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Background

The eighteenth FIFA World Cup Finals were awarded to Germany on 7 July 2002 in Zürich, Switzerland.

Germany were glorious despite the challenge of South Africa by a single vote in the third round of voting.  England had been dismissed following the second round of voting, gaining only two of the 24 votes available.  Morocco fell at the first hurdle of voting.

First round: Germany (ten votes), South Africa (six), England (five), Morocco (three).
Second Round: Germany and South Africa (eleven),
England (two).
Third Round: Germany (twelve),
South Africa (eleven).



The Draw

FIFA's World Cup 2006 Organising Committee divided the 32 qualifying teams into eight groups for the final tournament at the World Cup Final Draw, held on 9 December 2005 in The Neue Messe in Leipzig, Germany.

Seeded South America/
Africa/Oceania
Europe CONCACAF/
Asia
Special Pot
Argentina Angola Croatia Costa Rica Serbia & Montenegro
Brazil Australia Czech Republic Iran
England Côte d'Ivoire Netherlands Japan
France Ecuador Poland Korean Republic
Germany Ghana Portugal Saudi Arabia
Italy Paraguay Sweden Trinidad & Tobago
Mexico Togo Switzerland USA
Spain Tunisia Ukraine  

 

The Build-Up

JUNE 5: After two warm-up victories at Old Trafford, against Hungary and Jamaica, the England squad had a final training session at Watford, before flying to Germany. Wayne Rooney (recovering from a broken foot) and Gary Neville (hamstring) trained alone, whilst John Terry, Ashley Cole and David Beckham sat out the session due to knocks picked up against Jamaica. The squad then flew to Karlsruhe (with Jermain Defoe included as a reserve for Rooney if he failed to prove his fitness) and on to their base at Baden-Baden, in the Black Forest.

JUNE 6: Rooney continued to prove his fitness at the Mittelberg training ground and Gary Neville returned to full training.

JUNE 7: Rooney jumped on a private jet that whisked him back to Manchester for a scan, returning afterwards to the England camp, upon which his place in the squad was confirmed (though he would not be risked in the first game). Defoe, subsequently, returned home. The rest of the squad, meanwhile, practised set pieces behind closed doors, though Steven Gerrard opted out as a precaution, to rest a sore back.

JUNE 8: Gerrard missed a second day's training, whilst Rooney played in a practice match with the squad.

JUNE 9: The squad trained in the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, with Gerrard returning.

 

First Phase Table
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 3
Trinidad & Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1
 
10 June 2006
3:00pm CEST - England 1 Paraguay 0 [1-0]
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (48,000)
Gamarra OG
6:00pm CEST - Trinidad & Tobago 0 Sweden 0 [0-0]
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (62,959)
 
John
15 June 2006
6:00pm CEST - England 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 [0-0]
easyCredit-Stadion, Nürnberg, Bayern (41,000)
Crouch, Gerrard
9:00pm CEST - Sweden 1 Paraguay 0 [0-0]
Olympiastadion, Berlin (72,000)
Ljungberg
20 June 2006 - 9:00pm CEST
Sweden 2 England 2 [0-1]
RheinEnergie Stadion, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen (45,000)
Allbäck, Larsson
J.Cole, Gerrard
Paraguay 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 [1-0]
Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz (46,000)
Sancho OG, Cuevas

JUNE 12: The Times - ENGLAND EARN THE LAST LAUGH

It had not been pretty...it had even induced boredom.

Give the ball away as cheaply against a good team and England will not win the World Cup.

They were clinging on against moderate opponents.

FIFA MAN OF THE MATCH: Frank Lampard

SHOOT MONTHLY: It said much for the quality of football that the biggest cheer of the game came when a Robinson clearance hit the giant video screen hanging over the centre circle. England can say job done, but to justify the pre-tournament hype, their performance must improve ten-fold.

SVEN-GÖRAN ERIKSSON: For most of the first half we played the football we should have played. We could have scored more goals. But the last few minutes of the first half, and for a long time in the second, we struggled to keep the ball and to come out as a team, and we gave away a lot of possession.

JUNE 16: The Times - ENGLAND TURN ON LATE SHOW

You might not think there was a cloud on England's World Cup horizon if you tuned in purely for the last seven minutes.

...they are not making any new converts with their predictable football.

Nevertheless, Eriksson could claim that it is job done so far.

Daily Express: It remains a fundamental flaw in Eriksson's reign that after five years the approach is more piecemeal than planned. Certainly, there seems no apparent blueprint in place designed to maximise the amount of time players spend on the ball...

LEO BEENHAKKER (Trinidad and Tobago coach): England need more patience and less long balls. That is just free advice.

FIFA MAN OF THE MATCH: David Beckham

SHOOT MONTHLY: Another three points but no real improvement in quality...

JUNE 21: The Times - ENGLAND LIMP ON AS OWEN HOBBLES OUT

...there was collective desperation at times...

England's improvement on the first two performances...made the second-half relapse all the more troubling.

Having lost their leading scorer, England can scarcely afford to wobble at the back.

Daily Express: Sven-Göran Eriksson's men tormented Sweden for half of this match in sweltering Cologne, disappeared as usual into their shell and ended up with a draw that still ensured they topped Group B.

FIFA MAN OF THE MATCH: Joe Cole

SHOOT MONTHLY: Although this is a game they should have won, a point apiece suits England better than their opponents...


The Second Phase

24 June 2006
5:00pm CEST - Germany 2 Sweden 0 [2-0]
Allianz Arena, München, Bayern (66,000)
Podolski (2)
Lucic
9:00pm CEST - Argentina 2 Mexico 1 [1-1]
AET [1-1]
Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Sachsen (43,000)
Crespo, Rodríguez
Márquez
25 June 2006
5:00pm CEST - England 1 Ecuador 0 [0-0]
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg (52,000)
Beckham
9:00pm CEST - Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 [1-0]
Frankenstadion, Nürnberg, Bayern (41,000)
Maniche
Costinha, Deco
Boulahrouz, van Bronckhorst
26 June 2006
5:00pm CEST - Italy 1 Australia 0 [0-0]
Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz (46,000)
Totti (pen)
Materazzi
9:00pm CEST - Switzerland 0 Ukraine 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] & Penalties [0-3]
RheinEnergie Stadion, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen (45,000)
  
Penalty Shoot-out:- Shevchenko saved, Streller saved, Milevskiy 0-1, Barnetta crossbar, Rebrov 0-2, Cabanas saved, Husiev 0-3.
27 June 2006
5:00pm CEST - Brazil 3 Ghana 0 [2-0]
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (65,000)
Ronaldo, Adriano, Zé Roberto
Gyan
9:00pm CEST - Spain 1 France 3 [1-1]
Allgemeiner Wirtschaftsdienst Arena, Hannover, Niedersachsen (43,000)
Villa (pen)
Ribéry, Vieira, Zidane

JUNE 26: The Times - ENGLAND LABOUR INTO LAST EIGHT

There is no doubt that England deserved their victory in sweltering Stuttgart, but they were grateful that Ecuador provided such a flimsy test.

...the Swede has yet to convince even his own squad that he can organise them.

Lest we forget, England are unbeaten but it has been a plodding, laboured journey to the last eight.

Daily Express: Boy, do this lot like to do it the hard way. Rarely can there have been a tournament where England have played so badly, so often - and yet still been in there fighting.

In the end, the old jalopy - patched up, prone to misfiring and sudden switches into reverse, with bits falling off it all over the place  - made it to the end of the road.

FIFA MAN OF THE MATCH: John Terry

SHOOT MONTHLY: It was another hit-and-miss display by England, one minute looking comfortable in possession with Carrick in the holding midfield role, and the next giving the ball away cheaply to put themselves under pressure.

Round of sixteen

Quarter Finals

30 June 2006
5:00pm CEST - Germany 1 Argentina 1 [0-0]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [4-2]
Olympiastadion, Berlin (72,000)
Klose
Ayala
Cufré
Penalty Shoot-out:- Neuville 1-0, Cruz 1-1, Ballack 2-1, Ayala saved, Podolski 3-1, Rodríguez 3-2, Borowski 4-2, Cambiasso saved.
9:00pm CEST - Italy 3 Ukraine 0 [1-0]
America On-line Arena, Hamburg (50,000)
Zambrotti, Toni (2)
1 July 2006
5:00pm CEST - England 0 Portugal 0 [0-0]
AET
[0-0] & Penalties [1-3]

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (52,000)
  
Rooney
Penalty Shoot-out:- Simão 1-0, Lampard saved, Viana post, Hargreaves 1-1, Petit saved/post, Gerrard saved, Hélder Postiga 2-1, Carragher retaken saved, Ronaldo 3-1.
9:00pm CEST - Brazil 0 France 1 [0-0]
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (48,000)
Henry

JULY 3: The Times - ERIKSSON'S EPITAPH: HE LACKED COURAGE

Eriksson's regime will not deserve the sweeping brutality of many of the inquests, but, rightly, it will be for ever stamped "underachieved".

Hargreaves cannot be expected to play like Superman every week - there were times on Saturday when he seemed to get on the end of his own passes...

Even in extra time, England were a match for moderate opponents...

JULY 3: The Guardian - COMPLACENT TO THE LAST

...three of England's penalty takers failed with attempts in which the slackness of their body language spoke of men who were ready to put their trust in the belief...that their reputations alone would be enough to ensure their success.

Where, on Saturday, was the Englishman prepared to take control of the game...?

...almost every England move would start from a static position, with the opposition well prepared for counter-measures.

The People (July 2): Only when they faced adversity in this World Cup did their bravery, their tenacity, their determination surface.

SVEN-GÖRAN ERIKSSON: If you see the teams in the semi-finals, we should be there.

FIFA MAN OF THE MATCH: Owen Hargreaves

SHOOT MONTHLY: ...this was England's best opportunity in several generations to win the biggest prize of all - and they blew it.

Semi Finals

4 July 2006 - both 9:00pm CEST
Germany 0 Italy 2 [0-0] AET [0-0]
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (65,000)
Grosso, Del Piero
5 July 2006
Portugal 0 France 1 [0-1]
Allianz Arena, München, Bayern (66,000)
Zidane (pen)

 

Third Place Play off

8 July 2006 - 9:00pm CEST
Germany 3 Portugal 1 [0-0]
Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg (52,000)
Schweinsteiger (2), Petit OG
Nuno Gomes

 

The 2006 Final

9 July 2006 - 8:00pm CEST
Italy 1 France 1 [1-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [5-3]
Olympiastadion, Berlin (69,000)
Materazzi
Zidane (pen)
Zidane
Penalty Shoot-out:- Pirlo 1-0, Wiltord 1-1, Materazzi 2-1, Trezeguet crossbar, De Rossi 3-1, Abidal 3-2, Del Piero 4-2, Sagnol 4-3, Grosso 5-3.

CG/GI