We take a look at the week's upcoming birthdays, with a Barça legend, a talismanic French midfielder, a mercurial Danish forward and a Japanese stalwart all celebrating this week.
FIFA.com looks at the success of Japanese players in the Bundesliga, with nine currently plying their trade at the top level of German football.
In its matchday preview, FIFA.com highlights the battle between Mario Balotelli and Yuto Nagatomo, recalls Mexico’s win over Brazil at the 2005 tournament and hears from Zinha about the sides’ forthcoming clash.
When Italy face Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Japanese captain Makoto Hasebe will have one very specific task. He is the man to stop Italy schemer Andrea Pirlo, who was in imperious form in their victory over Mexico.
Early goals in each half from Neymar and Paulinho saw Brazil begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a win against Japan, with Jo completing the victory late on.
On the eve of Saturday’s opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 in Brasilia, Zico spoke to FIFA.com about a Brazil side that is still taking shape and Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan.