"We are not here to have a good time - our message is we want to be champions," said the Panathinaikos veteran. "If I told you we shall be champions then I'll need a crystal ball. I cannot say that, but since we started working three and a half years ago to get here that's what we have been working towards - to get to the final and win it."
The former Arsenal star added that with his experience of lifting the trophy in the FIFA World Cup™ in 2002 and his presence at the tournament in Germany in 2006: "I have the potential to make a big contribution."
Gilberto is not in the twilight of his career, but the 33-year-old admitted that the issue of his age "at one stage annoyed me - but since it has been a source of inspiration. You can be sure of my motivation. I owe that to myself after all the criticism of which I have been the object."
Gilberto won his 93rd cap in Brazil's warm-up win over Tanzania on Monday and will look to start against Korea DPR in Johannesburg on 15 June. Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire are their other opponents in Group G.