The 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be the eighth edition of the tournament to be held in the Americas, and so far every one of those has been won by a South American side.
For that reason alone, Argentina and Brazil will be among the favorites to lift the trophy on July 13, but recent form suggests they would be contenders no matter where the competition took place.
Argentina top the South American qualifying table, having played cohesive and attractive football under coach Alejandro Sabella.
Best of all for Albicelestes fans, since Sabella took over and appointed him captain, Lionel Messi has been in outstanding form for his country, and that alone suggests they will be hard to topple in Brazil next year.
Brazil, meanwhile, had not looked totally convincing under Felipe Scolari until June's Confederations Cup tournament on home soil, where they hit their straps for the first time in recent memory.
The Selecao hammered world champions Spain 3-0 in the final of that competition, with Neymar the standout player in a squad where everyone chipped in with solid performances.
These South American powerhouses boast two of the most impressive rosters in world football, but what would a combined XI, made up of the best players from each side, look like?
Using a 4-3-3 formation, here is a take on the strongest team you could build using both Argentine and Brazilian resources.