With France’s FIFA World Cup campaign now consigned to memory, coach Didier Deschamps and his players can reflect on their progress and be happy with their efforts.
Les Bleus managed to reach the quarter-finals—their aim pre-tournament—and won some admirers along the way because of their entertaining and attractive style of play.
Although the defeat to the Germans in the last eight was disappointing because of the manner of the loss, the French should feel satisfied with their close-run encounter after seeing how Joachim Low’s men destroyed Brazil. That itself is encouraging heading toward the 2016 UEFA European Championship on home soil.
Overall, France’s South American sojourn went very well and the sense of optimism that surrounded the team pre-tournament still exists after their exit.
Here are the five defining moments in Les Bleus’ run to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.