The European football season is almost upon us—the Barclays Premier League (England) begins this weekend; the Spanish La Liga kicks off on 23 August; the German Bundesliga starts a day earlier; and the Italian Serie A’s opening match is on 31 August.

This has been a football year to remember. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) World Cup in Brazil turned out to be a stunning tournament in every way, and plenty of players stood up to be counted—both from the big teams and the lesser-known ones—setting the tone for the highly anticipated European transfer window which opened on 1 July and will close on 31 August. Most of the big clubs have already made their moves. Just how did the world cup shape the transfers?

Luis Suárez

New club: Barcelona

Old club: Liverpool

Position: Forward

Luis Saurez. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

This 27-year-old Uruguayan scored 31 of Liverpool’s 101 Premier League goals last season, and was the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Player of the Year and Barclays Fans’ Player of the Year. Then the fall from grace: yet another biting incident, this time at the world cup, that saw him banned for “all football activity" for four months. How will opposition defenders deal with Barca’s front-line of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suárez?

James Rodríguez

New club: Real Madrid

Old club: Monaco

Position: Forward, midfielder

James Rodriguez. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

David Luiz

New club: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)

Old club: Chelsea

Position: Defender

David Luiz. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Alexis Sánchez

New club: Arsenal

Old club: Barcelona

Position: Forward

Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Diego Costa

New club: Chelsea

Old club: Atlético Madrid

Position: Forward

Diego Costa. Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Cesc Fàbregas

New club: Chelsea

Old club: Barcelona

Position: Midfielder

Cesc Fabregas. Photo: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

Cesc Fàbregas

Luke Shaw

New club: Manchester United

Old club: Southampton

Position: Forward

Luke Shaw. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann

New club: Atlético Madrid

Old club: Real Sociedad

Position: Forward

Antoine Griezmann. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Toni Kroos

New club: Real Madrid

Old club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Toni Kroos. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

Mathieu Debuchy

New club: Arsenal

Old club: Newcastle United

Position: Defender

Mathieu Debuchy. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Keylor Navas

New club: Real Madrid

Old club: Levante

Position: Goalkeeper

Keylar Navas. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP
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