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World Cup Germany 2006 - Germany 0 vs. Italy 2 - Semifinal

Jul, 2006

World Cup Germany 2006 organized by FIFA took place June 9 to July 9. This match was one of the all time best World Cup soccer matches. Italy would be Champions. Germany was ever so close to denying them, and defending the home turf. But this match in Dortmund proved exceptional.

Celebrazio in Germany

  • Trip itinerary: June 23-24: Amsterdam; June 25 Brussels; June 26-27 Cologne (day trip: Dortmund) for matches 54 and 55. June 28-29 Rhineland; June 30 Hamburg (match 58); July 1-4 Cologne / Rhine area; July 2 Krombacher brewery tour; July 4 Dortmund (match 61). July 5-7 Stuttgart area.
  • Amsterdam Visit Documented: World Cup Celebrazio Amsterdam pages are up.
  • Switzerland v. Ukraine match, Cologne: Round of 16 match photo page is here.
  • Brazil v. Ghana match, Dortmund: Round of 16 match photos posted.
  • Germany Sights and Scenes: Summer in Germany photos completed and posted.
  • Group Photos and other fans pics are up: sharing some of the fun with you.
  • Hamburg featured a Soccer theme in their local history museum which provided these classics.
  • And the game in Hamburg was great too: Italy vs. Ukraine in the Quarterfinal match.

Introducing the Azzurri (2006 Champions): coached by Marcelo Lippi, captained by veteran Fabio Cannavaro, this is the team that won it all. Cannavaro went on to win the Golden Ball for 2006. German coach Jurgen Klinsmann was widely praised for raising the level of his team beyond expectations.

2006 World Champions Italy

Position Player Goals (World Cup 2006) Jersey Number Club
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon 0 1 Juventus
Goalkeeper Angelo Peruzzi 0 12 S.S. Lazio
Goalkeeper Marco Amelia 0 14 Livorno
Defender Alessandro Nesta 0 13 A.C. Milan
Defender Fabio Cannavaro 0 5 Juventus
Defender Gianluca Zambrotta 1 19 Juventus
Defender Marco Materazzi 2 23 Inter Milan
Defender Fabio Grosso 1 3 Palermo
Defender Cristian Zaccardo 0 2 Palermo
Defender Massimo Oddo 0 22 S.S. Lazio
Defender Andrea Barzagli 0 6 Palermo
Midfielder Andrea Pirlo 1 21 A.C. Milan
Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso 0 8 A.C. Milan
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi 0 4 A.S. Roma
Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi 0 16 Juventus
Midfielder Simone Perrotta 0 20 A.S. Roma
Midfielder Simone Barone 0 17 Palermo
Forward Luca Toni 2 9 Fiorentina
Forward Alessandro Del Piero 1 7 Juventus
Forward Francesco Totti 1 10 A.S. Roma
Forward Alberto Gilardino 1 11 A.C. Milan
Forward Filippo Inzaghi 1 18 A.C. Milan
Forward Vincenzo Iaquinta 1 15 Udinese

2006 Hosts, 3rd Place Finisher Germany

Position Player Goals (World Cup 2006) Jersey Number Club
Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann 0 1 Arsenal
Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand 0 23 Vfb Stuttgart
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn 0 12 Bayern Munchen
Defender Philipp Lahm 1 16 Bayern Munchen
Defender Cristoph Metzelder 0 21 Borussia Dortmund
Defender Per Mertesacker 0 17 Hannover 96
Defender Jens Nowotny 0 6 Bayer Leverkusen
Defender Arne Friedrich 0 3 Hertha Berlin
Defender Marcell Jansen 0 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Defender Robert Huth 0 4 Chelsea
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger 2 7 Bayern Munchen
Midfielder Torsten Frings 1 8 Werder Bremen
Midfielder Michael Ballack 0 13 Bayern Munchen
Midfielder Sebastian Kehl 0 5 Borussia Dortmund
Midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger 0 15 Vfb Stuttgart
Midfielder Tim Borowski 0 18 Werder Bremen
Midfielder Bernd Schneider 0 19 Bayer Leverkusen
Midfielder David Odonkor 0 22 Borussia Dortmund
Forward Oliver Neuville 1 10 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Forward Gerald Asamoah 0 14 Schalke 04
Forward Mike Hanke 0 9 Wolfsburg
Forward Miroslav Klose 5 11 Werder Bremen
Forward Lukas Podolski 3 20 F.C. Cologne


Germany and Italy lining up for the national anthems.


Flags of the home team favorites flew almost the whole game. The final 3 minutes of extra time (after Italy had scored twice) were very glum.


Italy fans were confined to just this one corner of the stadium.


Warmup to start the game - this is Germany. The last time you could see any empty seats.


Germany attacks down the center.


Excitement blurs the view of this German corner kick.


Ballack lines up a free kick for Germany - only 25 yards. But he wasn't able to convert.


Germany takes a throwin in Italy territory in the second half.


Most of the Dortmund crowd wore the German white colors.


Del Piero entered the match in extra time. Here on the attack down the left wing, he threatens German defense. Del Piero was the second goal scorer at the end of extra time.


Italy with a set play in front of Jens Lehmann's goal, Materazzi attempts a header but defense is good.


Catenaccio in action: Italy defense collects another German attack.


Perrotta clears from the Italian defense.


Italy with a throwin in the attacking half. Grosso, here taking the throwing, was in the right place and sent in a perfect strike for the game-winning goal in extra time, sending Italy to the Final in Berlin.


Germany takes a kickoff to start the half.


German tricolor flag waves beneath the moon and Dortmund stadium roof.


Press seats for this semifinal World Cup match covered a large expanse of the most prime seats.


The moon visible over Dortmund World Cup Stadium.

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