Regardless of the time of year, whether it be August or March, the international break always divides opinion between football fans.
As the Serie A season races towards a nervy climax and teams up the ante to challenge for their desired goal—championship material, European qualification or relegation avoidance—it can be frustrating to put that high-octane material on ice for two weeks.
This round of international games sees qualification campaigns resume for next year's World Cup in Brazil, with a smattering of friendly games thrown in for good measure.
With the once-feared hosts languishing in 18th place in the FIFA World Rankings, countries such as Greece, Ecuador and Switzerland—all ahead of Brazil—are capitalising on those who are in times of uncertainty as to obtain an elusive qualification berth.
Surprise results comprise every qualification group, regardless of the continent. So now is the optimum time for those lesser-known players to make a name for themselves.
But which aesthetically pleasing football players from Serie A will form an integral part of their team's spine?