Into the Top Ten- On The Way To Number One?
Without the benefit of competitive football for four years, save for the Confederations Cup last year, Brazil will be spirited by the news that they have returned to the top ten of the FIFA World Rankings.
Although sometimes hazy in its indications of just how strong teams are (Ukraine in 18th place haven't even qualifed for Brazil 2014), it can rarely be debated that the nations at its summit are not perennial contenders for international silverware.
In fact, since the inception of the FIFA World Rankings in 1992, only Spain, Argentina and France have prevented Brazil from taking their place at Number 1 for anything longer than two months.
Having not even been ranked as high as second since 2009, the coming year presents Brazil's national team with the opportunity to once again rise to the peak of world football and allow its people international bragging rights once more.