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Germany 2006--team stories,top scorers
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Germany 2006 will no doubt be remembered as the fans' FIFA World Cup. With millions of people attending public screenings of the event, the atmosphere in the host country was incredible, as people from all over the world took the official motto 'A time to make friends' to heart.

On the pitch, 32 teams battled it out for football's ultimate prize. Some bowed out after just three games while France fell at the final hurdle as Italy claimed the crown of world champions, a description that will be used against their name for the next four years. Here, Let's reviews the performance of each individual team, listed in order of how far they got.

Winners:

Italy
The Azzurri won the FIFA World Cup for the fourth time after holding their nerves in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. For their performances in the group stages, Round of 16, quarter-finals and semis, football fans all over the world would agree that Marcello Lippi's side were worthy winners of the competition.

Runners-up:

France
Inspired by Zinedine Zidane, until his dramatic sending-off in the Final, Les Bleus surprised everyone to reach the showdown in Berlin on 9 July. Although they looked shaky in the group stage, it was in the knockout rounds that they really came into their own, defeating Spain, Brazil and Portugal with relative ease.

Third place:

Germany
The highest scorers at the tournament captured the imagination of the public with a combination of fine football and a never-say-die attitude.

Fourth place:

Portugal
Luiz Felipe Scolari's outfit were arguably the surprise package of Germany 2006, overcoming Mexico, the Netherlands and England en route to the semi-finals.

Quarter-finalists:

Argentina
After some great performances in the group stages and a victory over Mexico in the Round of 16, the Albiceleste were unlucky to lose to the hosts in a dramatic shoot-out.
Brazil
The world champions' attempt to secure their sixth FIFA World Cup success ended after a lacklustre showing against France.
England
Unlucky with injuries, unlucky from the spot. Once again, penalties proved to be the undoing of England, who failed to live up to their high expectations at this event.
Ukraine
Coached by Oleg Blokhin, the FIFA World Cup first-timers did extremely well in reaching the last eight, but found Italy too tough an opponent in Hamburg.

Round of 16:

Australia
Not expected to get past a group which included Brazil, Croatia and Japan, Dutch coach Guus Hiddink masterminded a magnificent showing by the Socceroos.
Ecuador
Before the tournament began, it was claimed that the South Americans could not play well away from their home country. La Tricolor proved their doubters wrong.
Ghana
As the only side from the continent to qualify for the Round of 16, Ghana were rightly described as the ‘Pride of Africa’. Victories over the USA and the Czech Republic cemented this claim.
Mexico
El Tri will be disappointed with their exit in the Round of 16 but the match against Argentina - which they lost 2-1 after extra time - will surely be remembered as one of the tournament’s best.
Netherlands
After qualifying from what was thought to be the tournament's toughest group, Marco van Basten's men came up short against a well-organised Portugal side.
Spain
Tipped by many to go far in the competition after disposing of Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia with relative ease at the group stages, Spain fell at the very next hurdle.
Sweden
Conceding two early goals in the first 12 minutes to Germany effectively ended the Swedes' hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals.
Switzerland
The winners of Group G failed to convert any of their three penalties against Ukraine to see them exit the competition with an unwanted new FIFA World Cup record.

Group Stages

Angola
While not altogether unexpected, Angola's first-round elimination was down to a combination of inexperience and tactical limitations.
Costa Rica
Costa Rica were hoping for big things in Germany, but the team which was considered to be one of the best in the country's history, failed to get past the group stage.
Cote d'Ivoire
The Elephants came with a lot of promise and although they fell at the first hurdle, they won many friends and admirers in their all-too-brief visit to Germany.
Croatia
Back home many thought that a clash with Italy in the Round of 16 was the team's destiny. However, failure to take chances put paid to Croatia's hopes.
Czech Republic
They entered the FIFA World Cup as one of the highest-ranked teams and got off to an impressive start. But injuries struck their forwards and the journey home came all too soon for the Czech Republic.
Iran
Defeats by Mexico and Portugal in their opening games left Iran with no chance of advancing. The subsequent point claimed against Angola was no consolation at all.
Japan
Two goals and a solitary point were all Japan had to show for their efforts at Germany 2006, the tournament which brought to an end Zico's reign as coach.
Korea Republic
Victory against Togo gave the Taeguk Warriors their first FIFA World Cup success on European soil, but it was not enough to book the team a place in the Round of 16.
Paraguay
Paraguay returned home having picked up just three points from their three Group B encounters. Their hopes were ended by narrow defeats in their opening two matches.
Poland
Poland and their fans are unlikely to harbour fond memories of Germany 2006, but a 2-1 win over Costa Rica in their final match did provide some consolation.
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia for their fourth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals, and once again Sami Al Jaber weighed in with a goal.
Serbia and Montenegro
The team that only conceded one goal in qualifying to finish ahead of Spain, somehow ended up on the receiving end of ten in as many days in Germany.
Togo
Having suffered three defeats in as many games, Togo bade farewell to Germany as the bottom team in Group G, with off-field issues contributing to their downfall.
Trinidad and Tobago
Showing great determination and resolve to make up for their inexperience and lack of resources, T&T will look back on their two weeks in Germany as a success.
Tunisia
Tunisia made history by becoming the first African side to record a win at Argentina 1978. Twenty-eight years on and three campaigns later they have yet to repeat the feat.
USA
They earned only a single point, thanks to a 1-1 draw with Italy, and there is no shortage of things that could have gone better for this US squad.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany has no hat-tricks for the first time.

Top scorers:

Player Team Goal
KLOSE Miroslav GER 5
CRESPO Hernan ARG 3
RONALDO BRA 3
ZIDANE Zinedine FRA 3
VILLA David ESP 3
TORRES Fernando ESP 3
RODRIGUEZ Maxi ARG 3
HENRY Thierry FRA 3
PODOLSKI Lukas GER 3
SCHWEINSTEIGER Bastian GER 2
VIEIRA Patrick FRA 2
DELGADO Agustin ECU 2
SHEVCHENKO Andriy UKR 2
DINDANE Aruna CIV 2
BOSACKI Bartosz POL 2
TENORIO Carlos ECU 2
ADRIANO BRA 2
ROSICKY Tomas CZE 2
BRAVO Omar MEX 2
WANCHOPE Paulo CRC 2
CAHILL Tim AUS 2
MATERAZZI Marco ITA 2
FREI Alexander SUI 2
GERRARD Steven ENG 2
TONI Luca ITA 2
MANICHE POR 2
TOTTI Francesco ITA 1
MESSI Lionel ARG 1
KAKA BRA 1
DEL PIERO ITA 1
BECKHAM David ENG 1

Yellow cards/Red cards:

Team Yellow card Red card
POR 24 2
GHA 18 1
FRA 16 1
NED 16 2
TUN 14 1
ARG 12 1
GER 12 0
MEX 12 1
SCG 12 2
SUI 12 0
UKR 12 1
ANG 11 1
AUS 11 1
BRA 11 0
CRO 11 2
ITA 11 2
POL 10 1
SWE 10 1
TOG 10 1
TRI 10 1
CIV 9 1
ECU 9 0
ENG 9 1
KOR 9 0
CRC 8 0
IRN 8 0
PAR 8 0
CZE 7 2
JPN 7 0
ESP 6 0
KSA 5 0
USA 5 2

Editor: Donald

By: Source: China View website
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