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2006 FIFA World Cup – News – Memorable moments from Germany 2006

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2006 FIFA World Cup™ - News - Memorable moments from Germany 2006
  • Germany 2006 kicked off 15 years in the past at this time
  • Italy finally topped champions for the fourth time
  • The hosts’ ‘summer time fairytale’ had an sad ending within the semi-ultimate

Between 9 June and 9 July 2006, the entire of Germany skilled an distinctive 4 weeks that was, because the match slogan put it, ‘a time to make mates’. In a break from regular German climate circumstances, the solar shone frequently all through – a very astonishing phenomenon befitting a ‘summer time fairytale’.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ celebrates its 15-12 months anniversary this month. The match offered the setting for a lot of memorable moments that at the moment are indelibly written within the historical past books. How a lot can you continue to bear in mind if you assume again to Germany 2006?

The World Cup-winning captain appears again

One of essentially the most unforgettable pictures of tGermany 2006 is that of Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro proudly hoisting the FIFA World Cup Trophy into the night time sky over Berlin’s Olympiastadion. After an motion-packed Final stuffed with emotion and drama, the Azzurri received 5-3 on penalties in opposition to France.

Cannavaro nonetheless has vivid recollections of of the match. The former defender and FIFA World Player of the Year for 2006 seemed again at Italy’s semi-ultimate win over the hosts, the important thing moments in an enthralling Final and changing into world champions.

Zizou’s ignominious exit

One picture particularly springs to the thoughts of each soccer fan when Germany 2006 is talked about: Zinedine Zidane’s second of insanity in Berlin, when France’s vastly skilled playmaker let emotion get the higher of him and headbutted Marco Materazzi.

“It was not pretty,” the French celebrity later admitted. “I ask for forgiveness from the kids who saw it.”

After seeing purple for his headbutt, Zidane ended his profession with a protracted and lonely stroll to the dressing room, poignantly passing by a trophy that, with out him, Les Bleus proved powerless to reclaim.

 France captain Zinedine Zidane walks past the World Cup trophy on his lonely walk to the dressing room after being sent off in the 2006 Final.


The man who gave Zidane his marching orders

Another man who made historical past that night time was Argentinian Horacio Elizondo – the primary, and to this point solely, referee to officiate each the Opening Match and the Final at a World Cup.

“When you’re young you dream about the things you’d like to do, but then life takes you in other directions,” stated the previous referee, who knew on the age of 15 that he was not going to make it as an expert footballer. “I realised that there were a lot of young players like me, and that it was going to be very difficult to make it to the first division.”

He selected as an alternative to commit his energies to athletics, along with his love for sport typically finally main him to develop into a PE instructor. However, refereeing allowed him to fulfil the goals he harboured as a baby, albeit by an alternate route: “I achieved my objective not by becoming a player or an Olympic athlete but a referee – first at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and then at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.”

Semi-final exit for the hosts

After the World Cup kicked off of their homeland, Germany launched into a summer time fairytale that they hoped would carry all of them the best way to the Final and their fourth World Cup triumph. Although Italy made a much less emphatic begin to the match, they proved to be a strong facet who navigated their method to the final 4 flawlessly. The Azzurri countered the enticing attacking soccer of Jurgen Klinsmann’s facet with staunch defending, a method that steered them to a 2-0 victory after additional-time in an exhilarating and intense encounter.

Germany’s Miroslav Klose scored 5 of his 16 World Cup objectives through the 2006 World Cup to gather the adidas Golden Boot. The striker grew to become essentially the most prolific goalscorer in World Cup historical past eight years later.

Wanchope’s opening-day brace

The Opening Match of Germany 2006 is one which Costa Rica legend Paulo Wanchope is unlikely to ever neglect. Making their third look at a World Cup, Los Ticos had the honour of kicking off the largest footballing occasion of the 12 months after they confronted hosts Germany within the Opening Match in Munich.

Although Jurgen Klinsmann’s fees finally celebrated a 4-2 win, Costa Rica and Wanchope delivered a spirited efficiency. The former striker fondly recalled the brace he scored and talks concerning the necessary place that this match holds within the hearts of Costa Rican soccer followers.

Did you realize…?

The Squadra Azzurra had been the primary nationwide crew to obtain the FIFA World Champions Badge. Since then, each winner of the FIFA World Cup has been offered with this badge, which they’ll put on on their shirts till the subsequent world finals. It options a picture of the World Cup Trophy created by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga in 1974. An identical badge for the winners of the FIFA Club World Cup™ was first offered to AC Milan, the winners of the 2007 match.

The 'FIFA World Champions Badge'

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