In the latest instalment of our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents some of the biggest names on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Emerson (34) took part at both the 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cups™ having previously arrived in Europe in 1997 with Bayer Leverkusen. The cultured midfielder quickly made a name for himself in the Bundesliga, earning a move to Italian giants Roma in 2000. Further spells with Juventus, Real Madrid and AC Milan preceded a move back to his homeland at the start of this season, where he is currently under contract with Santos.
Thomas Hitzlsperger (28) is going through a difficult phase after joining Lazio from VfB Stuttgart in the winter. The German international is struggling to find form in the Italian capital, meaning his place in the squad for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ is anything but secure. It would be former Aston Villa star's second appearance on the biggest stage after being part of the hosts' squad at Germany 2006.
Robert Kovac (36) enjoyed a highly successful career, appearing at two FIFA World Cups (2002 and 2006) with Croatia. Currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb in his homeland, the central defender previously turned out for a number of top German clubs including Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, and also enjoyed a two-year spell with Juventus.
Marco Delvecchio (37) hung up his boots two years ago after rounding off an illustrious career with Ascoli. The striker enjoyed his best form at the beginning of the decade, proving a lethal striker for Roma, as well as for Italy at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.
Igor Akinfeev (24) is considered one of the world's finest goalkeepers. Despite his tender age, the Russian has been first choice at CSKA Moscow for almost seven years and has impressed with consistently solid performances. Akinfeev has already appeared at two UEFA European Championships, where he proved that he could keep even the sharpest shooters at bay.
Robbie Fowler (35) spent the majority of this career with Premier League side Liverpool. The striker spent a total of nine years with the Reds and was part of the England squad for Korea/Japan 2002, before deciding on a move to Australia with North Queensland Fury last year.
Fernando Gago (24) has a big year ahead of him in 2010. Fighting for the title with club side Real Madrid, the attacking midfielder will also be hoping for FIFA World Cup glory with Argentina in South Africa.