Ecstasy in victory, despair in defeat. Both emotions were expressed poignantly and vividly by the participants of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final shortly after the trophy was presented to Germany captain Philipp Lahm.
Lahm, perhaps not surprisingly, had some thoughtful remarks after winning the only piece of major silverware that, until Sunday, had yet eluded him. Conversely, Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano captured the anguish of the nature of the loss in his post-match remarks.
The following are snippets from various players who contested the final—a 1-0 win for Germany. And in their voices are summarised the various feelings that inevitably accompany triumph and failure.