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World Cup Football

The 2006 FIFA World Cup, held in Germany from 9 June to 9 July, was won by Italy who defeated France 5-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were level 1-1 in the final at Berlin Olympic Stadium. Germany finished third and Portugal fourth. This was Italy's fourth World Cup victory.

It was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the association football world championship, contested by men's national football teams, and organized by FIFA, the international governing body for football. The 2006 FIFA World Cup began in December 2003 with the South American qualification. The other 188 countries entering the draw for a series of qualification tournaments and play-offs that resulted in 32 national teams qualifying for the finals tournament.

 

Germany hosted the finals, winning the honour in June 2000. Germany beat bids from South Africa (which will host the 2010 World Cup), Brazil, England and Morocco.

Tournament summary

The finals tournament of the 2006 World Cup began on 9 June 2006 and ended on 9 July 2006. A total of 64 games were played. The first stage was the group stage, for which the 32 teams were divided into eight groups of four teams each. The teams in these groups of four competed in three-round round-robin tournaments to find two teams from each group (a total of 16) to advance to the knock-out stage. The group stage was completed on 23 June 2006.

The knockout stage started on 24 June 2006, and progressive elimination of teams through the quarter-finals and semi-finals, finished with the World Cup Final which was played on 9 July 2006. Germany, the host nation, beat Portugal 3-1 in Stuttgart for third place.

The World Cup Final played in Berlin, saw the Italians triumph over France. After the regulation 90 minutes the game was 1-1, meaning that extra time had to be played. This was goalless and a penalty shootout followed. Italy won 5-3. It was the first all-European final since the 1982 FIFA World Cup (which Italy also won).

The final's biggest incident of the match was the sending off of France captain Zinedine Zidane, who was red-carded in the 110th minute for violent conduct after headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest after the two exchanged words while walking down the field. This foul marked the end of Zidane's international career; he had previously announced this would be his final game. Zidane was the only player not allowed to receive his medal at the presentation ceremony, as the red card required that he leave the field of play and not be allowed to return.

Teams

Thirty-two teams from six FIFA confederations play in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Only the host nation is given an automatic berth; the 31 other teams (including, in a departure from previous competitions, the defending champion) had to qualify.

Venues

Twelve cities were selected to host World Cup finals matches.
 

City Original stadium names World Cup 2006 stadium names Capacity
Berlin Olympiastadion Olympiastadion 74,176
Dortmund Signal Iduna Park FIFA World Cup Stadium, Dortmund 67,000
Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena FIFA World Cup Stadium, Frankfurt 48,132
Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena FIFA World Cup Stadium, Gelsenkirchen 53,804
Hamburg AOL Arena FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg 51,055
Hanover (Hannover) AWD-Arena FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hanover 44,652
Kaiserslautern Fritz-Walter-Stadion Fritz-Walter-Stadion 43,450
Cologne (Köln) RheinEnergieStadion FIFA World Cup Stadium, Cologne 46,120
Leipzig Zentralstadion Zentralstadion 44,199
Munich (München) Allianz Arena FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich 66,016
Nuremberg (Nürnberg) EasyCredit-Stadion Frankenstadion 41,926
Stuttgart Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion 54,267

Squads

National associations had until 15 May 2006 to confirm their team of twenty-three players. Of these twenty-three, three players had to be goalkeepers. In the event of injury or other incapacitation, a player was allowed to be replaced up until twenty-four hours before the team's first game.

Groups

Seeds

The eight seeded teams for the 2006 cup were announced on December 5, 2005. The seeds comprised Pot A in the draw. Pot B contained the unseeded qualifiers from South America, Africa and Oceania; Pot C contained eight of the nine remaining European sides, excluding Serbia and Montenegro. Pot D contained unseeded sides from the CONCACAF region and Asia. A special pot contained Serbia and Montenegro: this was done to ensure that no group contained three European teams. In the special pot, Serbia and Montenegro (white ball) was drawn first, then their group was drawn (black ball) from the three seeded non-European nations, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

It had been predetermined that as hosts, Germany would be placed in Group A, thus being assured of the venues of their group matches in advance of the draw. FIFA had also announced in advance that Brazil (the defending champions) would be allocated to group F.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Special Pot
 Argentina
 Brazil
 England
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Mexico
 Spain
 
 Angola
 Australia
 Côte d'Ivoire
 Ecuador
 Ghana
 Paraguay
 Togo
 Tunisia
 
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Netherlands
 Poland
 Portugal
 Switzerland
 Sweden
 Ukraine
 
 Costa Rica
 Iran
 Japan
 Korea Republic
 Saudi Arabia
 Trinidad and Tobago
 USA
 
 Serbia and Montenegro

On December 9, 2005 the draw was held and the group assignments and order of fixtures were determined. After the draw was completed, many football commentators remarked that group C appeared to be the group of death in the World Cup, although in actuality, the group was among the first to be settled; Argentina and the Netherlands both qualified with a game to spare with comfortable wins over Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Serbia and Montenegro respectively.

Point system

The first stage, or group stage, saw the thirty-two teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. There were three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams coming first and second in each group qualified for the second round.

The ranking of each team in each group was determined as follows, in order of priority:

  1. Greatest number of points obtained in all three group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all three group matches;
  3. Greatest number of goals scored in all three group matches.
    1. If any two teams cannot be separated by criteria 1–3;
      1. Team that won the match between the two teams in the tie;
    2. If three teams cannot be separated by criteria 1–3;
      1. Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the three teams in the tie;
      2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the three teams in the tie;
      3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the three teams in the tie;
  4. Drawing of lots by the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup.

These tie-breaking criteria were changed from an older version of the rules. As of 20 June 2006, with the group stage in progress, older versions of the rules were still available on FIFA and UEFA websites, causing some confusion among those trying to identify the correct criteria. In the event, only two ties actually occurred (in Groups C and H), both decided on criterion 2: goal difference in all three group matches. In addition, because the teams involved in the ties drew with each other, the older set of tie-breaking criteria would have produced the same tie-breaking results for these two ties.

Group stage results

In the following tables:

  • Pts = total points accumulated
  • Pld = total games played
  • W = total games won
  • D = total games drawn (tied)
  • L = total games lost
  • GF = total goals scored (goals for)
  • GA = total goals conceded (goals against)
  • GD = goal difference (GF−GA)

In the game results, goal scorers are listed below their country name with the time in minutes into the game that it was scored. A + sign indicates that the goal occurred during stoppage time. The teams placed first and second (shaded in green) qualified to the Round of 16.

Group A

Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group A
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Germany 9 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6
 Ecuador 6 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2
 Poland 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2
 Costa Rica 0 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 9, 2006
18:00
Germany 4–2  Costa Rica FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Elizondo (Argentina)
Lahm 6'
Klose 17', 61'
Frings 87'
  Wanchope 12', 73'
June 9, 2006
21:00
Poland 0–2  Ecuador FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Kamikawa (Japan)
    C. Tenorio 24'
Delgado 80'
June 14, 2006
21:00
Germany 1–0  Poland FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Medina (Spain)
Neuville 91+'      
June 15, 2006
15:00
Ecuador 3–0  Costa Rica FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Codjia (Benin)
C. Tenorio 8'
Delgado 54'
Kaviedes 92+'
   
June 20, 2006
16:00
 
Ecuador 0–3  Germany Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Ivanov (Russia)
    Klose 4', 44'
Podolski 57'
June 20, 2006
16:00
 
Costa Rica 1–2  Poland FIFA WM Stadion Hannover, Hanover
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Maidin (Singapore)
Gómez 24'
 
  Bosacki 33', 65'
 

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 England 7 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
 Sweden 5 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1
 Paraguay 3 3 1 0 2 2 2 0
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 3 0 1 2 0 4 −4

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 10, 2006
15:00
England 1–0  Paraguay FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Rodríguez (Mexico)
Gamarra 3' (OG)    
June 10, 2006
18:00
Trinidad and Tobago 0–0  Sweden FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 62,959
Referee: Maidin (Singapore)
     
June 15, 2006
18:00
England 2–0  Trinidad and Tobago Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Kamikawa (Japan)
Crouch 83'
Gerrard 91+'
   
June 15, 2006
21:00
Sweden 1–0  Paraguay Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Micheľ (Slovakia)
Ljungberg 89'    
June 20, 2006
21:00
 
Sweden 2–2  England FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Busacca (Switzerland)
Allbäck 51'
Larsson 90'
  J. Cole 34'
Gerrard 85'
June 20, 2006
21:00
 
Paraguay 2–0  Trinidad and Tobago Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Rosetti (Italy)
Sancho 25' (OG)
Cuevas 86'
   

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Argentina 7 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7
 Netherlands 7 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
 Côte d'Ivoire 3 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1
 Serbia and Montenegro 0 3 0 0 3 2 10 −8

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 10, 2006
21:00
Argentina 2–1  Côte d'Ivoire FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 49,480
Referee: De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Crespo 24'
Saviola 38'
  Drogba 82'
June 11, 2006
15:00
Serbia and Montenegro 0–1  Netherlands Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Attendance: 37,216
Referee: Merk (Germany)
    Robben 18'
June 16, 2006
15:00
 
Argentina 6–0  Serbia and Montenegro FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Rosetti (Italy)
Rodríguez 6', 41'
Cambiasso 31'
Crespo 78'
Tévez 84'
Messi 88'
   
June 16, 2006
18:00
 
Netherlands 2–1  Côte d'Ivoire Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Ruíz (Colombia)
van Persie 23'
van Nistelrooy 27'
  B. Koné 39'
June 21, 2006
21:00
 
Netherlands 0–0  Argentina FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Medina (Spain)
     
June 21, 2006
21:00
 
Côte d'Ivoire 3–2  Serbia and Montenegro FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Rodríguez (Mexico)
Dindane 37' (pen), 67'
Kalou 86' (pen)
  Žigić 10'
Ilić 20'

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Portugal 9 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4
 Mexico 4 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1
 Angola 2 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
 Iran 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 11, 2006
18:00
Mexico 3–1  Iran Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Rosetti (Italy)
Bravo 28', 76'
Zinha 79'
  Golmohammadi 36'
June 11, 2006
21:00
Angola 0–1  Portugal FIFA WM Stadion Cologne, Cologne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Larrionda (Uruguay)
    Pauleta 4'
June 16, 2006
21:00
Mexico 0–0  Angola FIFA WM Stadion Hannover, Hanover
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Maidin (Singapore)
     
June 17, 2006
15:00
 
Portugal 2–0  Iran FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Poulat (France)
Deco 63'
Ronaldo 80' (pen)
   
June 21, 2006
16:00

 
Portugal 2–1  Mexico FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Micheľ (Slovakia)
Maniche 6'
Simăo 24' (pen)
  Fonseca 29'
June 21, 2006
16:00

 
Iran 1–1  Angola Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Shield (Australia)
Bakhtiarizadeh 75'   Flávio 60'

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Italy 7 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
 Ghana 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 Czech Republic 3 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
 USA 1 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 12, 2006
18:00
USA 0–3  Czech Republic FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Amarilla (Paraguay)
    Koller 5'
Rosický 36', 76'
June 12, 2006
21:00
Italy 2–0  Ghana FIFA WM Stadion Hannover, Hanover
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Simon (Brazil)
Pirlo 40'
Iaquinta 83'
   
June 17, 2006
18:00
 
Czech Republic 0–2  Ghana FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Elizondo (Argentina)
    Gyan 2'
Muntari 82'
June 17, 2006
21:00
 
Italy 1–1  USA Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Larrionda (Uruguay)
Gilardino 22'   Zaccardo 27' (OG)
June 22, 2006
16:00
 
Czech Republic 0–2  Italy FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
    Materazzi 26'
Inzaghi 87'
June 22, 2006
16:00
 
Ghana 2–1  USA Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Merk (Germany)
Draman 22'
Appiah 47+' (pen)
  Dempsey 43'

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Brazil 9 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6
 Australia 4 3 1 1 1 5 5 0
 Croatia 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1
 Japan 1 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 12, 2006
15:00
Australia 3–1  Japan Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Abd El Fatah (Egypt)
Cahill 84', 89'
Aloisi 92+'
  Nakamura 26'
June 13, 2006
21:00
Brazil 1–0  Croatia Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
Kaká 44'    
June 18, 2006
15:00
Croatia 0–0  Japan Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: De Bleeckere (Belgium)
     
June 18, 2006
18:00
Brazil 2–0  Australia FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Merk (Germany)
Adriano 49'
Fred 90'
 
   
June 22, 2006
21:00
 
Japan 1–4  Brazil FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Poulat (France)
Tamada 34'   Ronaldo 46+', 81'
Juninho 53'
Gilberto 59'
June 22, 2006
21:00
Croatia 2–2  Australia Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Poll (England)
Srna 2'
N. Kovač 56'
 
  Moore 38' (pen)
Kewell 79'

Group G

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Switzerland 7 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4
 France 5 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2
 Korea Republic 4 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
 Togo 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 13, 2006
15:00

 
Korea Republic 2–1  Togo FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Poll (England)
Lee Chun-Soo 54'
Ahn Jung-Hwan 72'
  Kader 31'
June 13, 2006
18:00
 
France 0–0   Switzerland Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Ivanov (Russia)
     
June 18, 2006
21:00
 
France 1–1  Korea Republic Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
Henry 9'   Park Ji-Sung 81'
June 19, 2006
15:00
 
Togo 0–2   Switzerland FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Amarilla (Paraguay)
    Frei 16'
Barnetta 88'
June 23, 2006
21:00
 
Togo 0–2  France FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Larrionda (Uruguay)
    Vieira 55'
Henry 61'
June 23, 2006
21:00
 
Switzerland   2–0  Korea Republic FIFA WM Stadion Hannover, Hanover
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Elizondo (Argentina)
Senderos 23'
Frei 77'
   

Group H

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Spain 9 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7
 Ukraine 6 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
 Tunisia 1 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3
 Saudi Arabia 1 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

June 14, 2006
15:00
 
Spain 4–0  Ukraine Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Busacca (Switzerland)
Alonso 13'
Villa 17', 48' (pen)
Torres 81'
   
June 14, 2006
18:00
 
Tunisia 2–2  Saudi Arabia FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Shield (Australia)
Jaziri 23'
Jaďdi 92+'
  Al Qahtani 57'
Al Jaber 84'
June 19, 2006
18:00
 
Saudi Arabia 0–4  Ukraine FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Poll (England)
    Rusol 4'
Rebrov 36'
Shevchenko 46'
Kalynychenko 84'
June 19, 2006
21:00
 
Spain 3–1  Tunisia Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Simon (Brazil)
Raúl 71'
Torres 76', 91' (pen)
  Mnari 8'
June 23, 2006
16:00
 
Saudi Arabia 0–1  Spain Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Codjia (Benin)
    Juanito 36'
June 23, 2006
16:00
 
Ukraine 1–0  Tunisia Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Amarilla (Paraguay)
Shevchenko 70' (pen)    

Knockout stage

The knockout stage is a single-elimination tournament involving the sixteen teams that qualified from the Group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are: Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Final. There is also a play-off to decide third/fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, a draw is followed by thirty minutes of extra time (two fifteen minute halves); if scores are still level there is a penalty shootout (at least five penalties each, and more if necessary) to determine who progresses to the next round. Scores after extra time are indicated by (AET), and penalty shoot outs are indicated by (PSO).

Round of 16   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
                           
                   
   Germany  2
 
   Sweden  0  
   Germany (PSO)  1 (4)
 
     Argentina  1 (2)  
   Argentina (AET)  2
   
   Mexico  1  
   Germany  0
 
     Italy (AET)  2  
   Italy  1
   
   Australia  0  
   Italy  3
 
     Ukraine  0  
    Switzerland  0 (0)
   
   Ukraine (PSO)  0 (3)  
   Italy (PSO)  1 (5)
 
     France  1 (3)
   England  1
   
   Ecuador  0  
   England  0 (1)
 
     Portugal (PSO)  0 (3)  
   Portugal  1
   
   Netherlands  0  
   Portugal  0
 
     France  1   Third place
   Brazil  3
     
   Ghana  0  
   Brazil  0    Germany  3
 
     France  1      Portugal  1
   Spain  1
   
   France  3  

Round of 16

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2).

24 June 2006
17:00
 
Germany 2–0  Sweden FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Simon (Brazil)
Podolski 4', 12'    
24 June 2006
21:00
 
Argentina 2–1
(AET)
 Mexico Zentralstadion, Leipzig
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Busacca (Switzerland)
Crespo 10'
Rodríguez 98'
  Márquez 6'
25 June 2006
17:00
 
England 1–0  Ecuador Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Beckham 60'    
25 June 2006
21:00
 
Portugal 1–0  Netherlands Frankenstadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 41,000
Referee: Ivanov (Russia)
Maniche 23'    
26 June 2006
17:00
 
Italy 1–0  Australia Fritz Walter Stadion, Kaiserslautern
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Medina (Spain)
Totti 95+' (pen)    
26 June 2006
21:00
 
Switzerland   0–0
(0–3)
(PSO)
 Ukraine FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
     
    Penalties  
Streller : saved
Barnetta: crossbar
Cabańas: saved
0–3 Shevchenko: saved
Milevskiy: scored
Rebrov: scored
Gusev: scored
 
27 June 2006
17:00
Brazil 3–0  Ghana FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Micheľ (Slovakia)
Ronaldo 5'
Adriano 46+'
Ze Roberto 84'
 
   
27 June 2006
21:00
 
Spain 1–3
 
 France FIFA WM Stadion Hannover, Hanover
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Rosetti (Italy)
Villa 28' (pen)   Ribéry 41'
Vieira 83'
Zidane 92+'

Quarter-finals

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

30 June 2006
17:00

 
Germany 1–1
(4–2)
(PSO)
 Argentina Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Micheľ (Slovakia)
Klose 80'   Ayala 49'
    Penalties  
Neuville: scored
Ballack: scored
Podolski: scored
Borowski: scored
4–2 Cruz: scored
Ayala: saved
Rodríguez: scored
Cambiasso: saved
 
30 June 2006
21:00
 
Italy 3–0  Ukraine FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Zambrotta 6'
Toni 59', 69'
   
1 July 2006
17:00
 
England 0–0
(1–3)
(PSO)
 Portugal FIFA WM Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Elizondo (Argentina)
     
    Penalties  
Lampard: saved
Hargreaves: scored
Gerrard: saved
Carragher: saved
1–3 Simăo: scored
Viana: post
Petit: missed
Postiga: scored
Ronaldo: scored
 
 
1 July 2006
21:00
 
Brazil 0–1  France FIFA WM Stadion Frankfurt, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Medina (Spain)
    Henry 57'
 

Semi-finals

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

4 July 2006
21:00
 
Germany 0–2
(AET)
 Italy FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Archundia (Mexico)
    Grosso 119'
Del Piero 121+'
5 July 2006
21:00
 
Portugal 0–1  France FIFA WM Stadion München, Munich
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Larrionda (Uruguay)
    Zidane 33' (pen)

Third place play-off

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

8 July 2006
21:00
 
Germany 3–1  Portugal Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Kamikawa (Japan)
Schweinsteiger 56', 78'
Petit 60' (OG)
  Gomes 88'

Final

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)

9 July 2006
20:00
 
Italy 1–1
(5–3)
(PSO)
 France Olympiastadion, Berlin
Attendance: 69,000
Referee: Elizondo (Argentina)
Materazzi 19'   Zidane 7' (pen)
    Penalties  
Pirlo: scored
Materazzi: scored
De Rossi: scored
Del Piero: scored
Grosso: scored
5–3 Wiltord: scored
Trezeguet: crossbar
Abidal: scored
Sagnol: scored
 
 

Awards

2006 World Cup Winners

ITALY
Fourth title

 

Golden Shoe winner: Yashin Award: Best Young Player: FIFA Fair Play Trophy:
 Miroslav Klose
 
 Lukas Podolski
 
 Brazil
 Spain
 
 Portugal
 

Mastercard All Star Team

The Mastercard All Star Team is a squad consisting of the 23 most impressive players at the 2006 World Cup, as selected by FIFA's Technical Study Group. The team was chosen from a shortlist of over 50 players, and was selected based on performances up to the second round. FIFA announced the team on July 7, 2006.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
 Gianluigi Buffon
 Jens Lehmann
 Ricardo Pereira
 
 Roberto Ayala
John Terry
 Lilian Thuram
 Philipp Lahm
 Fabio Cannavaro
 Gianluca Zambrotta
 Ricardo Carvalho
 
 Zé Roberto
 Patrick Vieira
 Zinedine Zidane
 Michael Ballack
 Andrea Pirlo
 Gennaro Gattuso
 Francesco Totti
 Luís Figo
 Maniche
 
 Hernan Crespo
 Thierry Henry
 Miroslav Klose
 Luca Toni
 

Individual scorers

Miroslav Klose received the Adidas Golden Shoe Award for scoring 5 goals in the World Cup. 147 goals were scored (4 of which were own goals). An additional 21 goals were scored in penalty shootouts, but these are not counted.

5 goals
  •  Miroslav Klose


 

3 goals
  •  Hernán Crespo
  •  Maxi Rodríguez
  •  Ronaldo
  •  Thierry Henry
  •  Zinedine Zidane
  •  Lukas Podolski
  •  Fernando Torres
  •  David Villa


 

2 goals
  •  Tim Cahill
  •  Adriano
  •  Paulo Wanchope
  •  Aruna Dindane
  •  Tomáš Rosický
  •  Agustín Delgado
  •  Carlos Tenorio
  • Steven Gerrard
  •  Patrick Vieira
  •  Bastian Schweinsteiger
  •  Marco Materazzi
  •  Luca Toni
  •  Omar Bravo
  •  Bartosz Bosacki
  •  Maniche
  •  Alexander Frei
  •  Andriy Shevchenko
Own goals
  •  Cristian Zaccardo (1)
  •  Carlos Gamarra (1)
  •  Brent Sancho (1)
  •  Petit (1)
1 goal
  •  Flávio Amado
  •  Roberto Ayala
  •  Esteban Cambiasso
  •  Lionel Messi
  •  Javier Saviola
  •  Carlos Tévez
  •  John Aloisi
  •  Harry Kewell
  •  Craig Moore
  •  Fred
  •  Gilberto Melo
  •  Juninho
  •  Kaká
  •  Zé Roberto
  •  Rónald Gómez
  •  Didier Drogba
  •  Bonaventure Kalou
  •  Bakary Koné
  •  Niko Kovač
  •  Darijo Srna
  •  Jan Koller
  •  Iván Kaviedes
  • David Beckham
  • Joe Cole
  • Peter Crouch
  •  Franck Ribéry
  •  Torsten Frings
  •  Philipp Lahm
  •  Oliver Neuville
  •  Stephen Appiah
  •  Haminu Dramani
  •  Asamoah Gyan
  •  Sulley Ali Muntari
  •  Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh
  •  Yahya Golmohammadi
  •  Alessandro del Piero
  •  Alberto Gilardino
  •  Fabio Grosso
  •  Vincenzo Iaquinta
  •  Filippo Inzaghi
  •  Andrea Pirlo
  •  Francesco Totti
  •  Gianluca Zambrotta

 
  •  Shunsuke Nakamura
  •  Keiji Tamada
  •  Ahn Jung-hwan
  •  Lee Chun-Soo
  •  Park Ji-Sung
  •  Francisco Fonseca
  •  Rafael Márquez
  •  Zinha
  •  Ruud van Nistelrooij
  •  Robin van Persie
  •  Arjen Robben
  •  Nelson Cuevas
  •  Deco
  •  Nuno Gomes
  •  Pauleta
  •  Cristiano Ronaldo
  •  Simăo Sabrosa
  •  Sami Al-Jaber
  •  Yasser Al-Qahtani
  •  Saša Ilić
  •  Nikola Žigić
  •  Xabi Alonso
  •  Juanito Gutiérrez
  •  Raúl González
  •  Marcus Allbäck
  •  Henrik Larsson
  •  Fredrik Ljungberg
  •  Tranquillo Barnetta
  •  Philippe Senderos
  •  Mohamed Kader
  •  Radhi Jaidi
  •  Ziad Jaziri
  •  Jaouhar Mnari
  •  Clint Dempsey
  •  Maksim Kalynychenko
  •  Sergiy Rebrov
  •  Andriy Rusol

References and footnotes

  1. ^ During the World Cup, many of the stadiums will be officially known by different names, as FIFA prohibits sponsorship of stadiums unless the stadium sponsors are also official FIFA sponsors. For example, Allianz Arena will be known during the competition as "FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich" (or in German: "FIFA WM-Stadion München"). On the Allianz Arena in Munich even the letters of the company Allianz have to be removed or covered. These new names are reflected in the table. Some of the stadiums also have a lower capacity for the World Cup, as FIFA regulations ban standing room. Of the twelve hosting stadiums, only Zentralstadion in Leipzig is on the area of the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
  2. ^ Seated capacity. Some stadiums have greater capacity for German league games due to standing room.
  3. ^ Regulations: 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. (PDF) FIFA. Retrieved on 2006-06-26.
  4. ^ Wilson, Paul (2005-12-11). An easy group? Draw your own conclusions. The Observer. Retrieved on 2006-06-26.
  5. ^ Palmer, Kevin (2006-05-24). Group C Tactics Board. Retrieved on 2006-06-26.
  6. ^ O'Dea, Joseph (2006-05-18). FIFA changes World Cup tie-breaking rules. Retrieved on 2006-06-29.

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