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XVIII World Cup Tournament

Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup for the second time, since 1974. Seventeen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nation reopened its doors to the world. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter along with the tournament organizers were hoping to break old clichés about Germany and impress with a display of industrial, cultural and organizational prowess. Blatter has personally endorsed the tournament’s slogan “Die Welt zu Gast bei Freunden” (A Time To Make Friends). In February of 2005, Just two days after the organizing committee started accepting ticket requests, FIFA had already received over 1 Million applications.

Tournament
Participants: 32
Matches: 64
Goals: 147
Attendance: 3,359,439
Top player: Zidane
Top goalscorer: 5 Goals – Miroslav Klose
Mascot: Goleo and Pile

First round

Group A

Germany Costa Rica 4 – 2
Poland Ecuador 0 – 2
Germany Poland 1 – 0
Ecuador Costa Rica 3 – 0
Ecuador Germany 0 – 3
Costa Rica Poland 1 – 2
G W T L GD P
Germany 3 3 0 0 8-2 9
Ecuador 3 2 0 1 5-3 6
Poland 3 1 0 2 2-4 3
Costa Rica 3 0 0 3 3-9 0

 

Group B

England Paraguay 1 – 0
Trinidad Sweden 0 – 0
England Trinidad 2 – 0
Sweden Paraguay 1 – 0
Sweden England 2 – 2
Paraguay Trinidad 2 – 0
G W T L GD P
England 3 2 1 0 5-2 7
Sweden 3 1 2 0 3-2 5
Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2-2 3
Trinidad 3 0 1 2 0-4 1

 

Group C

Argentina Cote d’Ivoire 2 – 1
Serbia Holland 0 – 1
Argentina Serbia 6 – 0
Holland Cote d’Ivoire 2 – 1
Holland Argentina 0 – 0
Cote d’Ivoire Serbia 3 – 2
G W T L GD P
Argentina 3 2 1 0 8-1 7
Holland 3 2 1 0 3-1 7
Cote d’Ivoire 3 1 0 2 5-6 3
Serbia 3 0 0 3 2-10 0

 

Group D

Mexico Iran 3 – 1
Angola Portugal 0 – 1
Mexico Angola 0 – 0
Portugal Iran 2 – 0
Portugal Mexico 2 – 1
Iran Angola 1 – 1
G W T L GD P
Portugal 3 3 0 0 5-1 9
Mexico 3 1 1 1 4-3 4
Angola 3 0 2 1 1-2 2
Iran 3 0 1 2 2-6 1

 

Group E

Italy Ghana 2 – 0
USA Czech Rep 0 – 3
Italy USA 1 – 1
Czech Rep Ghana 0 – 2
Czech Rep Italy 0 – 2
Ghana USA 2 – 1
G W T L GD P
Italy 3 2 1 0 5-1 7
Ghana 3 2 0 1 4-3 6
Czech Rep 3 1 0 2 3-4 3
USA 3 0 1 2 2-6 1

 

Group F

Brazil Croatia 1 – 0
Australia Japan 3 – 1
Brazil Australia 2 – 0
Japan Croatia 0 – 0
Japan Brazil 1 – 4
Croatia Australia 2 – 2
G W T L GD P
Brazil 3 3 0 0 7-1 9
Australia 3 1 1 1 5-5 4
Croatia 3 0 2 1 2-3 2
Japan 3 0 1 2 2-7 1

 

Group G

France Switzerland 0 – 0
Korea Rep Togo 2 – 1
France Korea Rep 1 – 1
Togo Switzerland 0 – 2
Togo France 0 – 2
Switzerland Korea Rep 2 – 0
G W T L GD P
Switzerland 3 2 1 0 4-0 7
France 3 1 2 0 3-1 5
Korea Rep 3 1 1 1 3-4 4
Togo 3 0 0 3 1-6 0

 

Group H

Spain Ukraine 4 – 0
Tunisia Saudi Arabia 2 – 2
Spain Tunisia 3 – 1
Saudi Arabia Ukraine 0 – 4
Saudi Arabia Spain 0 – 1
Ukraine Tunisia 1 – 0
G W T L GD P
Spain 3 3 0 0 8-1 9
Ukraine 3 2 0 1 5-4 6
Tunisia 3 0 1 2 3-6 1
Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 2-7 1

 

Second round

 24 June 2006 Germany Sweden 2 – 0
Argentina Mexico 1 – 1 (2-1 aet)
 25 June 2006 England Ecuador 1 – 0
Portugal Holland 1 – 0
 26 June 2006 Italy Australia 1 – 0
Switzerland Ukraine 1 – 0
27 June 2006 Brazil Ghana 0 – 0 (0-3 pso)
Spain France 3 – 0

 

Quarterfinals

30 June 2006 Germany Argentina 1 – 1 (4-2 aet)
Italy Ukraine 3 – 0
1 July 2006 England Portugal 0 – 0 (1-3 aet)
Brazil France 0 – 1

 

Semi-finals

4 July 2006 Germany Italy 0 – 0 (0-2 aet)
5 July 2006 Portugal France 0 – 1

 

Third place

8 July 2006 Germany Portugal 3 – 1

 

Final

Date 9 July 2006
Attendance 69,000
Referee Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)
Italy 1(5)
France 1(3)
Gianluca Zambrotta
Fabio Cannavaro
Marco Materazzi
Fabio Grosso
Gennaro Gattuso
Andrea Pirlo
Mauro Camoranesi (86′ Out)
Simone Perrotta (61′ Out)
Francesco Totti (61′ Out)
Luca Toni
Daniele De Rossi (61′ In)
Vincenzo Iaquinta (61′ In)
Alessandro Del Piero (86′ In)
Fabien Barthez
Willy Sagnol
Lilian Thuram
William Gallas
Éric Abidal
Patrick Vieira (56′ Out)
Claude Makélélé
Franck Ribéry (100′ Out)
Zinedine Zidane (110′ Off)
Florent Malouda
Thierry Henry (107′ Out)
Alou Diarra (56′ In)
David Trézéguet (100′ In)
Sylvain Wiltord (107′ In)

 

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Cannavaro holding the World Cup trophy.