Brazilian football has a remarkable ability to regenerate itself consistently, managing to recover year on year from the departure of its best players to European football.
Since last summer, the core of Brazil's younger generation has moved on. Bernard, Oscar Neymar, Fernando and Lucas Moura are all regulars with the national team—but all now play in Europe.
The result has been a 2013 Brasileirao deprived of many of its star players and the overall standard has suffered as a consequence. Encouragingly, though, this year has once again seen the emergence of several new potential stars of both Brazilian and world football.
Let's then take a look at 20 of the best Under-20 players that Brazilian football currently has to offer.