The 2014 World Cup is now less than 18 months away. The competition will be looming large in the minds of international managers worldwide, with the core of their squads already taking shape in their plans.
Most will look to have all but a couple of their 23-man squad clearly defined by the end of 2013, with the remaining places up for grabs for anyone who puts in a dramatic final push for a place ahead of the tournament.
Brazil, under new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, will be no different. He will need to work more quickly than most to define the players he can rely on, but he will hope to have at least a settled unit by the end of the year.
There is still, though, plenty of opportunity for an unheralded player to push their claims ahead of the tournament. One or two of those players may, indeed, earn their place.
Let's take a look at the top five emerging home-based players who could break into Scolari's Brazil squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup.