EURO 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones (71) is a few years older than Carrick, and after leaving Fenerbahce, he will have plenty of time on Tuesday to celebrate his birthday with his family.
Andy Reid has 26 Republic of Ireland caps to his name and is currently part of the squad looking to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The midfielder joined Sunderland a year ago, and will be marking the occasion of his 27th birthday with his team-mates as they prepare for the new Premier League season.
The legendary Jurgen Klinsmann turns 45 this Thursday. In addition to enjoying much success as a player, Klinsmann has more recently coached both the German national team and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich.
USA international Michael Bradley, son of coach Bob Bradley, turns 22. The midfielder, who plies his trade in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, was one of the standouts at the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009, but suspension meant that he missed out on the final against Brazil. Costa Rican fan favourite Paulo Wanchope (33) will also be celebrating his birthday on Friday. Wanchope played in two FIFA World Cups before hanging up his boots in November 2007.
1 August will see an illustrious threesome celebrating as well. Former Dutch captain Danny Blind will be 48, Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu will be 33 and Bayern Munich talent Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is part of an exciting new generation of German players, turns 25.