The road to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup has officially begun, as 207 nations will compete across 816 matches to become one of 31 countries to join hosts Brazil for what could be the greatest World Cup of all time.
Never in the history of football will so many great players, at the very peak of their powers, have been brought together.
Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of all time, will be just 27 when the World Cup rolls around in 2014. Cristiano Ronaldo will be 29, Wayne Rooney will be 28, Mesut Ozil will be 25 and Brazil's great hope, Neymar, will be just 22—not to mention many, many more.
Brazil will be an extraordinary experience for not just the players, but for the millions of fans who will attend the competition and watch at home—the very life-blood of the sport.
Here we look at 10 things to expect and look forward to at Brazil 2014.