With a record number of world championship victories and an unmatched pedigree in international soccer, Brazil is perhaps unique amongst soccer nations for it enters every World Cup with its fans expecting the team to take the title.
(Actually England fans do likewise, but this is a case of mass delusion, rather than realistic ambition.)
Brazil’s players face enormous pressure to return home with the World Cup every four years, so imagine how great the levels of expectation will be when the country hosts the tournament in 2014.
The Brazil side that failed to deliver in 2010 was based on an aging roster, and whoever replaces Dunga as coach will have to build a brand new team.
This shouldn’t be too difficult as Brazil has loads of promising young players, including the sensational 18-year old Santos striker Neymar and numerous stars from the team that finished runners-up at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup.
But how would a youthful Brazil team cope with the pressure of the expectant home fans in 2014?
The host nation's anticipation of lifting a sixth world title at its legendary Maracana Stadium will be so feverish, it will be less a case of must-win, and more of a must-not-lose.
It may prove to be more than an inexperienced team can deal with, and Brazil might just be reminded of the crushing disappointment suffered when it last hosted a World Cup, back in 1950.