People from each of the eight debutant nations at the World Cup - and one from second round debutants Australia - have regularly been giving us updates from their country as they watched the tournament.
Lamisi says Ghana has been unified by the World Cup experience
Here, Lamisi Dabire describes the deflated atmosphere in Ghana, following her country's second round exit at the hands of champions Brazil.
Bill Pawlowsky in Kiev describes the joy of Ukraine becoming the only debutant to make it through to the quarter-finals. Michael Tuttiett from Brisbane also describes his disappointment after his team were knocked out by Italy.
LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, TUESDAY 1750 GMT, FULL TIME - BRAZIL 3-0 GHANA
I am very very sad that we are out. There was a deafening silence in Accra when Brazil's third goal went in.
Ghana fans will have one last party when their team returns
Many people just left with disappointment written all over their faces.
Now there is some noise again, people blowing car horns and whistles in tribute to what Ghana have achieved.
It's a real shame we are out and a shame Africa is out. We had really got into the mood of the tournament here.
I don't think Brazil played well enough to justify their status as world champions. They were helped by the referee as well in many of his decisions.
The Black Stars played well, but not as well as they could have. They should have taken all the chances they had and they really missed Michael Essien.
There have been some beautiful scenes in Accra. We have been really unified by this experience
But no one gave us a chance at the beginning and we proved a lot of people wrong and represented Africa with pride.
We are really grateful to the players for a great couple of weeks. There have been some beautiful scenes in Accra. We have been really unified by this experience.
The fun is over now, but we will have one last party when the team gets back to congratulate and thank them.
The world has also seen a lot from the people of Ghana over the past two weeks. We are now on the map and that can only improve tourism and create more jobs - so we are winners in that respect.
LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, TUESDAY 1600 GMT, HALF TIME - BRAZIL 2-0 GHANA
Ghana are playing the better football so far but have just been unlucky.
We were unlucky not to score and we have been on the wrong end of some unfair refereeing decisions, particularly for Brazil's second goal.
We will not give up. We are fighters and will fight until the end
We were very disappointed when the second goal went in but we can come back.
We will not give up. We are fighters and will fight until the end.
I am watching with hundreds of others on a big screen out on the street and we are not losing hope until the last ball is kicked.
LAMISI DABIRE, ACCRA, GHANA, TUESDAY 1150 GMT
I am listening to a gospel track on a local radio station. The lyrics are as follows: "This year is ours and in faith we will claim whatever belongs to us Ghanaians."
Lamisi says people across Ghana are praying for a win
This song perfectly sums up the mood on the streets of Accra ahead of our showdown with Brazil. The atmosphere is charged and, as ever, our national colours are everywhere.
There is a lot of praying. Last night there were all night prayer services and radio phone-ins are asking people from all religious backgrounds to offer prayers for our team's success.
I am amazed at the level of optimism here. I am being cautious because anything can happen but I believe, like many Ghanaians, that we can win this match. I will watch it in the Osu district, where I watched our last match, as this has been a lucky place to see the games so far.
It is going to be really tough. But we are the underdogs and have absolutely nothing to lose in this game.
We have no fears. Come what may the Black Stars, the lone stars of Africa, will shine!
We must play with a high sense of concentration and not be intimated by the star-studded Brazilian team.
We will miss Michael Essien big time but the rest of the team must pull together in his absence.
The Black Stars must play like never before because the whole of Africa is behind us. We have no fears. Come what may the Black Stars, the lone stars of Africa, will shine!
BILL PAWLOWSKY, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 2200 GMT, SWITZERLAND 0-0 UKRAINE (AET), UKRAINE WIN 3-0 ON PENALTIES
A Ukrainian fan flies the flag for her team at the stadium in Cologne
Everyone here is very very happy. Out in the streets there are horns honking and people clapping.
A friend in the bar said a prayer during extra time, hoping it wouldn't go to penalties.
Right down to the last minute we didn't know how it was going to go. It was very tense.
When the ball hit the post in the second half there was an audible groan throughout the crowd.
The atmosphere in the city will definitely pick up over the next few days ahead of the next match.
I think we can do well against Italy if we play our best.
There's a whole new generation of players in the team who will definitely go on to do well in 2010.
It's difficult to know what to say - I'm just so overjoyed!
As I said, I've got to get up early tomorrow to catch a flight but I'll stay up to celebrate a bit longer.
I guess it'll mean looking a little haggard on the plane but I'm sure everyone will be after tonight.
It's difficult to know what to say - I'm just so overjoyed!
BILL PAWLOWSKY, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 2000 GMT, HALF TIME - SWITZERLAND 0-0 UKRAINE
There is a great atmosphere and lots of noise in the bar, which is full now.
We are very near Independence Square in the centre of Kiev and can also hear shouts and cheers coming from there.
Everyone is in such a positive mood. Spirits are high and plenty of beers are being drunk.
If we win there'll be a lot more beers put away tonight!
I unfortunately have an early flight to Donetsk in the morning so I won't be able to drink too much tonight, but if we get through to the quarter finals I'll have a few beers when I get there to celebrate, that's for sure.
BILL PAWLOWSKY, KIEV, UKRAINE, MONDAY 1820 GMT
I'm watching the game in a small bar called The Drum which is run by a Glaswegian and his Ukrainian wife.
Ukraine supporters are confident about their team's chances
It's quiet at the moment with only the diehard fans here but I'm expecting it to fill up in the next hour or so.
The weather is pretty warm - about 30C. I reckon people will try to watch the game somewhere cool, with air conditioning, if possible.
I haven't seen Switzerland play before. I'm more worried about who we could meet in the next round although I guess we had a tough group and still made it this far.
I've got a good feeling about tonight despite the fact that the bookmakers have got better odds against Ukraine winning.
It's great that, as a first-timer, Ukraine has done so well in the tournament
Everyone's really excited about the match. It's great that, as a first-timer, Ukraine has done so well in the tournament.
I'm hopeful that if Ukraine can get ahead early before the first half is over, there is a good chance of them holding onto that lead.
May the best team win!
MICHAEL TUTTIET, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, MONDAY 1720 GMT, FULL TIME - ITALY 1-0 AUSTRALIA
Well, that's what makes football the best game in the world.
You could have heard a pin drop here when Italy's goal went in. The place went absolutely silent.
People just left straight away. All you can see now is people heading to their cars and home to bed. At least we can all get out of the cold now!
Many people here weren't sure if the Italian penalty was actually a penalty, but I think it was.
Lucas Neill should not have fallen over in the box, but I don't really want to blame him as he was our best player.
There are many positives for us out of this tournament. Australia's fine run has done great things for football - or soccer as we call it - in this country.
The players played very well, better than anyone expected them to. We're out now and there's nothing we can do about it.
I'll go and put on my England shirt and support them now that we're out. I don't think there'll be many others here doing the same, but I will as I've got English parents.
Hopefully they can go on and win.
MICHAEL TUTTIET, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, MONDAY 1600 GMT, HALF TIME - ITALY 0-0 AUSTRALIA
This is a really good fast game. We're playing really well - better than expected.
There's about double the number of people here now, around 5,000, all chanting and roaring the Australian team on.
There is lots of noise and colour everywhere.
All we need is a goal now and the place will really erupt.
If the Australian team keep playing like they have, I'm sure that goal will come.
MICHAEL TUTTIET, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA, MONDAY 1415 GMT
I am at a big event open-air event in an area of Brisbane called the South Bank Parklands, near the river.
Australian fans have enjoyed their team's World Cup run
There are around two and a half thousand people here so far but we are expecting many more, despite the cold weather and the fact that kick-off is at 0100 our time.
It's an alcohol-free event as there are lots of kids about because it's school holidays at the moment.
But there is a great atmosphere all the same.
There is a huge screen in front of us and they are showing our last game against Croatia to really get the excitement going.
My brothers, my dad and my friends are all here with me to cheer on the Socceroos.
It'll be a tough match but I'm tipping Australia to go through on penalties.