yes the harsh realities of life forces a certain level of maturity! (p.s. see my edit above
Clearly we as fans learned a lot from those failures.
But let me share my view on the topic Lupi posted. The first thing i do is think about the future. I always find some things that can happen to make us stronger for the next time, like the young talents we have and the experience we gained.
The second thing is the general attitude i took considering football. I realized long ago not that failures were not so bad, but the opposite, that successes could not provide me with a general state of happyness. They are great and i enjoy them, but then i need other things to feel good in the long run. So from that i understand that bad things can´t be so bad either.
So what i do is that when there is a footballing event i become a child for a few hours (or days like in this EURO), i try to enjoy it fully, and whatever the result is i remind myself afterwards that there are a lot of more important things, like love, family and the contribution i want to make to other people´s lives.
That being said, i´m grateful for this tournament cause it made me very happy for the last month, i got very excited waiting for it, ienjoyed the games incredibly and celebrated Lobont´s saves, Goian´s tackles and Mutu´s goal like few times before in my life. I cried with the anthem and with the spirit of the team in the first 2 games.
And now, i can´t wait for the beginning of the WC qualifying, because the romanian National Team is a unique feeling.