The fourth edition of the ISBA (International Blind Sports Association) Futsal World Championship in Buenos Aires had something for everybody, particularly the delighted home fans who watched their beloved Murcielagos (Bats) come away with the trophy once more. Read on as FIFA.com brings you the parting views of several of the biggest names in this year's competition.
Gonzalo Vilarino (Argentina coach):
"What we've all experienced throughout this tournament, and especially on the final day, is totally unprecedented. Never before has a tournament for the blind been played out in such a spectacular setting. Why, even the stadium felt small! These lads deserved to win like this, and I think that they've carved out a niche for themselves in society. There's no doubt that they'll get greater and greater recognition for their efforts."
"We're heading home disappointed with the result in the final, given that our objective was to become world champions in Buenos Aires. Nevertheless, we were beaten by a great team. The standard of play during the tournament has been excellent and has sent out a very positive message to society at large."
Ricardo Villamayor (Paraguay):
"Paraguay deserved this third place. We proved that our style of football can unsettle any opponent and, let's make no bones about it, we made life very difficult for Argentina. On a personal note I'm pleased with the goals I scored, but I'm even happier that my national team gave such a good account of themselves."
Marcelo Casado (Spain):
"An event of this magnitude, where blind people are the stars, is a clear example of just how much can be gained through interaction and hard work, as well as sportsmanship. Of course we'd hoped to go further, but we're extremely pleased with the overall standard of the competition."
Bouchaib El Boukari (France):
"We'd set ourselves the target of taking fifth place and we were fortunate enough to do just that. If we'd been able to play as well in our opening games as we did in our later matches, then maybe we could have finished even higher. In any case, we're heading for home happy. We've had a very good World Championship."
David Clarke (England):
"This has been a great tournament, which was very well-organised and took place in a beautiful city like Buenos Aires. We've really enjoyed ourselves, despite our results not going as planned. I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere in the stands, although it's understandable if you take into account the sheer class of the South American sides. We've now got nine months to make sure we're thoroughly prepared for the European competition."
Masuoka Yishihiro (Japan assistant coach):
"We're very pleased to have taken part. We thought we knew the game inside out, but after coming here and competing at such a high level, we soon realised that the top teams are some way ahead. Events of this kind teach us something: it would be great if all the world's blind children could start playing football, as it requires many skills that are useful for everyday life. Besides which, I'd like the entire fully-sighted community to come along and watch this sport and motivate blind people still further, as I'm sure they'd thoroughly enjoy this game."
Lee Heung Joo (Korea Republic coach):
"It goes without saying that we'd hoped for better results. That said, it's always good to come up against the very top teams. It's the best way to learn and close the gap (on them). We're going to continue working hard for our future progress."