2006 FIFA World Cup

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament.wikipedia
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2006 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification competition was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations.

FIFA World Cup

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament.
The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world, as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative viewership of all matches of the 2006 World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.

Italy national football team

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Italy won the tournament, claiming their fourth World Cup title.
Italy is one of the most successful national teams in the history of the World Cup, having won four titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) and appearing in two other finals (1970, 1994), reaching a third place (1990) and a fourth place (1978).

France national football team

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They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw.
France won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001 and 2003, and reached the 2006 FIFA World Cup final, which it lost 5–3 on penalties to Italy.

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It was the second time that Germany staged the competition, the first as a unified country (the other was in 1974 at the then-West Germany), and the tenth time that it was held in Europe.
First-time qualifiers were East Germany; Australia, which would not qualify again until the next time the tournament was held in Germany, in 2006; Haiti, the first team from the Caribbean to qualify since Cuba in 1938; and Zaire, the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the finals.

Portugal national football team

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Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish in third place.
Portugal's golden team helped Portugal reach the semi-finals of Euro 2000, losing 3–2 after extra time to eventual winners France, securing the second place at Euro 2004 Final after losing to Greece on home soil, as well reaching the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup losing to finalist France, after a penalty, leading Portugal to secure the fourth place in the tournament, after losing to 3–1 to hosts Germany, thus being the best result since the 1966 World Cup.

2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee

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In order to retrieve the money, the Organizing Committee paid an equivalent sum to the FIFA, allegedly as a German share for the cost of a closing ceremony, which never materialized.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee (Organisationkomitee, OK) organized the World Cup in Germany.

FIFA World Cup hosts

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It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in July 2000.
The controversy over the decision to award the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Germany led to a further change in practice.

Angola national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro.
Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

Ghana national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro. Despite early success by Australia, Ecuador and Ghana, the tournament marked a return to dominance of the traditional football powers.
Although the team qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006, they had qualified for four Olympic Games Football Tournaments when the tournament was still a full senior national team competition; their best achievement was the third position at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Ukraine national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro. Ukraine, despite being beaten 4–0 by Spain in their first World Cup game, took advantage of the weaker opponents to beat Saudi Arabia 4–0 and scrape past Tunisia 1–0 thanks to a 70th-minute penalty by Andriy Shevchenko, to reach the Round of 16.
The team's biggest success on the world stage was reaching the quarter-finals in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which also marked the team's debut in the finals of a major championship.

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According to Niersbach, the payment had been agreed upon during a meeting between Franz Beckenbauer and FIFA president Blatter, with the money being provided by Dreyfus.
Beckenbauer led Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup and chaired the organizing committee.

Czech Republic national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro.
Following the separation, however, they have only featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

Togo national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro.
They made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in their history in 2006, having been coached throughout the qualifying campaign by Stephen Keshi; German coach Otto Pfister managed the team at the finals, despite having resigned three days before their first match over a players' bonuses dispute, only to be persuaded by the players to return.

Nigeria national football team

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As of 2018, this was the last time Togo, Angola, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Trinidad and Tobago qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, and the last time Uruguay and Nigeria failed to qualify.
Throughout history, the team has qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cups (as of 2018), missing only the 2006 edition and have reached the round of 16 three times.

Trinidad and Tobago national football team

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Eight nations qualified for the finals for the first time: Angola, Czech Republic, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, and Serbia and Montenegro.
They reached the first round of the 2006 World Cup and held the record of being the smallest nation (both in size and population) to ever qualify for a World Cup, until the 2018 World Cup, when Iceland broke the (population) record.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Asia.

Iran national football team

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Iran missed chances against Mexico in their opening 1–3 defeat and were eliminated in their match against Portugal.
Iran has qualified for the World Cup five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018) but has never advanced past the group stage.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Africa.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Tunisia national football team

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Ukraine, despite being beaten 4–0 by Spain in their first World Cup game, took advantage of the weaker opponents to beat Saudi Arabia 4–0 and scrape past Tunisia 1–0 thanks to a 70th-minute penalty by Andriy Shevchenko, to reach the Round of 16.
They have since qualified for three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002 and 2006 before returning in the last edition held in Russia in 2018; however in spite of this rich record, Tunisia had never been able to progress out the group stage in any FIFA World Cup or Summer Olympics tournaments.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for UEFA teams.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for Oceania.

Ecuador national football team

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Despite early success by Australia, Ecuador and Ghana, the tournament marked a return to dominance of the traditional football powers.
Ecuador has qualified for three FIFA World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2014.

Penalty shoot-out (association football)

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They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff between Australia and Uruguay ended 1–1 on aggregate, with Uruguay winning the first leg 1–0 at home and Australia winning the second leg at home by the same score.