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.
27. Carlos Alberto Parreira (68) has coached at no fewer than six FIFA World Cups™. Having been in charge of Kuwait in 1982 and the United Arab Emirates’ campaign eight years later, his finest hour came with homeland Brazil, who triumphed at the 1994 edition in the USA. After leading Saudi Arabia to France 1998, Parreira was unable to emulate the success of 12 years earlier as his Brazil squad went out at the quarter-final stage of Germany 2006. His most recent appearance at the tournament was at the helm of host nation South Africa in 2010.
28. Diego (26) is undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers currently playing in Europe. The Wolfsburg playmaker left Juventus in summer 2010 in favour of a move back to the Bundesliga, having previously spent three years in Germany with Werder Bremen. Diego is a regular member of Mano Menezes’ Brazilian national squad.
01. Carlos Queiroz (58) led Portugal to South Africa 2010 but was dismissed after A Selecção das Quinas followed up their Round of 16 exit with a shaky start to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. Prior to his most recent stint as national coach, Queiroz was in the hot seat at Real Madrid and assistant coach at Manchester United. He is currently in discussions to take over as coach of the Iranian national team.
02. Kevin Kuranyi (29) was born in Brazil but chose to represent Germany, the country where he grew up, and won the last of his 52 caps back in October 2008. The towering striker is currently preparing for the start of the Russian season with club side Dynamo Moscow.
03. Zbigniew Boniek (55) is arguably the greatest Polish player of all time. The former world-class front-man scored six goals spanning three FIFA World Cups and was voted Polish Footballer of the Year in both 1978 and 1982. After making his name with homeland club Widzew Lodz, Boniek enjoyed further success with Serie A clubs Juventus and Roma.
04. Pierluigi Casiraghi (42) was one of Italy’s leading strikers in his prime and part of the Azzurri squad which reached the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final, ultimately losing out on penalties to Brazil. At club level, Casiraghi played for Juventus, Lazio and later Premier League side Chelsea.
05. Gerald Vanenburg (47) was part of the Netherlands squad which won the 1988 UEFA European Championship in Germany, also appearing for the Oranje two years later at Italy 1990. Vanenburg began his career with Ajax before a 1986 move to rivals PSV Eindhoven, where the midfielder spent seven years and won the 1988 European Cup before winding down his career with spells in Japan, the Netherlands, France and Germany.