As Fred floundered and Jo jogged listlessly around the pitch for the Selecao at the World Cup, Brazil fans must have been wondering what became of the national side’s great tradition for producing world-class strikers.
Muller, Careca, Bebeto, Romario, Ronaldo and Adriano – the Samba Boys’ history is littered with iconic forwards who have thrived on the international stage and in Europe.
And while Neymar would stake a claim (though he probably deserves a place alongside Rivaldo or Ronaldinho in the category of supporting striker/playmaker) the likes of the aforementioned World Cup pair and additions like Nilmar and Diego Tardelli have not cut the mustard.
Logically that should leave the way clear for a striker like Luiz Adriano to stake a claim for Brazil, but logic rarely comes into consideration when discussing the Selecao.
Where else would a defender like Marquinhos – a 20-year-old centre-back signed by Paris Saint-Germain for €31.4 million and regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe – miss out on a squad place behind then-Palmeiras stopper Henrique?
More bizarre still was the decision to include the lightweight Bernard – a winger/striker not too dissimilar to Luiz Adriano who also plays for Shakhtar.
Last season Bernard scored three goals in 27 games for the eastern European side, a poor tally by any standards, and one that pales in comparison to that of his teammate and compatriot.
Luiz Adriano scored 25 goals in all competitions last term – his best ever return at Shakhtar – and the fifth consecutive campaign in which the striker has netted 15 times or more.
But despite all this, Scolari stuck to his guns and kept faith with many home-based players and it may have cost the Selecao a chance of winning the World Cup on home soil.
Dunga was not going to make the same mistake though with the 27-year-old called up for friendlies against Turkey and Austria.
It only took Luiz Adriano scoring five goals in one Champions League game to do it, the Brazilian equalling Lionel Messi’s record with a memorable haul in the Ukrainian side’s 7-0 win over BATE Borisov.
Two years ago the Premier League pair were both linked with moves for the Brazilian and with both teams struggling without an out-and-out goalscorer in the mould of Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Dunga’s plans for the forward could make this the game to watch.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the clash, the Selecao coach explained that Luiz Adriano would be asked to play as a traditional centre-forward against Turkey.
"It's logical that something will change because of the characteristics of the front man, given Luis Adriano's style is different to Diego Tardelli's,” he said.
"But it will be good to try to play with more of a target man, even if Luiz Adriano also knows how to work the flanks well."
With the game offering the striker a rare chance to impress for Brazil and possibly setting the wheels in motion for a move away from his current employers and a country in turmoil, here’s hoping Luiz Adriano takes his chances – as he did against BATE last month.