The ninth edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup gets underway on Saturday with hosts, and defending champions, Brazil kicking off the tournament against Asian champions Japan.
A prelude to next summer's World Cup finals, it provides an opportunity for the South American nation to show that the infrastructure is ready. For football supporters across the globe, it acts as something of a precursor as to what we can expect from certain teams next year—assuming of course they are all present and accounted for.
With the likes of continental powerhouses Brazil, Spain, Italy, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico and Uruguay all involved—not forgetting the 1500-1 underdogs Tahiti—the tournament promises much in the way of good football.
Therefore, with all that in mind, here is an attempt at predicting the future. The tournament may not have begun, but let us see if we can pick a Confederations Cup "Best XI" before the action gets underway.