The Home-Based Players Who Can Play Big Part for Brazil at World Cup
With the 2014 World Cup on the horizon, plenty of home-based players are gearing themselves up for the season ahead, looking to earn a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad ahead of next summer.
The Brasileirao has always been a source of strength to the national team, adding depth to the quality that the European-based players provide.
Former domestic stars such as Paulinho and Bernard have earned moves to Europe this summer on the strength of their performances for their respective clubs and the Selecao.
But with one season left to go before Brazil 2014, who will be the domestic-based stars this time around?
Jo (Atletico Mineiro)
Jo was then later snapped up by Atletico Mineiro and enjoyed such success at the Belo Horizonte club that he was selected for the Confederations Cup, prompting English viewers to rub their eyes in disbelief that this was the same player that flopped in the Premier League.
Acting as a super-sub, Jo stunned fans and neutrals alike by plundering a last-minute goal against Japan before doubling his tally versus Mexico.
With his height, strength and an eye for goals, Jo provides a contrast to the hard-working and mobile Fred as the spearhead of Brazil's attack.
If Jo keeps up his form for Atletico Mineiro, then Scolari could well be taking the striker to the World Cup due to his penchant for scoring goals off the bench, which may well prove vital to his side's World Cup hopes.
While not currently part of Scolari's squad, Cruzeiro's Dede could yet be called up to the national team on the basis of his excellent form in this season's Brasileirao campaign.
Currently sitting in second place, Cruzeiro have started the season in style with Dede slotting straight into their defence after signing from league rivals Botafogo.
His last cap for Brazil came in April 2013, against Chile, and he was overlooked for Confederations Cup, but with Scolari's difficulties in finding a reliable fourth-choice centre-back, Dede could win a place at Brazil 2014.
The Selecao already have three established centre-backs who are virtually certain to travel to the World Cup in captain Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Dante.
Only injuries and a serious loss of form will change that, but Dede is well placed to take advantage if one of the aforementioned scenarios should occur, or indeed, if Scolari needs a fourth centre-back.
Jadson (Sao Paulo)
Jadson is another player eager to impress Scolari after making a return to the Brasileirao to bolster his chances of a call-up.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk man was called up for the Confederations Cup but only played 17 minutes in the final as Brazil stormed to victory over Spain.
The attacking midfielder has been in impressive form for Sao Paulo, filling the hole left behind by Lucas Moura's move to PSG in January 2013.
Brazil have a plethora of attacking talent in their ranks, and the mere fact that Jadson can count himself as one of those players hints at his talent.
The 29-year-old will provide an experienced alternative to the youngsters around him in Lucas Moura, Bernard and Oscar.
Leandro Damiao (Internacional)
Leandro Damiao is a conundrum, seemingly destined to remain unfulfilled potential as yet more mooted moves to Europe collapsed this summer.
Damiao's international ambitions have also ground to a halt after an injury ruled him out of the Confederations Cup, allowing Atletico Mineiro's Jo to step in and make a name for himself.
But Damiao is still one of the finest strikers playing in the Brasileirao, arguably only second to Fred in sheer goalscoring threat.
The Internacional star will have to get his career back on track with his club, but if he performs as he knows he can, a call-up for Brazil 2014 is a mere formality.
Damiao's pace and goalscoring ability could be a huge boost to Scolari's hopes of landing a sixth World Cup victory for Brazil.
It says a lot about Fred's spectacular return to form with Fluminense in the Brasileirao that he is currently the undisputed first-choice striker for Brazil in 2013.
Five goals at the Confederations Cup and nine strikes since Scolari's return to the helm has underlined his importance to the Selecao.
Included in that tally are two typically well-taken goals that fired Brazil to a sensational 3-0 victory over Spain in the Confederations Cup final.
The striker may have his limitations but his link-up play, mobility and goalscoring ability ensures that he brings out the best of the extraordinarily talented players around him.
Make no mistake, Fred is one the first names on the squad sheet at the moment and deservedly so. His goals will be crucial to Brazil's ambitions of success on home soil.