Young Brazilian Football Stars the World Hasn't Heard of Yet
With the Selecao triumphing at the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, football teams are already scrambling to recruit the best talent from the Brasileirao.
With the likes of Neymar and Paulinho already signing for European clubs and others set to follow them, Brazil will now need their youngsters to step up.
A good thing then that the Brasileirao have plenty of youngsters ready to fill their seniors' shoes and earn their move abroad.
We have picked the five youngsters who are set to impress in the Brasileirao this season. Let's take a look at who are the best.
Botafogo's Doria is fast becoming one of the biggest talents of the Brasileirao and has already been earmarked as a potential Selecao star.
The 18-year-old centre-back has had a breakout season in 2012 with the Fogao, completing the season as an established regular—an impressive achievement for one so young.
Doria's physique is a huge asset for him, standing at 6'3", but he is no lumbering centre-back. His background in the Brazilian street game, futsal, means he is comfortable on the ball.
The Botafogo star has continued at the heart of the Botafogo defence in this season's Brasileirao and looks to have cemented a first-team place for the foreseeable future.
But with the club in dire straits, Doria could be one of the first players out of the door this summer as one of Botafogo's biggest assets, according to Sambafoot.
The youngster faces an uncertain future, but if he continues his impressive form for the Fogao or another club, we could see yet the makings of a top-class centre-back.
A talented attacking midfielder, Flamengo's Adryan is another youngster emerging as a potential star in the making.
He enjoyed a successful debut season in the last year's Brasileirao in a cameo role for the Rubro-Negro and looks set to continue his assault this year.
Adryan follows Brazil's tried-and-tested recipe of creative attackers, following the footsteps of Oscar and Bernard in becoming one of the Brasileirao's hottest properties.
Flamengo knew they had a stellar talent on their hands after the youngster excelled in Brazil U17's World Cup campaign in Mexico in 2011 where the Selecao reached the semifinals.
Adryan netted five goals in seven games as Brazil was knocked out by Uruguay and lost its third-place clash to Germany in a 4-3 thriller.
With a successful first season, Adryan looks set to establish himself on Flamengo's first team this year and fans will be hoping to see more of the 18-year-old star in action.
Sao Paulo's Ademilson is another forward looking to establish himself in this season's Brasileirao, challenging current first-choice strikers Luis Fabiano and Osvaldo.
One of the stars of Brazil's U17 World Cup campaign in Mexico in 2011, the 19-year-old Ademilson fired the Selecao to the semifinals with five goals in seven appearances.
With a full season for Sao Paulo under his belt, Ademilson looked set to begin the Brasileirao as one of many strikers competing for a role alongside ex-Sevilla star Luís Fabiano in order to gain more first-team experience.
So far, that has not happened with Ademilson getting just 53 minutes on the pitch in nine games,. However, that could change as the season continues and injuries take their toll.
Ending the upcoming season as a starter should be the aim for this young forward, with a possible incentive of a move abroad in the coming years should he perform well.
Bruno Gomes has long been waiting for the confirmation of his move to Manchester United. However, the 17-year-old striker hasn't wasted any time in demonstrating his talent for Desportivo Brasil.
The centre-forward netted 27 goals in 28 appearances on his way to finishing as thetop scorer in the 2012 São Paulo Under-17 state championship, prompting interest from Manchester United scouts, according to Futebol Paulista.
The scouts will no doubt be even more impressed by the Desportivo Brasil star's form this year after the striker scored 24 times in just 12 appearances for the U17s, with his personal highlight being a seven-goal haul in a 12-0 win against hapless Sumare.
A pacy striker with an eye for goals—aided by an excellent sense of positioning—Gomes is following in the footsteps of his idol, former Sevilla forward Luís Fabiano.
Sambafoot reports that an arranged fee is already in place as part of Manchester United's long-standing agreement with Desportivo Brasil and a deal expected to be concluded this summer.
Fans of the Red Devils may well be rubbing their hands with glee if this young star continues to fulfill his promising potential over the next few years under David Moyes' tutelage.
Wallace is the latest in a line of young Brazilians snapped up by Chelsea, following in the footsteps of his compatriots Oscar and Lucas Piazon.
Another Brazilian heading for Premier League, 19-year-old Wallace will be joining Chelsea this summer after the Blues announced the signing of the right-back last December, via Chelsea FC.
Having broken into Fluminense's first-team plans on the way to winning the 2012 Brasileirao, Wallace is one to keep an eye on.
The defender continued his performances for the first team in this year's Brasileirao, having made five appearances so far for the Tricolor as they look to defend their title.
With a move to Chelsea imminent, his progression will likely be slowed by a season or two in the U21s side. We may not see the best of the right-back for some time.