This summer the usual names are already being tipped for World Cup glory. Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Italy … you know, the usual suspects.
But there is of course a growing harem of underdogs and dark horses who are getting the hipster football fan very excited.
Colombia and Chile are being talked about in such a light - as are the USA.
But from Europe it is the Red Devils of Belgium whom many believe could cause a shock or two this summer.
And they now have another Red Devil they can call upon.
Adnan Januzaj joined the long list of Premier League stars that Marc Wilmots has at his disposal after announcing via his agent a desire to play international football for Belgium - refusing the advances of Albania, England, Turkey, Serbia and Kosovo.
His decision sees him potentially in line for a call-up to the World Cup squad this summer - although his agent has denied this was the reason for the timing of this announcement - instead saying his main goal is the European Championships in 2016.
But he is now among a group of top players from the likes of Chelsea. Manchester City, Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all hoping to make Wilmots’ 23-man squad.
And a former Chelsea player has been speaking about his decision.
Kevin De Bruyne may not have been wanted at Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho but there is little doubt that he is wanted by Belgium - for whom he is regular starter.
And the attacking midfielder, who joined VfL Wolfsburg for £18 million in January this year, has had his say on the decision of Januzaj - telling Belgian media:
"It's good for our national team. He is a very good young player. In the future, he can help us. Now, regarding the World Cup, will he be selected? It is down to the coach to make such choices."
If he does he might just challenge De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Nacer Chadli, Kevin Mirallas and co for a place in the starting XI - but we imagine he would still be welcomed with open arms.