While most Bundesliga stars are currently enjoying a well-earned summer break, some are still hard at work looking to add another trophy to their collection.
The FIFA Confederations Cup is currently taking place in Russia and among the eight participating nations in what is seen as a dress rehearsal for next year's World Cup are a host of talented players who will be familiar to Bundesliga fans.
bundesliga.com showcases just five star turns set to wow fans from Saint Petersburg to Sochi...
Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund and Portugal)
Just a year ago, Guerreiro was forging his reputation in the Portugal side which went on to win EURO 2016. The versatile full-back-turned-winger has underlined his array of skills for Dortmund this season, showing that his match and tournament-winning performances for his country were no one-hit wonders.
Watch: Guerreiro's Goal of the Season contender against Bayern
"He could play in any position," said Dortmund's coach last season Thomas Tuchel, who managed to get the best out of the 23-year-old by tapping into both his defensive and attacking strengths, and encouraging him to flourish. Now regarded as a pillar for both club and country, Guerreiro is looking to add the Confederations Cup to his European title.
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich and Chile)
Chile won back-to-back Copa Americas thanks in no small part to their revered captain Arturo Vidal, a hero both in his home country and in Bavaria. The brazen, warrior-like Bayern Munich midfield general is still hungry for more trophies, as if his two Bundesliga titles and four Serie A Scudettos are not already enough.
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And with his greater tactical understanding, honed to perfection by some of the best coaches in the business – Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri, Pep Guardiola and, now, Carlo Ancelotti – he is about as close to perfection as midfielders come. Expect to see him conducting Chile's passage to glory in Russia, and showing who the real Tsar is at the Confederations Cup.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt and Mexico)
Bundesliga fans are yet to see Carlos Salcedo in action, although he is a name and a face they are going to have to get used to when he turns out for Eintracht Frankfurt next season. Alongside future team-mate Marco Fabian and Bayer Leverkusen's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Salcedo will prop up Mexico's challenge in Russia from the heart of their defence, having already plied his trade in one of the most challenging leagues for defenders: Italy's Serie A.
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The birth land of Catenaccio prides itself on the skill and audacity of its defenders and the way Salcedo marshalled Fiorentina's back line last term shows he has picked up a lot from some of the world's defensive masters, and is ready to deliver his own work of art at the Confederations Cup.
Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin and Australia)
If the Socceroos bounce higher than many at the Confederations Cup, then you can count on their lively winger Mathew Leckie having something to do with it. Ingolstadt sprung into the Bundesliga in 2015 thanks to Leckie's marauding runs down the wing, and that is something he will add to Hertha Berlin next season having agreed a summer switch to the Old Lady. Before then, though, Leckie is keen to sustain the Oceania representatives' challenge on Confederations Cup glory.
Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen and Germany)
Brandt is arguably one of the Bundesliga's most promising wingers. At youth level, he bagged 35 goals in 67 games for Wolfsburg before being snapped up by Leverkusen, where he has continued to show his keen eye for goal with 18 in 98 Bundesliga appearances – and he is still only 21. Capped already seven times by Germany, Brandt is tipped to become one of the stars at next year's World Cup, and now he has a chance to show exactly why as Germany bid for Confederations Cup glory.