All 32 skippers will be dreaming of being the one to receive the ultimate honour in international football and they could have a very special companion when they walk out in Rio
Only one will be lucky enough to hold the trophy aloft at the end of what will hopefully be a classic final.
It's easy to picture that man being the host nation's Thiago Silva, Argentina's Lionel Messi or Philipp Lahm of Germany.
The likes of debutants Bosnia or the new-look Socceroos can only imagine how it would feel to become world champions.
But that doesn't they aren't allowed to indulge a footballer's ultimate fantasy.
"Yeah, I've had dreams of holding the cup, I'd be sitting here lying if I said I hadn't," Mile Jedinak told an optimistic reporter at a press conference to confirm his appointment as Australia captain this week.
"(But) it's so far away. Your focus is not even game by game, it's just day by day, how we're going to work towards that goal."
Jedinak has first-hand experience of upsetting the odds this season, having skippered his promoted Crystal Palace team to Premier League survival with what turned out to be a surprising degree of comfort.
"If this season was any indication for me, all I'll say to you is, I was written off every week last year, we were always supposed to get a hiding," he said.
"We all know how that turned out. It doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win games or get points. But if you have everyone pulling together and playing at their utmost, their maximum, every game, you never know. Surprise can happen."
While it would take a fairytale run of epic proportions for Australia to even get close to the final, for one lucky child the dream of walking out with the teams for a World Cup final will become a reality.
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