In any football tournament across the globe, it is always tough to go out at the quarter-final stage. You are two games from a historic final, but you feel like you are still in the early stages of competition.
France had to endure the pain of elimination to Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but it’s not all doom and gloom. This translates as a success for Les Bleus.
After the disastrous 2010 campaign in South Africa, the performances in Brazil have banished the demons and claimed redemption for the 1998 world champions.
For most of the French personnel, this was their first foray into an international tournament, especially for coach Didier Deschamps. They will all learn from this experience and hopefully grow toward Euro 2016 in their own backyard.
Some players stood up and became leaders on a young team. Some performed above expectations and unfortunately some faded into the shadows when they were needed the most.
Here are five players for France who enhanced their reputations at the 2014 World Cup.