With the 2014 World Cup less than a year away, this month's Confederations Cup will serve as an appetizer for the world's grandest competition.
The Confederations Cup, which begins Saturday, takes place in Brazil, also the host of next summer's World Cup.
The tournament pits the 2010 World Cup champion (Spain), the host (Brazil) and the six winners of their respective continental cups (Japan, Uruguay, Mexico, Tahiti, Nigeria and Italy, who finished runner-up to Spain) against each other in a star-studded event.
So what should one expect from this competition?
Here are five bold predictions for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.