FIFA.com spoke exclusively to some of Bahrain's players after their defeat to New Zealand in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa play-offs.
Twenty-five months of drama ended in FIFA World Cup qualification for four teams and heartbreak for countless others - none more so than Bahrain.
Defender Nemanja Vidic is scheduled to continue his comeback from a calf injury on Wednesday when Serbia take on Korea Republic.
New sporting legends have been created in New Zealand as the All Whites reached the greatest stage, after a 28-year wait and no little drama.
Rory Fallon's goal on the stroke of half-time ensured New Zealand's progression to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, ending a 28-year absence.
The New Zealand capital of Wellington is awash with football fever as the All Whites prepare to take on Bahrain for a berth at South Africa 2010.