Our weekly preview of birthdays in the footballing world takes in an Egyptian hotshot, a Portugal and Real Madrid defensive rock, an Italian midfield maestro and an American full-back.
Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster's embarrassing blunder gave 10-man West Ham a 2-1 win in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Upton Park.
Holders Manchester United have been eliminated from the League Cup following a stunning 4-0 loss at Premier League cellar-dwellers West Ham, while Arsenal are also through to the semi-finals with victory against Wigan.
Coach Bob Bradley has announced a strong squad featuring 13 South Africa 2010 squad members for USA's upcoming home internationals against Poland and Colombia.
USA touched down in Johannesburg Monday, and FIFA.com was on hand to chat with coach Bob Bradley about the weather and his team's hopes.
United States defender Jonathan Spector believes West Ham team-mate Robert Green should be England's first-choice goalkeeper.