From Zito in 1958 and 1962 to Gilberto Silva in 2002, FIFA.com examines the role of the holding midfielder throughout Brazil's successful history at FIFA World Cups while looking ahead to this year's candidates.
Manchester City asserted their Premier League title credentials with an extraordinary 6-3 defeat of leaders Arsenal, while Chelsea edged Crystal Palace 2-1 to move second.
Injuries to Marco van Ginkel and Ramires clouded a 2-0 win over for Chelsea in the League Cup last night, with the Dutch midfielder's causing the most concern.
The third round of the English League Cup saw easy victories for Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, while Fulham and West Ham United also notched victories to secure passage to the fourth round.
Jose Mourinho has attributed Chelsea's first league defeat of the season to his attackers lacking a killer instinct and discussed Samuel Eto’o’s misses, while Roberto Martinez has saluted Everton’s performance.
Brazil celebrate their independence day with a 6-0 win over Australia in an international friendly highlighted by a brace from Jo, with Neymar Ramires, Alexandre Pato and Luiz Gustavo also making the scoresheet.