Our world cup campaign is over, but for once it was worth the hype (unlike a certain other ball sport that dominates this country). The path that we started down back in November (and talked about here) has reached its end.
I can vaguely remember our last visit to the world cup in 1982; this one was much better (linky). We didn't win any games, but in gaining three draws didn't lose any, including drawing against the current cup holder, which is an amazing achievement in context (a realistic pre-cup expectation was to lose all three based on ranking alone). And while we didn't get past the first round, we are in good company; neither did both of the 2006 finalists, among many other good teams whose cup campaigns are also over.
Its been a pretty good ride.