The draw for the FIFA 2014 World Cup is almost upon us and, as decided by the organising committee, eight sides will enter the draw as seeds and find themselves automatically separated from each other.
Included among those eight are hosts Brazil and the seven highest ranked sides in the world at FIFA's October cut-off point, with Spain, Argentina and Germany all making the grade.
While some may disagree that the eight represent the strongest sides in the draw, they will now play an important role in how the tournament ultimately plays out. France, Italy and Netherlands, for instance, could be drawn against any one of the top seeds.
Which, though, are the strongest of the eight teams seeded for Friday's draw?