2006 Germany World Cup
- Winner Italy
- Runners-Up France
- Third Germany
- Fourth Portugal
- Goals scored 147
- Qualified Team 32
- Matches Played 64
- Attendance 3,359,439
The 2006 World Cup saw the tournament return to Germany after a 32-year absence and it was widely acclaimed as a triumph for the host nation, sparking a huge upsurge in national pride.
It also heralded a return to prominence for the European super-powers, with all four semi-finalists hailing from Europe for the first time since 1982 after Brazil and Argentina went out in the quarter-finals.
Argentina captured the imagination with a peerless 6-0 thrashing of Serbia and Montenegro in the group phase but they were sent packing after a penalty shootout defeat to the hosts.
Pre-tournament favourites Brazil, meanwhile, fell to a resurgent France.
Germany's crowd-pleasing run came to an end in a 2-0 semi-final defeat to Italy after a superb game in Dortmund that went to extra time, while a Zinedine Zidane penalty allowed a much-maligned France to overcome Portugal.
Marcello Lippi's Italy won the final -- their fourth success -- on penalties, with left-back Fabio Grosso sweeping home the decisive spotkick after the game ended 1-1.
The abiding image of the final, however, was Zidane's scarcely believable headbutt on Italy goalscorer Marco Materazzi and subsequent red card.
2006 WORLD CUP LEGENDS
FRANCE: b. 1972
A shy boy born to Algerian parents in the Marseille suburbs, Zidane would grow up to lead his country to their first ever World Cup on home soil in 1998.
Sinewy playmaker with a feathery touch and an almost balletic grace, he made his international bow in August 1994 as Les Bleus sought to rebuild after failing to qualify for that year's World Cup in America.
Four years later he had become the team's creative fulcrum and he scored two uncharacteristic headers as France defeated Brazil 3-0 in the final at a fervent Stade de France.
Won the 2000 European Championship with France and became the world's most expensive footballer when he joined Real Madrid from Juventus for around 75 million euros the year after.
Rushed back prematurely from a thigh injury in time for the 2002 World Cup and played just one game as the defending champions made a humiliating group-stage exit.
Coaxed out of international retirement for the 2006 World Cup, Zidane rolled back the years to inspire France to the final but was sent off for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi and never played football again.
BRAZIL: b. 1976
The most feared Brazilian striker since Pele, Ronaldo enjoyed his first World Cup experience at the age of 17 when he was a non-playing member of the Brazil squad that won the 1994 tournament in the USA.
A lithe, bewilderingly skillful forward with searing pace, he scored prolifically for Cruzeiro, PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan and notched 62 goals in 97 international appearances.
Having inspired Brazil to the 1998 World Cup final with four goals he suffered a mysterious fit on the eve of the decider with hosts France and was a shadow of himself in his side's 3-0 defeat.
Redeemed himself in thrilling fashion four years later by scoring a tournament-high eight goals as Brazil romped to their fifth World Cup.
A goal against Ghana at the 2006 tournament made him the highest scorer in World Cup finals history with 15.
ENGLAND: b. 1975
Blessed with a finely calibrated right foot and a commendable work ethic, Beckham became one of the world's richest and most famous sportsmen thanks to his equally well-developed gift for self-promotion.
Burst onto the international scene at the 1998 World Cup as the blond-haired boyfriend of Spice Girl Victoria Adams but was sent off in England's last-16 defeat on penalties to Argentina.
Became the scapegoat for England's failure but rose above the jeers and the cat-calls to win the Champions League with Manchester United in 1999 before joining Real Madrid in 2003.
Returned to the World Cup as England captain in 2002 but was short of fitness after a much-publicised metatarsal injury and could not prevent a quarter-final exit to eventual winners Brazil.
Portugal were England's vanquishers in 2006 and Beckham's dreams of a fourth tournament in 2010 were abruptly cut short by a ruptured Achilles tendon sustained during a loan spell at AC Milan.
2006 WORLD CUP SCORERS
Miroslav Klose (GER) 5
Hernan Crespo (ARG) 3
Maxi Rodriguez (ARG) 3
Ronaldo (BRA) 3
Thierry Henry (FRA) 3
Zinedine Zidane (FRA) 3
Lukas Podolski (GER) 3
Fernando Torres (ESP) 3
David Villa (ESP) 3
2006 WORLD CUP TRIVIA
- With Italy, France, Germany and Portugal reaching the semi-finals, it was the first time the last four had been an all-European affair since the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
- Italy's triumph was their fourth, after previous successes in 1934, 1938 and 1982, and took them ahead of Germany (three) and one tournament behind Brazil (five) in the list of all-time winners.
- David Beckham's goal against Ecuador in the last 16 made him the first English player to score in three World Cup finals after goals against Argentina in 1998 and 2002.
- By scoring in the final, Zinedine Zidane joined Pele, Vava and Paul Breitner in an elite group of players to have scored goals in two different World Cup finals.
- Zidane also became only the fourth player to be sent off in a World Cup final.
- Ronaldo's opening goal in Brazil's 3-0 last-16 victory over Ghana was his 15th at the World Cup, surpassing Gerd Muller's previous record of 14.
- More cards were shown at the 2006 World Cup than at any previous tournament, with 345 yellow cards and 28 red cards dished out.
- Miroslav Klose's five goals represented the lowest number of strikes by a World Cup golden boot winner since 1962.
- English referee Graham Poll mistakenly showed three yellow cards to Josip Simunic before sending him off in Croatia's 2-2 group-stage draw with Australia. The defender was booked twice in the second half but was not sent off until he received a third caution for dissent after the final whistle.
2010 WORLD CUP WINNING SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon, Angelo Peruzzi, Marco Amelia
Defenders: Cristian Zaccardo, Fabio Grosso, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Barzagli, Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta, Massimo Oddo, Marco Materazzi
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi, Gennaro Gattuso, Mauro Camoranesi, Simone Barone, Simone Perrotta, Andrea Pirlo
Forwards: Alessandro Del Piero, Luca Toni, Francesco Totti, Alberto Gilardino, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Filippo Inzaghi
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Friday 09 June
09 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time4-2Group AFIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Munich
09 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-2Group AFIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Saturday 10 June
10 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time1-0Group BFIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main
10 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time0-0Group BFIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund, Dortmund
10 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-1Group CFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg, HamburgCôte d'Ivoire
Sunday 11 June
11 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time0-1Group CZentralstadion, Leipzig
11 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time3-1Group DFranken-Stadion, NurembergIR Iran
11 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-1Group DFIFA World Cup Stadium, Cologne, Cologne
Monday 12 June
12 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time3-1Group FFritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
12 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time0-3Group EFIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
12 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-0Group EFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover, Hanover
Tuesday 13 June
13 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time2-1Group GFIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt, Frankfurt/MainTogo
13 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time0-0Group GGottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
13 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-0Group FOlympiastadion, Berlin
Wednesday 14 June
14 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time4-0Group HZentralstadion, Leipzig
14 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time2-2Group HFIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Munich
14 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-0Group AFIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund, Dortmund
Thursday 15 June
15 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time3-0Group AFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg, Hamburg
15 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time2-0Group BFranken-Stadion, Nuremberg
15 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-0Group BOlympiastadion, Berlin
Friday 16 June
16 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time6-0Group CFIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, GelsenkirchenSerbia and Montenegro
16 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time2-1Group CGottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, StuttgartCôte d'Ivoire
16 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-0Group DFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover, HanoverAngola
Saturday 17 June
17 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time2-0Group DFIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt, Frankfurt/MainIR Iran
17 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time0-2Group EFIFA World Cup Stadium, Cologne, Cologne
17 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-1Group EFritz-Walter-Stadion, KaiserslauternUSA
Sunday 18 June
18 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time0-0Group FFranken-Stadion, Nuremberg
18 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time2-0Group FFIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Munich
18 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-1Group GZentralstadion, Leipzig
Monday 19 June
19 Jun 2006 - 15:00 Local time0-2Group GFIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund, Dortmund
19 Jun 2006 - 18:00 Local time0-4Group HFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg, Hamburg
19 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time3-1Group HGottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Tuesday 20 June
20 Jun 2006 - 16:00 Local time1-2Group AFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover, Hanover
20 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-0Group BFritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Wednesday 21 June
21 Jun 2006 - 16:00 Local time2-1Group DFIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
21 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time3-2Group CFIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, MunichSerbia and Montenegro
Thursday 22 June
22 Jun 2006 - 16:00 Local time2-1Group EFranken-Stadion, NurembergUSA
22 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-2Group FGottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Friday 23 June
23 Jun 2006 - 16:00 Local time0-1Group HFritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
23 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-0Group GFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover, Hanover
Saturday 24 June
24 Jun 2006 - 17:00 Local time2-0Round of 16FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Munich
24 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time2-1Round of 16Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Sunday 25 June
25 Jun 2006 - 17:00 Local time1-0Round of 16Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
25 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-0Round of 16Franken-Stadion, Nuremberg
Monday 26 June
26 Jun 2006 - 17:00 Local time1-0Round of 16Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
26 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-0Round of 16FIFA World Cup Stadium, Cologne, Cologne
Tuesday 27 June
27 Jun 2006 - 17:00 Local time3-0Round of 16FIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund, Dortmund
27 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time1-3Round of 16FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover, Hanover
Friday 30 June
30 Jun 2006 - 17:00 Local time1-1Quarter-finalsOlympiastadion, Berlin
30 Jun 2006 - 21:00 Local time3-0Quarter-finalsFIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg, Hamburg
Saturday 01 July
01 Jul 2006 - 17:00 Local time0-0Quarter-finalsFIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
01 Jul 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-1Quarter-finalsFIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main
Tuesday 04 July
04 Jul 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-2Semi-finalsFIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund, Dortmund
Wednesday 05 July
05 Jul 2006 - 21:00 Local time0-1Semi-finalsFIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich, Munich