2006 World Cup

Cristian Zaccardo

‘Serious And Professional Soccer Player And Strong!!!’ – World Cup Winner Cristian Zaccardo Posts Job Plea On LinkedIn

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A member of the Italian squad which lifted the 2006 World Cup, Crisitian Zaccardo has taken to LinkedIn in search of a new club.

The wing-back appeared for Serie B side Vicenza last season, with the team ultimately relegated at the end of the campaign.

Now, the 35-year-old has posted a come-and-get-me message on LinkedIn, in the hope of securing a new team ahead of the new season.

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

Germany

‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

The Man With The Golden CV: World Cup Legend Miroslav Klose Retires To Join Germany Coaching Staff

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Miroslav Klose hasofficially brought his playing career to an end today by announcing that he has agreed to embark on his coaching training with the German national team.

The DFB have said that, after consulting with Joachim Low and technical director Hansi Flick, Klose will undergo an individual training program "with the clear aim of embarking on a coaching career.

Franz Beckenbauer again pleads innocence in World Cup 2006 scandal

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.

Franz Beckenbauer again pleads innocence in World Cup 2006 scandal

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Sunday again insisted he is innocent in the 2006 World Cup scandal amidst allegations of corruption, pinning any potential blame on his now deceased lawyer.

Beckenbauer, who captained and coached Germany to the 1974 and 1990 World Cup titles respectively, was head of the organizing committee for the 2006 finals, but insists his former lawyer Robert Schwan, who died in 2002, ran his finances.

German FA to unveil truth behind 2006 World Cup scandal

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The German FA (DFB) is set to answer corruption allegations on Friday as accusations the 2006 World Cup was "bought" threaten to give FIFA another headache.

The 2006 finals were lauded in Germany as a huge success with fans from all the world lapping up the well-organized tournament over four sun-soaked weeks.

German FA to unveil truth behind 2006 World Cup scandal

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The German FA (DFB) is set to answer corruption allegations on Friday as accusations the 2006 World Cup was "bought" threaten to give FIFA another headache.

The 2006 finals were lauded in Germany as a huge success with fans from all the world lapping up the well-organized tournament over four sun-soaked weeks.

Report: Germany pledged millions to Jack Warner for World Cup vote

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Germany's soccer association promised a package worth millions of euros to secure a crucial vote from disgraced official Jack Warner for its bid to host the 2006 World Cup, Der Spiegel said Friday. The news magazine which in October broke the story alleging Germany bought votes to secure hosting rights for the tournament said it has seen a contract detailing perks that the Trinidad and Tobago official and the association he headed would be given by the German football association (DFB).

Report: Germany pledged millions to Jack Warner for World Cup vote

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Germany's soccer association promised a package worth millions of euros to secure a crucial vote from disgraced official Jack Warner for its bid to host the 2006 World Cup, Der Spiegel said Friday. The news magazine which in October broke the story alleging Germany bought votes to secure hosting rights for the tournament said it has seen a contract detailing perks that the Trinidad and Tobago official and the association he headed would be given by the German football association (DFB).

Franz Beckenbauer admits Germany ‘went to the limit’ with its 2006 World Cup bid

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German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer has admitted the bidding committee he chaired for the 2006 World Cup "went to the limits" to obtain the finals.

In his first televised interview since magazine Der Spiegel made cash-for-votes allegations in mid-October, Beckenbauer responded: "What are the limits?

Franz Beckenbauer admits Germany ‘went to the limit’ with its 2006 World Cup bid

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German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer has admitted the bidding committee he chaired for the 2006 World Cup "went to the limits" to obtain the finals.

In his first televised interview since magazine Der Spiegel made cash-for-votes allegations in mid-October, Beckenbauer responded: "What are the limits?

Beckenbauer denies 2006 bid corruption, says he often signed documents without reading them

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German soccerlegend Franz Beckenbauer denied Friday that Germany bought the right to stage the 2006 World Cup but admitted that he often signed documents without reading them.

Spiegel magazine last month alleged that the votes of four members of FIFA's executive committee were bought in 2000, when Germany narrowly won the vote to host the 2006 finals.

Beckenbauer denies 2006 bid corruption, says he often signed documents without reading them

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German soccerlegend Franz Beckenbauer denied Friday that Germany bought the right to stage the 2006 World Cup but admitted that he often signed documents without reading them.

Spiegel magazine last month alleged that the votes of four members of FIFA's executive committee were bought in 2000, when Germany narrowly won the vote to host the 2006 finals.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 18 – Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! [VIDEO]

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No. 18: Gol Di Grosso! Gol Di Grosso! (Germany, 2006)

Is there a more gut-wrenching way to lose a game than in the very last minute of extra time?

As a supporter, by that point you naturally cast your mind towards a penalty shootout and what could potentially happen there.

A Bridge Over History – Zentralstadion, Leipzig

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This photo of Zentralstadion (Central Stadium) in Leipzig, Germany, was taken in December 2005, a little over a year following the opening of the stadium. It was built within the site of the huge original Zentralstadion, built in the 1950s, one of Europe's largest venues holding over 100,000 spectators.

Where Does Joe Cole’s Future Lie?

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Its funny. Four years ago, heading into Germany for the 2006 World Cup, we were convinced Lampard and Gerrard were the two best midfielders in the world (they'd come second and third at the 2005 Ballon d'or). They both misfired at the World Cup, spawning what we now think of historically as the Lampard/Gerrard Problem.

World Cup

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.

Daniele De Rossi Leaves 2006 World Cup-Winner’s Medal In Late Italy Kitman’s Coffin

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Sadly, Wednesday saw one of the Italian national team's most popular figures, Pietro Lombardi, laid to rest after the legendary Azzurri kitman passed away aged 92.

Lombardi, who wasknown as Spazzolino -'The Toothbrush' due to his rigorousboot-cleaning approach,served as kitman for many years and was an integral part of the back-room team at the 2006 World Cup, which Italy went on to win.

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 19 – Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste [VIDEO]

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No. 19: Poetry In Motion From La Albiceleste (Germany, 2006)

One of the great things about soccer is the way in which supporters can appreciate different types of goals.

A player in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo picking the ball up, beating a couple of men and then smashing a strike into the top corner is thrilling to watch.

The US Soccer Men’s National Team and the Group of Destiny

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The soccersphere in the US is a pretty depressed (and depressing) place. Why? Well, the US got a pretty tough draw in the World Cup: Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. It's been dubbed a Group of Death even though ESPN stats guru Nate Silver gives the US a 39% chance of advancing, about even with Portugal.

Brazil gave Australia a gift - so lets use it. It's all about the future, Asia Cup 2015 and beyond.

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Australian football fans have long known our 2006 generation have been on the wane since, well, Italy defeated us 1-0 in the 2006 World Cup.

But somehow they managed to get us through to the 2010 World Cup under Pim Verbeek and we got found out with an absolute pasting against Germany.

Then our new coach Holger provided us some hope with a much improved and more mobile 2011 Asian Cup, only to see us lose narrowly to Japan.

Germany had a ‘secret’ plan to sack Jurgen Klinsmann if the 2006 World Cup didn’t go well

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A new book from former German football federation president Theo Zwanziger reveals that he and three other top executives had a secret plot to sack former manager Jurgen Klinsmann during the 2006 World Cup if his reign turned into a "sporting disaster." Never terribly fond of Klinsmann, who is now in charge of the U.

Ronaldo’s Portugal: World Cup’s Great Pretenders

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Who could forget that moment at the 2006 World Cup when Cristiano Ronaldo gave a cheeky wink to Wayne Rooney after the two had clashed and the referee sent Rooney packing? How fitting it is then that both men head into this summer's World Cup at the height of their powers, as kings of the game, while both distracting their respective nations from the fact that they play in decidedly average squads.

World Cup Moments: Argentina’s Passing Move Goal vs Serbia & Montenegro

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Some say it was 26 passes. Some say it was 25. Some say it was 24. I think the higher numbers include either the initial tackle or the actual finish or both. I say it doesn't matter which number you choose, because Argentina's second goal vs Serbia & Montenegro at the 2006 World Cup was something special.

AFP

USA to host key World Cup qualifier at San Jose

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Chicago (AFP) San Jose was named Sunday by the US Soccer Federation as the site of a crucial World Cup qualifier for the bottom-table Americans against Honduras on March 24.

The US squad opened with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 drubbing at Costa Rica last November, prompting the firing of coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the hiring of Bruce Arena as his replacement.

USA to host key World Cup qualifier at San Jose

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Chicago (AFP) San Jose was named Sunday by the US Soccer Federation as the site of a crucial World Cup qualifier for the bottom-table Americans against Honduras on March 24.

The US squad opened with a 2-1 home loss to Mexico and a 4-0 drubbing at Costa Rica last November, prompting the firing of coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the hiring of Bruce Arena as his replacement.

Eyes on World Cup as US coach Arena launches second coming

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Bruce Arena will have his eyes firmly fixed on World Cup qualifying Sunday as he launches the first match of his second stint in charge with a friendly against Serbia.

Arena, who returned to the helm last November following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann, has only two friendlies to assess his options before March's crunch 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.

Eyes on World Cup as US coach Arena launches second coming

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Bruce Arena will have his eyes firmly fixed on World Cup qualifying Sunday as he launches the first match of his second stint in charge with a friendly against Serbia.

Arena, who returned to the helm last November following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann, has only two friendlies to assess his options before March's crunch 2018 qualifiers against Honduras and Panama.

Police swoop on ex-FIFA executive in 2006 World Cup probe

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Lausanne (AFP) A Swiss corruption probe into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany was broadened on Wednesday to include former FIFA general secretary Urs Linsi after police raided homes.

Switzerland's attorney general's office (OAG) opened an investigation last year into fraud and money laundering allegations against four members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee: Germans Franz Beckenbauer, Hans-Rudolf Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach.

House searches in Switzerland over 2006 World Cup

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday that houses had been searched last week as part of a broadening investigation into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

The investigation targetting members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, has been expanded to include Urs Linsi, the former General Secretary of world football's governing body FIFA, the office of Switzerland's Attorney General said in a statement.

FIFA propose fine in 2006 World Cup bid probe

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's ethics committee has recommended former German FA secretary general Helmut Sandrock be fined 50,000 Swiss francs (45,800 euros, $51,700) following an investigation into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany, world football's governing body said Thursday.

In a final report submitted by FIFA's investigatory chamber, the body called for Sandrock to perform "social work to be determined by the adjudicatory chamber" and to be fined for violations of FIFA's code of ethics.

Swiss open criminal proceedings against Beckenbauer over 2006 World Cup

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss federal prosecutors said Thursday they have opened criminal proceedings against German football legend Franz Beckenbauer over allegations of corruption in the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

Beckenbauer, 70, is under investigation with three other members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee Hans-Rudolf Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach said the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland.

FIFA seeks two-year ban for Niersbach over Germany’s 2006 bid

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's ethics committee on Friday recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association (DFB), over an alleged corruption scandal around the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

FIFA's adjudicatory chamber said they had received a final report from world football governing body's ethics committee investigatory chamber and decided to proceed with formal proceedings against Niersbach.

FIFA seeks two-year ban for Niersbach over Germany’s 2006 bid

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's ethics committee on Friday recommended a two-year ban from all football activities for Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the German Football Association (DFB), over an alleged corruption scandal around the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

FIFA's adjudicatory chamber said they had received a final report from world football governing body's ethics committee investigatory chamber and decided to proceed with formal proceedings against Niersbach.

France

Four Potential Dark Horses for World Cup 2014

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With the biggest footballing event in the world fast approaching, and the topic of choice for most football fans in the last week being the qualifiers, we take a look at which outsiders with the bookmakers could make an impression in Brazil. Barring the 2006 World Cup, where the semi-finals consisted of: France, Italy, Germany and Portugal, there has been a trend of surprise outsiders reaching the semi-finals.

Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France

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It's easy to be cynical about a book written by an American history professor which starts out describing the events of July 9, 2006. Oh shit, you think to yourself, it's John Doyle with a doctorate; another football outsider thinking his fresh set of eyes can derive some deeper social meaning from "The Beautiful Game" which the rest of us have somehow missed all these years.

Kicker

FIFA linked to sale of personal details/information of World Cup attendees

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2006 World Cup attendees like this one may be at risk after their information was (allegedly) illegally sold on the black market...

According to The Guardian, an investigation is underway regarding the leak and sale of personal information and details provided by thousands of football fans who purchased World Cup tickets directly from FIFA and their official sponsor, Match Hospitality.

FIFA linked to identity thefts of World Cup ticket holders

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2006 World Cup attendees like this one may be at risk after their information was (allegedly) illegally sold on the black market...

According to The Guardian, an investigation is underway regarding the leak and sale of personal information and details provided by thousands of football fans who purchased World Cup tickets directly from FIFA and their official sponsor, Match Hospitality.

The Rest

Galatasaray’s “sporting project”

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While Florentino Pérez has been busy attempting to revenge his fantasy football frustrations ("why won't The Sun let me have Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and Karim Benzema!?") on Real Madrid, another of Europe's less glamorous elite clubs has been undoing a "sporting project" of their own.