Happy Birthday to you!

In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.

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Dominic Adiyiah (20) emerged as the star of the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup, ending the thrilling tournament with the trophy in his hands. The striker contributed a hugely impressive eight goals in seven games as Ghana marched to the title. Adiyiah also converted from the spot in the dramatic penalty shoot-out that settled the final against Brazil.

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Abel Xavier (37) appeared at FIFA World Cup finals tournaments on three occasions. After featuring for Portugal at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1989, he graduated to the FIFA U-20 World Cup two years later and came away with a silver medal. Da Silva Costa Xavier Abel Luis, to give him his full name, then made his sole FIFA World Cup™ appearance as a full international at the 2002 finals in Korea/Japan.

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Javier Aguirre (51) has just coached Mexico to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. The former Atletico Madrid coach, who had a previous stint in charge of his country back in 2001-2002, is now plotting the best course for his team to take when they enter the global fray next summer.

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Last summer Danijel Pranjic (28) switched from the Netherlands to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, but the left-sided player has struggled to hold down a regular berth since arriving in Bavaria. Making matters worse, the Croatia international and his team-mates came up short in their bid for a place at South Africa 2010. Despite it all, the midfielder will assuredly find time to celebrate the passing of another year on Wednesday.

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Injury forced Greece hitman Ioannis Amanatidis (28) to watch from the sidelines as his fellow countrymen overcame Ukraine in the FIFA World Cup play-offs to seal a berth at next year’s finals. However, the Eintracht Frankfurt striker is a battler and will be determined to feature when the nations gather in South Africa in June.

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Belgian goalkeeping legend Jean-Marie Pfaff will be 56 on Friday. The former Bayern goalkeeper was between the posts for his country at two FIFA World Cup finals, including the Red Devils’ fourth-place finish at Mexico 1986. He finally hung up his gloves in 1991 after a stint with Turkish side Trabzonspor.

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Marcelo Zalayeta (31) starred for Uruguay in two FIFA World Cup qualifying competitions, subsequently retiring from national-team duty after the Celeste missed out on the 2006 finals. The striker currently goes for goal in Serie A with Bologna, after signing on loan from Napoli.