In four days’ time, the extravaganza of the World Cup will be over and attentions will begin to turn to domestic matters.
Most of Newcastle United’s squad is already in pre-season training, but while Siem de Jong, Fabricio Coloccini and co have been putting in the hard yards, some of their team-mates have been otherwise engaged in Brazil.
Here, Gallowgate Shots looks at how Newcastle’s World Cup representatives have got on, and assesses how that might affect the season that lies ahead at St James’s Park.
Of all Newcastle’s four players in Brazil, Krul played the least amount of minutes.
However, he attracted more headlines than the other three put together.
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal opted to go with Jasper Cillessen as his No1 goalkeeper in Brazil, and Krul’s chances of significant game-time appeared slim.
However, van Gaal incredibly introduced the Newcastle keeper in the 121st minute of their quarter-final with Costa Rica with the match heading for penalties.
Krul – despite only having saved two penalties in his Newcastle senior career – duly kept out two Costa Rica spot-kicks as he became the unlikely hero.
Holland were again forced to penalties by Argentina in the semi-final, and there is little doubt van Gaal would have again turned to Krul had he not already made his three substitutions.
In truth, Krul did not get the chance to do much in the tournament, but the moment of his introduction in the quarter-final – and the dramatic shootout which followed, with all his Steven Taylor-esque baiting and sportsmanship – was one of the standout ones in the tournament.
Krul will return to Tyneside with his confidence and reputation enhanced, despite the fact the penalty shootout was his only involvement in Brazil, and Newcastle will hope he again becomes an imposing figure between the sticks next term.
Sissoko was in and out of the French team in Brazil, but impressed on the whole.
He replicated his team-mates in producing an excellent performance in the 5-2 group stage victory over Switzerland, and a fine finish from the midfielder capped off that win.
Sissoko split his time between a central role and one more like the wide right position he is often deployed in at Newcastle, and looked a fine player.
He started two of the group games before dropping to the bench for the last 16 game against Nigeria, while he was an unused substitute in their quarter-final defeat to Germany.
Sissoko has become more widely-known on the world stage through his performances at the tournament, and tentative interest from certain European clubs has already been reported.
If Newcastle can unlock his potential next season, they could have an excellent asset on their hands, but they will have to keep hold of him first.
By the time you read this, Debuchy’s move to Arsenal may already be confirmed.
A solid performance from the French right-back in Brazil seemingly secured his switch to the Emirates as Bacary Sagna’s replacement.
On the international stage, Debuchy looks an even better player, with the freedom he is given to attack helping him to showcase all his strengths.
It appears Newcastle will never get to see the best of Debuchy, with around half of his 18-month spell at the club featuring up-and-down performances.
However, he is almost certain to be a success at Arsenal as he becomes the latest player to use Newcastle as a stepping stone.
Tiote carried his poor late-season form at Newcastle into the World Cup, and although the Ivory Coast won their opening game, they never really got going in Brazil.
In the end, it all came down to a last match decider with Greece, and Tiote played a major part as the Africans went out.
Greece’s first-half opener came after a misplaced Tiote pass in midfield, while he struggled to get to grips with the game.
The Ivorians eventually got the equaliser that looked set to send them through with 16 minutes left, but gave away a last-gasp penalty which the Greeks converted to seal their knockout place.
Tiote will return to Newcastle with his confidence dented, and it’s hard to see a Champions League club offering to take him off United’s hands.
It’s time for the Ivorian now to somehow again find his best form at Newcastle and show why he was so highly-rated two or three years ago.
An honourable mention
Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi made his World Cup bow for Nigeria, but was unable to get on the scoresheet or start a game in Brazil.
The African side were beaten by France in the last 16, but now their international future is in question after FIFA suspended them because of government interference.
Yohan Cabaye was part of the French side which impressed en-route to the quarter-finals, while Newcastle were linked with a number of players who had good tournaments.
The most high-profile of these were right-backs, with the Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier and Holland’s Daryl Janmaat both rumoured to be potential replacements for Debuchy.
Both did well in Brazil when called upon, while Janmaat may yet take part in the third place play-off against humiliated hosts Brazil before potentially heading to England to seal a move to Newcastle.