All eight participating nations have now confirmed their squad lists for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
Every confederation is represented at the 'Festival of Champions', with the respective continental champions joined by FIFA World Cup™ winners Spain, together with host nation Brazil, while UEFA EURO 2012 runners-up Italy will also represent Europe. Among the 184 players selected are some of the world's finest footballers, many of whom have already demonstrated their quality on the game's greatest stages. Now, after much anticipation and excitement, the moment of truth is finally upon us.
The famous names
Hosts and reigning FIFA Confederations Cup champions Brazil boast an array of attacking talent, with Neymar and Oscar arguably the star attractions. Attempting to halt their progress in Group A will be Italy, who have a blend of youth and experience in their squad. Alongside the likes of Mario Balotelli and Sebastian Giovinco are veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Japan and Mexico, meanwhile, will look to their respective talismans in Keisuke Honda and the much-beloved Javier Hernandez.
World champions Spain contain plenty of English Premier League stars in their ranks, including Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla, while possessing an all-star midfield crowned by Xavi and Andres Iniesta. South American champions Uruguay have a fearsome forward line in Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani. Tahiti will lean on their skipper Nicolas Vallar and long-serving French Ligue 1 star Marama Vahirua who will finally make his Toa Aito debut, while Nigeria have plenty of strength all over the park, most notably in goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and midfielder John Obi Mikel.
Click on the pdf on the right-hand menu to look at the official squads of the eight finalists.
Brazil 2013 will undoubtedly witness some of the world's greats displaying their talent, not to mention providing a glimpse of some exciting up-and-coming international stars. It promises to be a treat for supporters across the globe and will surely whet the appetite ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.
Make sure to keep visiting FIFA.com, the official site of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, to catch up on video highlights, interviews with the stars and all the best news and features from the Festival of Champions.