We tracked seven nations for Newcastle United purposes: France (Loic Remy, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa), Netherlands (Tim Krul), Nigeria (Shola Ameobi), Cote D'Ivoire (Cheik Tiote), Argentina (Fabricio Coloccini), Italy (Davide Santon), and England (Steven Taylor). Not all players are guaranteed to represent their countries (especially in Taylor's case), but we will watch them until we are told not to, basically.
Here are the draw results, with the relevant teams bolded:
A - Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
B - Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
C - Columbia, Cote D'Ivoire, Japan, Greece
D - Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
E - Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
F - Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina
G - Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal
H - Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia
France, which obviously harbors the most Newcastle players, appears to have a particularly easy draw, so this could be fun from that perspective. Those of us who had their countries drawn into terrible groups will at least have reason to tune in beyond the group stage. Meanwhile, Tim Krul might just have a chance to face Spain in his team's opening match, while Shola Ameobi may just suit up against Fabricio Coloccini. England fans will have yet another reason to root against Davide Santon.