Brazil striker among bookies' favourites to claim Golden Boot
Five-time winners Brazil take on North Korea on Tuesday evening looking to avenge the disappointment of 2006 and quarter-final elimination to France.
Coach Dunga, a pragmatist at heart, chose to leave behind flair players Ronaldinho and his AC Milan team-mate Pato, in search of more defensive minded players.
There is a worry that this will produce a more dour side, although the 1994 squad which Dunga was part of went on to capture Brazil’s first World Cup since 1970 at the time.
Man City flop Robinho is expected to start most games, with Real Madrid superstar Kaka the jewel in the crown canarinhos (little canaries).
However, it is up front where the most pressure will be on Sevilla hitman Luis Fabiano to win the Golden Boot.
He has been in outstanding form over the last few years for his club side as they recorded a double Uefa Cup win before getting into the Champions League.
Fabiano will likely rival Spain finisher David Villa as the tournament’s top scorer, and is 12/1 with bookmaker Ladbrokes to return to South America having notched the most times.
North Korea are an unknown quantity, the country so secretive that their players have rarely been heard of.
But England fans of a certain age will remember the one and only appearance by the Asian’s at a World Cup finals, in 1966 when they sensationally beat Italy en route to a quarter-final finish.
The odds on them repeating a similar feat are slim this time around though.
Brazil v North Korea is live on ITV on Tuesday with kick-off at 7.30pm.
Odds correct a time of writing and are subject to change