In July 2011, Santos were crowned Copa Libertadores champions with a convincing victory over Peñarol, marking the rise of a team believed to be capable of dominating football on the continent.
Among that victorious squad were three of the most revered young players in the South American game, all of whom were pledging their immediate future to the club.
The future looked bright and, admittedly, they could well have defended their title in 2012 but for a semi-final clash with a brilliantly organised Corinthians side.
Following failure on the Libertadores stage, Santos knew they would have to finish in the league's top four sides to qualify for the tournament once more in 2013.
They failed miserably in their task, eventually finishing eighth.
It won't be easy, but what can the Peixe do to ensure they return to the top of the Brazilian game next season?