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Sport DictionaryWorld Cup 2006 Teams and Players

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

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

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

The tournament favourites, Brazil, were knocked out after a 1-0 defeat by France in the quarter-finals.

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




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