"It's good to be able to perceive the nobility in failure. Otherwise, we'd never have anything to celebrate."
As England football fans know all too well. Having been almost as disappointing as we always are in major tournaments (more disappointing to me, because I'd had hopes that for once we might not be), we now take comfort in the fact that we were knocked out by the eventual
champions runners-up, and arguably fared better against them than the vaunted Germans (and the Spanish, in their first encounter in the group stage). It's not as good as winning, but it's something.