The World Cup gave many an opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight, with arguably the best examples being amongst the goalkeeping fraternity.
Where better to perform than on the biggest stage of all, especially if you are trying to sell yourself to potential new employers.
Perhaps the best example of these was Mexican shot-stopper Guillermo Ochoa, who in one match against Brazil made enough world-class saves to enable him to produce the ultimate sales DVD.
Ochoa, who will also be remembered for an unbelievable point-blank stop from Stefan de Vrij in the match against the Netherlands, arrived in Brazil unsure of his future after leaving relegated Ligue 1 side Ajaccio.
However, his performances in Brazil means Ochoa won’t be struggling to find a club, although he has yet to decide on a destination.
One who appears to have worked himself a move on the back of his international displays in Keylor Navas, for whom a switch from Levante to Real Madrid for €10m is imminent. Had the Madrid giants been interested in the 27-year-old before the World Cup, they could have picked him up at a fraction of that cost.
Instead, Navas saw his stock – and his value – rise after a string of near-perfect displays as Costa Rica outperformed many illustrious opponents.
Vincent Enyeama, the Nigerian No.1, had a good World Cup. Add that to his record-breaking efforts in Ligue 1 with Lille last term, when he went 1062 minutes without conceding a goal, it’s easy to see why one or two clubs have now taken notice of the 31-year-old.
However, not every ‘keeper who went to the World Cup had the chance to put themselves in the transfer shop window.
Like Enyeama, England’s third choice ‘keeper Fraser Forster set a new shut-out record last season with Celtic in Scotland’s top flight. But, while he made the trip to Brazil as part of Roy Hodgson’s squad, he wasn’t part of the England manager’s plans and spent his time watching from the bench.
Forster has already started the season back at Celtic – despite speculation that first Atletico Madrid, then Benfica were interested in his services – and has already made one appearance in the Champions League qualifiers.
Would things have been different had he been given 45 minutes in Brazil? Who can say.
What is certain is that for many goalkeepers, Brazil 2014 was the best thing that ever came their way – with the exception of the attempts they had to save …