As Brazilian sides take their Christmas holidays, we are offered a brief pause in the relentless flow of transfer activity in which to reflect on the season just passed.
Fluminense emerged as convincing league champions with three weeks to spare, in a show of dominance that is rarely seen in the Brasileirao. The Tricolor Carioca were, indeed, an awesome force that swept aside all before them.
Sao Paulo, Gremio and Atletico Mineiro, in particular, all also showed their impressive qualities for long periods of the season, but were unable to sustain their challenges. They did, though, offer individuals who can be very proud of their efforts this campaign.
So, let's take a look at who could form a Best XI for the Brazilian championship 2012.