Germany 2006 World Cup Finals

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Germany - Hosted the eighteenth World Cup, in 2006.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Germany 2006.

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Germany won the bid for the 2006 World Cup, ahead of South Africa and England.

The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July, with the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

World Cup History - Germany 2006

Host Cities
The twelve host cities: Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hannover, Kaiserslautern, Köln, Leipzig, München, Nürnberg, and Stuttgart.

Eight of the cities hosted five matches, while Berlin, Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart each hosted six; a total of 64 games.

No team could play in the same stadium twice, during the group stage, and there were at least two days in between matches played in the same stadium. Each city also played host to two of the top seeds and no city hosted two games from the same group.

The draw for the finals took place in Leipzig on Friday, December 9th 2005.

World Cup Schedule by Date.

Bookings and Sending Offs, Injuries and Suspensions, Leading Goalscorers.

32 Countries Competed at Germany 2006

Angola Angola
Group D (0:1) (0:0) (1:1).

Argentina Argentina
Group C (2:1) (6:0) (0:0); Second Round (2:1 aet), Quarter-finals (1:1aet) (2:4 pens).

Australia Australia
Group F (3:1) (0:2) (2:2); Second Round (0:1).

Brazil Brazil
Group F (1:0) (2:0) (4:1); Second Round (3:0); Quarter-finals (0:1).

Costa Rica Costa Rica
Group A (2:4) (0:3) (1:2).

C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
Group C (1:2) (1:2) (3:2).

Croatia Croatia
Group F (0:1) (0:0) (2:2).

Czech Republic Czech Republic
Group E (3:0) (0:2) (0:2).

Ecuador Ecuador
Group A (2:0) (3:0) (0:3); Second Round (0:1).

England England
Group B (1:0) (2:0) (2:2); Second Round (1:0); Quarter-finals (0:0 aet) (1:3 pens).

France France
Group G (0:0) (1:1) (2:0); Second Round (3:1); Quarter-finals (1:0); Semi-finals (1:0); Runner-up (1:1 aet) (3:5 pens).

Germany Germany
Group A (4:2) (1:0) (3:0); Second Round (2:0); Quarter-finals (1:1 aet) (4:2 pens); Semi-finals (0:2aet); Third place (3:1).

Ghana Ghana
Group E (0:2) (2:0) (2:1); Second Round (0:3).

Holland Holland
Group C (1:0) (2:1) (0:0); Second Round (0:1).

Iran Iran
Group D (1:3) (0:2) (1:1).

Italy Italy
Group E (2:0) (1.1) (2:0); Second Round (1:0); Quarter-finals (3:0); Semi-finals (2:0 aet); Winner (1:1 aet) (5:3 pens).

Japan Japan
Group F (1:3) (0:0) (1:4).

Mexico Mexico
Group D (3:1) (0:0) (1:2); Second Round (1:2 aet).

Paraguay Paraguay
Group B (0:1) (0:1) (2:0).

Poland Poland
Group A (0:2) (0:1) (2:1).

Portugal Portugal
Group D (1:0) (2:0) (2:1); Second Round (1:0); Quarter-finals (0:0 aet) (3:1 pens); Semi-finals (0:1); Third place (1:3).

Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Group H (2:2) (0:4) (0:1).

Serbia Serbia-Montenegro
Group C (0:1) (0:6) (2:3).

South Korea South Korea
Group G (2:1) (1:1) (0:2).

Spain Spain
Group H (4:0) (3:1) (1:0); Second Round (1:3).

Sweden Sweden
Group B (0:0) (1:0) (2:2); Second Round (0:2).

Switzerland Switzerland
Group G (0:0) (2:0) (2:0); Second Round (0:0 aet) (0:3 pens).

Togo Togo
Group G (1:2) (0:2) (0:2).

Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad & Tobago
Group B (0:0) (0:2) (0:2).

Tunisia Tunisia
Group H (2:2) (1:3) (0:1).

Ukraine Ukraine
Group H (0:4) (4:0) (1:0); Second Round (0:0 aet) (3:0 pens); Quarter-finals (0:3).

Group E (0:3) (1:1) (1:2).

First Round - Group Stage

Group A

Group A Table

Friday, 9th June
Gelsenkirchen: Poland vs Ecuador (0:2)
München: Germany vs Costa Rica (4:2)

Wednesday, 14th June
Dortmund: Germany vs Poland (1:0)

Thursday, 15th June
Hamburg: Ecuador vs Costa Rica (3:0)

Tuesday, 20th June
Berlin: Ecuador vs Germany (0:3)
Hannover: Costa Rica vs Poland (1:2)

Group B

Group B Table

Saturday, 10th June
Dortmund: Trinidad and Tobago vs Sweden (0:0)
Frankfurt: England vs Paraguay (1:0)

Thursday, 15th June
Berlin: Sweden vs Paraguay (1:0)
Nürnberg: England vs Trinidad and Tobago (2:0)

Tuesday, 20th June
Kaiserslautern: Paraguay vs Trinidad and Tobago (2:0)
Köln: Sweden vs England (2:2)

Group C

Group C Table

Saturday, 10th June
Hamburg: Argentina vs Côte d'Ivoire (2:1)

Sunday, 11th June
Leipzig: Serbia and Montenegro vs Holland (0:1)

Friday, 16th June
Gelsenkirchen: Argentina vs Serbia and Montenegro (6:0)
Stuttgart: Holland vs Côte d'Ivoire (2:1)

Wednesday, 21st June
Frankfurt: Holland vs Argentina (0:0)
München: Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia and Montenegro (3:2)

Group D

Group D Table

Sunday, 11th June
Köln: Angola vs Portugal (0:1)
Nurnberg: Mexico vs Iran (3:1)

Friday, 16th June
Hannover: Mexico vs Angola (0:0)

Saturday, 17th June
Frankfurt: Portugal vs Iran (2:0)

Wednesday, 21st June
Gelsenkirchen: Portugal vs Mexico (2:1)
Leipzig: Iran vs Angola (1:1)

Group E

Group E Table

Monday, 12th June
Gelsenkirchen: USA vs Czech Republic (0:3)
Hannover: Italy vs Ghana (2:0)

Saturday, 17th June
Kaiserslautern: Italy vs USA (1:1)
Köln: Czech Republic vs Ghana (0:2)

Thursday, 22nd June
Hamburg: Czech Republic vs Italy (0:2)
Nünberg: Ghana vs USA (2:1)

Group F

Group F Table

Monday, 12th June
Kaiserslautern: Australia vs Japan (3:1)

Tuesday, 13th June
Berlin: Brazil vs Croatia (1:0)

Sunday, 18th June
München: Brazil vs Australia (2:0)
Nünberg: Japan vs Croatia (0:0)

Thursday, 22nd June
Dortmund: Japan vs Brazil (1:4)
Stuttgart: Croatia vs Australia (2:2)

Group G

Group G Table

Tuesday, 13th June
Frankfurt: South Korea vs Togo (2:1)
Stuttgart: France vs Switzerland (0:0)

Sunday, 18th June
Leipzig: France vs South Korea (1:1)

Monday, 19th June
Dortmund: Togo vs Switzerland (0:2)

Friday, 23rd June
Hannover: Switzerland vs South Korea (2:0)
Köln: Togo vs France (0:2)

Group H

Group H Table

Wednesday, 14th June
Leipzig: Spain vs Ukraine (4:0)
München: Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia (2:2)

Monday, 19th June
Hamburg: Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine (0:4)
Stuttgart: Spain vs Tunisia (3:1)

Friday, 23rd June
Berlin: Ukraine vs Tunisia (1:0)
Kaiserslautern: Saudi Arabia vs Spain (0:1)

Second Round - The Last 16

Saturday, 24th June
Leipzig: Argentina vs Mexico (2:1 aet)
München: Germany vs Sweden (2:0)

Sunday, 25th June
Nünberg: Portugal vs Holland (1:0)
Stuttgart: England vs Ecuador (1:0)

Teams coming through groups A-D get 2 days longer rest.

Monday, 26th June
Kaiserslautern: Italy vs Australia (1:0)
Köln: Switzerland vs Ukraine (0:0 aet) (0:3 pens)

Tuesday, 27th June
Dortmund: Brazil vs Ghana (3:0)
Hannover: Spain vs France (1:3)

Quarter-Finals - 30th June and 1st July, 2006

Friday, 30th June
Berlin: Germany vs Argentina (1:1 aet) (4:2 pens)

Hamburg: Italy vs Ukraine (3:0)

Saturday, 1st July
Frankfurt: Brazil vs France (0:1)

Gelsenkirchen: England vs Portugal (0:0 aet) (1:3 pens)

Semi-Finals - 4th & 5th, 2006

Tuesday, 4th July
Dortmund: Germany vs Italy (0:2 aet)

Wednesday, 5th July
Semi Final Game 2
München: Portugal vs France (0:1)

Third Place - 8th July, 2006

Saturday, 8th July
Stuttgart: Germany vs Portugal (3:1)

2006 World Cup Final
Sunday, 9th July:
Italy vs France (1:1 aet) (5:3 pens)

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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