COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Fortified by home advantage, Brazil are bursting to set out in pursuit of their sixth World Cup and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has a good idea of his starting XI.
"Big Phil" Scolari already has the kudos which comes from having coached the Selecao to their fifth crown in Japan in 2002, as well as a Confederations Cup final win over world champions Spain six months ago.
But following a 5-0 friendly success over Honduras and a 2-1 win in their final friendly of 2013 against Chile, he says his current vintage is maturing nicely and will rise to the challenge.
"I haven't as yet defined the 23-man squad and am still observing players - but this is my team," said Scolari after his side defeated a Chilean team, which impressed in the regional qualifiers, in Toronto.
Scolari, who took over the reins for a second time 12 months ago, does not have to name his squad until May 7 - they will play a final tune-up on March 5 against South Africa but will know their opening phase opponents after the December 6 draw at Costa de Sauipe.
After the Brazilians unveiled their new kit in Rio on Sunday, Scolari expressed confidence in his charges.
"I think we have a great chance. We shall be competing at home and we have a great team, excellent players and have our home fans behind us."
Brazil famously lost the final of the only World Cup it has staged to date to tiny neighbours Uruguay in 1950. But the giant nation bounced back to win its first crown in Sweden eight years later, inspired by a teenage Pele.
And further wins followed in 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
After replacing Mano Menezes, Scolari was blunt as he insisted that Brazil have an "obligation" to lift the trophy at home.
Their swamping of Spain in the Confederations Cup final did blow away many of the recent clouds of doubt which had hung over the team and had caused many fans to question their capabilities of winning the world title.