Although some may argue that it has long since been overtaken by the Champions League in terms of prestige, there can be no doubt that the World Cup remains the absolute pinnacle of the international game.
While many now appear to delight in prioritising club over country, the current qualifying campaign has unquestionably provided a timely boost for the reputation of international football.
With most zones entering the final round of qualifying this week, many teams still harbour dreams of booking their spots in the draw for Brazil 2014.
While a number of the usual suspects have already confirmed their attendance, several underdogs look like they are still in with a real chance of qualification.
Here, GMS looks at five stars who could secure their places at the 2014 World Cup during this week's pivotal round of qualifiers.
Please feel free to comment on our selections or leave your own below...