D-Day is almost upon us, with the opportunity to earn a spot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil shrinking with each passing hour as the tournament approaches with alarming speed.
The draw for the competition is already consigned to the past, but for those attempting to earn a late place in one of the respective squads it will feel like only yesterday as they watch their chance of a lifetime slip away.
Nowhere will this be more keenly felt than among the potential squad players of hosts Brazil, who will be desperate to earn a place at the first World Cup to be held in the country for 64 years.
There will, doubtless, be one or two players who will make a late run to secure inclusion. But, for most, the dream of playing a World Cup in their homeland already looks like a distant prospect.
Who, then, could become the one or two surprise late inclusions of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari?