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  • Season 1
    • Final: Italy vs. France
      7/9/06
      8.9
      Italy and France clashed at the sold-out Olympiastadion in Berlin in their final journey to win home the World Cup trophy.
      Over 1.5 billion people around the world were expected to tune-in to the match, making it a cumulative total of over 30 billion viewers, and breaking the world record for the world’s most-watched sports event. Italy played against the older but more experienced French team without one of their key defenders, Alessandro Nesta, due to an injury sustained in a previous match.
      The Azzurri sported their familiar home blue colors while Les Bleus played in white attire again.moreless
    • 3rd Place: Germany vs. Portugal
      7/8/06
      9.0
      Having gone as far as the semi-finals, Germany and Portugal played for bronze and pride in their last match of the 2006 World Cup finals at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion in Stuttgart.
      Both sides were without some of their key players, Germany's trio of Arnie Friedrich, Per Mertesacker and skipper, Michael Ballack were out due to injuries. And Portugal's full-back, Miguel, was not in the line-up.
      Jurgen Klinsmann's squad were in white shirts, socks, and black shorts. And Portugal played in their port red attire.moreless
    • Semi-final 2: Portugal vs. France
      Two European soccer giants clashed in their semi-finals match where it was the first time that the two teams played each other in a FIFA World Cup match.
      The history between the two sides however, is long. In their Euro 2000 match, the game ended amid ugly scenes, Portugal had three of their players sent off. Their most recent meeting was in the 2003 European under-21 qualifying match, where the young Portugal team won on penalties and saw the sending off of France's Djibril Cisse for punching one of his opponents. And with Portugal's previous two matches having ended with much controversy, a messy ending in this match was in store.
      The second semi-final match was held at the stadium in Munich. Portugal played in port red attire. 'Les Bleus' was in white.moreless
    • Semi-final 1: Germany vs. Italy
      7/4/06
      8.8
      It's a clash of soccer giants between Germany and Italy in the first semi-finals match held in the sold-out stadium of Dortmund.
      Germany's last meeting with Italy was in a friendly warm-up match in Florence in March of 2006. Italy defeated the host with a convincing margin of 4-1. However Jurgen Klinsmann’s men have grown since then.
      Germany will be without their suspended midfielder, Torsten Frings. And Italy will be missing midfielder, Daniele De Rossi.
      Germany will play in white shirts and socks, and black shorts. The Azzurri will be in all blue shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Quarter-finals 4: Brazil vs. France
      In the last of the four quarter-finals matches, Brazil clashed with France at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Frankfurt.
      Their previous World Cup finals meeting was in 1998, where the Les Bleus beat the Seleção 3-0. And six players from both sides have had first hand-experience of that meeting...moreless
    • Quarter-finals 3: England vs. Portugal
      England clashed with Portugal in the 3rd quarter-finals match at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen under a closed roof. It is Portugal's first quarter-finals match in 40 years. And England's previous semi-finals was in 1990.
      England played in white shirts, navy blue shorts, and white socks. Portugal were in their port red shirts, shorts, and socks.moreless
    • Quarter-finals 2: Italy vs. Ukraine
      Italy clashed with Ukraine in the quarter-finals match at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Hamburg. Italy was without two of their key players, midfielder, Daniele De Rossi, and defender, Marco Materazzi.
      Italy played in blue shirts, socks and white shorts. Ukraine once again was in their official colors of yellow.moreless
    • Quarter-finals 1: Germany vs. Argentina
      The first quarter-finals match kicked-off at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, where host country and three-time World Cup champion, Germany, took on two-time World Cup champion, Argentina.
      Germany played in their official colors of white shirts, socks and black shorts. The 'Albiceleste' were in blue and white striped shirts, black shorts and white socks.
      This was their fifth encounter at the World Cup Finals.moreless
    • Round of 16: Spain vs. France
      6/27/06
      8.4
      Clashing for a quarter-finals place were Group H winners, Spain, against Group G runnersup, France.
      Spain played in red shirts, blue shorts and socks. France were in white shirts, socks and blue shorts.
      Match#56 was held at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Hanover.
    • Round of 16: Brazil vs. Ghana
      6/27/06
      8.8
      Group F winner and five-time World Cup Champions, Brazil faced Group E runnersup, Ghana, for a place in the quarter-finals. Ratomir Dujkovic's squad, who surprised many in defeating the Czechs 2-0, played in white shirts, shorts and socks. Brazil were in their official colors of yellow shirts and blue shorts.
      The match was held at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Dortmund.moreless
    • Round of 16: Switzerland vs. Ukraine
      Switzerland, who topped Group G, played runnersup of Group H, Ukraine, in the knockout stage, where the winner would move on to the quarter-finals.
      Held at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Cologne, Kobi Kuhn's men played in red shirts, socks and white shorts. Oleg Blokhin's team were in yellow shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Round of 16: Italy vs. Australia
      6/26/06
      6.4
      Group E winners and three time World Cup champions, Italy, played Group F runnersup and underdogs, Australia, for advancement to the quarter-finals. The knockout stage match between the two sides was held at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern.
      Coach Marcello Lippi's squad played in white shirts, socks and blue shorts. The 'Socceroos' were in the offical colors of gold shirts, socks and green shorts.moreless
    • Round of 16: Portugal vs. Netherlands
      Winner of Group D, Portugal, confronted Group C runnersup, Netherlands, at the Fraken-stadion in Nuremberg for a place in the quarter-finals.
      Playing in red shirts, shorts and socks was Luiz Felipe Scolari's Seleção das Quinas. And in white shirts, socks and blue shorts was the Oranje.
    • Round of 16: England vs. Ecuador
      6/25/06
      7.8
      First place winner of Group B, England, went head-to-head with Group A runnersup, Ecuador in Match 51.
      Held at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, England played in white shirts and socks and navy blue shorts. Ecuador played in yellow shirts, blue shorts and red socks.
    • Round of 16: Argentina vs. Mexico
      6/24/06
      8.8
      Match#50 pitted Group C winners, Argentina, against Group D runnersup, Mexico.
      The 'Albiceleste', who had won all three of their group matches, played in sky blue and white striped shirts, black shorts and white socks. The 'El Tricolor' were in green shirts, white shorts and red socks.
      Held at the Zentralstadion in Leipzig, Argentina were the favourites to win.moreless
    • Round of 16: Germany vs. Sweden
      6/24/06
      7.7
      The first 'Round of 16' matches kicked off with Group A winners, Germany, playing against Group B runnersup, Sweden.
      Germany, who chalked up 3 straight wins in their group matches, played in white shirts, black shorts, white socks. And Sweden were in yellow shirts, blue shorts, yellow socks. Match#49 took place in the FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich.moreless
    • Group G: Togo vs. France
      6/23/06
      7.0
      Togo and France went head-to-head against each other in their final Group G match at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Cologne. Having lost their chance to progress to the next stage, the Sparrowhawks aimed to redeem their pride with a win against the French. The Les Bleus too were looking for a win against their opponent in order to book a place in the knock-out stage.
      Togo played in yellow shirts, green shorts, white socks. France played in blue shirts, white shorts, red socks.moreless
    • Group G: Switzerland vs. Korea Republic
      Held at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Hanover was the last Group G match for the Taeguk Warriors and the Nati. Switzerland needed only a draw to sail through to the final 16, but the South Koreans needed a win or risked an early flight home.
      Switzerland played in red shirts, shorts and socks, while the South Koreans were in white shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group H: Saudi Arabia vs. Spain
      6/23/06
      7.8
      With Saudi Arabia in the bottom of the group with only one point, the team needed to win as well as depend on a desirable result from the other Group H match between Ukraine and Tunisia. 'La Furia' however, have already booked their spot in the final 16 and play to retain their top of the group position.
      Their match was held at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern.moreless
    • Group H: Ukraine vs. Tunisia
      6/23/06
      7.6
      With the opportunity to reach the second stage still alive for both teams, Tunisa played in hopes of a win, while Ukraine needed only a draw.
      Ukraine played in yellow shirts, shorts and socks. Tunisia were in red shirts, shorts and socks.
      Their final group match was held at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.moreless
    • Group F: Japan vs. Brazil
      6/22/06
      8.9
      In their final Group F match, Japan faced the 5-time World Cup Champions, Brazil. Japan's chances of reaching the second stage rested on a convincing win as well as a favourable result from the Croatia-Australia match.
      Japan played in blue shirts and socks, and white shorts. Brazil played in yellow shirts, blue shorts and white socks.
      The match was held at the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Dortmund.moreless
    • Group F: Croatia vs. Australia
      6/22/06
      9.2
      With the second stage still within reach of both teams, Croatia and the 'Socceroos' were looking for a win.
      Croatia played in red/white shirts, white shorts, blue socks. Australia played in yellow shirt, green shorts, yellow socks.
      The match was held at the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart.
    • Group E: Ghana vs. United States
      6/22/06
      8.0
      It was a do-or-die match between the 'Black Stars' and the United States team. Both teams needed to win and they also depended on the outcome of the other Group E match between Italy and the Czech Republic.
      Ghana played in red shirts, shorts and socks. The 'Stars and Stripes' were in white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks.
      The game was held at the Franken-Stadion.moreless
    • Group E: Czech Republic vs. Italy
      6/22/06
      7.9
      In the final round of Group E matches, the Czech Republic played against the 'Azzuri'. Both strong group favourites, the Czech Republic needed to win to avoid a possible early elimination and was likely to play without several of their first choice players, while Italy too was seeking a win to avoid playing Brazil in the second round.
      The Czech Republic played in white shirts, shorts and socks. Italy were in blue shirts, shorts and socks.
      The match took place at the FIFA World Cup Stadium, Hamburg.moreless
    • Group C: Netherlands vs. Argentina
      Holland and the 'Albiceleste' have survived the so called 'Group of Death' and booked a spot in the final 16. They have now played to decide who plays Group D winners and runnersup. The 'Oranje' played in orange shirts, shorts and socks. Argentina played in blue and white-striped shirt, black shorts and white socks.
      This match was played in Frankfurt at Commerzbank Arena(Waldstadion).moreless
    • Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Serbia and Montenegro
      Ivory Coast and Serbia and Montenegro lost all their previous group matches and played for pride in their final group match. The 'Elephants' played in orange shirts, shorts and orange/green socks. 'Plavi', The Blues, played in blue shirts, white shorts and red socks.
      This match will be played in Munich at Allianz Arena.moreless
    • Group D: Portugal vs. Mexico
      6/21/06
      8.3
      Mexico wanted to ensure their place in the final 16 with either a win or a draw against Portugal. Portugal on the other hand, has already booked their place in the next stage and played to retain their position at the top of the group.
      Portugal played in red shirts, shorts and socks. 'El Tricolor' went with white shirts, socks and green shorts.
      The game was played in Gelsenkirchen.moreless
    • Group D: Iran vs. Angola
      6/21/06
      6.2
      The 'Palancas Negras' were still able to qualify for the round 16 provided that Mexico loses to Portugal, and that they win against Iran. Iran, who have already been eliminated from the race, played for their pride and their fans.
      'Team Melli' played in white shirts, shorts and socks. Angola were in black shorts and red shirts and socks.
      The match took place in Zentralstadion, at the same time that Portugal played against Mexico.moreless
    • Group B: Paraguay vs. Trinidad and Tobago
      With Paraguay's chances depended upon the results from the 'Sweden versus England' match which took place at the same time as theirs, Paraguay aimed for a win against the 'Soca Warriors' and hoped that Sweden loses.
      The match was played in Kaiserslautern at Fritz-Walter-Stadion.
    • Group B: Sweden vs. England
      6/20/06
      9.2
      In the final round of Group B matches, England aimed for a perfect score by winning all their 3 group matches. Sweden needed only a tie to get through to the second stage without reliance on the outcome of the Trinidad and Tobago vs. Paraguay match, which was also held on the same day and time that they played.
      England played in white shorts, and red shirts and socks. Sweden played in blue shorts, yellow shirts and socks.
      The game was played in Cologne a Rhein Energie Standion.moreless
    • Group A: Costa Rica vs Poland
      6/20/06
      7.5
      Having lost both of their previous Group A matches, Costa Rica and Poland played for pride and for their fans in their final Group A match.
      Match took place at Niedersachsenstadion, Berlin. The 'Ticos' played in blue shirts, shorts, socks. Poland played in white shirts, shorts, socks.
    • Group A: Ecuador vs. Germany
      6/20/06
      6.9
      In the final round of Group A matches, Ecuador played Germany to determine the winner and runnersup of Group A.
      Ecuador played in yellow shirts, blue shorts and red socks. Germany was in black shorts, white shirts and socks. The match was held at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
    • Group H: Spain vs. Tunisia
      6/19/06
      8.0
      The 'La Furia' looked for an early entry to the second stage and seeked a win in the final match in the second round of group matches against the North Africans. And likewise, the 'Carthage Eagles' looked to soar against Spain.
      Spain played in their official colors of red shirts, blue shorts and socks, and Tunisia were in their official colors of white shirts, shorts and socks.
      The game was played in Stuttgart at Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion.moreless
    • Group H: Saudi Arabia vs. Ukraine
      6/19/06
      7.8
      Ukraine battled Saudi Arabia in the second round of Group H matches. Ukraine were looking to come back strong after their loss to Spain. And Saudi Arabia aimed to get their first win after their tie with Tunisia.
      Saudi Arabia played in white shirts, shorts and socks. And Ukraine were in yellow shirts, shorts and socks.
      Both teams played each other for the first time in AOL Arena, Hamburg.moreless
    • Group G: Togo vs. Switzerland
      6/19/06
      7.0
      In the second round of Group G matches, The 'Sparrowhawks' took on pre-match favourites, Switzerland. It was their first meeting.
      Togo played in green shirts, shorts and white socks. Switzerland were in red shirts, shorts and white socks. The match was played in Dortmund, at Signal Iduna Park.
    • Group G: France vs. Korea Republic
      France, who have not scored a single goal in their last four matches in the FIFA Wolrd Cup finals, and South Korea, who won their opening group match, played against each other in Zentralstadion, Leipzig.
      Les Bleus played in their reserve colors of white shirts and socks, and blue shorts. The 'Red Devils' played in red shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group F: Brazil vs. Australia
      6/18/06
      8.3
      In this Group F match, it saw both teams from the top of the group play against each other. A win for either teams would see the winner go through to the final 16.
      Brazil played in the official colors of yellow shirt, blue shorts and white socks. Australia were in dark blue shirts, shorts and socks.
      The game was played in Munich at Allianz Arena.moreless
    • Group F: Japan vs. Croatia
      6/18/06
      5.2
      Having both suffered defeat in their opening matches, Japan's and Croatia's future depends on their victory in their second round of Group F matches.
      They met in Nuremberg at Frankenstadion where Japan wore blue shirts, shorts and socks, and Croatia played in their official colors of red and white checkered shirts, white shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group E: United States vs. Italy
      6/17/06
      8.2
      After their setback in their previous match, the United States were in danger of an early exit, and needed to win against their rival, Italy. Italy are also looking for a Azzurri victory to secure themselves another three points before they face the Czechs in their final group match.
      Playing in white shirts and socks, and navy blue shorts, USA faced Italy, in their blue shirts, shorts and socks, in Kaiserslautern at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion.moreless
    • Group E: Czech Republic vs. Ghana
      6/17/06
      8.1
      The Czech Republic, coming off a big win against the US, had to play without their key strikers in their Group E match against the Black Stars.
      The Czechs played in red shirts, blue shorts and socks. Ghana played in white shirts, shorts and socks.
      The match was played in Cologne at RheinEnergie Stadion.moreless
    • Group D: Portugal vs. Iran
      6/17/06
      6.5
      Rivals in Group D, Portugal and Iran met for the first time in the Waldstadion, Frankfurt.
      Portugal would be through to the next round if they could beat Iran. And Iran needed a win against Portugal to have a chance to make it to the next round.
      Portugal played in their official colors of port red shirts, shorts and socks. Iran wore their official colors of white shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group D: Mexico vs. Angola
      6/16/06
      6.4
      The second round of the Group D matches started with Mexico taking on the Palancas Negras. It was the first meeting between the two teams.
      Mexico played in their reserved colors: green shorts, white shirts and socks. The 'Black Antelopes' wore their official colors: black shorts, red shirts and socks.
      The match was held in the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Hanover.moreless
    • Group C: Netherlands vs. Ivory Coast
      In the Group C match, Marco van Basten’s team played against Côte d'Ivoire who still seek their first points.
      The Dutch played in orange shirts, shorts and socks. The 'Elephants' were in their reserved colors of white shirts, shorts and socks.
      The match was held in the 60,000 capacity Gottieb-Daimier Stadion.moreless
    • Group C: Argentina vs. Serbia and Montenegro
      In the opening match in the second series of the games for Group C, Argentina played against Serbia Montenegro.
      Argentina in their reserve colors of white shorts, blue shirts and socks, and the Plavi (The Blues), in their reserved colors of white shirts, shorts and socks, played their match in the Arena AufSchalke (Veltins Arena) in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.moreless
    • Group B: Sweden vs. Paraguay
      6/15/06
      7.6
      Sweden and Paraguay will be playing for their survival in their Group B match to be held at the Olympiastadion. Neither teams will be looking for a draw and will be expected to be on the offensive.
      Sweden will play in their official colors of yellow shirts, shorts and socks. Paraguay will be in their official red and white striped shirts, blue shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group B: England vs. Trinidad and Tobago
      Trinidad and Tobago, the smallest country in terms of population, will face off against Sven-Goran Eriksson's England team.
      The venue for this Group B match will take place in Franken-stadion.
      England will be playing in white shirt, navy blue shorts and white socks. Trinidad and Tobago will be playing in red shirts, shorts and socks.moreless
    • Group A: Ecuador vs. Costa Rica
      6/15/06
      6.9
      The fourth match of Group A, pitted Ecuador against Costa Rica.
      The Ticolor who currently had 3 points from their first game, played in yellow shirts, blue shorts and red socks. The Ticos were in red shirts, white shorts and socks.
      Game was played at the FIFA World Cup stadium in Hamburg.moreless
    • Group A: Germany vs. Poland
      6/14/06
      8.1
      At top of Group A, Germany played against bottom of the group, Poland.
      Germany's captain, Michael Ballack, returned to the field in this match. Ballack was previously benched in the opening match due to a calf injury.
      The match was held in Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion), Dortmund.
    • Group H: Tunisia vs. Saudi Arabia
      6/14/06
      7.0
      The second match in Group H will see Tunisia's "Carthage Eagles" go against Saudi Arabia. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
      The match will be held in Arena Munich.
    • Group H: Spain vs. Ukraine
      6/14/06
      8.1
      Veteran coach, Luis Aragones, pitted his boys against first time debutants, Ukraine in the final group.
      The Spaniards faced a team that is under the stewardship of coach Oleg Blokhin. Ukranine has a rock solid defence and has not conceded a goal since October last year.
      The game was held in Arena Leipzig.moreless
    • Group F: Brazil vs. Croatia
      6/13/06
      6.5
      5-time FIFA World Cup champions, Brazil, faced their European challengers, Croatia in samba style.
      The Group F match was held in Olympiastadion, Berlin.
    • Group G: France vs. Switzerland
      6/13/06
      6.0
      In the second match of Group G held in Arena Stuttgart, 1998 World Cup winner, France, pitted their experience against the exuberance of Switzerland.
      France, who seek to redeem themselves from their early elimination of their previous World Cup, have brought Zinedine Zidane out of retirement to lead France.
    • Group G: Korea Republic vs. Togo
      6/13/06
      6.6
      In the Group G opening match, Korea Republic or better known as 'The Red Devils' in Korea, took on Togo, nicknamed 'The Sparrow Hawks'.
      The match was held in Arena Frankfurt.
    • Group E: Italy vs. Ghana
      6/12/06
      8.3
      In match 11, the Arena Hanover hosted the Group E fixture between the three time World Cup champions, Italy, and first timers, the 'Black Stars'.
    • Group E: United States vs Czech Republic
      The 9th match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup is from Group E. The United States looked to get an early lead in the World Cup by beating the Czech Republic. The Czechs, however, were intent on a win themselves and look to get prepared for Brazil who they will face if the Czech's and Brazil both get out of their first group which both are projected to.
      The game was held in Gelsenkirchen.moreless
    • Group F: Australia vs Japan
      6/12/06
      9.2
      Australia and Japan faced off in the first Group F match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup at Kaiserslautern. Australia have returned to the World Cup for the first time in 32 years while Japan are on their 3rd straight World Cup.
    • Group D: Angola vs. Portugal
      6/11/06
      7.4
      Angola and Portugal faced off in the Group D match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in match 8.
      Guided by their coach, Luiz Felipe, Portugal played against their former African colony, Angola, nicknamed the 'Palancas Negras' or 'the Black Antelopes', at the Arena Cologne.
    • Group D: Mexico vs. Iran
      6/11/06
      8.4
      Group D match opened in Arena Nuremberg.
      Mexico, coached by Ricardo La Volpe, faced-off against Iran, coached by Branko Ivankovic.
    • Group C: Serbia & Montenegro vs. Netherlands
      The 6th match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup is from Group C, the so-called Group of Death.
      Serbia & Montenegro faced-off against the Netherlands. And the points from the match is crucial for the Dutch.
      The game was held in Zentralstadion (Leipzig).
    • Group C: Argentina vs. Ivory Coast
      Match 5 of the FIFA 2006 World Cup began at the Arena Hamburgo. Where Argentina took on Cote d'Ivoire in their opening Group C match.
    • Group B: Trinidad and Tobago vs. Sweden
      In the 4th match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Trinidad & Tobago takes on Sweden in Group B.
      The game is held in the Arena Dortmund with Sweden as favourites to win in this match.
    • Group B: England vs. Paraguay
      6/10/06
      6.8
      It's match 3 of the 2006 World Cup, with Group B match between England and Paraguay.
      England is one of the favourites to win and will play the South Americans in the Commerzbank-Arena (also historically known as Waldstadion).
    • Group A: Poland vs Ecuador
      6/9/06
      7.3
      Match 2 of the World Cup is played at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Poland takes on Ecuador, and with the results from match 1 already known, a win is vital for both teams for this match.
    • Group A: Germany vs Costa Rica
      6/9/06
      8.8
      The 2006 FIFA World Cup match kicks off at Allianze arena in Munich with Germany playing Costa Rica in the group A match.
      Prior to the match, Herbert Grönemeyer, Germany's most popular singer will perform the official anthem "Celebrate the Day".