takes a look back at some of the best-known personalities from the world of football who have celebrated major birthdays in 2010.

19.01. Predrag Mijatovic (40) enjoyed the most successful period of his playing career in Spain, scoring the winning goal for Real Madrid in the final of the 1998 UEFA Champions League. The Montenegrin forward also netted once in four games at the FIFA World Cup™ in France the same year.

03.02. Joachim Low (50) took over as head coach of Germany following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, having previously worked as assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann. During his four years in charge so far, Low has already led his country to a runners-up finish at UEFA EURO 2008 and a third place finish at South Africa 2010.

18.03. Sebastian Frey (30) has long been considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, though the Frenchman has not been a part of his country's national squad since 2008, preferring instead to concentrate on club duties with his current employers Fiorentina. The 1.89m custodian first moved to Italy in 1998 with Inter Milan and subsequently spent four seasons at Parma. 

16.04. Rafael Benitez (50) began his coaching career in his homeland Spain, taking charge of Real Valladolid in 1995. Spells at Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife and Valencia followed before his move to Liverpool in 2004. Benitez replaced Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan during the close season, leading I Nerazzurri to FIFA Club World Cup glory earlier this month before parting company with the club in the tournament's aftermath. 

08.05. Franco Baresi (50) spent his entire playing career (1977-1997) with AC Milan. The legendary Italian sweeper took part in three FIFA World Cups (1982, 1990, 1994) and was voted Footballer of the Year in his homeland in 1990. 

01.06. Alexi Lalas (40) played for the USA at two FIFA World Cups before hanging up his boots seven years ago. The former Padova defender currently works as a football analyst on American television. 

01.07. Youssef Mohamad (30) rates among the finest players ever to emerge from the Middle East. The Lebanese defender moved to the Bundesliga in 2004 and is the current captain of Cologne. Dodo, as he is affectionately known by his colleagues, had captained his country until a row with the association in 2005 spelled the end of his international career. 

18.08. Esteban Cambiasso (30) signed a ten-year deal with Inter Milan in 2004 and was a key component in the side’s unprecedented treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League last season. The defensive midfielder is among Argentina's most decorated players, adding the FIFA Club World Cup to his list of honours in December. 

24.09. John Arne Riise (30) enjoyed his most successful years with Liverpool, helping the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005. Since a move to Roma two years ago, the left-back with the thunderous shot has become a regular in Claudio Ranieri's side. 

23./30.10. Pele (70) and Diego Maradona (50) were probably the two most famous stars to celebrate milestone birthdays in 2010. Pele took part in four FIFA World Cups and spent 18 years with homeland club Santos before rounding off his career with two years at New York Cosmos of the USA. Former Argentina coach and 1986 world champion Maradona is still considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. The legendary No10 stood down from his post as national boss following La Albiceleste's quarter-final exit at South Africa 2010. 

25.11. Aaron Mokoena (30) captained South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup on home turf and was one of Bafana Bafana's stronger performers prior to their group stage exit. The central defender has plied his trade in England since 2005, leaving Blackburn Rovers in 2009 for Portsmouth, with whom he was relegated from the Premier League last term. 

07.12. John Terry (30) celebrated his big 'three-o' earlier this month. The England stalwart has been with Chelsea for over a decade and a regular member of the Three Lions' squad since 2003. In 2005 the centre-back was voted his country's Footballer of the Year.