Cape Town - For only the fifth time in 21 Soccer World Cup editions - and the first time since 2006 - all four semi-finalists at Russian Federation 2018 hail from Europe.
Meticulous preparation - including a trip to the United States to take in an National Basketball Association game - the selection of specific players with strong dead-ball delivery and the defensive nature of high-pressure tournament soccer has led to a point where set pieces could yet lead England to a second World Cup title.
Even so, it's hard not to roll on the floor laughing as the #NeymarChallenge catches more steam on social media.
"I would prefer if they go for Mbappe as he would be a long-term investment because he is six years younger and is already at the top level".
Neymar scored his 56th and 57th global goals during the tournament in Russian Federation. They have good players in all department led by the brilliance of EdHazardard and Kevin De Bryune with an experienced defensive backing. "Very happy to be part of this team, I am proud of all". Or would the spotlight shine brightest on Neymar, the man with the expectations of 207 million Brazilians on his shoulders? I think for me they are an example for any young player who wants to play the game. Here's the unofficial count for Brazil's quarter-final match against Belgium. On this occasion at least, Brazil could not overwhelm a team through the quality of its individuals, though it did come close.
It's not compulsory for Neymar but you can understand why his failure to show his face isn't going down well. "He demands a lot of me because he knows I have the potential to do big things".
Brazil's next tournament is the Copa America at home next year.