It's time for a new crop of young stars to make headlines and burst onto the world football scene in 2012-13.
Starting with the Olympics, youth will be given its chance to shine on the world stage.
The under-23 tournament will provide a perfect platform for up-and-comers to showcase their talents and cement their places among the world's elite.
Fast-forward to mid-August, and the commencement of domestic leagues should also see an abundance of youngsters making bows for their respective clubs.
With that in mind, here are a few of the newbies being touted as potential superstars for the upcoming season.