The elder statesman of Brazil's midfield, Gilberto Silva will bring a wealth of big-game experience to Dunga's squad this summer.
A member of the 2002 winning team, Gilberto has made 11 appearances in total at the World Cup and will be adding to that tally in South Africa.
Yet Gilberto's career was nearly over before it had even started properly when he briefly quit the game to work in a sweet factory as a teenager.
He got his break with America and also played for Atletico Mineiro before securing a move to Arsenal in 2002 following his success with Brazil.
Converted from a centre-back into a central midfielder by former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, he enjoyed great success with the Gunners, winning the Premier League title, two FA Cups and scoring the club's first goal at Emirates Stadium.
He left for Panathinaikos in 2008 and he remains the anchor in Brazil's midfield which allows the more flamboyant members of the team to weave their magic.
Captain for the 2007 Copa America success, and part of last year's Confederations Cup winning side, Gilberto's experience could be crucial in steering Brazil through a difficult group.