Brazil may be five-time world champions, but they have never won the competition on home soil. That is the challenge that awaits this year's crop as they prepare for the biggest test of their playing careers.
There were few surprises in Luiz Felipe Scolari's selection for the competition, with the experienced coach sticking to a core group of players that have served him well in the 18 months since he retook the manager's position.
The Selecao won the Confederations Cup against the odds last summer and will hope to repeat their trick this time around to secure a place in football history.
Who, then, are the 23 men upon whose shoulders that burden exists?