Samba magic at the World Cup
Brazil have won football's greatest prize a record five times, but never on home soil.
Lifting the World Cup next year will go some way in alleviating the pain of failing to win in 1950 - the last time the tournament was held in Brazil.
The question is whether Neymar and Co can deliver.
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks so, having vowed that he will deliver the World Cup again - 12 years after winning it in Japan.
Reigning champions Spain and three-time winners Germany, however, will be looking to become the first European side to win the trophy on South American soil, while Lionel Messi, voted the world's best footballer since 2009, will want to fill the only gap in his resume with Argentina.
Trophy or atrophy at Manchester United
Manchester United will begin the new year in a new place - sixth in the English Premier League.
So used to being in among the action at the top of the table during the trophy-laden years under Alex Ferguson, the club and fans are getting used to life under new manager David Moyes.
Can the Scot deliver a trophy in his first season at Old Trafford - perhaps the League Cup - while ensuring a place in next season's Champions League?
Will Usain bolt from the Commonwealth Games?
A Commonwealth Games gold medal remains the only prize that eludes sprint superstar Usain Bolt, and Glasgow 2014 might be his last chance to get one if he follows up on his plan to retire after the 2016 Olympics.
The six-time Olympic gold medallist has stated that he will run the 200m if he makes his maiden Commonwealth Games appearance. With no World Championships or Summer Games this year, the Jamaican has also made it his goal to break his 200m world record (19.19sec).
Will the 27-year-old rewrite history again in July and add star power to the action at the Glasgow Games?
Queen Yu Na to bow out in style
Two-time world figure skating champion Kim Yu Na has revealed that she will retire after the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
But will she leave the sport's biggest stage after retaining the gold medal she won at the 2010 Vancouver Games?
Doing so would complete her comeback.
The 23-year-old South Korean sat out the 2011-12 season before making her competitive return last December, only to injure her metatarsal in September.