2006 Germany

“XVIII Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft”

Fifa World Cup



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General Points

  • Location and Dates: Germany, 9th June - 9th July 2006: Berlin (Olympiastadion; capacity 73,000, rebuilt 2004 for £165m hosted matches 6), Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park; rebuilt 2003 £23m, 65,000 - 6), Frankfurt-am-Main (Commerzbank Arena; rebuilt 2005 £128m, 48,900 - 5), Köln (RheinEnergie Stadion; rebuilt 2004 £75m, 44,700 - 5), Gelsenkirchen (Veltins Arena; opened as new 2001 £131m, 52,500 - 5), Kaiserslautern (Fritz Walter Stadion rebuit 2006 £49m, 45,800 - 5), Hamburg (AOL Arena; rebuilt 2000 £68m, 49,700 - 5), Hannover (AWD Arena; rebuilt 2005 £44m, 43,200 - 5), Leipzig (Zentralstadion; built new 2004 £79m, 42,900 - 5), München (Allianz Arena; built new 2005 £231m, 66,000 - 6), Nürnberg (Frankenstadion; rebuilt 2005 £38m, 42,600 - 5), and Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion; rebuilt 2005 £35m, 52,000 - 6). note: most capacities reduced for the finals; Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund can hold 82,000 for domestic games.
  • Decided at FIFA Congress Zürich, 6th July 2000 GER (10 votes, then 11 won with 12) defeated RSA (6 then11, 11 again and eliminated), ENG (5 then 2 eliminated), & MAR (3 eliminated) in the vote.
  • Entries deadline: 30th September 2003. 198 (excluding the hosts, for the first time the defending champions had to qualify) teams entered, 194 actually played (2 for the first time) 847 preliminary matches, producing 2,464 goals. Central African Republic, Guam and Nepal withdrew. Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Puerto Rico and Djibouti of the FIFA member states did not enter.
  • Qualifications drawn : 5th December 2003, Frankfurt-am-Main.
  • European play-offs drawn 14th October 2005 in Zürich.
  • Finals Tournament drawn: 9th December 2005, The Neue Messe in Liepzig.
  • Competition Format: The tournament was set up with 32 teams divided into eight first-round groups under a league system, the top two teams advancing to the next round Qualification decided by (in order): Points, goal difference, number of goals scored, outcome of encounter between two sides, drawing of lots. The second round, quarter-finals and semi-finals were played in knockout format
  • Squad numbers expanded from this WC to 23 are shown in [square brackets] and precede the player's names; (s) means "seeded".
  • Participating teams: Germany [3] (hosts) – [UEFA] CRO, CZE, ENG [7], FRA [2], ITA [1], HOL, POL, POR, SMG, ESP [9], SWE, SUI, UKR; [SAMER] ARG [6], BRZ [5], ECU, PAR; [AFRICA] ANG, GHA, CIV, TOG, TUN; [CONCACAF] CRC, MEX [15], TRI, USA; [ASIA] IRN, JPN, KSA, KOR and AUS from OCEANIA
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  • I recommend this brilliant closing montage by ITV, one of their best ever.

First Stage

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GERMANY (s), COSTA RICA, ECUADOR, POLAND.

Game 1: Friday 9 June 2006 (18:00 all times are local +1BST), Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [645]

(64,950) Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (ARG), Darío Miguel García (ARG), Rodolfo Gustavo Otero (ARG).

GERMANY 4, COSTA RICA 2 (2:1)

1:0 Lahm 6, 2:0 Klose 17, 2:1 Wanchope 12, 3:1 Klose 61, 3:2 Wanchope 73, 4:2 Frings 87.

Note: Match preceeded by the FIFA 2006 World Cup opening ceremony.

GER: (4-1-3-2): [1] Jens Gerhard Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich, [17] Per Mertesacker, [21] Christoph Metzelder, [16] Philipp Lahm; - [8] Torsten Frings; - [19] Bernd Schneider (c) 90 [22] David Odonkor), [18] Tim Borowski (72 [5] Sebastian Kehl), [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger; - [20] Lukas Podolski, [11] Miroslav Klose Ω (79 [10] Oliver Patric Neuville).

CRC: (3-5-2): [18] José Francisco Porras Hidalgo; - [4] Michael Umaña Corrales, [20] Douglas Esteban Sequeira Solano, [3] Luis Antonio Marín Murillo (c); - [5] Gilberto Martínez Vidal (67 [2] Jervis Drummond Johnson), [6] Danny Alberto Fonseca Bravo, [10] Wálter Centeno Corea, [8] Mauricio Solís Mora (78 [7] Christian Bolaños Navarro), [12] Leonardo González Arce; - [11] Rónald Gómez Gómez (90 [14] Randall Azofeifa Corrales), [9] Paulo César Wanchope Watson.

Booked:

31 Fonseca.

CRC defender Gilberto Martínez was put out of the WC after damaging a tendon in his left leg, he returned to his club Brescia in Italy.

Ω denotes FIFA man of the match.

Game 2: Friday 9 June 2006 (21:00) Arena AufSchalke (had been renamed Veltins-Arena, but old name used during WC), Gelsenkirchen. [646]

( 52,000) Toru Kamikawa (Japan), Yoshikazu Hiroshima (JAP), Kim Dae-Young (RSK).

ECUADOR 2, POLAND 0 (1:0)

1:0 Carlos Tenorio 24, 2:0 Delgado 80.

ECU (4-4-2): [12] Cristian Rafael Mora Medrano ; - [4] Ulises Hernán de la Cruz Bernardo , [3] Iván Jacinto Hurtado Angulo (c) (69 [2] Jorge Daniel Guagua Tamayo ), [17] Giovanny Patricio Espinoza Pabón, [18] Néicer Reasco Yano ; - [8] Edison Vicente Méndez Méndez , [14] Segundo Alejandro Castillo Nazareno , [20] Edwin Rolando Tenorio Montaño , [16] Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera Valencia; - [21] Carlos Vicente Tenorio Medina (65 [10] Jaime Iván Kaviedes Llorenty ), [11] Agustín Javier Delgado Chalá Ω (83 [6] Patricio Javier Urrutía Espinoza ).

POL (4-5-1): [1] Artur Boruc; - [4] Marcin Baszczyński, [2] Mariusz Jop, [6] Jacek Waldemar Bąk (c), [14] Michał Ryszard Żewłakow; - [16] Arkadiusz Piotr Radomski, [7] Radosław Sobolewski (67 [21] Ireneusz Jeleń), [15] Euzebiusz Smolarek, [8] Jacek Kamil Krzynówek (77 [5] Kamil Kosowski), [10] Mirosław Szymkowiak; - [9] Maciej Stanisław Żurawski (84 [23] Paweł Brożek).

Booked: 31 Hurtado, 70 Edison Méndez, not retreating. / 36 Smolarek.

Game 17: Wednesday 14 June ( 21:00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [661]

(30,236) László Vágner (HUN); Laurent Rausis (SUI), Evzen Amler (TCH).

GERMANY 1. POLAND 0 (0:0).

Neuville 90.

GER (4-4-2): [1] Jens Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich (64 [22] David Odonkor), [17] Per Mertesacker, [21] Christoph Metzelder, [16] Philipp Lahm Ω; - [19] Bernd Schneider, [8] Torsten Frings, [13] Michael Ballack (c), [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger (76 [18] Tim Borowski); - [11] Miroslav Klose, [20] Lukas Podolski (71 [10] Oliver Neuville).

POL (4-2-3-1): [1] Artur Boruc; - [4] Marcin Baszczyński, [19] Bartosz Bosacki, [6] Jacek Bąk (c), [14] Michał Żewłakow (83 [17] Dariusz Dudka); - [7] Radosław Sobolewski, [16] Arkadiusz Radomski; - [21] Ireneusz Jeleń (90 [23] Paweł Brożek), [9] Maciej Żurawski, [8] Jacek Krzynówek (77 [18] Mariusz Lewandowski); - [15] Euzebiusz Smolarek.

Sent Off: 75 Sobolewski.

Booked: 58 Ballack, 68 Odonkor, 70 Metzelder / 3 Krzynówek, 28 Sobolewski, 89 Boruc time wasting.

Game 18: Thursday 15 June 2006 ( 15:00) AOL-Arena, Hamburg. [662]

(

50,000

) Bonaventure Coffi Codjia (BEN), Célestin Ntagungira (RWA), Aboudou Adérodjou (BEN).

ECUADOR 3, COSTA RICA 0 (1:0

1:0 Carlos Tenorio 8, 2:0 Delgado 54, 3:0 Kaviedes 90.

ECU (4-4-2): [12] Cristian Mora; - [4] Ulises de la Cruz, [3] Iván Hurtado (c), [17] Giovanny Espinoza (68 [2] Jorge Guagua), [18] Néicer Reasco ; - [16] Luis Valencia (73 [6] Patricio Urrutía), [14] Segundo Castillo, [20] Edwin Tenorio, [8] Edison Méndez; - [21] Carlos Tenorio (h/t [10] Iván Kaviedes), [11] Agustín Delgado Ω.

CRC (3-4-2-1): [18] Jose Francisco Porras; - [20] Douglas Sequeira, [3] Luis Marín (c), [4] Michael Umaña; - [15] Hárold Amed Wallace MacDonald, [8] Mauricio Solís, [6] Danny Fonseca (28 [19] Alvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón), [12] Leonardo González (56 [16] Carlos Hernández Valverde); - [10] Wálter Centeno (84 [13] Kurt Bernard Simpson), [11] Rónald Gómez; - [9] Paulo Wanchope.

Booked: 43 Castillo, 53 De la Cruz, 59 Mora, time wasting / 9 Marín, 27 Solís.

Game 33 / 34: Tuesday 20 June 2006 (16:00) AWD (Allgemeiner Wirtschaftsdienst = General Economic Service)-Arena, Hannover (Hanover). [678 / 679]

(

43,000

)

Shamsul Maidin (SIN), Prachya Permpanich (THA), Eissa Ghalum (UAE).

POLAND 2, COSTA RICA 1 (1:1).

1:0 Bosacki 33, 1:1 Gómez 24, 2:1 Bosacki 66.

POL (4-4-2): [1] Artur Boruc; - [4] Marcin Baszczyński, [19] Bartosz Bosacki Ω, [6] Jacek Bąk (c), [14] Michał Żewłakow; - [15] Eusebiusz Smolarek (85 Grzegorz Rasiak), [16] Arkadiusz Radomski (64 [18] Mariusz Lewandowski), [10] Mirosław Szymkowiak, [8] Jacek Krzynówek; - [21] Ireneusz Jeleń, [9] Maciej Żurawski (h/t [23] Paweł Brożek).

CRC (3-5-2): [18] José Francisco Porras; - [4] Michael Umaña, [3] Luis Marín (c), [17] Gabriel Badilla Segura; - [2] Jervis Drummond (70 [15] Hárold Wallace), [10] Wálter Centeno, [7] Christian Bolaños (78 [19] Alvaro Saborio), [8] Mauricio Solís, [12] Leonardo González; - [9] Paulo Wanchope, [11] Rónald Gómez (82 [16] Carlos Hernández).

Booked: 18 Radomski, 23 Bąk, 29 Żewłakow, 60 Baszczyński, 90 Boruc time wasting / 17 Umana, 45 Marín, 45+ Gómez dissent, 56 Badilla, 76 González.

Game 33 / 34: Tuesday 20 June 2006 ( 16:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [678 / 679]

(

72,000

) Valentin Ivanov (RUS), Nikolai Borisovich Golubev (RUS), Yevgeni Viktorovich Volnin (RUS).

GERMANY 3, ECUADOR 0 (1:0)

1:0 Klose 4, 2:0 Klose 44, 3:0 Podolski 57.

GER (4-4-2): [1] Jens Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich, [17] Per Mertesacker, [4] Robert Huth, [16] Philipp Lahm; - [19] Bernd Schneider (72 [14] Gerald Kwabena Asamoah), [8] Torsten Frings (66 18] Tim Borowski), [13] Michael Ballack (c) Ω, [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger; - [11] Miroslav Klose (66 [10] Oliver Neuville), [20] Lukas Podolski.

ECU (4-4-2): [12] Cristian Mora; - [4] Ulises de la Cruz, [2] Jorge Guagua, [17] Giovanny Espinoza, [13] Vicente Paúl Ambrossi Zambrano; - [16] Luis Valencia (63 [7] Christian Rolando Lara Anangonó), [15] Marlon Ritter Ayoví Mosquera (c) 68 [6] Patricio Urrutía), [20] Edwin Tenorio, [8] Edison Méndez; - [9] Félix Alexander Borja Valencia (h/t [23] Christian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt), [10] Iván Kaviedes.

Booked: 74 Borowski. / 51 Valencia.

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Pld W D L F A Pts
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

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Group B - ENGLAND(s), PARAGUAY, SWEDEN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.

Game 3: Saturday 10 June 2006 (15:00) Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main. [647]

(48,000) Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (MEX), José Luis Camargo Callado (MEX), Leonel Leal Bermúdez (CRC).

ENGLAND 1, PARAGUAY 0 (1:0)

Gamarra 3 og.

ENG: (4-4-2): [1] Paul William Robinson; - [2] Gary Alexander Neville, [5] Rio Gavin Ferdinand, [6] John George Terry, [3] Ashley Cole; - [7] David Robert Joseph Beckham (c), [4] Steven George Gerrard, [8] Frank James Lampard Ω, [11] Joseph John Cole (82 [16] Owen Lee Hargreaves); - [10] Michael James Owen (56 [20] Stewart Downing), [21] Peter James Crouch.

PAR: (4-4-2): [1] Justo Wilmar Villar Viveros (8 [22] Aldo Antonio Bobadilla Avalos); - [21] Denis Ramón Caniza Acuña, [5] Julio César Cáceres López, [4] Carlos Alberto Gamarra Pavón (c), [3] Delio César Toledo Rodas, (82 [2] Jorge Martín Núñez Mendoza); - [6] Carlos Bonet Cáceres, (68 [23] Nelson Rafael Cuevas Amarilla), [10] Roberto Miguel Acuña Cabello, [13] Carlos Humberto Paredes Monges, [16] Cristián Miguel Riveros Núñez; - [9] Roque Luis Santa Cruz Cantero, [18] Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez.

Booked: Gerrard 19, Crouch, dissent 63. / Valdez 22.

Game 4: Saturday 10 June 2006 (18;00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [648]

(65,000) Shamsul Maidin (SIN), Prachya Permpanich (THA), Eissa Ghalum (UAE).

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0, SWEDEN 0.

TRI (4-5-1): [1] Neil Shaka Hislop; - [8] Cyd Clevon Gray, [5] Brent Kevon Sancho, [6] Dennis William Lawrence, [3] Emery Avery John; - [11] Akhenaton Carlos Edwards, [7] Christopher Birchall, [19] Dwight Eversley Yorke (c) Ω, [18] Densill Theobald (66 [9] Aurtis Clement Whitley), [12] Collin Andrew Samuel (53 [13] Cornell Glen): - [14] Stern Terrence John.

SWE (4-4-2): [23] Rami Shaaban; - [7] Jens Niclas Alexandersson, [3] Erik Olof Mellberg (c), [4] Teddy Mark Sime Lucic, [5] Eric Kenneth Edman; - [21] Christian Wilhelmsson (78 [18] Mattias Jonson), [6] Tobias Linderoth (79 [16] Kim Källström), [8] Anders Gunnar Svensson (62 [20] Marcus Cristian Allbäck), [9] Karl Fredrik Ljungberg; - [10] Zlatan Ibrahimovic, [11] Edward Henrik Larsson.

Sent Off: Avery John 46' his second reckless challenge just after the restart..

Booked: Avery John 16, Avery John 46, Yorke 74. / Larsson 90.

“The most overated player in the World” Martin O’Neill said of Ibrahimovic he might be right.

Game 19: Thursday 15 June 2006 (18:00) Nuremburg. [663]

(41,000)

Toru Kamikawa (JPN), Yoshikazu Hiroshima (JPN), Kim Dae-Young (RSK).

ENGLAND 2, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0 (0:0)

1:0 Crouch 83, 2:0 Gerrard 90.

ENG (4-4-2): [1] Paul Robinson; - [15] James Lee Duncan Carragher (58 [11] Aaron Justin Lennon), [5] Rio Ferdinand, [6] John Terry, [3] Ashley Cole; - [7] David Beckham (c) Ω, [4] Steven Gerrard, [8] Frank Lampard, [11] Joe Cole (74 [20] Stewart Downing); - [10] Michael Owen (57’36” [9] Wayne Mark Rooney), [21] Peter Crouch.

TRI (4-1-4-1): [1] Shaka Hislop; - [11] Carlos Edwards, [5] Brent Sancho, [6] Dennis Lawrence, [8] Cyd Gray; - [19] Dwight Yorke (c); - [15] Kenwyne Joel Jones (70 [13] Cornell Glen), [7] Chris Birchall, [9] Aurtis Whitley, [18] Densill Theobald (85 [16] Evans Wise); - [14] Stern John.

Booked: Lampard 64. / Theobald 18, Whitley 19, Jones 45, Hislop 47, time wasting, Gray 56.

Dwight Yorke will remember this game for his great tackling and in the 27th minute when he received a direct hit in the family jewels from a Gerrard special.

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Game 20: Thursday 15 June 2006 (21:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [664]

(72,000)

Lubos Michel (SLK), Roman Slyško (SLK), Martin Balko (SLK).

SWEDEN 1, PARAGUAY 0 (0:0)

Ljungberg 89.

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Andreas Isaksson; - [7] Niclas Alexandersson, [3] Olof Mellberg (c), [4] Teddy Lucic, [5] Erik Edman; - [21] Christian Wilhelmsson (68 [18] Mattias Jonson), [6] Tobias Linderoth, [16] Kim Källström (86 [17] Johan Elmander), [9] Freddie Ljungberg Ω; - [10] Zlatan Ibrahimovic (h/t [20] Marcus Allbäck), [11] Henrik Larsson.

PAR (4-4-2): [22] Aldo Bobadilla; - [21] Denis Caniza, [5] Julio César Cáceres, [4] Carlos Gamarra (c), [2] Jorge Núñez; - [6] Corlos Bonet (81 [8] Edgar Osvaldo Barreto Cáceres), [10] Roberto Acuña, [13] Carlos Paredes, [16] Cristián Riveros (62 [19] Julio Daniel dos Santos Rodriguez); - [18] Nelson Haedo Valdez, [9] Roque Santa Cruz (63 [20] Dante Rafael López Fariña).

Booked: Linderoth 14, Lucic 48, Allbäck 60. / Caniza 3, Acuña 51, Paredes 74, Barreto 85.

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Game 35 / 36: Tuesday 20 June 2006 (21:00) Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. [679 / 680]

(46,000)

Roberto Rosetti (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA).

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PARAGUAY 2, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0 (1:0)

1:0 Sancho 25 og, 2:0 Cuevas 86.

PAR (4-4-2): [22] Aldo Bobadilla; - [21] Denis Caniza (88 [14] Paulo César da Silva Barrios), [5] Julio César Cáceres (78 [15] Julio César Manzur), [4] Carlos Gamarra (c), [2] Jorge Núñez; - [8] Edgar Barreto, [10] Roberto Acuña, [13] Carlos Paredes, [19] Julio dos Santos Ω; - [9] Roque Santa Cruz, [18] Nelson Haedo Valdez (66 [23] Nelson Cuevas).

TRI (4-4-2): [21] Kelvin Kyron Jack; - [11] Carlos Edwards, [5] Brent Sancho, [6] Dennis Lawrence, [3] Avery John (31 [15] Kenwyne Jones); - [7] Chris Birchall, [9] Aurtis Whitley (66 [10] Russel Nigel Latapy), [19] Dwight Yorke (c), [18] Densill Theobald; - [13] Cornell Glen (41 [16] Evans Wise), [14] Stern John.

Booked: Paredes 30, Dos Santos 55. / Sancho 45, Whitley 49.

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Game 36: Tuesday 20 June 2006 (21:00) Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln (Cologne). [679 / 680]

(45,000)

Massimo Busacca (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI).

SWEDEN 2, ENGLAND 2 (0:1)

0:1 Joe Cole 34, 1:1 Allbäck 51, 1:2 Gerrard 85, 2:2 Larsson 90.

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Andreas Isaksson; - [7] Niclas Alexandersson, [3] Olof Mellberg (c), [4] Teddy Lucic, [5] Eric Edman; - [18] Mattias Jonson (54 [21] Christian Wilhelmsson), [6] Tobias Linderoth (90 [19] Daniel Jerry Andersson), [16] Kim Källström, [9] Freddie Ljungberg; - [11] Henrik Larsson, [20] Marcus Allbäck (74 [17] Johan Elmander). .

ENG (4-4-2): [1] Paul Robinson; - [15] Jamie Carragher, [5] Rio Ferdinand (56 [12] Sulzeer ‘Sol’ Ian Jeremiah Campbell), [6] John Terry, [3] Ashley Cole; - [7] David Beckham (c) , [16] Owen Hargreaves, [8] Frank Lampard, [11] Joe Cole Ω; - [9] Wayne Rooney (69 [4] Steven Gerrard), [10] Michael Owen (4 [21] Peter Crouch).

Booked: Alexandersson 83, Ljungberg 87. / Hargreaves 76.

Pld W D L F A Pts
ENGLAND 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
SWEDEN 3 1 2 0 3 2 5
Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 3
Trindad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 1

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Group C - ARGENTINA (s), HOLLAND, IVORY COAST, SERBIA; & MONTENEGRO.

Game 5: Saturday 10 June 2006 (21:00) FIFA World Cup Stadium, AOL-Arena, Hamburg. [649]

(49,480)

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL).

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ARGENTINA 2, IVORY COAST 1 (2:0)

1:0 Crespo 24, 2:0 Saviola 38, 2:1 Drogba 82.

ARG (4-3-1-2): [1] Roberto Carlos Abbondanzieri; - [21] Nicolás Andrés Burdisso, [2] Roberto Fabián Ayala, [6] Iván Gabriel Heinze, [3] Juan Pablo Sorin (c); - [18] Maximiliano Rubén Rodriguez, [8] Javier Alejandro Mascherano, [5] Esteban Matias Cambiasso Deleau; - [10] Juan Román Riquelme (90 [16] Pablo César Aimar); - [7] Javier Pedro Saviola Ω (76 [22] Luis Oscar González), [9] Hernán Jorge Crespo (64 [14] Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio).

CIV (4-2-3-1): [ 1] Jean-Jacques Tizié ; - [21] Emmanuel Eboué, [4] Kolo Abib Touré, [12] Abdoulaye Meité, [3] Étienne Artur Boka; - [19] Yaya Gnégnéri Touré, [5] Alain Didier Zokora Déguy; - [18] Abdul Kader Keita (77 [9] Arouna Koné), [8] Bonaventure Kalou (56 [15] Aruna Keita Dindané ), [2] Kanga Gauthier Akale (62 [14] Bakary Koné); - [11] Didier Yves Drogba Tébily (c).

Booked:

41 Saviola, not retreating, 49 Heinze, 81 González. / 62 Eboué, 88 Drogba.

Game 6: Sunday 11 June 2006 (15:00) Zentralstadion, Leipzig. [650]

(37,216)

Markus Merk (GER), Christian Alfons Hermann Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER).

HOLLAND 1, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 0 (1:0)

Robben 18.

HOL (4-3-3): [1] Edwin Franciscus Van der Sar (c); - [14] John Gijsbert Alan Heitinga, [13] Antonius Maria ‘André‘ Ooijer, [4] Joris Mathijsen (86 [3] Khalid Boulahrouz), [5] Giovanni Christiaan Van Bronckhorst; - [18] Mark Peter Gertruda Andreas Van Bommel (60 [6] Denny Domingoes Landzaat), [20] Wesley Sneijder, [8] Phillip John William Cocu, - [17] Robin Van Persie, [9] Rutgers Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (69 [7] Kuijt), [11] Arjen Robben Ω.

SCG (4-4-2): [1] Dragoslav Jevrić; - [4] Igor Duljaj, [6] Goran Gavranćić , [20] Mladen Krstajić , [3] Ivica Dragutinović; - [14] Nenad Đorđević (43 [7] Ognjen Koroman), [17] Albert (Nađ) Nadj, [10] Dejan Stanković , [11] Predrag Đorđević ; - [9] Savo Milosević (c. h/t [19] Nicola Žigić ), [8] Mateja Kežman (66 [21] Danijel Ljuboja).

Booked:

56 Van Bronckhorst, 85 Heitinga, time wasting / 34 Dejan Stanković, 64 Koroman, best YC of the WC, he was awarded a free-kick for a foul and gestured to the referee to book the player – he had made the same performance 10 minutes earlier - and got one himself, the only time I witnessed this during the finals, despite FIFA recommendations to clamp down on unsportsmanlike behaviour. 81 Dragutinović, 90 Gavranćić.

Game 21: Friday 16 June 2006 ( 15:00) Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen. [665]

(52,00)

Roberto Rosetti (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA).

ARGENTINA 6, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 0 (3:0)

1:0 Rodriguez 6, 2:0 Cambiasso 31, 3:0 Rodriguez 41, 4:0 Crespo 78, 5:0 Tévez 84, 6:0 Messi 88.

ARG (4-1-3-2): [1] Roberto Abbondanzieri; - [21] Nicolás Burdisso, [2] Roberto Ayala, [6] Gabriel Heinze, [3] Juan Pablo Sorin (c); - [8] Javier Mascherano; - [22] Luis González (16 [5] Esteban Cambiasso), [10] Juan Roman Riquelme Ω, [18] Maxi Rodriguez (74 [19] Lionel Andrés Messi); - [7] Javier Saviola (58 [11] Carlos Alberto Tévez Martinez), [9] Hernán Crespo.

SCG (4-4-2): [1] Dragoslav Jevrić; - [4] Igor Duljaj, [6] Goran Gavranćić, [15] Milan Dudić , [20] Mladen Krstajić; - [7] Ognjen Koroman (49 [21] Danijel Ljuboja), [17] Albert Nadj (h/t [2] Ivan Ergić), [11] Predrag Djordjević, [10] Dejan Stanković; - [9] Savo Milosević (c. 69 [18] Zvonimir Vukić ), [8] Mateja Kežman

Sent Off: 65 Mateja Kežman straight red card for a two footed tackle on Mascherano.
Booked: 37 Crespo, ignoring the whisle. / 7 Koroman, 27 Nadj, 42 Krstajić.

Note: b. Carlos Alberto Martinez on 5th February 1984 in Ciudadela, Buenos Aires Province. He was the first-born son of mother Adriana and father Raimundo. Carlos was raised in Ejercito de los Andes, better known as Fuerte Apache. Hence his ‘Apache’ nickname. When Carlos was 10 months old he accidently poured a kettle of boiling water over himself causing third degree burns that put him in hospital for two months. The burn has left a scar on the right side of his face, along his neck and chest. Carlos declined to have plastic surgery when he was growing up as it would of kept him out of the playground. The Argentina striker later refused an offer from Boca Juniors to have the scars cosmetically improved, saying that the scars were a part of who he was in the past and who he is today.

Game 22: Friday 16 June 2006 (18:00) Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart. [666]

(52,000)

Oscar Julián Ruiz Acosta ( COL), Fernando Efraín Benigno Tamayo Sigüenza (ECU), José Hoover Navia Cifuentes (COL).

HOLLAND 2, IVORY COAST 1 (2:1)

1:0 Van Persie 23, 2:0 van Nistelrooij 26. 2:1 Bakari Koné 38.

HOL (4-3-3): [1] Edwin Van der Sar (c); - [14] John Heitinga (h/t [3] Khalid Boulahrouz), [13] André Ooijer, [4] Joris Mathijsen, [5] Giovanni Van Bronckhorst; - [18] Mark Van Bommel, [20] Wesley Sneijder (50 [10] Rafael Ferdinand Van der Vaart), [8] Phillip Cocu; - [17] Robin Van Persie, [9] Ruud van Nistelrooij (73 [6] Denny Landzaat), [11] Arjen Robben Ω.

CIV (4-2-3-1): [1] Jean-Jacques Tizié; - [21] Emmanuel Eboué, [4] Kolo Touré, [12] Abdoulaye Meité, [3] Arthur Boka; - [19] Yaya Touré, [5] Didier Zokora; - [14] Bakary Koné (62 [15] Aruna Dindané), [22] Christian Koffi Ndri ‘Romaric’ (61 [10] Gilles Donald Yapi Yapo), [9] Arouna Koné (73 [2] Kanga Akale); - [11] Didier Drogba (c).

Booked:

34 Robben, diving, 35 Mathijsen, 58 Van Bommel, 90 Boulahrouz / 25 Zokora, 41 Drogba going in on GK misses next game, 66 Boka trip on van Persie.

note: Van der Sar's achievement of not conceding a goal in competitive matches came to an end after 1,014 minutes, when Bakary Kone netted in the 38th minute. It was the longest such streak in international football by a European goalkeeper.

Game 37 / 38: Wednesday 21 June 2006 (21:00) Frankffurt. [681 / 682]

(48,000) Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (ESP) , Pedro Medina Hernández (ESP).

HOLLAND 0, ARGENTINA 0

HOL (4-3-3): [1] Edwin Van der Sar (c 112th cap = record of F de Boer ); - [2] Kew Jaliens, [3] Khalid Boulahrouz, [13] André Ooijer, [15] Tim De Cler; - [10] Rafael Van der Vaart, [20] Wesley Sneijder (86 [16] Hedwiges Eduard Martinus Maduro), [8] Phillip Cocu (his 100th cap); - [17] Robin Van Persie (67 [6] Denny Landzaat), [9] Ruud van Nistelrooij (56 [21] Ryan Babel), [7] Dirk Kuyt.

ARG (4-2-3-1): [1] Roberto Abbondanzieri; - [21] Nicolás Burdisso (24 [4] Fabricio Coloccini), [2] Roberto Ayala (c), [15] Gabriel Alejandro Milito, [17] Leandro Damián Cufre; - [8] Javier Mascherano, [5] Esteban Cambiasso; - [19] Lionel Messi (69 [20] Julio Ricardo Cruz), [10] Juan Roman Riquelme (79 [16] Pablo Aimar), [18] Maxi Rodriguez; - [11] Carlos Tévez Ω.

Booked: 28 Kuyt, 42 Ooijer, 48 De Cler this yellow card was the 209th of this World Cup, breaking the competition record for the group phase of 208, set in 2002. / 57 Cambiasso, dissent after a foul, 89 Mascherano.

Game 37 / 38: Wednesday 21 June 2006 (21:00) Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [681 / 682]

(66,000)

Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (MEX), José Luis Camargo Callado (MEX), Leonel Leal Bermúdez (CRC).

IVORY COAST 3, SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 2 (1:2).

0:1 Žigić 10, 0:2 Ilic 20, 1:2 Dindané 37 pen, 2:2 Dindané 67, 3:2 Kalou 86 pen. (the first time a team has come back to win from 2-0 down since West Germany v. England 1970).

CIV (4-4-2): [23] Boubacar Barry; - [21] Emmanuel Eboué, [6] Koffi Blaise Kouassi, [17] Cyrille Léandre Domoraud (c), [3] Étienne Boka; - [18] Abdoul Keita (72 [8] Benaventure Kalou), [19] Yaya Touré, [5] Didier Zokora, [2] Kanga Akale (60 [14] Bakary Koné); - [9] Arouna Koné, [15] Aruna Dindané Ω.

SCG (4-1-4-1): [1] Dragoslav Jevrić; - [14] Nenad Đjordjević, [6] Goran Gavranćić, [15] Milan Dudić, [20] Mladen Krstajić (16 [17] Albert Nadj); - [4] Igor Duljaj; - [10] Dejan Stanković (c), [2] Ivan Ergić, [22] Saša Ilić, [11] Predrag Djordjević; - [19] Nicola Žigić (66 [9] Savo Milosević).

Sent Off: Domoraud 90 / Nadj 45 both second YC.

Booked: 33 Keita, 41 Domoraud, 43 Dindané, 90 Domoraud / 17 Nadj, 35 Dudić, handball for pen, 38 Duljaj, 45 Nadj, 57 Gavranćić.

Pld W D L F A Pts
ARGENTINA 3 2 1 0 8 1 7
HOLLAND 3 2 1 0 3 3 7
Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
Serbia & Montenegro 3 0 0 3 2 10 0

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Group D - MEXICO (s), ANGOLA, IRAN, PORTUGAL.

Game 7: Sunday 11 June 2006 (18:00) Frankenstadion, Nürnberg (Nuremberg). [651]

Att: 41,000. Ref: Roberto Rosetti (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA).

Result: MEXICO 3, IRAN 1 (1:1) 1:0

1:0 Bravo 28, 1:1 Golmohammadi 36, 2:1 Bravo 76, 3:1 “Zinha“ 79.

MEX: (3-4-3): [1] Oswaldo Javier Sánchez Ibarra; - [4] Rafael Márquez Alvaro (c), [5] Ricardo Osorio Mendoza, [3] Carlos Arnoldo Salcido Flores; - [16] Mario Méndez Olague, [8] Pável Pardo Segura, [6] Gerardo Torrado Díez de Bonilla (h/t [23] Luis Ernesto Pérez Gómez), [14] Gonzalo Pineda Reyes; - [19] Omar Bravo TordecillasΩ switched to left wing second half, [9] Jared Francisco Santos Borgetti Echavarria (52 [17] José Francisco Fonseca Guzmán), [10] Guillermo Luis Franco Farcuarson (h/t [7] Antonio “Zinha“ Naelson Matías).

IRN: (4-4-2): [1] Ebrahim Mirzapour; - [13] Hossein Kaebi, [4] Yahya Golmohammadi, [5] Rahman Rezaei, [20] Mohamed Nosrati (81 [15] Arash Borhani); - [2] Mehdi Mahdavikia, [14] Andranik Teimourian, [6] Javed Nekounam, [8] Mohamed Ali Karimi Parshaki (62 [21] Mehrzad Madanchi); - [9] Vahid Hashemian, [10] Ali Daei (c).

Booked: 19 Torrado, 89 Salcido, handball. / 55 Nekounam, kicking the ball away.

Ali Daei became the oldest ever Iran player to participate in the World Cup at an age of 37 years and 82 days. Spelling mistake on shirt of 14 Mex? Tonono

Game 8: Sunday 11 June 2006 (21:00) Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln (Cologne). [652]

Att: 45,000. Ref: Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (URU), Wálter Enrique Rial Hernández (URU), Pablo Javier Fandiño Abate (URU).

Result: PORTUGAL 1, ANGOLA 0 (1:0)

Pauleta 4.

POR: (4-2-3-1): [1] Ricardo Alexandre Martins Soares Pereira; - [13] Luis Miguel Brito Garcia Montero, [5] Fernando José da Silva Freitas Meira, [16] Ricardo Alberto Silveira Carvalho, [14] Nuno Jorge Pereira Silva Valente; - [19] Tiago Cordoso Mendes (82 [10] Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana), [8] “Petit” Armando Gonçalves Teixeira (72 [18] “Maniche” Nuno Ricardo Oliveira Ribeiro); - [17] Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (59 [6] “Costinha” Francisco José Rodrigues Costa), [11] Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa, [7] Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (c) Ω; - [9] “Pauleta” Pedro Miguel Carreiro Resendes.

ANG: (4-2-3-1): [1] João Ricardo Pereira Batalha dos Santos Ferreira; - [20] “Locó” Manuel Armindo Morais Cange, [3] “Jamba” João Pereira, [5] “Kali” Carlos Manuel Gonçalves Alonso, [21] Luis Manuel Ferreira Delgado; - [8] André Venceslau Valentim Macanga, [7] Paulo António José Lopes Figueiredo (80 [6] “Miloy” Marcos Hermenegildo Joaquim Henriques; - [17] “Zé Kalanga” Paulo Nsimba Baptista (70 [13] Édson de Jesus Nobre), [14] António Manuel Viana Mendonça, [11] Mateus Galiano da Costa: - [10] “Akwá” Fabrice Alcebíade Maieco (c. 59 [9] “Mantorras” Pedro Manuel Torres).

Booked: 26 Ronaldo, 79 Nuno Valente / 28 Jamba, 45 Loco, 52 Macanga.

Game 23: Friday 16 June 2006 (21:00) AWD Arena, Hannover. [667]

Att: 43,000 Ref: Shamsul Maidin (Singapore), Prachya Permpanich (THA), Eissa Ghalum (UAE).

Result: MEXICO 0, ANGOLA 0)

MEX: (3-4-3): [1] Oswaldo Sánchez; - [4] Rafael Márquez (c), [5] Ricardo Osorio, [3] Carlos Salcido; - [16] Mario Méndez, [8] Pável Pardo, [6] Gerardo Torrado, [14] Gonzalo Pineda (78 [11] Ramón Carlos Morales Higuera); - [7] “Zinha“ (52 [21] José de Jesús Arellano Alcócer), [10] Guillermo Franco (74 [17] Francisco Fonseca), [19] Omar Bravo.

ANG: (4-4-1-1): [1] João Ricardo Ω; - [20] Locó, [3] Jamba, [5] Kali, [21] Delgado; - [17] Zé Kalanga (83 [6] Miloy), [8] André Macanga, [7] Figueiredo (72 [15] Manuel Rui Marques), [14] Mendonça; - [11] Mateus (68 [9] Mantorras); - [10] Akwá (c).

Sent Off: Macanga 80.

Booked: 59 Pineda. / 13 Delgado, 44 Macanga, 50 Zé Kalanga, 80 Macanga, deliberate hanball, 86 João Ricardo, time-wasting.

Game 24: Saturday 17 June 2006 (15:00) Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main. [668]

Att: 48,000 Referee: Eric Poulat (FRA), Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Vincent Texier (FRA).

Result: PORTUGAL 2, IRAN 0 (0:0)

1:0 Deco 63, 2:0 Ronaldo 80 pen.

POR: (4-2-3-1): [1] Ricardo; - [13] Miguel, [5] Fernando Meira, [16] Ricardo Carvalho, [14] Nuno Valente; - [18] Maniche (66 [8] Petit), [6] Costinha; - [17] Cristiano Ronaldo, [20] “Deco”- Ânderson Luis de Souza Ω (80 [19] Tiago), [7] Luís Figo (c. 88 [11] Simão); - [9] Pauleta.

IRN: (4-5-1): [1] Ebrahim Mirzapour; - [13] Hossein Kaebi, [4] Yahya Golmohammadi (c 88 [3] Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh), [5] Rahman Rezaei, [20] Mohamed Nosrati; - [2] Mehdi Mahdavikia, [14] Andranik Teimourian, [6] Javed Nekounam, [8] Mohamed Ali Karimi (65 [7] Ferydoon Zandi), [21] Mehrzad Madanchi (66 [11] Rasoul Khatibi); - [9] Vahid Hashemian.

Booked: 45 Pauleta, 48 Deco, 61 Costinha / 20 Nekounam late challenge on Figo and misses next game, 32 Madanchi, 73 Kaabi, 87 Golmohammadi.
Portugal had a goal (Cristiano Ronaldo) disallowed at 96.
Nobody took the captain’s armband from Golmohammadi when he was substituted during Iran’s match against Portugal.

Game 39 / 40: Wednesday 21 June 2006 (16:00) Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen. [683 / 684]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Lubos Michel (SLK), Roman Slyško (SLK), Martin Balko (SLK).

Result: PORTUGAL 2, MEXICO 1 (2:1)

1:0 Maniche 6, 2:0 Simão 24 pen. 2:1 Fonseca 29. (note: 58' Omar Bravo missed a penalty high over the bar for Mexico).

POR: (4-3-3): [1] Ricardo; - [13] Miguel (61 [2] Paulo Renato Rebocho Ferreira), [5] Fernando Meira, [16] Ricardo Carvalho, [3] Marco António Simões Caneira; - [19] Tiago, [8] Petit, [18] Maniche; - [7] Luís Figo (c. 80 [15] Luís Boa Morte Pereira), [23] Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga (69 [21] “Nuno Gomes” Nuno Miguel Soares Pereira Ribeiro), [11] Simão.

MEX: (3-5-2): [1] Oswaldo Sánchez; - [22] Francisco Jaier Rodriguez Pinedo (h/t [7] “Zinha“), [5] Ricardo Osorio, [3] Carlos Salcido; - [16] Mario Méndez (80 [10] Guillermo Franco), [4] Rafael Márquez (c), [8] Pável Pardo, [23] Luis Pérez, [14] Gonzalo Pineda (69 [15] José Antonio Castro González); - [17] Francisco Fonseca Ω, [19] Omar Bravo.

Sent Off: Luis Pérez 61.

Booked: 26 Miguel, 68 Maniche, 88 Boa Morte, 90 Nuno Gomes. / 22 Rodriguez, 27 Pérez, 61 Pérez, harsh diving decision for an early bath, 65 Márquez, 87 “Zinha“

Game 39 / 40: Wednesday 21 June 2006 (16:00) Zentralstadion, Leipzig. [683 / 684]

Att: 38,000. Ref: Mark Alexander Shield (AUS), Nathan Mark Gibson (AUS),Benjamin David Wilson (AUS).

Result: IRAN 1, ANGOLA 1 (0:0)

0:1 Flávio 60 first ever Angolan finals goal, 1:1 Bakhtiarizadeh 76.

IRN: (4-4-2): [1] Ebrahim Mirzapour; - [13] Hossein Kaebi (67 [15] Arash Borhani), [3] Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh, [5] Rahman Rezaei, [20] Mohamed Nosrati (13 [23] Suleimani Shojaei); - [2] Mehdi Mahdavikia, [14] Andranik Teimourian, [7] Feridoon Zandi, [21] Mehrzad Madanchi; - [10] Ali Daei (c), [9] Vahid Hashemian (39 [11] Rasoul Paki Khatibi).

ANG: (4-2-3-1): [1] João Ricardo; - [20] Locó, [3] Jamba, [5] Kali, [21] Delgado; - [7] Figueiredo (72 [15] Rui Marques), [6] Miloy; - [17] Zé Kalanga Ω, [11] Mateus (23 [18] “Love“ Arsénio Sebastião Cabúngula), [14] Mendonça; - [10] Akwá (c. 51 [16] Flávio da Silva Amado).

Booked: 37 Madanchi, 55 Teymourian

not retreating at quick free-kick

,89 Zandi / 21 Locó

must be the only player to receive a YC while being stretchered off the pitch, for a foul on Daei, wierd, 44 Mendonça not retreating, 67 Zé Kalanga.





Pld W D L F A Pts
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

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Group E - ITALY (s), CZECH REPUBLIC, GHANA, UNITED STATES.

Game 9: Monday 12 June 2006 (18:00) Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen. [653]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Carlos Aresio Amarilla Demarqui (PAR), Amelio Arístides Andino Méndez (PAR), Manuel Bernal Foster (PAR).

Result: CZECH REPUBLIC 3, USA 0 (2:0)

1:0 Koller 5, 2:0 Rosický 36, 3:0 Rosický 76.

CZE: (4-1-4-1): [1] Petr Čech; - [2] Zdeněk Grygera, [22] David Marek Rozehnal, [21] Tomáš Ujfalusi, [6] Marek Jankulovski; - [4] Tomáš Galásek (c); - [8] Karel Poborský (82 [19] Jan Polák), [10] Tomáš Rosický Ω (86 [17] Jiři Štajner), [11] Pavel Nedvěd, [20] Jaroslav Plašil; - [9] Jan Koller (44 [12] Vratislav Lokvenc).

USA: (4-4-2): [18] Kesey Christian Keller; - [6] Steven Emil Cherundolo (h/t [9] Edward Abraham Johnson), [23] Edward George Pope, [22] Oguchiaku Chilioke Onyewu, [7] Edward James Lewis; - [17] DaMarcus Lamont Beasley, [10] Claudio Alejandro Reyna (c), [4] Pablo Andrés Mastroeni (h/t [5] John Patrick O'Brien), [15] Robert Francis Convey; - [21] Landon Timothy Donovan, [20] Brian Robert McBride (77 [16] Joshua David Wolff).

Booked: 16 Rozehnal

clipped the heels of Donovan bearing down on the goal, 59 Lokvenc

for a minor push, 81 Rosický, 88 Grygera / 5 Onyewu foul on Nedvěd, 60 Reyna poleaxes Plašil.

Game 10: Monday 12 June 2006 (21:00) AWD-Arena, Hannover (Hanover). [654]

Att: 43,000. Ref: Carlos Eugenio Simon (BRZ), Aristeu Leonardo Tavares (BRZ), Ednílson Corona (BRZ).

Result: ITALY 2, GHANA 0 (1:0)

1:0 Pirlo 40, 2:0 Iaquinta 83.

ITA: (4-3-1-2): [1] Gianluigi Buffon; - [2] Christian Zaccardo, [13] Alessandro Nesta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [3] Fabio Grosso; - [20] Simone Perrotta, [21] Andrea Pirlo Ω, [4] Daniele De Rossi; - [10] Francesco Totti (56 [16] Mauro Germán Camoranesi Serra, switched to 4-4-2); - [9] Luca Toni (82 [7] Alessandro Del Piero), [11] Alberto Gilardino (64 [15] Vincenzo Iaquinta).

GHA: (4-1-3-2): [22] Richard Kingston; - [15] John Paintsil, [5] John Mensah, [4] Samuel Osei-Kuffour, [6] Emmanuel Addoquaye Pappoe (h/t [7] Abdul Shilla Alhassan Illiasu); - [18] Eric Addo; - [10] Stephen Appiah (c), [8] Michael Essien, [11] Sulley Ali Muntari; - [14] Mathew Amoah (68 [19] Razak Pimpong), [3] Asamoah Baffour Gyan (89 [12] Alexander Tachie-Mensah).

Booked: 10 De Rossi, 62 Camoranesi deliberate trip on Muntari, 88 Iaquinta, threw ball away / 41 Muntari, trying to get into Totti’s kit, 65 Gyan. In the 74 minute Iaqunta was free on goal and hacked down by Kuffour. Kouffor would have been sent off but Iaquinta was offside.

Game 25: Saturday 17 June 2006 (18:00) Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln (Cologne). [669]

Att: 45,000. Referee: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (ARG), Darío Miguel García (ARG), Rodolfo Gustavo Otero (ARG).

Result: GHANA 2, CZECH REPUBLIC 0 (1:0)

1:0 Gyan 2, 2:0 Muntari 82 (66 Asamoah Gyan scored a penalty and received a yellow card because the refree was sending off Ujfalusi, he retook the penalty and hit the post).

GHA: (4-4-2): [22] Richard Kingston; - [15] John Paintsil, [5] John Mensah, [7] Shilla Illiasu, [13] Habib Mohamed; - [20] Otto Addo (h/t [9] Derek Owusu Boateng), [8] Michael Essien Ω, [10] Stephen Appiah (c), [11] Sulley Muntari; - [14] Mathew Amoah (80 [18] Eric Addo), [3] Asamoah Gyan (85 [19] Razak Pimpong).

CZE: (4-4-1-1): [1] Petr Čech; - [2] Zdeněk Grygera, [22] David Rozehnal, [21] Tomáš Ujfalusi, [6] Marek Jankulovski; - [8] Karel Poborský (55 [17] Jiři Štajner), [4] Tomáš Galásek (c h/t [19] Jan Polák), [10] Tomáš Rosický, [20] Jaroslav Plašil (68 [7] Libor Sionko); - [11] Pavel Nedvěd; - [12] Vratislav Lokvenc.

Sent Off: Ujfalusi (64 tripped Amoah for a penalty).

Booked: 49 Lokvenc, suspended next game. / 18 Otto Addo, 36 Essien, 65 Gyan took and scored a penalty, but the referee booked him and ordered the penalty retaken, he missed it and the next game - a bit harsh, 74 Boateng, 84 Muntari, suspended next game, 90 Mohamed.

Game 26: Saturday 17 June 2006 (21:00) Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. [670]

Att: 46,000. Ref: Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (URU),Wálter Enrique Rial Hernández (URU), Pablo Javier Fandiño Abate (URU).

Result: ITALY 1, USA 1 (1:1)

1:0 Gilardino 22, 1:1 Zaccardo 27 og.

ITA: (4-4-2): [1] Gianluigi Buffon; - [2] Christian Zaccardo (54 [7] Alessandro Del Piero), [13] Alessandro Nesta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [19] Gianluca Zambrotta; - [20] Simone Perrotta, [21] Andrea Pirlo, [10] Francesco Totti (35 [8] Gennaro Ivan Gattuso), [4] Daniele De Rossi; - [9] Luca Toni (61 [15] Vincenzo Iaquinta), [11] Alberto Gilardino.

USA: (4-5-1): [18] Kasey Keller Ω; - [6] Steve Cherundolo, [23] Eddie Pope, [22] Oguchi Onyewu, [3] Carlos Manuel Bocanegra; - [8] Clinton Drew Dempsey (62 [17] DaMarcus Beasley), [4] Pablo Mastroeni, [10] Claudio Reyna (c), [21] Landon Donovan, [15] Bobby Convey (51 [13] James Conrad); - [20] Brian McBride.

Sent Off: De Rossi 28 he deliberately elbowed McBride in the face and then pretended he had done nothing. Mastroeni 44 looked a bad tackle on Donovon but he did go for the ball.

Booked: 5 Totti, 70 Zambrotta. / 20 Pope fouled Gilardino, 47 Pope, fouled Gilardino again then sent off for second yellow.

Game 41 / 42: Thursday 22 June 2006 (16:00) AOL-Arena, Hamburg. [685 / 686]

Att: 50,000 Ref: Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (MEX), José Francisco Ramírez Díaz (MEX), Héctor Osvaldo Vergara (CAN).

Result: ITALY 2, CZECH REPUBLIC 0 (1:0)

1:0 Materazzi 26, 2:0 Inzaghi 87.

ITA: (4-3-2-1): [1] Gianluigi Buffon; - [19] Gianluca Zambrotta, [13] Alessandro Nesta (17 [23] Marco Materazzi), [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [3] Fabio Grosso; - [8] Gennaro Gattuso, [21] Andrea Pirlo, [20] Simone Perrotta; - [16] Mauro Camoranesi (73 [17] Simone Barone), [10] Francesco Totti; - [11] Alberto Gilardino (60 [18] Filippo Inzaghi).

CZE: (4-1-4-1): [1] Petr Čech; - [2] Zdeněk Grygera, [22] David Rozehnal, [5] Radoslav Kováč (78 [18] Marek Heinz), [6] Marek Jankulovski; - [19] Jan Polák; - [8] Karel Poborský (46 [17] Jiři Štajner), [10] Tomáš Rosický, [11] Pavel Nedvěd (c), [20] Jaroslav Plašil; - [15] Milan Baroš (64 [14] David Jarolim).

Sent Off: Polák 45 foul on Totti in stoppage time.

Booked: 35 Polák cropped Camoronesi, 45 Polák / 31 Gattuso.


Game 41 / 42: Thursday 22 June 2006 (16:00) Frankenstadion, Nürnberg (Nuremberg). [685 / 686]

Att: 41,000 Referee: Markus Merk (GER), Christian Alfons Hermann Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER).

Result: GHANA 2, USA 1 (2:1)

1:0 Dramani 22, 1:1 Dempsey 43, 2:1 Appiah 45 pen.

GHA: (4-4-2): [22] Richard Kingston; - [15] John Paintsil, [5] John Mensah, [7] Shilla Illiasu, [13] Habib Mohamed; - [9] Derek Boateng (h/t [20] Otto Addo), [8] Michael Essien, [10] Stephen Appiah (c) Ω, [23] Haminu Dramani (80 [12] Alex Tachie-Mensah); - [14] Mathew Amoah (59 [18] Eric Addo), [19] Razak Pimpong.

USA: (4-5-1): [18] Kesey Keller; - [6] Steve Cherundolo (60 [9] Eddie Johnson), [13] Jimmy Conrad, [22] Oguchi Onyewu, [3] Carlos Bocanegra; - [8] Clint Dempsey, [21] Landon Donovan, [10] Claudio Reyna (c. 40 [14] Benjamin Robert Olsen), [17] DaMarcus Beasley, [7] Eddie Lewis (74 [15] Bobby Convey); - [20] Brian McBride.

Booked: 5 Essien misses next game, 32 Shilla, 81 Mensah, 90 Appiah / 7 Lewis.


Pld W D L F A Pts
ITALY 3 2 1 0 5 1 7
GHANA 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 4 3
United States 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

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Group F - BRAZIL (s), AUSTRALIA, CROATIA, JAPAN.

Game 11: Monday 12 June 2006 (15:00) Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. [655]

Att: 46,000 Ref: Esam el-Deen Abdelfattah (EGY), Dramane Danté (MLI), Mamadou Ndoye (SEN).

Result: AUSTRALIA 3, JAPAN 1 (0:1)

0-1 Nakamura 26, 1-1 Cahill 84 Australia's first ever WCF goal, 2-1 Cahill 89, 3-1 Aloisi 90.

AUS: (3-5-2): [1] Mark Schwarzer; - [3] Craig Andrew Moore (61 [19] Joshua Blake Kennedy), [2] Lucas Edward Neill, [14] Scott Kenneth Chipperfield; - [20] Luke Wilkshire (75 [15] John Aloisi), [7] Brett Michael Emerton, [23] Marco Joseph Bresciano (52 [4] Timothy Filiga Cahill Ω), [13] Vincenzo Grella, [5] Jason Culina; - [10] Harold Kewell, [9] Mark Anthony Viduka (c).

JPN: (3-5-2): [23] Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; - [19] Keisuke Tsuboi (56 [2] Teruyuki Moniwa, 90 [16] Masashi Oguro), [5] Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (c), [22] Yugi Nakazawa; - [3] Yuichi Komano, [7] Hidetoshi Nakata, [10] Shunsuke Nakamura, [15] Takashi Fukunishi, [14] “Alex“ Alessandro dos Santos; - [13] Atsushi Yanagisawa (79 [18] Shikji Ono), [9] Noahiro Takahara.

Booked: 34 Grella, 57 Moore, 69 Cahill, 77 Aloisi / 31 Miyamoto, 40 Takahara, delaying an Australian free-kick, 68 Moniwa.

Game 12: Tuesday 13 June 2006 (21:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [656]

Att: 72,000. Ref: Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (MEX), José Francisco Ramírez Díaz (MEX), Héctor Osvaldo Vergara (CAN).

Result: BRAZIL 1, CROATIA 0 (1:0)

Kaká 44.

BRZ: (4-4-2): [1] “Dida” – Nélson de Jesus silva; - [2] “Cafu” – Marcos Evangelista de Moraes (c), [3] “Lúcio” – Lucimar da Silva Ferreira, [4] Juan Silveira dos Santos, [6] Roberto Carlos da Silva; - [11] “Zé Roberto” – José Roberto da Silva Júnior, [5] Émerson Ferreira da Rosa, [8] “Kaká” – Ricardo Izecson dos Santos LeiteΩ, [10] “Ronaldinho” – Ronalodo de Assis Moreira; - [9] Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (69 [23] “Robinho” – Róbson de Souza), [7] Adriano Leite Ribeiro.

CRO: (3-5-2): [1] Stipe Pletikosa; - [7] Dario Šimić, [4] Robert Kovač, [3] Josip Šimunić; - [2] Darijo Srna, [5] Igor Tudor, [19] Niko Kranjčar, [10] Nico Kovač (c. 40 [16] Jerko Leko), [8] Marko Babić; - [17] Ivan Klasnić (57 [18] Ivica Olić), [9] Miladin ‘Dado’ Pršo.

Booked: 42 Émerson / 32 Nico Kovač, 67 Robert Kovač, 90 Tudor.

Brazil remain unbeaten in their World Cup opener for the 16th consecutive time.

Game 27: Sunday 18 June 2006 (15:00) Frankenstadion, Nürnberg (Nuremberg). [671]

Att: 41,000 Ref: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL).

Result: JAPAN 0, CROATIA 0

(23 Kawaguchi saved a penalty from Darijo Srna).

JPN (4-4-2): [23] Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; - [21] Akira Kaji, [22] Yugi Nakazawa, [5] Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (c), [14] Alex; - [10] Shunsuke Nakamura, [7] Hidetoshi Nakata Ω, [15] Takashi Fukunishi (h/t [17] Junichi Inamoto), [8] Mitsuo Ogasawara; - [9] Noahoro Takahara (85 [16] Masashi Oguro), [13] Atsushi Yanagisawa (61 [20] Keiji Tamada).

CRO (3-5-2): [1] Stipe Pletikosa; - [7] Dario Šimić, [4] Robert Kovač, [3] Josip Šimunić; - [2] Darijo Srna (86 [22] Ivan Bošnjak), [5] Igor Tudor (70 [18] Ivica Olić), [19] Niko Kranjčar (78 [14] Luka Modrić), [10] Nico Kovač (c), [8] Marko Babić; - [17] Ivan Klasnić, [9] Dado Pršo.

Booked: 22 Miyamoto, misses next game, 42 Kawaguchi, 73 Alex / 32 Robert Kovač, misses next game, 69 Srna.

Game 28: Sunday 18 June 2006 (18:00) Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [672]

Att: 66,000 Referee: Markus Merk (GER), Christian Alfons Hermann Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER).

Result: BRAZIL 2, AUSTRALIA 0 (0:0)

1-0 Adriano 49, 2-0 Fred 90 fastest goal by a Brazilian substitute 1’46” after coming on.

BRZ (4-4-2): [1] Dida; - [2] Cafu (c), [3] Lúcio, [4] Juan, [6] Roberto Carlos; - [11] Zé Roberto Ω, [5] Émerson (72 [17] Gilberto Aparecido da Silva), [8] Kaká, [10] Ronaldinho; - [7] Adriano (88 [21] “Fred” – Fredrico Chaves Guedes), [9] Ronaldo (72 [23] Robinho).

AUS (3-5-2): [1] Mark Schwarzer; - [3] Craig Moore (69 [15] John Aloisi), [2] Lucas Neill, [6] Anthony Popovič (40 [23] Marco Bresciano); - [7] Brett Emerton, [5] Jason Culina, [4] Tim Cahill (56 [10] Harry Kewell), [13] Vince Grella, [14] Scott Chipperfield; - [21] Mile Sterjovski, [9] Mark Viduka (c).

Booked: 29 Cafu his fifth World Cup caution, equalling the record set by Lothar Matthäus (GER) and Eddie Pope (USA), 31 Ronaldo

putting the ball in the net – after the whistle had gone, 83 Robinho / 13 Emerton

dissent over a free-kick, 39 Culina

dangerous play – high foot.

Game 43 / 44:Thursday 22 June 2006 (21:00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [687 / 688]

Att: 65,000. Ref: Eric Poulat (FRA), Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Vincent Texier (FRA).

Result: BRAZIL 4, JAPAN 1 (1:1)

0-1 Tamada 33, 1-1 Ronaldo 45, 2-1 Juninho Pernambucano 53, 3-1 Gilberto 59, 4-1 Ronaldo 81.

BRZ (4-4-2): [1] Dida (c. 82 [12] Rogério Ceni); - [13] “Cicinho” – Cícero João de Cezare, [3] Lúcio, [4] Juan, [16] Gilberto da Silva Melo; - [8] Kaká (71 [11] Zé Roberto), [19] Juninho Pernambucano – Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Júnior, [17] Gilberto Silva, [10] Ronaldinho (71 [20] “Ricardinho” – Ricardo Luiz Pozzi Rodrigues); - [9] Ronaldo Ω, [23] Robinho.

JPN (4-4-2): [23] Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi; - [21] Akira Kaji, [19] Keisuke Tsuboi, [22] Yugi Nakazawa (c), [14] Alex; - [8] Mitsuo Ogasawara (56 [6] Koji Nakata), [17] Junichi Inamoto, [7] Hidetoshi Nakata (c), [10] Shunsuke Nakamura; - [11] Seiichiro Maki (60 [9] Noahiro Takahara, 66 [16] Masashi Oguro), [20] Keiji Tamada.

Booked: 40 Kaji for a nothing tackle on Gilberto. / 44 Gilberto.

Game 43 / 44: Thursday 22 June 2006 (21:00) Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart. [687 / 688]

Att: 52,000 Ref: Graham Poll (ENG), Glenn BrianTurner (ENG), Philip Richard Anthony Sharp (ENG).

Result: CROATIA 2, AUSTRALIA 2 (1:1)

1-0 Srna 3, 1-1 Moore 39 pen, 2-1 Nico Kovač 56, 2-2 Kewell 79 although should have been given offside.

CRO (3-5-2): [1] Stipe Pletikosa; - [7] Dario Šimić, [13] Stjepan Tomas (84 [17] Ivan Klasnić), [3] Josip Šimunić; - [2] Darijo Srna, [5] Igor Tudor, [19] Niko Kranjčar (65 [16] Jerko Leko), [10] Nico Kovač (c), [8] Marko Babić; - [18] Ivica Olić, [9] Dado Pršo (73 [14] Luka Modrić).

AUS (3-5-2): [18] Željko Kalac; - [2] Lucas Neill, [3] Craig Moore, [14] Scott Chipperfield (75 [19] Joshua Kennedy); - [21] Mile Sterjovski (71 [23] Marco Bresciano) [7] Brett Emerton, [4] Tim Cahill, [13] Vince Grella (63 [15] John Aloisi), [5] Jason Culina; - [10] Harry Kewell Ω, [9] Mark Viduka.

Sent Off: 87 Emerton / 85 Šimić, 90+ Šimunić.

Booked: 81 Emerton, 87 Emerton deliberate handball / 32 Šimić, throwing the ball away, 38 Tudor, dissent, 62 Josip Šimunić, 70 Pletikosa time wasting, 85 Šimić foul on Kewell, 90 Josip Šimunić foul, 90+ Josip Šimunić, 3rd YC and red for dissent [note: Poll didn’t book Croatian defender Stjepan Tomas for his deliberate handball for the penalty, and Tomas had the cheek to repeat the offence in the second half, completely missed by the officials, he should have walked as well]

English referee (self-styled “Thing from Tring”) Graham Poll had his worse (and Last) night of his International refereeing, although it will not show on official sites that he booked the same player three times, missed two blatant penalties, gave an offside goal (Kewell 2-2, more the linesman’s fault) and did a ‘Clive Thomas’ by disallowed a good Cahill goal for full time (see BRZ v SWE 1978). If he had sent off Šimunić for his rugby tackle on Viduka after 10 minutes – not a foul, no penalty, according to Poll – he would have avoided all the embarassment. What do the fourth and fifth officials do? The referee has a microphone wired to his ears, but they obviously missed the second yellow as well.

"After reviewing the DVD of the match between Croatia and Australia I realise I made an error in not sending off Josip Šimunić. I regret and apologise for this mistake and realise my World Cup is now over.'' Grahm Poll – he got something right then.
note: Šimić received his 5th WCF YC to equal record, see BRZ v AUS above.

Pld W D L F A Pts
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

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Group G - FRANCE (s), SOUTH KOREA, SWITZERLAND, TOGO

Game 13: Tuesday 13 June 2006 (15:00) Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main. [657]

Att: 48,000 Ref: Graham Poll (ENG), Glenn Brian Turner (ENG), Philip Richard Anthony Sharp (ENG).

Result: SOUTH KOREA 2, TOGO 1 (0:1)

1-0 Mohamed 31, 1-1 Lee Chun-Soo 54, 2-1 Ahn Jung-Hwan 72.

KOR (3-4-3): [1] Lee Woon-Jae (c); - [4] Choi Jin-Cheul, [2] Kim Young-Chul, [6] Kim Jin-Kyu (h/t [9] Ahn Jung-HwanΩ); - [22] Song Chong-Gug, [17] Lee Ho, [13] Lee Eul-Yong (68 [5] Kim Nam-Il), [12] Lee Young-Pyo; - [7] Park Ji-Sung, [19] Cho Jae-Jin (83 [18] Kim Sang-Sik), [14] Lee Chun-Soo.

TOG (4-4-2): [16] Kossi Agassa (c); - [5] Massamesso Komi Tchangaï, [3] Yaovi-Dosseh Jean-Paul Abalo (c), [2] Daré Nibombé, [19] Amévou Ludovic Assémoassa (62 [13] Richmond Forson); - [18] Yao Séyram Junior Sénaya (56 [23] Assimiou Touré), [15] Jacques Alaixys Romao, [10] Chérif Touré Mamam, [7] Moustapha Salifou (86 [6] Yao Kaka Aziawonou); - [17] Mohamed Abdelkader Coubadja-Touré, [4] Shéyi Emmanuel Adebayor.

Sent Off: Abalo 53

Booked: 41 Young-Chul Kim, 51 Chun-Soo Lee. / 23 Abalo, 24 Romao, 53 Abalo, 90 Tchangaï.
FIFA should have seen the warning signs from the “Thing from Tring” in his first match of 2006. When sending off Jean-Paul Abalo, of Togo, for a second yellow card, his cards came out the wrong way round!

Game 14: Teusday 3 June (18:00) Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion, Stuttgart. [658]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Valentin Ivanov (RUS), Nikolai Borisovich Golubev (RUS), Yevgeni Viktorovich Volnin (RUS).

Result: FRANCE 0, SWITZERLAND 0

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Alain Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [4] Patrick Vieira, [6] Claude Makélélé Ω; - [11] Sylvain Claude Wiltord (84 [8] Vikash Dhorasoo), [10] Zinédine Yazid Zidane (c), [22] Franck Ribéry (69 [14] Louis Laurent Saha); - [12] Thierry Daniel Henry.

SUI (4-4-2): [1] Pascal Zuberbuhler; - [23] Philipp Degen, [20] Patrick Müller (74 [2] Johan Djourou), [4] Philoppe Sylvian Senderos, [3] Ludovic Magnin; - [16] Tranquillo Barnetta, [7] Ricardo Cabanas, [6] Johann Vogel (c), [8] Raphaël Wicky (81 [5] Xavier Margairaz); - [11] Marco Streller (57 [10] Daniel Gygax), [9] Alexander Frei.

Booked: 64 Abidal, 72 Zidane, 90 Sagnol / 42 Magnin

supposedly fouled Henry, 45 Barnetta, 56 Philipp Degen, 72 Cabanas, 90 Frei,

he went to head in a freekick but used his hand - and still missed.

Game 29: Sunday 18 June 2006 (21:00) Zentralstadion, Leipzig. [673]

Att: 43,000. Ref: Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (MEX), José Francisco Ramírez Díaz (MEX), Héctor Osvaldo Vergara (CAN).

Result: FRANCE 1, SOUTH KOREA 1 (1:0))

1-0 Henry 9, 1-1 Park Ji-Sung 81.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [4] Patrick Vieira, [6] Claude Makélélé ; - [11] Sylvain Wiltord (60 [22] Franck Ribéry), Zinédine Zidane (c. 90 [20] David Sergio Trézéguet), [7] Florent Malouda (88 [8] Vikash Dhorasoo); - [12] Thierry Henry.

KOR (4-3-3): [1] Lee Woon-Jae (c); - [12] Lee Young-Pyo, [4]Choi Jin-Cheul, [2] Kim Young-Chul, [3] Kim Dong-Jin; - [17] Lee Ho (69 [18] Kim Sang-Sik), [5] Kim Nam-Il, [13] Lee Eul-Yong (h/t [11] Seol Ki-Hyeon); - [7] Park Ji-Sung Ω, [19] Cho Jae-Jin, [14] Lee Chun-Soo (72 [9] Ahn Jung-Hwan).

Booked: 79 Abida misses next matchl, 85 Zidane misses next match. / 11 Ho Lee, 29 Dong-Jin Kim.

Note: France were denied a goal (Vieira) at 32 because the referee did not see that the ball had gone just over the goal line.

Game 30: Monday 19 June 2006 (15:00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [674]

Att: 65,000 Ref: Carlos Aresio Amarilla Demarqui (PAR), Amelio Arístides Andino Méndez (PAR), Manuel Bernal Foster (PAR).

Result: SWITZERLAND 2, TOGO 0 (1:0)

1-0 Frei 17, 2-0 Barnetta 88.

SUI (4-4-2): [1] Pascal Zuberbuhler; - [23] Pilipp Degen, [20] Patrick Müller, [4] Philipp Senderos, [3] Ludovic Magnin; - [16] Tranquillo Barnetta, [7] Ricardo Cabanas (77 [11] Marco Streller), [6] Johann Vogel (c), [8] Raphaël Wicky; - [10] Danny Gygax (h/t [22] Hakan Yakin), [9] Alex Frei Ω (87 [18] Mauro Lustrinelli).

TOG (4-4-2): [16] Kossi Agassa; - [23] Assimiou Touré, [5] Massamesso Tchangaï (c), [2] Daré Nibombé, [13] Richmond Forson; - [9] Thomas Folivi Dossevi (68 [18] Junior Sénaya ), [15] Alaixys Romao, [8] Kuami Agboh (24 [7] Moustapha Salifou), [10] Chérif Touré Mamam (86 [11] Robert Ismaël Kobla Malm); - [4] Emmanuel Adebayor, [17] Mohamed Coubadja-Touré.

Booked: 90 Vogel. / 45 Salifou, 47 Adebayor dissent, 53 Romao.

Game 45 / 46: Friday 23 June 2006 (21:00) Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln (Cologne). [689 / 690]

Att: 45,000 Ref: Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (URU),Wálter Enrique Rial Hernández (URU), Pablo Javier Fandiño Abate (URU).

Result: FRANCE 2, TOGO 0 (0:0)

1-0 Vieira 55, 2-0 Henry 61.

FRA (4-4-2): [16] Fabien Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram, [5] William Gallas, [13] Mikaël Samy Silvestre; - [22] Franck Ribéry (77 [9] Sidney Govou), [6] Claude Makélélé , [4] Patrick Vieira (c. Ω 81[18] Alou Diarra), [7] Florent Malouda (73 [11] Sylvain Wiltord); - [20] David Trézéguet, [12] Thierry Henry.

TOG (4-4-2): [16] Kossi Agassa; - [5] Massamesso Tchangaï, [3] Jean-Paul Abalo (c), [2] Daré Nibombé, [13] Richmond Forson; - [18] Junior Sénaya , [6] Yao Aziawonou, [7] Moustapha Salifou, [10] Chérif Touré Mamam (59 [14] Adékanmi Olufadé); - [4] Emmanuel Adebayor (75 [9] Thomas Dossevi), [17] Mohamed Coubadja-Touré.

Booked: 30 Makélélé / 38 Aziawonou, 44 Mamam

wrestled Vieira to the ground, 88 Salifou.

Game 45 / 46: Friday 23 June 2006 (21:00) AWD-Arena, Hannover (Hanover). [689 / 690]

Att: 43,000 Ref: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (ARG), Darío Miguel García (ARG)., Rodolfo Gustavo Otero (ARG).

Result: SWITZERLAND 2, SOUTH KOREA 0 (1:0)

1-0 Senderos 23, 2-0 Frei 77.

SUI (4-1-3-2): [1] Pascal Zuberbuhler; - [23] Philipp Degen, [20] Patrick Müller, [4] Philippe Senderos (53 [2] Johan Djourou), [17] Christoph Spycher; - [6] Johann Vogel (c), - [16] Tranquillo Barnetta, [7] Ricardo Cabanas, [8] Raphaël Wicky (88 [19] Valon Behrami); - [22] Hakan Yakin (70 [5] Xavier Margairaz), [9] Alex Frei Ω.

KOR (4-3-3): [1] Lee Woon-Jae (c); - [12] Lee Young-Pyo (62 [9] Ahn Jung-Hwan), [4] Choi Jin-Cheul, [6] Kim Jin-Kyu, [3] Kim Dong-Jin; - [14] Lee Chun-Soo, [5] Kim Nam-Il, [17] Lee Ho; - [7] Park Ji-Sung, [19] Cho Jae-Jin, [10] Park Chu-Young (65 [11] Seol Ki-Hyeon).

Booked: 43 Senderos, 55 Yakin, 69 Wicky, 82 Spycher

shirt pulling, 90 Djourou / 23 Park Chu-Young, 37 Kim Jin-Kyu, Choi Jin- Cheul dissent, Ahn Jung-Hwan 80 Lee Chun-Soo.

Pld W D L F A Pts
SWITZERLAND 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
FRANCE 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
South Korea 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 0

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Group H - SPAIN (s), SAUDI ARABIA, TUNISIA, UKRAINE.

Game 15: Wednesday 14 June 2006 (15:00) Zentralstadion, Leipzig. [659]]

Att: 43,000. Ref: Massimo Busacca (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI).

Result: SPAIN 4, UKRAINE 0 (2:0))

1-0 Alonso 13, 2-0 Villa 17, 3-0 Villa 48 pen, 4-0 Torres 81.

ESP (4-3-3): [1] Iker Casillas Fernández (c); - [15] Sergio Ramos García, [22] Pablo Ibáñez Tebar, [5] Carles Puyol Saforcada, [3] Mariano Andrés Pernia; - [16] Marcos Antonio Senna da Silva, [14] Xabier Alonso Olano (55 [6] David Albelda Aliqués), [8] Xavi - Xavier Hernández Creus Ω; - [11] Luis Javier Garcia Sanz (77 [18] Francesc Fábregas Soler), [9] Fernando José Torres Sanz, [21] David Villa Sánchez (55 [7] Raúl González Blanco).

UKR (4-4-2): [1] Oleksandr Volodimirovich Shovkovski; - [5] Volodimir Ivanovich Yezerski, [6] Andri Anatoliyovich Rusol, [17] Vladislav Viktorovich Vashchuk, [2] Andri Mikolayovich Nesmachni; - [9] Oleg Anatoliyovich Gusev (h/t [16] Andri Oleksiyovich Vorobei), [4] Anatoli Oleksandrovich Timoschuk, [14] Andri Leonidovich Gusin (h/t [8] Oleg Mikolayovich Shelayev), [21] Ruslan Petrovich Rotan (63 [11] Sergei Stanislavovich Rebrov); - [7] Andri Mikolayovich Shevchenko (c), [10] Andri Viktorovich Voronin.

Sent Off: Vashchuk 47

Harshly given a straight red for supposedly tugging Torres’ shirt, but he hardly touched him.

Booked: 16 Rusol, 52 Yezerski.

note: aged 19 years, 41 days Cesc Fábregas became Spain's youngest ever finals player.

Game 16: Wednesday 14 June 2006 (18:00) Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [660]

Att: 66,000. Ref: Mark Alexander Shield (AUS), Nathan Mark Gibson (AUS), Benjamin David Wilson (AUS).

Result: TUNISIA 2, SAUDI ARABIA 2 (1:0)

0-1 Jaziri 23, 1-1 al-Qahtani 57, 1-2 al-Jaber 84, 2-2 Jaïdi 90.

TUN (4-4-2): [1] Ali Boumnijel; - [6] Hatem Ben Belgacem Trabelsi, [15] Radhi Ben Abdelmajid Jaïdi, [3] Karim Haggui, [18] David Jemmali; - [20] Hamed Namouchi, [13] Riadh Ben Khémaïs Bouazizi (c. 54 [8] Mehdi Ben Sadok Nafti), [12] Jaouhar Mnari, [14] Adel Ben Béchir Chedli (69 [10] Kaïs Bin Bannor Ghodhbane); - [5] Ziad Ben Maktouf Jaziri Ω, [9] Yassine Chikhaoui (82 [2] Karim Sédiri).

KSA (4-4-1-1): [21] Mabrouk Zaid Mohamed Zaid; - [2] Ahmed Dukhi al-Dosari, [3] Redha Mohamed Tukar Falatah, [4] Hamad Muhsin Hamad al-Montashari, [13] Hussein Omar Abdelghani al-Sulimani (c); - [8] Mohamed Noor Adam al-Hosawi (75 [7] Mohamed Amin), [6] Omar Abdullah al-Ghamdi, [16] Khaled Aziz Ahmed Mohamed al-Thaker, [14] Saud Ali al-Khariri; - [18] Nawaf Bandar Mohamed Al Temyat al-Shemmari (66 [23] Malik Ali Mouath al-Hosawi); - [20] Yasser Said Musleh al-Qahtani (82 [9] Sami Abdullah Mohamed al-Jaber).

Booked: 35 Haggui, 37 Bouazizi encroachment, 65 Chedli, 79 Chikhaoui (all TUN).

Yassine Chikhaoui became the youngest player to appear in a World Cup match for Tunisia, at the age of 19 years and 265 days.

Game 31: Monday 19 June 2006 (18:00) AOL-Arena, Hamburg. [675]

Att: 50,000. Ref: Graham Poll (ENG), Glenn Brian Turner (ENG), Philip Richard Anthony Sharp (ENG).

Result: UKRAINE 4, SAUDI ARABIA 0 (2:0)

1-0 Rusol 4, 2-0 Rebrov 36, 3-0 Shevchenko 46, 4-0 Kalinichenko 84.

UKR (3-5-2): [1] Oleksandr Shovkovski; - [22] Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Sviderski, [6] Andri Rusol, [2] Andri Nesmachni; - [9] Oleg Gusev, [4] Anatoli Timoschuk, [11] Sergei Rebrov (71 [21] Rusian Rotan), [8] Oleg Shalayev, [19] Maxim Sergeiovich Kalinichenko Ω; - [7] Andri Shevchenko (c 85 [15] Artem Volodimirovich Milevski), [10] Andri Voronin (79 [14] Andri Gusin).

KSA (4-4-1-1): [21] Mabrouk Zaid; - [2] Ahmed Dukhi al-Dosari (55 [12] Abdulaziz Mohamed al-Khathran), [3] Redha Tukar, [4] Hamad al-Montashari, [13] Hussein al-Sulimani (c); - [8] Mohamed Noor (77 [9] Sami al-Jaber), [6] Omar al-Ghamdi, [16] Khalrd Aziz al-Thaker, [14] Saud al-Khariri; - [7] Mohamed Amin (55 [23] Malik Mouath); - [20] Yasser al-Qahtani.

Booked: 22 Nesmachni, 77 Kalinichenko, 89 Sviderski / 41 A.D. al-Dosari

a waist high tackle

, 57 al-Ghamdi

correctly given by Poll for a blatant dive in the Ukraine box, 73 al-Khariri

kicking the ball away .

Game 32: Monday 19 June 2006 (21:00) Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart. [676]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Carlos Eugênio Simon (BRZ), Aristeu Leonardo Tavares (BRZ), Ednílson Corona (BRZ).

Result: SPAIN 3, TUNISIA 1 (0:1)

0-1 Mnari 8, 1-1 Raúl 72, 2-1 Torres 76, 3-1 Torres 90 pen.

ESP (4-3-3): [1] Iker Casillas (c); - [15] Sergio Ramos, [22] Pablo, [5] Carles Puyol, [3] Mariano Pernia; - [16] Marcos Senna (h/t [18] Cesc Fábregas), [14] Xabi Alonso Ω, [8] Xavi; - [11] Luis Garcia (h/t [7] Raúl), [9] Fernando Torres, [21] David Villa (56 [17] Joaquin Sánchez Rodríguez).

TUN (4-5-1): [1] Ali Boumnijel; - [6] Hatem Trabelsi, [15] Radhi Jaïdi, [3] Karim Haggui, [19] Anis Ayari (56 [4] Alaeddine Yahia); - [20] Hamed Namouchi, [13] Riadh Bouazizi (c. 56 [10] Kaïs Ghodhbane), [8] Mehdi Nafti, [12] Jaouhar Mnari, [14] Adel Chedli (79 [7] Heykel Gmamdia); - [5] Ziad Jaziri.

Booked: 30 Albelda, 35 Reyes, 75 Marchena / 27 al-Jaber, 77 al-Temyat.

Game 47 / 48: Friday 23 June 2006 (16:00) Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. [691 / 692]

Att: 46,000 Ref: Bonaventure Coffi Codjia (BEN), Célestin Ntagungira (RWA), Aboudou Adérodjou (BEN)

Result: SPAIN 1, SAUDI ARABIA 0 (1:0)

Juanito 36.

ESP (4-3-3): [1] José Santiago Canizares; - [2] Miguel ‘Michel’ Angel Salgado Fernández, [20] Juanito - Juan Gutiérrez Moreno Ω, [4] Carlos Marchena López, [12] Antonio Lopez Guerrero; - [18] Cesc Fábregas (66 [8] Xavi), [6] David Albelda, [13] Andrés Iniesta Luján; - [10] Joaquin, [7] Raúl (c. h/t [21] David Villa), [10] José Antonio Reyes (69 [9] Fernando Torres).

KSA (4-4-2): [21] Mabrouk Zaid; - [2] Ahmed Dukhi al-Dosari, [3] Redha Tukar, [4] Hamad al-Montashari, [12] Abdulaziz al-Khathran; - [8] Mohamed Noor, [16] Khaled Aziz al-Thaker (13 [18] Nawaf al-Temyat), [14] Saud al-Khariri, [13] Hussein al-Sulimani (81 [19] Mohamed Massad al-Muwallid); - [11] Saed Meshal al-Harthi, [9] Sami al-Jaber (c. 68 [23] Malik Mouath).

Booked: 30 Albelda, 35 Reyes, 75 Marchena / 27 al-Jaber, 77 al-Temyat diving.

Game 47 / 48: Friday 23 June 2006 (16:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [691 / 692]

Att: 72,000 Ref: Carlos Aresio Amarilla Demarqui (PAR), Amelio Arístides Andino Méndez (PAR), Manuel Bernal Foster (PAR).

Result: UKRAINE 1, TUNISIA 0 (0:0)

Shevchenko 71 pen.

UKR (4-4-2): [1] Oleksandr Shovkovski; - [9] Oleg Gusev, [22] Vyacheslav Sviderski, [6] Andri Rusol, [2] Andri Nesmachni; - [11] Sergei Rebrov (54 [16] Andri Vorobei), [4] Anatoli Timoschuk , [8] Oleg Shalayev, [19] Maxim Kalinichenko (75 [14] Andri Gusin); - [10] Andri Voronin, [7] Andri Shevchenko (c - 88 [15] Artem Milevski).

TUN (4-5-1): [1] Ali Boumnijel; - [6] Hatem Trabelsi, [15] Radhi Jaïdi, [3] Karim Haggui, [19] Anis Ayari; - [13] Riadh Bouazizi (c. 79 [17] Ben Saada), [8] Mehdi Nafti (90 [10] Kaïs Ghodhbane), [20] Hamed Namouchi, [12] Jaouhar Mnari, [14] Adel Chedli (79 [11] Santos - Francileudo dos Santos Silva); - [5] Ziad Jaziri.

Sent Off: 45 Jaziri.

Booked: 18 Sviderski misses next game, 47 Shelayev, 61 Timoschuk, 65 Rusol / 9 Jaziri diving, 43 Bouazizi, 45 Jaziri, 90 Jaïdi.

Pld W D L F A Pts
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

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Second Round.

Game 49: Saturday 24 June 2006 (17:00) Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [693]

Att: 66,000 Ref: Carlos Eugênio Simon (BRZ), Aristeu Leonardo Tavares (BRZ), Ednílson Corona (BRZ).

Result: GERMANY 2, SWEDEN 0 (2:0)

1-0 Podolski 4, 2-0 Podolski 12. (52 Henrik Larsson smashed a penalty over the bar. Probably put off by his manager who delayed the spot-kick with a substitution, bad decision)

GER (4-4-2): [1] Jens Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich, [17] Christoph Metzelder, [21] Per Mertesacker, [16] Philipp Lahm; - [19] Bernd Schneider, [8] Torsten Frings (85 [5] Sebastian Kehl), [13] Michael Ballack (c), [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger (72 [18] Tim Borowski); - [11] Miroslav Klose Ω, [20] Lukas Podolski (74 [10] Oliver Neuville).

SWE (4-4-2): [1] Andreas Isaksson; - [7] Niclas Alexandersson, [3] Olof Mellberg (c), [4] Teddy Lucic, [5] Eric Edman; - [18] Mattias Jonson (52 [21] Christian Wilhelmsson), [6] Tobias Linderoth, [16] Kim Källström (39 [13] Johan Petter Hansson), [9] Freddie Ljungberg; - [10] Zlatan Ibrahimovic (72 [20] Marcus Allbäck), [11] Henrik Larsson.

Sent Off: 35.Lucic.

Booked: 27 Frings / 28 Lucic, 35 Lucic tugging Klose’s shirt, 48 Jonson after a late charge on Ballack he has a go at the German for acting, 78 Allbäck.

Game 50: Saturday 24 June 2006 (21:00) Zentralstadion, Leipzig. [694]

Att: 43,000. Ref: Massimo Busacca (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI).

Result: ARGENTINA 2, MEXICO 1 (1:1), (1:1) aet

0-1 Márquez 5, 1-1 Borgetti o.g. 10, 2-1 Rodriguez 98. (note: FIFA give the second goal to Crespo, but it was clearly an own goal) Messi had the ball in the net 90+2 but offside.

ARG (4-4-2): [1] Roberto Abbondanzieri; [13] Lionel Scaloni, [2] Roberto Ayala, [6] Gabriel Heinze, [3] Juan Pablo Sorin (c); - [18] Maxi Rodriguez Ω, [8] Javier Mascherano, [10] Juan Roman Riquelme, [5] Esteban Cambiasso (76 [16] Pablo Aimar); - [9] Hernán Crespo (75 [11] Carlo Tévez), [7] Javier Saviola (84 [19] Lionel Messi).

MEX (3-5-2): [1] Oswaldo Sánchez; - [4] Rafael Márquez (c), [5] Ricardo Osorio, [3] Carlos Salcido; - [16] Mario Méndez , [15] José Antonio Castro, [8] Pável Pardo (38 [6] Gerardo Torrado), [11] Ramón Morales (74 [7] “Zinha“), [18] José Andrés Guardado Hernández (66 [14] Gonzalo Pineda); - [17] Francisco Fonseca, [9] Jared Borgetti.

Booked: 45 Heinze caught out by a bad goalkick to him he chopped down Fonseca and lucky to escape with just a YC – the Mexican manager who likes a cigarette, was 'smokin’, 98 Sorin. / 70 Márquez fouled Crepo in the Achilles, 83 Castro, 118 Torrado wrestled Messi to the ground, 119 Fonseca kicking the ball away.

Game 51: Sunday 25 June 2006 (17:00) Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart. [695]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL). Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL).

Result: ENGLAND 1, ECUADOR 0 (0:0)

Beckham 60.

ENG (4-1-4-1): [1] Paul Robinson; - [16] Owen Hargreaves, [6] John Terry Ω, [5] Rio Ferdinand, [3] Ashley Cole; - [18] Michael Carrick; - [7] David Beckham (c) (87 [19] Aaron Lennon), [4] Steven Gerrard (90 [20] Stewart Downing), [8] Frank Lampard, [11] Joe Cole (77 [15] Jamie Carragher); - [9] Wayne Rooney.

ECU (4-4-2): [12] Cristian Mora; [4] Ulises de la Cruz, [3] Iván Hurtado (c), [17] Giovanny Espinoza, [18] Néicer Reasco ; - [16] Luis Valencia, [14] Segundo Castillo, [20] Edwin Tenorio (69 [7] Christian Lara), [8] Edison Méndez; - [11] Agustín Delgado, [21] Carlos Tenorio (71 [10] Iván Kaviedes).

Booked: 17 Terry, unsporting behaviour; 77 Robinson, time-wasting 81 Carragher, time-wasting.
23 Valencia, 36 Carlos Tenorio, 66 de la Cruz, handball.

Game 52: Sunday 25 June 2006 (17:00) Frankenstadion, Nürnberg (Nuremberg). [696]

Att: 41,000. Ref: Valentin Ivanov (RUS), Nikolai Borisovich Golubev (RUS), Yevgeni Viktorovich Volnin (RUS).

Result: PORTUGAL 1, HOLLAND 0 (1:0)

Maniche 23.

POR (4-5-1): [1] Ricardo; - [13] Miguel, [5] Fernando Meira, [16] Ricardo Carvalho, [14] Nuno Valente; - [17] Cristiano Ronaldo (34 [11] Simão), [6] Costinha, [18] Maniche Ω, [7] Luís Figo (c 84 [19] Tiago), [20] Deco; - [9] Pauleta (h/t [8] Petit).

HOL (4-3-3): [1] Edwin Van der Sar (c); - [3] Khalid Boulahrouz, [13] André Ooijer, [4] Joris Mathijsen (56 [10] Rafael Van der Vaart), [5] Giovanni Van Bronckhorst; - [18] Mark Van Bommel (67 [14] John Heitinga), [20] Wesley Sneijder, [8] Phillip Cocu (84 [19] Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink); - [17] Robin Van Persie, [7] Dirk Kuyt, [11] Arjen Robben.

Sent off: 45’45 Costinha, 77’06 Deco / .62’04 Boulahrouz elbow job on Luís Figo, 96’17 Van Bronckhorst.

A detailed breakdown of this record breaking match.

Booked: Portugal: 19’23 Maniche into the back heels of Van Bommel, 30’43 Costinha sything late tackle on Cocu, 45’43 Costinha deliberate handball, sent off no argument, 49’26 Petit pulled down Van Bommel, 59’04 Luís Figo, for dissent, the ref missed his head work. FIFA later say this was dealt with at the time and did not suspend Luís Figo for the next game. Probably because two Portuguse were sent off, 72’06 Deco attacks Heitinga with a lunge. Cocu goes down off the ball, 75’12 Ricardo after taking an age over a goal kick, 75’46 Nuno Valente straight through the back of Van Persie, probably a red card in a normal game. 77’01 Deco deliberate handball and then he picked up the ball to waste time.

Holland: 1’37 Van Bommel in the back heels of Cristiano Ronaldo, 6’ 57 Boulahrouz, put his studs into upper thigh of Cristiano Ronaldo, lucky it wasn’t a red card, 58’23 Van Bronckhorst sythed down Deco, the players gather round and agree to forget fair play for the rest of the game. Luís Figo sticks his head on Van Bommel behind the referee. Should have received a red card., 61’59 Boulahrouz puts his arm across Figio, who goes down clutching his face, 72’37 Sneijder floors Petit with a shove. Petit was ‘helping’ the grounded Cocu, 73’18 Van der Vaart dissent in the same incident, 94’14 Van Bronckhorst deliberately trips Tiago.

Ivanov was unfairly criticised for his refereing of this match. 16 yellow and 4 red cards. The players were the culprits, especially Holland who had Cristiano Ronaldo picked out for special treatment from the kick-off. I missed this match live, and have watched it several times on DVD since (times are from the recording). I don’t think Ivanov had any choice in his card fest, and could/should have given some more. Van der Vaart deliberate handball in the 86 minute, Goalkeeper Ricardo having a siesta in the second half whenever he had the ball.

Game 53: Monday 26 June 2006 (17:00) Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern. [697]

Att: 46,000 Ref: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (ESP) , Pedro Medina Hernández (ESP).

Result: ITALY 1, AUSTRALIA 0 (0:0)

Totti 90 pen.

ITA (4-3-1-2): [1] Gianluigi Buffon Ω; - [19] Gianluca Zambrotta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [23] Marco Materazzi, [3] Fabio Grosso; - [21] Andrea Pirlo, [8] Gennaro Gattuso, [20] Simone Perrotta; - [7] Alessandro Del Piero (75 [10] Francesco Totti); - [11] Alberto Gilardino (h/t [15] Vincenzo Iaquinta), [9] Luca Toni (55 [6] Andrea Barzagli).

AUS (4-5-1): [1] Mark Schwarzer; - [5] Jason Culina, [3] Craig Moore, [2] Lucas Neill, [14] Scott Chipperfield; - [21] Mile Sterjovski (John Aloisi 81), [13] Vince Grella, [4] Tim Cahill, [20] Luke Wilkshire, [23] Marco Bresciano; - [9] Mark Viduka (c).

Sent Off: Materazzi (51) straight red for tripping Bresciano, even though he was not the last defender.

Booked: 28 Grosso, 88 Gattuso, 90 Zambrotta / 22 Grella, 48 Cahill, 60 Wilkshire.

Socceroos go out after crap penalty decision. “They look after the big nations. They want them through to the semis and the finals. It’s always the way” said sick as a chip Chipperfield after the game.

Game 54: Monday 26 June 2006 (21:00) Rhein-Energie-Stadion, Köln (Cologne). [698]

Att: 45,000. Ref: Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (MEX), José Francisco Ramírez Díaz (MEX), Héctor Osvaldo Vergara (CAN).

Result: UKRAINE 0, SWITZERLAND 0 (0:0) (0:0) aet the worst game of the finals, Ukraine won 3-0 on penalties. The Swiss couldn’t score even then.

0-0 Ukraine take the first penalty. The last time Shevchenko was in a shoot-out it was the Champions League final for AC Milan against Liverpool, his effort is saved again.

0-0 Substitute Streller strikes an equally poor penalty and this one is also saved.

1-0 Another sub. Milevski dinks it down the middle and scores before giving the crowd the shush sign. A confident chap.

1-0 Barnetta misses and slams his effort on to the crossbar.

2-0 Rebrov sends the keeper the wrong way to give Ukraine a big advantage.

2-0 Ricardo Cabanas has to score but he does not. Olexandr Shovkovski saved another poor penalty.

2-0 Cabanas has to score but it's saved, another poor penalty.

3-0 A long run-up and Gusev strokes in the ball.

UKR (1-3-4-2): [1] Oleksandr Shovkovski Ω; - [17] Vladislav Vashchuk; - [9] Oleg Gusev, [14] Andri Gusin, [2] Andri Nesmachni; - [16] Andri Vorobei (93 [11] Sergei Rebrov), [4] Anatoli Timoschuk, [8] Oleg Shalayev, [19] Maxim Kalinichenko (75 [21] Rusian Rotan); - [10] Andri Voronin (110 [15] Artem Milevski), [7] Andri Shevchenko (c).

SUI (4-1-3-1-1): [1] Pascal Zuberbuhler; - [23] Philipp Degen, [20] Patrick Müller, [2] Ludovic Magnin, [3] Johan Djourou (33 [13] Stephane Grichting); - [6] Johann Vogel (c); - [16] Tranquillo Barnetta, [7] Ricardo Cabanas, [8] Raphaël Wicky; - [22] Hakan Yakin (64 [11] Marco Streller); - [9] Alex Frei (116 [18] Mauro Lustrinelli).

Booked: 58 Barnetta.

"Thank God that's finished - I feel like I've been here for 10 years."
Alan Shearer BBC Sport.

Game 55: Tuesday 22 June 2006 (17:00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [699]

Att: 65,000. Ref: Lubos Michel (SLK), Roman Slyško (SLK), Martin Balko (SLK).

Result: BRAZIL 3, GHANA 0 (2:0)

1-0 Ronaldo 4, 2-0 Adriano 45, 3-0 Zé Roberto 83.

BRZ (4-2-2-2): [1] Dida; - [2] Cafu (c), [3] Lúcio, [4] Juan, [6] Roberto Carlos; - [5] Émerson (h/t [17] Gilberto Silva), [8] Kaká (83 [20] Ricardinho); - [11] Zé Roberto Ω, [10] Ronaldinho; - [7] Adriano (61 [19] Juninho Pernambucano), [9] Ronaldo.

GHA (4-3-1-2): [22] Richard Kingston; - [15] John Paintsil, [5] John Mensah, [7] Shilla Illiasu, [6] Emmanuel Pappoe; - [23] Haminu Dramani, [18] Eric Addo (60 [9] Derek Boateng), [11] Sulley Muntari; - [10] Stephen Appiah (c); - [14] Mathew Amoah (69 [12] Alex Tachie-Mensah), [3] Asamoah Gyan.

Sent Off: Gyan 81.

Booked: 12 Adriano, 43 Juan. / 6 Appiah, 10 Muntari, 28 Paintsil, 37 Eric Addo, 47 Gyan. 81 Gyan for diving.

Game 56: Tuesday 22 June 2006 (12:00) AWD-Arena, Hannover (Hanover). [700]

Att: 43,000. Ref: Roberto Rosetti (ITA), Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA).

Result: FRANCE 3, SPAIN 1 (1:1)

0-1 Villa 27 pen., 1-1 Ribéry 40, 2-1 Vieira 82, 3-1 Zidane 90.(remarkably all three players were also the only Frenchmen booked) .

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [4] Patrick Vieira Ω, [6] Claude Makélélé ; - [22] Franck Ribéry, [10] Zinédine Zidane (c), [7] Florent Malouda (74 [9] Sidney Govou); - [12] Thierry Henry (88 [11] Sylvain Wiltord).

ESP (4-3-1-2): [1] Iker Casillas; - [15] Sergio Ramos, [22] Pablo, [5] Carles Puyol, [3] Mariano Pernia; - [18] Cesc Fábregas, [14] Xabi Alonso, [8] Xavi (72 [16] Marcos Senna); - [7] Raúl (54 [11] Luis Garcia); - [21] David Villa (54 [17] Joaquin), [9] Fernando Torres.

Booked: 67 Vieira, 86 Franck Ribéry,

kicking the ball away,

90 Zidane. / 81 Puyol.
Before this game Spain were unbeaten in their last 24 matches, the best record of any team at this WC.


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QUARTER FINALS

Game 57: Friday 30 June 2006 (17:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [701]

Att: 72,000. Ref: Lubos Michel (SLK), Roman Slyško (SLK), Martin Balko (SLK).

Result: GERMANY 1, ARGENTINA 1 (0:0) (1:1) aet Germany won 4-2 on penalties

0-1 Ayala 48. 1-1 Klose 79.

penlty shoot-out.

1-0 Neuville, 1-1 Cruz, 2-1 Ballack, 2-1 Ayala pen saved by Lehmann, 3-1 Podolski, 3-2 Rodriguez, 4-2 Borowski, 4-2 Cambiasso pen saved by Lehmann.

GER (4-1-3-2): [1] Jens Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich, [17] Per Mertesacker, [21] Christoph Metzelder, [16] Philipp Lahm; - [8] Torsten Frings; - [19] Bernd Schneider (62 [22] David Odonkor), [13] Michael Ballack (c)Ω, [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger (74 -[18] Tim Borowski); - [11] Miroslav Klose (85 [10] Oliver Neuville), [20] Lukas Podolski.

ARG (4-2-3-1): [1] Roberto Abbondanzieri (71 [12] Leonardo Noeren Franco); - [4] Fabricio Coloccini, [2] Roberto Ayala, [6] Gabriel Heinze, [3] Juan Pablo Sorin (c); - [22] Luis González, [8] Javier Mascherano; - [18] Maxi Roriguez, [10] Juan Roman Riquelme (72 [5] Esteban Cambiasso), [11] Carlos Tévez; - [9] Hernán Crespo (78 [20] Julio Cruz).

Sent Off: Cufre (after the game, for unsporting behaviour. FIFA speak of a mass brawl. Frings was later suspended for throwing a punch) Fun and games after this one.

Booked: 2 Podolski, 90 Odonkor, 113 Friedrich. / 45 Sorin, 59 Mascherano, 87 Maxi an obvious dive in the box, 95 Cruz raised arm on Lahm.

Argentine coach Pekerman resigned after the game.

It was revealed later why Lehmann during the penalty shoot-out kept pulling out a note from his sock. He was reading his notes on which way the Argentinians took their penalties - that was the psychology at least - it worked.

Game 58: Friday 30 June 2006 921:00) AOL-Arena, Hamburg. [702]

Att: 50,000. Ref: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL).

Result: ITALY 3, UKRAINE 0 (1:0)

1-0 Zambrotta 5, 2-0 Toni 58, 3-0 Toni 68.

ITA (4-4-1-1): [1] Gianluigi Buffon; - [19] Gianluca Zambrotta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [6] Andrea Barzagli, [3] Fabio Grosso;- [20] Simone Perrotta, [21] Andrea Pirlo (68 [17] Simone Barone), [8] Gennaro Gattuso Ω (76 [2] Christian Zaccardo), [16] Mauro Camoranesi (68 [22] Massimo Oddo); - [10] Francesco Totti; -.[9] Luca Toni.

UKR (1-4-3-2): [1] Oleksandr Shovkovski; - [14] Andri Gusin; - [9] Oleg Gusev, [6] Andri Rusol (h-t [17] Vladislav Vashchuk), [22] Vyacheslav Sviderski (20 [16] Andri Vorobei), [2] Andri Nesmachni; - [8] Oleg Shalayev, [4] Anatoli Timoschuk, [19] Maxim Kalinichenko; - [7] Andri Shevchenko (c), [15] Artem Milevski (72 [20] Oleksi Grigorovich Byelik).

Booked: 15 Sviderski, 20 Kalinichenko, 66 Milevski.

Game 59: Saturday 1 July 2006 (17:00) Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen. [703]

Att: 52,000. Ref: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (ARG), Darío Miguel García (ARG)., Rodolfo Gustavo Otero (ARG).

Result: PORTUGAL 0, ENGLAND 0 (0:0) aet Portugal won 3-1 on penalties

penlty shoot-out.

1-0 Sabrosa, 1-0 Lampard’s weak penalty is saved by Ricardo to his left, 1-0 Hugo Vaina fails to make it 2-0 when he sends Robinson the wrong way but hits the right hand post; 1-1 England’s best player on the night Owen Hargreaves, slots home the second penlty; 1-1 Next up is Petit and he misses the goal completely – do Portugal want to win this shoot out? – the answer is…. more than England. 1-1 Steven Gerrard who regularly bangs them in for his scouse club team, tamely hits it and is easily saved by Ricardo to his left.
2-1 Postiga strokes it in; 2-1 The eighth penalty and Jamie Carragher looks cool, takes it quickly and scores only for the referee to make him take it again and Ricardo parries the ball onto the crossbar:
3-1 Cristiano Ronaldo does his usual stuttered run and as he usually does …scores by sending Robinson the wrong way and England home.

POR (4-2-3-1): [1] Ricardo; - [13] Miguel, [5] Fernando Meira, [16] Ricardo Carvalho, [14] Nuno Valente; - [8] Petit, [18] Maniche; - [7] Luís Figo (c 86 [23] Hélder Postiga), [19] Tiago (74 [10] Hugo Miguel Ferreira Gomes Viana), [17] Cristiano Ronaldo; - [9] Pauleta (63 [11] Simão).

ENG (4-1-4-1): [1] Paul Robinson; - [2] Gary Neville, [5] Rio Ferdinand, [6] John Terry , [3] Ashley Cole; - [16] Owen Hargreaves Ω; - [7] David Beckham (c 51 [19] Arron Lennon, 118 [15] Jaime Carragher), [4] Steven Gerrard, [8] Frank Lampard, [11] Joe Cole (65 [21] Peter Crouch); - [9] Wayne Rooney.

Sent Off: 61 Rooney, for catching Carvalho with a step on the bollocks manoeuvre.

Booked: 43 Petit misses next game, 110 Ricardo Carvalho 29 Terry, 106 Hargreaves dissent.

England again went home from a WC on penalties in the second stage. Unbeaten, unimaginative, underachieved, underpowered (up front) unmissed and unloved.

"I knew I couldn't really blame Ronaldo for what had happened because he was trying to win the game for his country. Besides, in the first half I'd tried to get him booked for diving, so I was as bad as him really" Wayne Rooney about his mate in his book 'My Decade' (2012).

Game 60: Saturday 1 July 2006 (21:00) Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main. [704]

Att: 48,000. Ref: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), Victoriano Giráldez Carrasco (ESP) , Pedro Medina Hernández (ESP).

Result: FRANCE 1, BRAZIL 0 (0:0)

Henry 56.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [4] Patrick Vieira, [6] Claude Makélélé ; - [22] Franck Ribéry (76 [9] Sidney Govou), [10] Zinédine Zidane (c) Ω, [7] Florent Malouda (81 [11] Sylvain Wiltord); - [12] Thierry Henry (85 [14] Louis Saha).

BRZ (4-3-1-2): [1] Dida; - [2] Cafu (c 76 [13] Cicinho), [3] Lúcio, [4] Juan, [6] Roberto Carlos; - [19] Juninho Pernambucano (63 [7] Adriano), [17] Silva, [11] Zé Roberto; - [8] Kaká (79 [23] Robinho); - [9] Ronaldo, [10] Ronaldinho.

Booked: 72 Sagnol body check on Kaka, 86 Saha, 87 Thuram tripping Ronaldo just outside the box / 24 Cafu, 44 Juan brought down Vieira through on goal, 45 Ronaldo dissent, 74 Lúcio had not comitted a foul before this match (what had he been doing as CH?) YC for a late challenge on Henry.


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SEMI FINALS

Game 61: Tuesday 4 July 2006 (21:00) Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund. [705]

Att: 65,000 Ref: Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (MEX), José Francisco Ramírez Díaz (MEX), Héctor Osvaldo Vergara (CAN).

Result: ITALY 2, GERMANY 0 (0:0) (0:0) aet

1-0 Grosso 118, 2-0 Del Piero 120

ITA (4-4-1-1): [1] Gianluigi Buffon; - [19] Gianluca Zambrotta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [23] Marco Materazzi, [3] Fabio Grosso; - [16] Mauro Camoranesi (90 [15] Vincenzo Iaquinta), [21] Andrea Pirlo Ω, [8] Gennaro Gattuso, [20] Simone Perrotta (104 [7] Alessandro Del Piero); - [10] Francesco Totti; - [9] Luca Toni (74 [11] Alberto Gilardino).

GER (4-4-2): [1] Jens Lehmann; - [3] Arne Friedrich, [17] Per Mertesacker, [21] Christoph Metzelder, [16] Philipp Lahm; - [19] Bernd Schneider (83 [22] David Odonkor), [5] Sebastian Kehl, [13] Michael Ballack (c), [18] Tim Borowski (72 [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger); - [11] Miroslav Klose (111 [10] Oliver Neuville), [20] Lukas Podolski.

Booked: 89 Camoranesi

he takes the ball cleanly from Kehl who dives

/ 39 Borowski, 55 Metzelder.

Game 62: Wednesday 5 July 2006 (21:00) Allianz Arena, München (Munich). [706]

Att: 66,000 Ref: Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (URU), Wálter Enrique Rial Hernández (URU), Pablo Javier Fandiño Abate (URU).

Result: FRANCE 1, PORTUGAL 0 (1:0)

Zidane 32 pen

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Barthez; - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram Ω, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [6] Claude Makélélé , [4] Patrick Vieira; - [22] Franck Ribéry (72 [9] Sidney Govou), [10] Zinédine Zidane (c), [7] Florent Malouda (69 [11] Sylvain Wiltord); - [12] Thierry Henry (85 [14] Louis Saha).

POR (4-2-3-1): [1] Ricardo; - [13] Miguel (63 [2] Paulo Ferreira), [5] Fernando Meira, [16] Ricardo Carvalho, [14] Nuno Valente; - [6] Costinha (74 [23] Hélder Postiga), [18] Maniche; - [7] Luís Figo (c), [20] Deco, [17] Cristiano Ronaldo; - [9] Pauleta (68 [11] Simão).

Booked: 86 Saha. / 82 Ricardo Carvalho.


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THIRD PLACE MATCH

Game 63: Saturday 8 July 2006 (21:00) Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart. [707]

Att: 52,000 Ref: Toru Kamikawa (Japan), Yoshikazu Hiroshima (JAP), Kim Dae-Young (RSK).

Result: GERMANY 3, PORTUGAL 1 (0-0)

1-0 Schweinsteiger 56, 2-0 Petit 61 og, 3-0 Schweinsteiger 78, 3-1 Nuno Gomes 88.

GER (4-1-3-2): [12] Oliver Rolf Kahn (c) (86th and last cap); - [16] Philipp Lahm, [6] Jens Nowotny, [21] Christoph Metzelder, [2] Marcell Jansen; - [8] Torsten Frings; - [19] Bernd Schneider, [5] Sebastian Kehl, [7] Sebastian Schweinsteiger Ω (79 [15] Thomas Hitzlsperger); - [11] Miroslav Klose (64 [10] Oliver Neuville), [20] Lukas Podolski (71 [9] Mike Hanke).

POR (4-2-3-1): [1] Ricardo; - [2] Paulo Ferreira, [4] Ricardo Costa, [5] Fernando Meira, [14] Nuno Valente (69 [21] Nuno Gomes); - [6] Costinha (h/t [8] Petit), [18] Maniche; - [17] Cristiano Ronaldo, [20] Deco, [11] Simão; - [9] Pauleta (c) 77 [7] Luís Figo).

Booked: 7 Frings late decking Deco, 79 Schweinsteiger, removing his shirt after scoring / 24 Ricardo Costa, 33 Costinha, 61 Paulo Ferreira.


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FINAL

Game 64: Played Sunday 9 July 2006 (20:00) Olympiastadion, Berlin. [708]

Att: 69,000. Ref: Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (ARG), Darío Miguel García (ARG), Rodolfo Gustavo Otero (ARG).

Result: ITALY 1,FRANCE 1 (1:1), (1:1 aet) Italy won 5-3 on penalties.

1-0 Zidane pen 7, 1-1 Materazzi 19. Note: Italy had a goal (Toni) disallowed after 62.

ITA (4-4-1-1): [16] Gianluigi Buffon; - [19] Gianluca Zambrotta, [5] Fabio Cannavaro (c), [23] Marco Materazzi, [3] Fabio Grosso; - [16] Mauro Camoranesi (86 [7] Alessandro Del Piero), [8] Gennaro Gattuso, [21] Andrea Pirlo Ω, [20] Simone Perrotta (61 [15] Vincenzo Iaquinta); - [10] Francesco Totti (61 [4] Daniele De Rossi); - [9] Luca Toni.

FRA (4-2-3-1): [16] Fabien Barthez (vc); - [19] Willy Sagnol, [15] Lilian Thuram, [5] William Gallas, [3] Éric Abidal; - [4] Patrick Vieira (56 [18] Alou Diarra), [6] Claude Makélélé; - [22] Franck Ribéry (100 [20] David Trézéguet), [10] Zinédine Zidane (c), [7] Florent Malouda; - [12] Thierry Henry (107 [11] Sylvain Wiltord).

The penalty shootout:


1-0 Italy: Andrea Pirlo scores with a lifted stroke straight into the middle of the net with Barthez diving right.


1-1 France: Sylvain Wiltord beats Ginaluigi Buffon, who dives to his right and guesses wrong.


2-1 Italy: Marco Materazzi shoots low to keeper Fabien Barthez’s left.


2-1 France: David Trezeguet’s shot goes off the crossbar and bounces just on the wrong side of the line.


3-1 Italy: Daniele De Rossi scores high into the net.


3-2 France: Eric Abidal beats Buffon, who dives the wrong way.


4-2 Italy: Alessandro Del Piero scores high into the net, after a long run-up.


4-3 France: Willy Sagnol converts his penalty.


5-3 Italy: Fabio Grosso beats Barthez who dives right, with the ball, going to his left.

Sent Off: 110 Zidane, reacted with a headbuttt to verbal abuse off Materazzi. This is what all Italians know that MM said.
- Zidane: If you want my shirt I can give it to you after the match.
Materazzi: I prefer when your sister gives me hers (shirt).

Booked: 5 Zambrotta / 12 Sagnol, 76 Diarra, 111 Malouda dissent.

An Italian lip-reader claimed to have deciphered the words Marco Materazzi said to Zinédine Zidane that provoked the French captain into butting him in the chest during Sunday's World Cup final, the great midfielder's final act before a red card ended his career in top-level football.
According to the BBC, Materazzi said, "I wish an ugly death to you and all your family," and then told Zidane to "go fuck yourself".
A Paris-based anti-racism group, SOS-Racism, earlier said that "several very well informed sources" had suggested Zidane was called a "dirty terrorist".
But though video evidence is being used to judge Materazzi, it was not used by match officials to condemn Zidane. FIFA released a statement insisting that "the fourth referee saw the incident with his own eyes and told the referee and the assistant directly through their headsets".
The controversy did not stop Zidane from winning the Golden Ball as the World Cup's best player, ahead of the final's other captain, Italy's Fabio Cannavaro. The Frenchman earned 2,012 points in a poll of journalists covering the event, with Cannavaro on 1,977 and the Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo third with 715. From The Guardian 1 July 2006.


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Other Information / Stats.

TOP SCORERS

Goals Player(s)
5
Klose b. Opole, Poland 9 Jun 1978 (GER) .
3
Maxi Rodríguez (ARG), Ronaldo (BRZ), Torres, Villa (ESP), Henry, Zidane (FRA), Podolski (GER).
2
Crespo (ARG officially he scored 3), ,Cahill, (AUS), Adriano (BRZ), Wanchope (CRC), Dindane (CIV), Rosický (CZE), Delgado, Tonorio (ECU), Gerrard (ENG), Viera (FRA), Schweinsteiger (GER), Materazzi, Toni (ITA), Bravo (MEX), Bosacki (POL), Maniche (POR), Frei (SUI), Shevchenko (UKR).
  • In total 147 goals incl. 23 by substitutes (27 headers; 17 penalties, 13 scored, 3 missed 1 saved; 6 own goals), 2.29 per match. Most goals Germany (14), no team without goals. First WC without a player scoring three or more goals in a match.
  • 112 players scored (including ). shots, on target.
  • There were 28 (9 straight) red cards, 326 yellow cards (plus 19 2ndY) Total cards: 354. Nb: Does not incl. 3rd YC issued for the same player by Graham Poll. (CRO v AUS)
  • Official total attendance 3,359,439 (52,491 average).

COACHES, ASSISTANTS, RESERVE PLAYERS

Note: Betting odds are pre-World Cup: source Wm Hill 22 May 2006.

ANG
Coach: Luis de Oliveira Gonçalves, after three great footballing displays he was one of the few coaches to hold his head high after just failing to get his 57th ranked team out of thegroup he survived as manager until 2008.

[12] “Lamá” Luís Mamona João (GK), [22] Mário Damião Hipólito (GK), [2] Marco Ibraim de Sousa Airosa (RB), [4] António Lebo Lebo (CB), [19] André 'Titi' Buengo (FWD), [23] Marco Paulo Coimbra de Abreu (LB).

Unlucky: Left back João Osvaldo Yamba Asha (Östers IF Växjö [SWE] failed a drugs test after a qualifier with Rwanda in October 2005 and was banned for nine months by FIFA having played in all the group games. Jacinto Pereira (CB AS Aviação Luanda), Achilles tendon injury ruled out 'Gilberto' Felisberto Sebastião da Graça Amaral (LMF Al-Ahly al-Qāhira [EGY], 'Chinho' João dos Santos de Almeida (MF Sagrada Esperança Dundo), Norberto Mauro 'Maurito' da Costa Mulenessa (LW Al-Wahda Abu Dhabi [UAE], Frederico 'Freddy' de Castro Roque dos Santos (CF Moreirense FC [POR].

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 750/1.

Click to Group C

ARG: Coach: José Néstor Pekerman.

[23] Oscar Alfredo Ustari (GK).

Unlucky:

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 8/1.

Click to Group F

AUS: Coach: Guus Hiddink [HOL].

[12] Ante Čovič (GK), [16] Michael Beauchamp (DF), [11] Stanley Lazaridis (LB), [22] Mark Daniel Milligan (DF), [8] Josip Skoko (MF), [17] Archibald Gerald Thompson (FW).

Unlucky:

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 80/1.

Click to Group F

BRZ: Coach: Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira.

[22] Júlio César Soares de Espinola (GK), [15] “Cris” – Cristiano Marques Gomes (CD), [14] “Luisão” – Ânderson Luis da Silva ((DEF), [18] “Mineiro” – Carlos Luciano da Silva (MID).

Unlucky:

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 9/4 fav

Click to Group A

CRC: Coach: Alexandre Henrique 'Guima' Guimarães Borges [BRZ/CRC].

[1] Álvaro Mesén Murillo (GK Herediano), [23] Wardy Alfaro Pizarro (GK Alajuelense), [21] Víctor Amaury Núñez Rodríguez (FWD bn. Dominican Republic Alajuelense), [22] Michael Steven Rodríguez Gutiérrez (CB Alajuelense).

Unlucky: Roy Miller Hernández (LB FC Bodø/Glimt [NOR], was left out of final 24. Adrián de Lemos Calderón (GK Brujas on loan from Herediano), Cristian Montero Fallas (DF Alajuelense), Winston Antonio Parks Tifet (FWD Lokomotiv Moscow [RUS]. Also Alonso Jorge Solís Calderón (AMF Saprissa), Rolando Fonseca Jiménez (FWD Alajuelense) contraversial leave out by the manager.

Kit:: Joma.

Betting: 500/1.

Click to Group F

CRO: Coach: Zlatko Kranjčar.

[12] Joseph Anthony Didulica (GK), [23] Tomislav Butina (GK), [11] Mario Tokić (DEF), [6] Jurica Vranješ (MID), [15] Ivan Leko (MID), [20] Anthony Šerić b. AUS (LMF), [21] Boško Balaban (FWD). note: the Kovač brothers were born in Germany.

Unlucky:

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 66/1.

Click to Group E

CZE: Coach: Karel Brückner.

[16] Jaromír Blažek (GK), [23] Antonín Kinský (GK), [3] Pavel Mareš (LB), [13] Martin Jiránek (DF).

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 25/1.

Click to Group A

ECU: Coach: Luis Fernando Suárez Guzmán [COL].

[1] Edwin Alberto Villafuerte Posligua (GK), [22] Damián Enrique Lanza Moyano (GK), [5] José Luis Perlaza Napa (DF), [19] Luis Fernando Saritama Padilla (MID).

Unlucky:

Kit: Marathon.

Betting: 400/1.

Click to Group B

ENG: Trainer: Sven-Göran Eriksson [SWE]. 23 man squad confirmed Monday 15 May 2006.

[13] David Benjamin James (GK Manchester City), [22] Scott Paul Carson (GK Liverpool), [14] Wayne Mark Bridge (LB Chelsea), [17] Jermaine Anthony Jenas (MF Tottenham Hotspur), [23] Theodore James Walcott (RW Arsenal; a last minute inclusion and never called upon even when Micheal Owen did his knee in against Sweden – another error by ‘Svennis’, who was sacked on full pay 1 July 2006). “When Walcott revealed he was making a video diary of his World Cup, a suggested title was "What I Did On My Holidays". BBC Phil McNulty

Unlucky: [10] Michael Owen (Newcastle United) withdrew from the squad on 20 June, due to a serious knee injury.

Also on standby before the WC started were - Luke Paul Young (CB Charlton Athletic) removed himself from the standby list on 20 May due to an ankle injury, replaced by Michael Richard Dawson (CB Tottenham Hotspur); Nigel Shola Andre Reo-Coker (MF West Ham United) withdrew from the standby list on 22 May due to a persistent back problem, replaced by Philip John Neville (LB / DMF Manchester United), [22] Robert Paul Green (GK Norwich City) withdrew from the squad on 26 May due to a severe groin injury, replaced by Carson. His standby position taken by Benjamin Anthony Foster (GK Manchester United). Forwards, Jermain Colin Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace) both on standby, Shaun Cameron Wright-Phillips (W Chelsea), and Darren Ashley Bent (Charlton Athletic).

Kit: Umbro.

Betting: 7/1.

Click to Group H

ESP: Coach: Luis Aragonés Suárez.

[23] José Manuel ‘Pepe’ Reina Páez (GK 23 - 3 Liverpool [ENG).
Note: Pernía (late replacement for [3] Asier Del Horno Cosagaya (LB 25 - 11 Chelsea) was born in Argentina, Senna in Brazil.

Unlucky: Víctor Valdés Arribas (GK 24 - 0 Barcelona); Javier 'Javi' Rodríguez Venta (RB 30 - 0 Villareal); Joan Capdevila i Méndez (LB 28 - 5 Deportivo); Rubén Baraja Vegas (CMF 30 - 43(7) Valencia); and Fernando Morientes Sánchez (CF 30 - 44(26) Liverpool) were in the final 28.

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 12/1.

Click to Group G

FRA: Coach: Raymond Domenech.

[23] Grégory Coupet (GK), [1] Mikaël Vincent André-Marie Landreau (GK), [2] Jean-Alain Boumsong Somkong (CD), [23] Pascal Chimbonda (DEF), [17] Gaël Givet-Viaros (DEF).
note: Makélélé was born in the Congo DR (was then Zaire), Vieira in Senegal, Malouda in French Guyana, Boumsong in Cameroon.

Unlucky:

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 12/1.

Click to Group A

GER: Bundestrainer Jürgen Klinsmann, Assistenztrainer Joachim Löw, Oliver Bierhoff.

[23] Timo Hildebrand (GK).

Unlucky:

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 8/1.

Unlucky:

Click to Group E

GHA: Coach: Rotomir Dujkovič.

[1] Samuel Adjei (GK), [16] George Owu (GK), [2] Hans Adu Sarpei (LB), [17] Daniel Ziem Quaye (DEF), [21] Gabriel Issah Ahmed (RB).

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 250/1.

Click to Group C

HOL: Coach: Marcel 'Marco' van Basten.

[12] Jan Kromkamp (RB 25 - 11 Liverpool), [22] Hendrik 'Henk' Timmer (GK 34 - 2 AZ Alkmaar), [23] Maarten Stekelenburg (GK 23 - 2 Ajax).

Unlucky: Eduard "Edwin" Andreas Dominicus Hendricus Jozef Zoetebier (GK 36 - 0 PSV Eindhoven); Barry Opdam (CB 29 - 7(1) AZ Alkmaar); Nigel de Jong, had a knee injury (21 - 10 Hamburger SV [GER]; George Boateng (CMF 31 - 4 bn. Ghana, club Middlesbtough [ENG]; Romeo Castelen (RWF 23 - 8(1) bn. Suriname. Feyenoord); Dirk Jan Klaas 'Klaas-Jan' Huntelaar (CF 22 - 0 Ajax).

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 12/1.

Click to Group D

IRN: Coach: Branko Ivanković [CRO], sacked 18 June 2006. FIFA later suspended Iran for political interference

[12] Hassan Roudbarian (GK Pas Tehran), [22] Vahid Taleblou (GK Esteghlal (Tehran), [16] Gholam Reza Enayati (FWD) , [17] Javad Kazemian (MID), [18] Moharram Hossein Navidkia (MID), [19] Amir Hossein Sadeqi (DF).

Unlucky: Players in final 25 on 25th April at Swiss training camp: Mehdi Vaezi (GK 2c Paykan Tehran), Hadi Hassan Shakouri Darkhanei (RWB 11 Pas Tehran); Sattar Zare (LB 14 Bargh Shiraz after damaging ligaments in his right knee, he was replaced by Moharram Navidkia; Mehdi Rajabzadeh (CF 2 Zob Ahan (Isfahan]; Meysam Maniei (LMF 3 Pas Tehran); Alireza Vahedi Nikbakht (LMF 56 Persepolis); Mojtaba Jabbari Kordgeshlagi (AMF 2 injured during training Esteghlal (Tehran). Standby: Seyed Mehdi Rahmati (GK 6 Esteghlal (Tehran); Mehdi Amirabadi (LB 22 Esteghlal (Tehran); Hossein Kazemi (DMF 0 Esteghlal (Tehran); Iman Mobali (AMF 31 Al-Sharjah [UAE]; Seyed Mohammad Alavi (DMF 22 Foolad (Khuzestan).

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 500/1.

Click to Group F

ITA: Coach: Marcello Lippi.

[12] Angelo Peruzzi (GK), [14] Marco Amelia (GK).

Unlucky:

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 8/1.

CIV: Coach: Henri Michel [FRA].

[16] Gérard Okosia Gnanhouan Amoukou (GK), [13] Marc André Zoro Kpolo (DF), [20] Guy Roland Demel (MF), [7] Emerse Faé (MF).

Unlucky: Siaska Tiene

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 50/1.

Click to Group F

JPN: Coach: Arthur Antunes Coimbra – “Zico” [BRZ].

[1] Seigo Narazaki (GK), [12] Yoichi Doi (GK), [4] Yasuhito Endo (MID). note: [14] Alex was born in Brazil.

Unlucky: Tatsuhiko Kubo,

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 200/1.S

Click to Group D

MEX: Coach: Ricardo Antonio Lavolpe Guarchioni [ARG], likes a cig does Ric.

[12] José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez (GK 25 - 6 UA Guadalajara), [13] Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (GK 20 - 1 América), [2] Luis Claudio Suárez Sánchez (CB 37 Chivas [USA] was the second most capped player – 177(6) - in the world at the time, he missed out in 2002 with a broken leg but was at 1994 and 1998, [20] José Rafael García Torres, (CMF 31 - 52 Atlas Guadalajara) son in law of the coach Lavolpe and a controversial inclusion in the squad .

Unlucky: Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo (SS 33 - 83(30) Veracruz on loan from América) left out ; Joel Adrián Huiqui Andrade (CB 26 - 8(1) Cruz Azul); Israel López Hernández (CMF 31 - 23 Toluca), Jaime Arturo Lozano Espín (LMF 27 - 23 (11) Tigres UA Nuevo León) were cut from the final 26

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 50/1.

Click to Group B

PAR: Coach: Aníbal 'Maño' Ruiz [URU].

[7] Salvador Cabañas Ortega (FWD), [11] Diego Antonio Gavilán Zárate (RMF), [12] Derlis Venancio Gómez López (GK), [17] José Arnulfo Montiel Núñez (RMF).

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 200/1.

Click to Group G

KOR: Coach: Dirk Nicolai “Dick” Advocaat [HOL], replaced Johannes-Franciscus 'Jo' Bonfrére [HOL resigned 23 August 2005] who had led KOR through qualifying. Peter 'Pim' Tim Dirk Verbeek [HOL] was appointed manager after the finals.

[21] Kim Young-Kwang (GK), [20] Kim Yong-Dae (GK), [23] Cho Won-Hee (DF), [8] Kim Do-Heon (CMF), [15] Baek Ji-Hoon (MF), [16] Chung Kyung-Ho (FW).

Unlucky:

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 200/1.

Click to Group A

POL: Coach: Paweł Janas.

[22] Łukasz Fabiański (GK), [3] Seweryn Daniel Gancarczyk (LB), [20] Piotr Giza (MID), [12] Tomasz Kuszczak (GK), [13] Sebastian Stefan Mila (MID).

Unlucky: Jerzy Dudek (GK Liverpool) former captain Tomasz Klos, Tomasz Frankowski was top scorer in qualifying

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 100/1.

Click to Group D

POR: Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari [BRZ].

[12] “Quim” - Joaquim Manuel Sampaio Silva (GK), [22] Paulo Jorge da Silva dos Santos (GK).

Unlucky: Injured Jorge Andrade replaced by Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Quaresma

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 20/1.Click to Group H

KSA: Marcos Paquetá (Marcos César Dias de Castro) [BRZ].

[1] Mohamed Abdulaziz al-Deayea (GK age 33 Al-Hilal never capped again, he earned his world record 181st cap v Belgium on 11 May 2006), [22] Mohamed Babkr al-Khojah (GK 24-8 Al-Shabab), [5] Naif Ali al-Qadhi (CB 27 - 28 Al-Ahli) never capped again, [15] Ahmed Nasser al-Bahri (RB 25 - 11(3) Al Shabab) never capped again, [17] Mohamed Eid Naser al-Bishi (CB 19 - 0 Al Ahli replaced Mohammed Said Al-Anbar (FWD 21 - 5 Al-Hilal who was injured in a training session), [10] Mohamed Bandar al-Shalhoub (LW 25 - 48 Al-Hilal).

Unlucky: Yasser Abdullah Al-Mosailem (GK 23 - 0 Al-Ahli); Saheb Jasim Al-Abdullah (DMF 30 - 6 Al-Ahli); Taiseer Jaber Al-Jassam (AMF 23 - 7 Al-Ahli); Talal Saeed Yasser Al-Meshal (FWD 27 - 43 Al-Nasr) never capped again.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 750/1.

Click to Group C

SCG: Coach: Ilija Petković.

[12] Oliver Kovaćević (GK), [23] Vladimir Stojković (GK), [5] Nemanja Vidić, suspended for first game but sadly was not picked to play (CD Manchester United), [13] Dušan Basta (RB), [16] Dušan Petković (DEF).

Unlucky:

Kit: Lotto.

Betting: 100/1.

Serbia and Montenegro, who had qualified for the finals in 2005, broke up when Montenegro left the union with Serbia on 21.05.2006 and formally declared independence on 03.06.2006, only six days before the beginning of the World Cup. Serbia and Montenegro became the first team to represent a country that no longer existed at the World Cup finals. AR

Click to Group B

SWE: Coach: Lars Lagerbäck.

[12] Johan ‘John’ Alvbåge (GK), [2] Mikael Nilsson (RB), [22] Nils Markus Rosenberg (FW), [14] Fredrik Stenman (LB), [15] Karl Svensson (CB).

Unlucky:

Kit: Umbro.

Betting: 33/1.

Click to Group G

SUI: Coach: Jakob ‘Köbi’ Kuhn.

[12] Diego Orlando Benaglio (GK), [21] Fabio Coltorti (GK), [14] David Degen, [15] Blerim Džemaili (MID). Note: Behrami and Džemaili were born in Kosovo, Djourou in the Ivory Coast.

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 150/1.

Click to Group G

TOG: Coach: Otto Pfister [GER], he quit on the second day of the tournament (9 June), leaving assinstant Kodjovi Mawuéna in charge. Piet Mamberg who was the assistant manager before the finals also resigned with Pfister after non payment of bonuses to the players for qualifying.

[1] Ouro Nimini Tchagnirou (GK), [22] Kodjovi Dodji Akanava Obilalé (GK), [12] Erik Akoto (DF), [20] Affo Omorou Erassa (MF), [21] Édem Komla-Franck Atsou (MF). Note: Assémoassa, Dossévi Malm and Romao were born in France, Akoto and Forson in Ghana.

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 500/1

Click to Group B

TRI: Coach: Leo Beenhakker [HOL].

[22] Clayton Woodsley Ince (GK), [4] Marvin Anthony Andrews (DF), [17] David Atiba Charles (DF), [2] Ian Gary Cox (CD), [20] Jason Kelvin Scotland (FW), [22] Anthony Wolfe (MF). Note: Chris Birchall born in Stafford, England,

Unlucky:

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 1000/1.

Click to Group H

TUN: Coach: Roger Léon Maurice Lemerre-Desprez [FRA].

[16] Adel Nefzi (GK), [22] Hamdi Kasraoui (GK), [21] Karim Saïdi (DF), [23] Sofiène Melliti (MF).

Unlucky:

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 400/1.

Click to Group H

UKR: Coach: Oleg Volodimirovich Blokhin.

[12] Andri Valariovich Pyatov (GK), [23] Bogdan Romanovich Shust (GK), [13] Dmitro Anatoliovich Chigrinski (CH), [18] Sergi Yuriyovich Nazarenko (MF), [3] Oleksandr Victorovich Yatsenko (DF).

Unlucky:

Kit: Lotto.

Betting: 66/1.

Click to Group E

USA: Coach: Bruce Arena.

[1] Timothy Matthew Howard (GK), [19] Marcus Stephen Hahnemann (GK), [2] Christopher John Albright (RB), [12] Gregg Berhalter (LCH), [11] Brian Ching (FWD).

Unlucky:

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 80/1.


Prize money

The amount of expenditure given to each team that qualified for the 2006 WC by FIFA was approx:

  • £10,780,000 the winner (CHF 24.5 million).
  • £9,900,000 the runners-up (CHF 22.5 million).
  • £9,460,000 per semi-finalists (3rd/4th place) CHF 21.5 million).
  • £5,060,000 per quarter-finalists (CHF 11.5 million).
  • £3,740,000 each team round of 16 (CHF 8.5 million).
  • £2,640,000 group stage (CHF 6.0 million).
  • + £440,000 (CHF 1m) for each association taking part as contribution towards team preparation
  • Conversion rate 1CHF = £0.44 or £1 = CHF 2.26 in June 2002..
  • + (CHF 15m) for an insurance fund intended to compensate clubs if any of their players suffered injury during the FWC finals. Once compensation had been paid out, the remaining amount was distributed among the associations. (not included in the ‘Total Prize Money’ figure).

YOUNGEST AND OLDEST

2006 Youngest Oldest
Player Assimiou Toure (TOG) 18y 170d Ali Boumnijel (TUN) 23/6 40y 71d
Goalkeeper     Ali Boumnijel (TUN) 40y 71d
Scorer Lionel Messi (ARG) 18y 357d Yahya Golmohammadi (IRN) 11/6 35y 84d
Champion Daniele De Rossi (ITA)   Angelo Peruzzi (ITA)  
Finalist     Fabian Barthez (FRA) 35y 12d
Captain        
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (GER) 30/7/64   Otto Pfister (TOG) 24/11/38  
Referee Marco Rodriguez (MEX) 10/11/73   Valentin Ivanov (RUS) 4/7/61  

World Cup 2006 Stats & Trivia

The following information was derived from the spreadsheet released by FIFA after the 32 World Cup squads were finalised by their coaches on Monday the 15th of May 2006. It does not take into account any subsequent changes, which can be made in the event of player injuries up to 24 hours before each country's first match.

Individual Player Statistics

Tallest Players - all 202cm:

Zeljko KALAC (AUS, GK),

Jan KOLLER (CZE, FW)

Nikola ŽIGIĆ (SCG, FW)

Shortest Player - 162cm:

Christian LARA (ECU, MF)

Average Height: 181.44cm

Heaviest Player - 100kg:

Jan KOLLER (CZE, FW)

Lightest Player - 59kg:

Mohammad AL SHLHOUB (KSA, MF)

Average Weight: 76.3kg

Highest Body Mass Index

Angelo PERUZZI (ITA, GK) - 26.86

Marcus HAHNEMANN (USA, GK) - 26.86

Christopher BIRCHALL (TRI, MF) - 26.78

Lowest Body Mass Index

Peter CROUCH (ENG, FW) - 17.60

Mabrouk ZAYED (KSA, GK) - 18.12

Dennis LAWRENCE (TRI, DF) - 18.81

Average Body Mass Index: 23.15

A NOTE ON BODY MASS INDEX (BMI): it is calculated by taking the weight of the individual in kilograms and dividing by the square of the height in metres. According to the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, a score of below 18.5 means that you are underweight and a score of over 25 means you are overweight. Alarmingly, this means that 55 World Cup players are overweight; only 2 are underweight. Thankfully, none are obese and I guess the excess weight is probably muscle in most cases.

Oldest Players - Date of Birth & age at start of finals

Ali BOUMNIJEL (TUN, GK) - 13/04/1966 (40)

Russell LATAPY (TRI, FW) - 02/08/1968 (37)

Claudio SUAREZ (MEX, DF) - 17/12/1968 (37)

Youngest Players - Date of Birth & age at start of finals

Theo WALCOTT (ENG, FW) - 16/03/1989 (17)

Jose MONTIEL (PAR, MF) - 19/03/1988 (18)

Assimiou TOURÉ (TOG, DF) - 01/01/1988 (18) played 13 June v

Average Age = 27

Median Birth Date: 11th / 12th April 1979

(Omar al-GHAMDI (KSA) & Mateja KEŽMAN (SCG))

Modal Year of Birth: 1979 - 87 players

Most Caps:

181 - Mohammed AL DEAYEA (KSA, GK)

176 - Claudio SUAREZ (MEX, DF)

25 uncapped players were included in World Cup squads and 16 players had more than 100 caps when the squads were finalised.

Most International Goals:

109 - Ali DAEI (IRN)

64 - Stern JOHN (TRI)

58 - RONALDO (BRA)

51 - MOHAMED KADER (TOG)

Goals Per Game:

1.24 - Archie THOMPSON (AUS) (21 in 17)

1.00 - MATEUS (ANG) (2 in 2)

0.8 - Saad AL HARTHI (KSA) (12 in 15)

0.75 - Ali DAEI (IRN) (109 in 145)

0.74 - Yaser AL-QAHTANI (KSA) (32 in 43)

0.72 - Didier DROGBA (CIV) (21 in 29)

0.71 - ADRIANO (BRA) (22 in 31)

0.7 - Asamoah GYAN (GHA) (7 in 10)

0.7 - Stern JOHN (TRI) (64 in 92)

[All correct at deadline for naming squads]

Club & League Statistics

Clubs with Ten or more players in World Cup Squads:

Chelsea - 15 players (subsequently increased to 17)

Arsenal - 15 players (subsequently increased to 16)

AC Milan - 13 players (subsequently reduced to 12)

Barcelona - 12 players

Juventus - 12 players

Manchester United - 12 players

Bayern Munich - 11 players (subsequently reduced to 10)

Dynamo Kyiv - 10 players

Real Madrid - 10 players

Leagues with most players in the World Cup:

England - 104

Germany - 73

Italy - 60

France - 57

Spain - 52

Lucky numbers

Shirt numbers are telling – of the 32 qualified teams, five stand out when it comes to players wearing the same shirt number as in 2002: 11 of France's players will wear the same number, nine players on the USA team, and eight for Italy, Costa Rica and Saudi Arabia. Of the 11 Brazilian players who were FIFA World Cup™ winners in 2002, only four will be wearing the same number: CAFU (No.2), LÚCIO (No.3), ROBERTO CARLOS (No.6) and RONALDO (No.9). Several new players to the FIFA World Cup™ will be taking on the mantle of responsibility in more ways than one, namely by wearing the shirt number of a former great: Lionel MESSI (ARG) will wear number 19, commonly associated with former ARG captain Daniel PASSARELLA in 1978, whilst Juan RIQUELME's (ARG) number 10 was previously worn by both Mario KEMPES (1978) and Diego MARADONA (1982-1994) among others. Like GARRINCHA (1962) und JAIRZINHO (1970/74) before him, Brazil's ADRIANO will wear number 7.

England wonderboy Wayne ROONEY will no doubt be hoping shirt number 9 is a good omen, as its previous owner was the great Bobby Charlton (1966/1970). Philipp LAHM of Germany will follow in the footsteps of Fritz WALTER (1954) in shirt number 16 and Netherlands' John HEITINGA will pull on shirt number 14, as did Johan CRUYFF in 1974. Two more who have to live up to their forerunners' reputations are Poland's Arkadiusz RADOMSKI (no.16, Grzegorz LATO, 1974-82) and Portugal's MIGUEL (no.13, EUSEBIO, 1966).

The full FIFA spreadsheet can be downloaded from their website via this link: FIFA Media Release: Team Lists

Battle of the Brands

Seven different sportswear companies will be providing kits to the teams competing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. German brands domainate, supplying shirts to over half the teams in the tournament:

12 – Puma – ANG, CIV GHA, IRN, ITA, PAR, POL, KSA, SUI, TCH, TOG, TUN

8 – Nike – AUS, BRA, CRO, HOL, KOR, MEX, POR, USA.

6 – Adidas – ARG, ESP, FRA, GER, JPN, TRI.

2 – Lotto – SCG, UKR.

2 – Umbro – ENG, SWE.

1 – Joma – CRC.

1 – Marathon – ECU.


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