Happy Birthday to you!

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 next seven days.


New Belgium coach Dick Advocaat turns 62. The Dutchman recently added yet more silverware to his trophy cabinet when Zenit St. Petersburg won the UEFA Cup, and he was also at the helm during the FIFA World Cup™ campaigns of Korea Republic in 2006 and The Netherlands in 1994. Italian international Francesco Totti will be celebrating his 33rd birthday on Sunday. The Roma captain has been with the Lupi since 1992 and has a contract taking him through to 2014. He was also part of Italy's FIFA World Cup-winning team in 2006.


Saudi Arabian international Mohammed Shiliya Al-Jahani is celebrating his 35th birthday. He was part of the squad at the FIFA World Cups in France in 1998 and Korea/Japan in 2002.


German defensive stalwart Per Mertesacker will be 25 today. The Werder Bremen centre-half has become a lynchpin of the Mannschaft's back four and is hoping to help them secure their ticket for South Africa 2010 over the coming weeks. Andriy Shevchenko, who turns 33 today, has a similar goal; He and his Ukraine team-mates are currently battling with Croatia for a FIFA World Cup play-off place.


Frank Rijkaard was once part of the legendary AC Milan midfield triangle with fellow Dutchmen Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. He is now coach at Galatasaray who currently sit atop the Super Lig, a fitting gift for Rijkaard's 47th birthday.


Another birthday to celebrate in the Roma dressing room: this time it is Brazilian Julio Baptista's, who turns 28 today. George Weah meanwhile will be 43. The Liberian striker hung up his boots in 2003 after a decade of success with AC Milan in the 1990s.


Luke Wilkshire will be 28 today. The Australian international joined top Russian side Dinamo Moscow in January after plying his trade in England and The Netherlands. He and his Socceroo team-mates have already secured their ticket for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.


Two top strikers are celebrating their birthdays on Saturday. Barcelona's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who turns 28, has been a hit ever since coming to Spain and is already repaying the faith shown in him by last season's UEFA Champions League winners. Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro meanwhile will be 31. The Peruvian international began his third spell with the North German club a few weeks ago and has already been getting his name on the scoresheet.