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One thing Fluminense do not lack is high-profile players, and it has been these players who have generally come up trumps for the Laranjeiras outfit when most required. However, what Fluminense have done well is foster a strong team spirit throughout the squad, rather than solely rely on these individuals.
Leading the way for the champions has been striker Fred, formerly of Ligue 1 side Lyon. Second in the scoring charts last season, Fred went one better this time around—breaking the 20-goal mark once more and set to finish as the league's top scorer.
Assisting him from midfield is the wonderfully talented Deco. After a slow start following his return from Chelsea, the 35-year-old has enjoyed a marvelous season in 2012 and is charged with supplying the ammunition for Fred to fire. Should he fail, Fluminense can also call upon former Hamburg midfielder Thiago Neves as backup.
Although not strictly a star in terms of commercial value, it also feels right to pay homage to goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, formerly of Liverpool, at this point. The best keeper in the league this campaign, Cavalieri has, at times, single-handedly won vital points for his team with an outrageous number of crucial saves.