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.
Vikash Dhorasoo (37) spent many years in the French top flight with Lyon, enjoying a long run of success with the former serial Ligue 1 champions. He was a member of the France squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, before hanging up his boots three years ago.
Hans-Peter Briegel (55) appeared at the FIFA World Cups of 1982 and 1986. The Germany defender spent his playing days with Kaiserslautern, Verona and Sampdoria. His most recent coaching job was with Turkish outfit Ankaragucu in 2007.
Jakob 'Kobi' Kuhn (67) rates as a legend of Swiss football. He spent almost two decades patrolling the midfield area for FC Zurich, before turning his hand to coaching. A FIFA World Cup participant in 1966, he guided his country’s finest to Germany 2006 and was still at the Switzerland helm for UEFA EURO 2008 on home soil.
Antonio Di Natale (33) is a classic, instinctive goal-poacher. The Italian started out at Empoli but is now in his sixth season with Udinese. He finished top scorer in Serie A last term on an impressive 29 goals. At South Africa 2010, Di Natale featured in all three of his nation's group matches, scoring in the ultimately devastating 3-2 defeat to Slovakia.
Antonios Nikopolidis (39) is by no means a youngster, but he remains one of the best goalkeepers in Greece. A winner at EURO 2004, he has stood between the sticks at Olympiacos for the last six years, and has ten league titles and nine cup triumphs to show for his 23 years in the pro game.
Didier Deschamps (42) hoisted the FIFA World Cup Trophy with France in 1998. As a player, the defensive midfielder graced a long list of big-name clubs including Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia, before making the switch to coaching in 2001. He is currently at the helm of one of his former clubs, reigning French champions OM.
Falcao (57) represented Brazil at two FIFA World Cups. He and his team-mates went for glory in 1982 in Spain and 1986 in Mexico, but he ultimately never laid hands on the world’s most prestigious prize. However, he is still a member of the FIFA 100, a roll of honour for the 125 best living players.