With the 2014 World Cup now in sight, Brazilians expect nothing less than a sixth major triumph on home soil next year.
After being knocked out the Copa America by Paraguay in 2011 and failing to win the Olympic gold the following year, Mano Menezes stepped down to be replaced by fans’ favourite Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The former Chelsea boss has helped his side regain their scintillating style of play as they are now firm favourites to lift the trophy.
The hosts will be wary of Argentina who could go all the way next summer.
Angel Di Maria’s team-mates won the 16-match South American qualifying group, cementing first place during a brilliant 2012 when their first-choice side went unbeaten in nine matches with Barcelona striker Lionel Messi scoring 12 goals, including two hat-tricks.
Uruguay will be looking to clinch their third World Cup on the continent after winning on home-soil in 1930 and in Brazil 20 years later.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez remains La Celeste’s biggest threat in attack. The 26 year old scored 11 goals in 14 appearances in the qualifying group.He holds the Uruguay scoring record with a tally of 39, three more than Diego Forlan.
Colombia, returning to a World Cup finals after a 16-year absence, finished the 16-match group with the best defence, conceding only 13 goals and led by veteran Mario Yepes.
Los Cafeteros, also known for their great attacking power supplied by Falcao, Teofilo Gutierrez and Dorlan Pabon are fourth in the FIFA rankings.
They will try to go beyond the last 16, their best performance in a World Cup in 1990.
The U.S. team go to the World Cup with every reason to feel confident of at least making it through to the round of 16.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men outclassed Mexico in the qualifying stage. In the final round, the Americans won seven and drew one of their 10 matches, scoring 15 goals and conceding eight.
They have also recorded some incredible wins against European opposition, including Italy and reigning world champions Spain.