Happy birthday to you!
In our regular Sunday feature, we bring you the names of some of the best-known figures on Planet Football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Sunday's birthday boys Mauro Camoranesi (33) and Tomas Rosicky (29) both rate as skilled ball-artists with bags of vision. Camoranesi has turned out for Turin giants Juventus since 2002 and is targeting success in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League this term. Czech maestro Rosicky, who plays in North London for Arsenal, has just made a comeback after months out with injury and is determined to recapture the form that made him one of the game's prize assets a few years ago.
Careca, who is 49 today, called time on his playing career a full decade ago. The Brazil striker appeared at the FIFA World Cup™ finals in 1986 and 1990, and starred for Napoli in Serie A. Trinidad and Tobago goal-getter Kenwyne Jones has missed out on the 2010 showdown in South Africa, but the Sunderland striker scored against Manchester United on Saturday to hand himself an early 25th birthday present.
Juergen Kohler, a 1990 FIFA World Cup winner with Germany, is 44 today. The robust former stopper thus has something in common with goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (37), who also celebrates his special day. The Fulham and Australia keeper is set to make the trip to South Africa next summer, as the Socceroos have already qualified for the global showdown.
In June of this year, Gilberto Silva (33) lifted the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil. He is hoping to be back in South Africa next summer for his third crack at the FIFA World Cup and will be looking to add to his winners' medal from 2002. Finland defender Sami Hyypia (36) can only dream of such a triumph, but the former Liverpool stalwart has made a superb start to the Bundesliga season with his new club Bayer Leverkusen.
Croatia talent Zvonimir Boban (41) was renowned for his stunning close control and ability to play a visionary pass to a better-placed team-mate. He plied his trade for AC Milan from 1992 to 2001, where he enjoyed the most successful spell of his career. He and his Croatia team-mates finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Jorge Burruchaga (47), a 1986 FIFA World Cup winner, marks his birthday on Friday. His second FIFA World Cup finals appearance ended in defeat to Germany in the 1990 Final. The silky midfielder spent some seven seasons in France with Nantes and is currently head coach with Arsenal FC in his home country of Argentina.
Vikash Dhorasoo is 36 on Saturday. The former France international was in the national squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, but has now hung up his boots. He enjoyed his most successful years with serial Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyon.