FIFA.com takes a look at the surprise leaders of the Italian Serie A, with Rudi Garcia's Roma topping the table with a record-equalling eight wins from eight games so far, thanks in part to new signing Gervinho and a stern defence.
After 260 games across qualifying Europe, the nine sides headed for Brazil 2014 and the eight going into the play-offs have been decided, but in which games were their paths decided? FIFA.com investigates.
Rafael Benitez and Walter Mazzarri enjoyed their first league games at the helm of their new sides as Napoli thumped Bologna 3-0 in Serie A after Inter Milan had seen off Genoa 2-0.
Jordi Alba’s semi-final performance saw him seize the leadership from Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos, while Daniele De Rossi catapulted himself into third and Fred maintained his challenge.
Spain's dream of holding the FIFA World Cup™, the European Championship trophy and the FIFA Confederations Cup remain alive, but Italy pushed them to the limit in Fortaleza.
A late Sebastian Giovinco tap-in snatched Italy a 4-3 win over Japan in one of the greatest games in FIFA Confederations Cup history – a result which secured the victors, and Brazil, semi-final places.