A final is the last game of a competition that decides the winner of it all.
The winner is a champion while the loser is a finalist. A champion is a deserved label while a finalist is a delicate way of acknowledging the loser.
At the moment immediately following a loss in the final there is little appreciation towards the word finalist or the acceptance of the 2ndplace medal.
The burning desire that is needed to be a champion is suddenly emptied with the final whistle.
As time passes, we realize that a finalist is the deserved recognition for reaching the end and coming up short. The pathway to the final is valuable and although it hurts to think of the loss it is the only way to take the next steps towards building a greater desire to be the next champion.
Our desire only grows stronger through failure.
Yours in soccer,