Sweden national football team

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In the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Sweden had one of the largest group of supporters during a tournament, especially during the group stage match against Paraguay with around 50,000 Swedish supporters in attendance, plus an additional 50,000 fans watching the game outside the stadium. The Swedish fans were also voted the best fans during the 2006 World Cup, due to their massive numbers, friendly attitude and love for the game. Sweden's main rival is Denmark. The countries have played against each other 107 times, of which Sweden have won 47, drawn 20 and lost 40. The first match between the teams was an 8–0 Denmark win in May 1913.

Senegal national football team

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Senegal eventually reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup, one of only three African teams to do so (the first being Cameroon in 1990; the other being Ghana in 2010). In the group, after defeating defending world champions France, they drew with Denmark and Uruguay, and beat Sweden in extra time in the round of 16, before losing to Turkey in the quarter-finals. Senegal qualified for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, but finished third in their group with two points. They failed to make the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the first World Cup to be held in Africa. Senegal was eliminated in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with zero wins and zero points.

Chile national football team

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Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa was given the task of becoming the Chile national team manager in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. On 16 October 2008, Chile beat Argentina 1–0 for the first time in a qualifying competition, making history. Marcelo Bielsa was acclaimed for this accomplishment by both Chilean and Argentinian people. This match was seen as one of the reasons that ended Alfio Basile's tenure as Argentina's coach. After finishing in second place of the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and reaching the round of 16 at the tournament, head coach Marcelo Bielsa extended his contract with the Chilean national team until 2015.

Germany

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Following the 1998 elections, SPD politician Gerhard Schröder became the first Chancellor of a red–green coalition with the Alliance '90/The Greens party. Among the major projects of the two Schröder legislatures was the Agenda 2010 to reform the labour market to become more flexible and reduce unemployment. The modernisation and integration of the eastern German economy is a long-term process scheduled to last until the year 2019, with annual transfers from west to east amounting to roughly $80 billion. Since reunification, Germany has taken a more active role in the European Union.

CONCACAF

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The U.S. staged a hugely successful tournament, with average attendance of nearly 69,000 breaking a record that surpassed the 1966 FIFA World Cup average attendance of 51,000 thanks to the large seating capacities the American stadiums provided for the spectators in comparison to the smaller venues of Europe and Latin America. To this day, the total attendance for the final tournament of nearly 3.6 million remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition to 32 teams at the 1998 World Cup. Canada, Mexico, and the United States have won the bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, competing against a Moroccan bid.

Ecuador national football team

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He led them successfully through the latter stages of the qualification process for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, finishing third to make the finals. In Germany, they were drawn into Group A with the hosts, Poland, and Costa Rica. Wins over Poland and Costa Rica earned La Tri qualification to the knockout stages for the first time. Another disappointing showing at yet another Copa América in 2007 and three successive defeats in the beginning of the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign led to the end of Suarez's time in the national team. He was replaced in 2008 for Sixto Vizuete, who had previously gained recognition for winning the 2007 Pan American Games with the U-18s.

Yugoslavia national football team

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Niko Kranjčar played for Croatia at 2006 FIFA World Cup under his father – head coach Zlatko Kranjčar; likewise Tino-Sven Sušić played for Bosnia at 2014 FIFA World Cup under his uncle – head coach Safet Sušić. Runner-up (2): 1960, 1968. Fourth-place (1): 1976. Gold Medal (1): 1960. Silver Medal (3): 1948, 1952, 1956. Bronze Medal (1): 1984. Related articles. List of Yugoslavia international footballers. List of Yugoslavia national football team goalscorers. Yugoslavia national football team results. Yugoslavia national under-21 football team. Yugoslavia national under-20 football team. Successor teams. Serbia and Montenegro national football team.

Brazil

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Cardoso won the 1994 election, and again in 1998. The peaceful transition of power from Cardoso to his main opposition leader, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2006), was seen as proof that Brazil had achieved a long-sought political stability. However, sparked by indignation and frustrations accumulated over decades from corruption, police brutality, inefficiencies of the political establishment and public service, numerous peaceful protests erupted in Brazil from the middle of first term of Dilma Rousseff, who had succeeded Lula after winning election in 2010.

Overtime (sports)

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On 7 October 2006, North Texas beat FIU 25-22 in a game that had been tied 16-all at end of regulation. On 17 October 2017, Western Michigan beat Buffalo 71–68 in a game that had been tied 31–all at end of regulation. On 24 November 2018, Texas A&M beat LSU 74–72 in a game that had been tied 31–all at end of regulation. Collegiate (NCAA Division I FCS, formerly Division I-AA) – 27 September 1998: Bethune-Cookman University recorded a 63–57 victory over Virginia State University, ending in octuple overtime. High school – 29 October 2010: Jacksonville High School (TX) beat Nacogdoches High School (TX) 84-81 after dodectuple overtime.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals. The draw for the order in which the two matches would be played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas. The following four teams from AFC qualified for the final tournament. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The European zone of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup saw 53 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. The qualification process started on 20 August 2008, nearly two months after the end of UEFA Euro 2008, and ended on 18 November 2009. The qualification process saw the first competitive matches of Montenegro. Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland qualified in the first round by winning their groups. France, Greece, Portugal, and Slovenia qualified via the second round play-offs. Teams were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams.

Scotland national football team

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The last major tournament they qualified for was the 1998 World Cup. The team have achieved some noteworthy results, such as beating the 1966 FIFA World Cup winners England 3–2 at Wembley Stadium in 1967. Archie Gemmill scored what has been described as one of the greatest World Cup goals ever in a 3–2 win during the 1978 World Cup against the Netherlands, who reached the final of the tournament. In their qualifying group for UEFA Euro 2008, Scotland defeated 2006 World Cup runners-up France 1–0 in both fixtures. Scotland supporters are collectively known as the Tartan Army.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

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The top three teams qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The fourth place team qualified for a home-and-away play-off against the fifth-place team from CONMEBOL. The allocation of teams in the draw took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 22 November 2008. The 4th place team played the 5th place team from the CONMEBOL (South American Zone) Qualification in a home and away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The draw for the order in which the two matches were played was held on 2 June 2009 during the FIFA Congress in Nassau, the Bahamas. The CONCACAF side played the first leg at home.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

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The South American zone of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification saw ten teams competing for places in the finals in South Africa. The format is identical to that used for the previous three World Cup qualification tournaments held by CONMEBOL. Matches were scheduled so that there were always two games within a week, which was aimed at minimizing player travel time, particularly for players who were based in Europe. The top four teams in the final standings qualified automatically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Jamaica national football team

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In 2006 and 2007, Jamaica continued to struggle, with one Jamaican journalist dubbing the team "The Reggae Toyz". The team failed to qualify for the 2007 Caribbean Cup after being eliminated due to goals scored, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines scoring three more goals than Jamaica. Two managers later, the team only earned a single point from three matches in the third round of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With coach Theodore Whitmore, Jamaica secured three wins from its remaining matches, jumping from 116th to 83rd place in the world rankings. Despite the team's final win over Canada, Jamaica was eliminated by goal difference after Mexico finished three goals ahead.

Republic of Ireland national football team

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With failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Ireland reached a play-off against France for a place at the 2010 World Cup. France's Thierry Henry's handball stirred international controversy after the move set up William Gallas to score in extra-time of the second leg of the play-off; the referee did not notice and allowed the goal to stand, leading to widespread media controversy, protests at the French embassy in Dublin and comments from senior government officials from both countries. Ireland reached the quarter finals of the 1964 European Nations Cup. Ireland did not qualify for a European Championship until Euro 1988.

2010 FIFA World Cup Group A

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Group A of the 2010 FIFA World Cup began on 11 June and ended on 22 June 2010. The group consisted of France, Mexico, Uruguay and the host nation South Africa. France and South Africa previously met at the 1998 FIFA World Cup; France beat South Africa 3–0. France and Uruguay previously met at the 2002 FIFA World Cup; the match ended 0–0. France and Mexico were in the same group in the first tournament in the 1930 FIFA World Cup; the two nations played the first ever World Cup match, and France won 4–1. France and Mexico had also met in 1954 but neither team qualified for the next round.

Angola national football team

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FIFA World Cup *2006 FIFA World Cup squads – Angola Africa Cup of Nations COSAFA Cup: 3. 1999, 2001, 2004. Central African Games runners-up: 1. 1987. African Nations Championship runners-up: 1. 2011. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola. Angola women's national football team. Angola national under-20 football team. Angola national under-17 football team.

Togo national football team

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FIFA World Cup *2006 FIFA World Cup squad – Togo Africa Cup of Nations * Togo FA official site 2017 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 2002 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 2000 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 1984 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 1972 Africa Cup of Nations squad – Togo. 🇩🇪 Eberhard Vogel (1997–98). Bana Tchanile (2000–02). 🇮🇹 Diego Garzitto (2002). 🇧🇷 Antônio Dumas (2002–04). Stephen Keshi (2004–06). 🇩🇪 Otto Pfister (2006). Stephen Keshi (2006–08). Henri Stambouli (2008).

Hungary national football team

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In the 1990s, Hungary were the closest to qualify for the 1998 World Cup but were eliminated in the play-offs by FR Yugoslavia. Hungary were unable to qualify for any major tournament, missing out UEFA Euro 2000, 2004, 2008 and the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. Moreover, during the Euro 2008 qualification, Hungary finished sixth in their group, reaching their nadir in their football history. They even lost to minnows Malta which resulted in the resignation of Péter Bozsik. Several days later, Péter Várhidi was appointed who was famous for his appearances in the Sport 1, Hungarian sport television, and analyzing the Italian Serie A clubs.

Paraguay national football team

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Upon the conclusion of Paraguay's 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign, Aníbal Ruiz resigned as head coach and Raúl Vicente Amarilla was assigned as the interim coach. Paraguay's national squad underwent a major transition after Germany 2006 because of the retirement of key players including José Luis Chilavert. In 2007, Argentine Gerardo "Tata" Martino was designated as head-coach.

South Korea national football team

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South Korea didn't enter the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification to avoid North Korea. The Korean Central Intelligence Agency was motivated by North Korea's advancing to the quarter-finals at the 1966 FIFA World Cup and ordered KFA to found Yangzee FC for the national team's development. South Korea failed to qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup but achieved a good result by winning the 1970 Asian Games. South Korea reached the final at the 1972 AFC Asian Cup but lost against Iran after extra time. South Korea won all six games until the semi-finals at the 1978 Asian Games and shared gold medals by drawing with North Korea in the final.

Greece national football team

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Despite the scoring prowess of Europe's top 2010 World Cup qualifying goal-scorer Fanis Gekas—who produced 10 goals in as many games—Greece took second place to Switzerland in Group 2 of UEFA qualification, thus advancing to a home-and-away playoff round, where they faced Ukraine. After a scoreless draw at home in the first match, the second leg in Donetsk saw Greece triumph with a 1–0 win, sending the Greeks to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At the 2010 World Cup draw in Cape Town, South Africa on 4 December 2009, Greece found itself grouped with two familiar opponents from its first World Cup appearance in 1994.

List of FIFA World Cup records and statistics

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Most second-place finishes: 4, Germany (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002). Most third-place finishes: 4, Germany (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010). Most fourth-place finishes: 3, Uruguay (1954, 1970, 2010). Most 3rd-4th-place finishes: 5, Germany (1934, 1958, 1970, 2006, 2010). Most 5th-8th-place finishes: 8, England (1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006). Most 9th-16th-place finishes: 14, Mexico (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). Most 17th-32nd-place finishes: 7, South Korea (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018). Most titles won by a confederation: 12, UEFA (1934, 1938, 1954, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1990, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018).

List of FIFA World Cup hat-tricks

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The only World Cup not to have at least one hat-trick scored was the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. The record number of hat-tricks in a single World Cup tournament is eight, during the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland. * Bert Patenaude was the first player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup match, on 17 July 1930 against Paraguay. However, until 10 November 2006 the first hat-trick that FIFA acknowledged had been scored by Guillermo Stábile of Argentina, two days after Patenaude. In 2006, FIFA announced that Patenaude's claim to being the first hat-trick scorer was valid, as teammate Tom Florie's goal in the match against Paraguay was re-attributed to him.