In this week's birthday round-up we look back at the careers of three FIFA World Cup™ veterans in Jens Lehmann, Around Kone and Benni McCarthy, as well as a FIFA Club World Cup stalwart in Alex Feneridis.
Benni McCarthy, South Africa's all-time leading marksman, has hung up his boots and expressed his satisfaction over a noteworthy career.
Pretoria University continued a better-than-expected start to the South African Premiership season, winning 2-1 at Bloemfontein Celtic while Orlando Pirates did them a favour by losing to strugglers AmaZulu.
South Africa coach Gordon Igesund has pledged to install a new attacking style and utilise "African flair" as his side prepare to face Brazil in Sao Paulo on Friday.
Winners of the last two South African crowns, Orlando Pirates remain the prime target for other ambitious clubs like Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. FIFA.com previews the upcoming top flight campaign in the Rainbow Nation.
Benni McCarthy's two goals were the difference as Pirates won the South African title again, while in Morocco it will be one match for all the spoils on the league's final weekend.