It's almost 17 months since the last major footballing showpiece held in South Africa, and already the world's attention is focused on the next destination, Brazil.
Brazilians might have not invented the beautiful game, but they have indeed perfected the art. It's what they live and die for; football is a religion and has its followers all over the globe.
In addition to the beautiful landscapes, colorful traditions and unique blend of foods, Brazil will attract hundreds of thousands to watch the men in yellow and green lift the trophy on home soil.
For many, they say the current crop has not yet matured into anything championship-worthy, and with one eye on Spain, that statement may be true.
But, in time, this Brazilian team can harness its talent and ability, and most importantly, its abundance of youth and energy, to relive the country's glory days.
Let's take a quick preview of six players who could rule the football world over the next five-plus years.