In our 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.
Nicolas Anelka (31) has had the honour of playing for plenty of Europe's top clubs, including Paris-Saint Germain, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Fenerbahce and Bolton Wanderers. In January 2008, the French international added another to the list and since then he has regularly been on the goal trail for Chelsea.
Another who has scored goals for the London outfit is Finnish international Mikael Forssell (29). He also wore a different blue jersey in the Premier League, that of Birmingham City, before moving to Hanover of the German Bundesliga in summer 2008. However, since then a starting berth has proved somewhat elusive.
Pal Dardai (34) was footballer of the year in 2006 in his native Hungary. The defensive midfielder has been plying his trade for Hertha Berlin since 1996 and made his international debut in 1998. He was still very much part of the Hungary squad for the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, though the Magyars fell short of clinching a place in South Africa.
Edin Dzeko (24) was a member of the Wolfsburg team which shocked Germany by winning the Bundesliga last season. The Bosnian is considered among the world's best young attacking talents and was named footballer of the year in his home country in 2009. He is another player, however, who will be kicking his heels this summer as he watches the FIFA World Cup finals on TV.
Though Sebastien Frey (30) is widely regarded as one of the best keepers in Europe, he is out of favour with French coach Raymond Domenech, though this at least has enabled him to focus on his career with Fiorentina. Frey has made Italy his adopted home since 1998 and also had a spell with Inter Milan.
Alessandro Nesta (34) has only played for two clubs in his entire career. From 1993 to 2002 the central defender plied his trade for Lazio, before a summer switch to AC Milan. Four years later, he was part of the Italy squad that triumphed at Germany 2006.
Fernando Torres (26) is widely considered as one of the world's finest strikers. The Spaniard has a winners medal from UEFA EURO 2008, even scoring the crucial goal for La Roja against Germany in the final. After seven years with Atletico Madrid, he chose to sign a long-term contract with Premier League outfit Liverpool.