Club football is largely put on the back burner over the summer when international tournaments take place, with the 2014 World Cup occupying the attentions of almost everybody with a mind toward football over the past five or six weeks.
The managers, scouts and fans of some clubs, however, would be casting a keen eye over the form and fitness of their own players during the tournament—as well as prospective transfer targets, of course.
Just like four years ago when a core of Barcelona players provided the Spain squad which was successful in South Africa 2010, certain clubs have seen their stars enjoy more success at the 2014 finals than others. Here are the 30 top clubs, ranked by how well their players fared and how far they went during the World Cup.
We take into account those who participated at the finals, not unused substitutes, with more emphasis on those who appeared more frequently and went further in the tournament, not just appeared at the group phase. Players are assigned to the teams they played for at the end of last season, not their new clubs if they have made a subsequent transfer or their parent clubs if they were out on loan in 2013-14.