In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents some of the biggest names from Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
30. Dimitar Berbatov (30) was a member of the Bulgaria squad which qualified for UEFA EURO 2004, his only major international tournament to date. At domestic level, the Manchester United frontman has impressed fans and experts alike this season with his classy performances and 19 goals in 20 league games.
31. Fabio Quagliarella (28) is enjoying an excellent campaign in Italy’s Serie A. The striker, currently on loan at Juventus from Napoli, has netted nine goals in 17 matches. The Azzurri international made just one substitute appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, but did manage a late consolation goal in the group stage defeat against Slovakia.
01. Manuel Amoros (49) spent his entire club career in Ligue 1, appearing for Monaco, Marseille and Lyon. The former right-back helped France to glory at the 1984 European Championship on home turf before competing in the 1992 edition, as well as the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.
02. Valeri Karpin (42) played his club football in Russia and Spain, enjoying the most successful period of his career with La Liga outfit Celta Vigo. Karpin represented the Russian national team at two FIFA World Cups (1994 and 2002) and has been coach of homeland club Spartak Moscow since 2009.
03. Joachim Low (51) can look back on a highly successful 2010 as coach of the German national team. After leading his young and dynamic side to third place at South Africa 2010, the Nationalmannschaft supremo is now focused on qualifying for EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine.
04. Oleg Protasov (47) represented the former USSR at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups and was also part of the side which reached the final of EURO 1988 in Germany, eventually losing out to the Netherlands. The former striker has been a coach since 2003 and is currently in charge of Russian outfit FC Rostov.
05. John Aloisi (35) is considered one of the best footballers ever produced by Australia. The striker played in all four of the Socceroos’ matches at Germany 2006, where they were unfortunate to lose to eventual champions Italy in the Round of 16. Following spells in Belgium, Italy, England and Spain, Aloisi returned Down Under three and a half years ago and currently leads the line for Melbourne Heart.