Even with the proceedings in full flow in Brazil, however, the country's leading clubs were not at rest, with transfers, injuries and comebacks aplenty to keep the domestic programme ticking over - not to mention the always eagerly-anticipated publication of the campaign schedule. bundesliga.com has the overview on the hottest close-season topics for you...
The summer transfer merry-go-round has already thrown up its share of intra-Bundesliga deals, with Robert Lewandowski's move from Borussia Dortmund to FC Bayern München topping the bill. Adrian Ramos has left Hertha Berlin to help share the post-Lewandowski scoring burden at BVB, with Julian Schieber heading in the opposite direction. Dortmund have bolstered their back-row as well with the capture of SC Freiburg's World Cup-winner Matthias Ginter. Bayer 04 Leverkusen, having lost Sidney Sam to FC Schalke 04, have landed a coup in the form of Hakan Calhanoglu from Hamburger SV, who in turn have pinned down last season's top-scoring loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga on a permanent deal. Click here for a complete rundown of all the ins and outs so far.
Another recurring theme is that of some long-anticipated returns for players sidelined with injury for much if not all of last season. FC Bayern's Holger Badstuber (r.), out for over 19 months after rupturing knee ligaments against Dortmund in December 2012, is finally back on the pitch, while BVB themselves have just welcomed Neven Subotic back to the fold and are hoping Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gündogan will be following suit before too long. Schalke's Dennis Aogo, new VfB Stuttgart recruit Daniel Ginczek and Hamburg's Maximilian Beister will similarly be hoping to put their injury troubles behind them in 2014/15.
Every season brings with it at least two fresh names on the Bundesliga fixture list. Second-flight champions 1. FC Köln are old familiars at the top table and indeed have only been absent a couple of years. But it's quite a different story for the other newly-promoted side, with unheralded SC Paderborn set to become the 53rd club to take their Bundesliga bow. Judging by the efforts of other recent top-flight underdogs, Andre Breitenreiter's men should be good for a surprise or two.
The Bundesliga may only have had the third highest contingent of players at the World Cup finals but its 77 representatives between them netted 35 goals and laid on 30 more - single league in each category. Players from ten different top-flight clubs got on the scoresheet in Brazil and FC Bayern employees racked up 18 in total, easily more than any other club. Thomas Müller (five goals), Arjen Robben (r.) and Xherdan Shaqiri, with three apiece, led the way.
Here's a look at the new official Bundesliga matchball for 2014/15 - the adidas torfabrik ('goal factory'). Based on the technology used to create the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazuca, the surface structure, with six symmetrically identical panels, improves grip and feeling, optimising in-game and in-flight aerodynamics.