It's official: Brazil are back as a football power. After three years of meaningless friendlies, disappointment in their few competitive games and instability on the bench, the South American nation are showing their best form at just the right time.
Three wins out of three so far in the Confederations Cup, including an impressive 4-2 defeat of Italy, has brought confidence back to Felipe Scolari's charges. The 2002 World Cup winner can now prepare for a continental battle against 2011 Copa America winners Uruguay, with the victor guaranteed a place in the final for the World Cup warm-up tournament.
Watching with interest, however, are the Seleccion's traditional archrivals. Argentina are not present at this year's Confederations Cup, but a stunning run of form in qualifying has given them a legitimate right to claim they, and not the World Cup 2014 hosts, are the best in South America.
But which squad is truly worthy of that title? And, more importantly, which side will go into the competition in 12 months' time believing they can bring home glory? We take a closer look at Argentina and Brazil, and decide whether Felipao's or Alejandro Sabella's men are the real continental powerhouse.