As is our Sunday tradition FIFA.com looks ahead to a week of birthdays across the globe including London 2012 gold medallist Lauren Cheney, Peru great Claudio Pizarro and Argentina FIFA World Cup™ winner Jorge Valdano.
With a cast of familiar, if aging, faces still leading the way, Egypt's Al Ahly are in transition as their campaign to win their fifth African Champions League continues at the weekend.
From the top creator through the hardest worker to the best dribbler, FIFA.com looks at the players topping South Africa 2009's statistical categories.
Hassan Shehata, Maicon, Mohamed Shawky and Tim Howard all feature in FIFA.com and Castrol Insights' statistical review of Matchday 4.
FIFA.com looks into Iraq's profligate passing, Spain's preference for the left flank, and the quantity and quality of goals at South Africa 2009.
African champions Egypt stormed back to snatch a 2-2 draw with Ghana in a high-profile Cairo friendly ahead of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.