The former Egypt international striker Mido, who won over 50 caps for his country, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 30.
Sixteen teams will be whittled down to eight over the next few pressure-packed days as the CAF Champions League heads into the group stage finale with much on the line.
Orlando Pirates and US Ouakam were eliminated in the preliminary stage of Africa's biggest club competition, while Egypt's Zamalek led the charge through to the Round of 32.
FIFA.com's latest statistical review features goalscoring achievements from Messrs Aguero, Messi and Barcos, another defeat for the world champions, and falling records at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
After a three-month suspension, the Egyptian Premier League is set to make its return with Zamalek currently at the top of the table, Al Ahly pressuring in fifth, and Al Ittihad struggling at the bottom.
FIFA.com looks ahead to the some of the big-name birthdays in the football world in our regular Sunday feature, including the likes of legendary players Dennis Law and Ronnie Hellstrom.