World Cup 2006

Italy

Italy among play-off hopefuls waiting to learn World Cup fate

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London (AFP) – Italy will learn their World Cup play-off fate on Tuesday as the four-time winners join seven other European countries in the draw for the decisive two-legged ties.

Gian Piero Ventura’s side have been forced to take their chances in the treacherous play-offs after finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.

How did Seven Nation Army take over Italy? It’s probably...

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How did Seven Nation Army take over Italy?

It's probably the most indie sports anthem ever, but if anyone was following the 2006 World Cup then they remember the simple, ever-so-catchy bassline of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army. It ended up dominating the whole world of sports, but it became the beloved song of the Italian fans and players.

Germany

FIFA opens ethics probe into bidding for 2006 Germany World Cup

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FIFA's ethics committee on Tuesday launched an investigation targeting six people over their roles in the bidding that awarded the 2006 World Cup to Germany, with the probe partly focused on alleged bribery.

Those targeted include Franz Beckenbauer, the German football legend and World Cup organizing committee chief who is suspected of bribery, and Wolfgang Niersbach, former German football federation (DFB) president, who is being probed over possible failure to report FIFA ethics violations.

FIFA opens ethics probe into bidding for 2006 Germany World Cup

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FIFA's ethics committee on Tuesday launched an investigation targeting six people over their roles in the bidding that awarded the 2006 World Cup to Germany, with the probe partly focused on alleged bribery.

Those targeted include Franz Beckenbauer, the German football legend and World Cup organizing committee chief who is suspected of bribery, and Wolfgang Niersbach, former German football federation (DFB) president, who is being probed over possible failure to report FIFA ethics violations.

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.

Do You Remember: Italy v Germany – World Cup 2006

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Nearly everyone in the world of football will remember Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup Final in Berlin. The Frenchman, arguably the world's best player at the time, finished his career in spectacular fashion, sending Materazzi to the pitch with a powerful headbutt to the Italian's chest.

1. FC Köln Erima 2012/13 Away and Third Kits

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Featuring now Arsenal player and Germany World Cup 2006 and 2010 star Lukas Podolski, 1. FC Köln finished the 2011/12 German Bundesliga season in 17th place and were relegated to...

1. FC Köln Erima 2012/13 Home Kit

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Featuring Germany World Cup 2006 and 2010 star Lukas Podolski, 1. FC Köln finished the 2011/12 German Bundesliga season in 17th place and were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga. As...

Mönchengladbach keeper makes penalty shoot out cheat sheet, doesn’t save any penalties

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During the World Cup 2006 quarter-final penalty shoot out between Germany and Argentina, Jens Lehmann's stellar performance was attributed to a cheat sheet he kept stuffed under his shin pad, detailing the spot-kick habits of La Albiceleste's finest.

When last night's DFB Pokal semi-final between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich ended goalless after 120 minutes, Mönchengladbach shot stopper Marc-André ter Stegen attempted to replicate Lehmann's heroic feats, with a similar note prepared by goalkeeping coach Uwe Kamps.

Top 10 Football Moments From The Noughties

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TweetFrom superlative volleys to the collapse of several big clubs the Noughties was a decade whereby football witnessed some of its most iconic and unforgettable moments. As the football world moves into a new decade it is necessary to reflect on the moments which lit up, and defined the Noughties. 10.

Can Klinsi pull off an win over Italy?

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The Hair might have a few goals lurking under his mane

Brek Shea and Sacha Kjlestan get call ups as Timothy Chandler, Landon Donovan, Jose Francisco Torres, and Jermaine Jones miss out on the trip to Genoa through illness and injuries.

Juergen Klinsmann has bad memories of the last time he coached against Italy as Germany lost to the eventual winners in the 2006 World Cup semi-finals.

USA manager hails Wenger influence

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United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will lead his side into a highly anticipated friendly fixture against Les Bleus in Paris on Friday evening and hopes to see the man who once taught him invaluable lessons in France Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger coached Klinsmann for two years in Monaco and although the former Germany international striker had already enjoyed prolific spells at Stuttgart and Inter Milan earlier in his career, his stint in the Ligue 1 made him enjoy attacking football on a whole new level.

FIFA

FIFA Investigation Over 2006 World Cup

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Investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee opens formal proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ to Germany.


After examining the Freshfields report commissioned by the German Football Association (DFB), the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has decided to open formal proceedings against the following individuals in the context of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ host selection and its associated funding:

• Wolfgang Niersbach, former president of the DFB, vice-president of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) and current member of the FIFA and UEFA Executive Committees
• Helmut Sandrock, former secretary general of the DFB and tournament director of the LOC
• Franz Beckenbauer, former vice-president of the DFB, president of the LOC and former member of the FIFA Executive Committee
• Theo Zwanziger, former president of the DFB, vice-president of the LOC and former member of the FIFA and UEFA Executive Committees
• Horst R.

Sepp Blatter sets off German firestorm

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More Sepp Blatter or blather. He is now insinuating that the 2006 World Cup was rigged to favour Germany.

When asked by the Swiss publication Blick about rumors of corruption surrounding the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, Blatter responded: "World Cups being purchased.

FIFA is a corrupt den of thieves: The ISL kickbacks

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The first family of crime: FIFA

The Guardian has a report on the International Sports Media and Marketing aka ISL, the now infamously bankrupt sports marketing company founded by Horst Dassler in the 1970s paying former FIFA president, Joao Havelange and his son-in-law, Ricardo Teixeira, a FIFA executive and former CBF president, millions of dollars in kickbacks for awarding them the 2002 and 2006 World Cup marketing and TV rights worth billions of dollars.

Blogging the World Cup 2006

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If you are a sport aficionado then by now the World Cup Mania will have you in its grip. The World Wide Web has changed the way people view sports and now even a fan staying many oceans away can have a say and be heard by millions across the world.

With the events drawing close, the excitement is building up to high levels.

World Cup

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

FBI ‘also probing 2006 FIFA World Cup award,’ says report

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The FIFA corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany looks set to widen after a report on Saturday said the FBI are also investigating.

Munich-based newspaper the Sueddeutsche Zeitung quotes sources from FIFA who claim the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the awarding of the finals in 2000 when Germany narrowly saw off a bid from South Africa.

An American In Germany: Watching Die Mannschaft Win Their Fourth World Cup

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When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, my father took me, then aged ten, to the Little Italy section of Manhattan to witness the celebrations. I thought it was the most electrifying experience, as I had never been to a celebratory parade before, but at the time I was too young to truly understand the significance of winning the World Cup.

George Vecsey on how to fix FIFA, Klinsmann's USMNT legacy, "Eight World Cups" and more

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He also likened Jermaine Jones' goal against Portugal to something Lothar Matthäuswould've produced. Regardless, he stayed on digital recorded air with me for 26-plus minutes and the man is a goldmine of insight and perspective, including on where this World Cup falls historically. This is the first World Cup not being covered by Vecsey in 32 years and the whole way he experiences soccer

WATCH BBC’s Promos For World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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One of the traditions of every World Cup is when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) releases its new advert, commercial or video for soccer's biggest tournament.

This time around, BBC Sport has done not one but two World Cup promos with parts I and II following the adventures of Flick Football figures traveling to Brazil to experience what the World Cup is like.

USMNT Team News: Which Youngsters Could Be Looking at Their First Senior Caps?

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It's always intriguing to take a look at a nation's next crop of talent and the US have a number of promising young players. Though there won't be much room for a burgeoning starlet to be a surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup 2014 squad, like a 17-year-old Theo Walcott was in England's World Cup 2006 team, it shouldn't be long until the German manager begins to integrate these players into the senior squad.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Donovan dropped from US squad

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Landon Donovan, all-time top scorer for the USA, will not be going to the 2014 World Cup after Jurgen Klinsmann left him out of his final 23-man squad.

Donovan has 57 goals in 156 appearances for his country and, age 32, was looking forward to his fourth World Cup finals.

Projecting Klinsmann's XI for World Cup qualifying

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As we stand two months away from the start of the U.S. Men's national team's World Cup qualifying process, it is about that time to start considering just what sort of team we can expect to take the field for the United States in June.

Jurgen Klinsmann has never coached a World Cup qualifier before (Germany didn't have to qualify as World Cup 2006 hosts), but that doesn't mean he doesn't have some idea of what lies ahead in venues like Guatemala and Jamaica.

Euro 2012

Scotland: Starting blocks

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What is a good start to a qualifying campaign?

That's been the subject of intense debate this week as Scotland prepare for another tilt at reaching a major championship.

Maybe not much of a debate actually.

First we had Craig Levein's assistant Peter Houston suggesting that four points from six against Serbia and Macedonia would be just swell.

OTP’s Howard The Psychic Duck predicts… Germany v Italy

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It's impossible think of tonight's game without harking back to the epic World Cup 2006 semi-final between these two nations in Dortmund. Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli has reportedly been dogged in his attempts to convince UEFA to allow him to bring in veterans Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero as injury cover.

Euro 2012 - Day Eight

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France 2 Ukraine 0 Les Bleus had to wait nearly an hour for a thunderstorm to stop, then they had to wait nearly an hour for home keeper Pyatov's saves to stop. And finally, France had won a major tourney game since World Cup 2006. NSC Man of the Match: Karim Benzema (France) England 3 Sweden 2 A late pair of goals (including the coolest Euro-play ever made by a dude sporting a highish-top

France talking points – Enjoy Euro 2012 – France have done well under Blanc regardless of what happens

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That was it for the pre-Euro 2012 period. It is now showtime. Please do us proud, you Blues. You Les Bleus.

France talking points, in order:

At least approximate order:

1. Florent Malouda – This is a story of a deeply troubled individual: Florent Malouda. Unbeknownst to those of us who watch France on a regular basis (and by that, I mean those of us who haven't missed a match in the last 10 years or so), unbeknownst to us, we have a great player in Florent Malouda.

Italy could loose his forward for Euro 212

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Bad news for Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli, as one of his most talented forward could miss Euro 2012, on the next June. Antonio Cassano has suffered a small ischaemia after the winning of AC Milan against Roma last saturday. When it happened the player was with his teamates on the airplane, coming bacfrom Rome to Milan.

Italy could lose his forward for Euro 212

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Bad news for Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli, as one of his most talented forward could miss Euro 2012, on the next June. Antonio Cassano has suffered a small ischaemia after the winning of AC Milan against Roma last saturday. When it happened the player was with his teamates on the airplane, coming bacfrom Rome to Milan.

Wayne Rooney

Everton a good move for unlucky Darron Gibson

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In sport, reputation can be crystallised or destroyed in one match. Claudio Gentile was unfairly recognised as a hard-man outside Italy for his savage treatment of Diego Maradona (and then Zico in the next game) in the 1982 World Cup but here was a player who was fantastically more all-rounded than that one game made him.

Everton a good move for unlucky Darron Gibson

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In sport, reputation can be crystallised or destroyed in one match. Claudio Gentile was unfairly recognised as a hard-man outside Italy for his savage treatment of Diego Maradona (and then Zico in the next game) in the 1982 World Cup but here was a player who was fantastically more all-rounded than that one game made him.

England

Two points conversion

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We have a pair of goals to screen, starting with DaMarcus Beasley's losing cause opener for Pachuca last night. As against Ghana at World Cup 2006, Da Bease passes it on to Fulham's Clint Dempsey, who helped pile on late with the fifth goal (and assist on the sixth) in a 6-0 spanking of QPR this afternoon.

Why fans should get off Frank’s back and enjoy watching one of England’s finest midfielders for as long as they can

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Why fans should get off Frank's back and enjoy watching one of England's finest midfielders for as long as they can

What has Frank Lampard ever done for English football? I mean apart from being the highest-scoring midfielder in Chelsea's history? And apart from appearing in a Premier League record 164 consecutive games for his club?

The Rest

Can Brad Guzan Challenge Tim Howard for the USA Number One Shirt?

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Tim Howard established himself as the United States number one right after World Cup 2006. While Kasey Keller was still in the US mix at the time, Howard was named the starter by Bob Bradley, then the interim Head Coach, a place he has retained since.

Howard has generally been good for the United States though he has come under some criticism through the years.

Youthful exuberance provides key to Africa Cup of Nations success

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The following table shows the average age of player that each of the competing nations fielded during the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations 2012 in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea. As expected Cote D'Ivoire's fading golden generation who are attempting to win their nation their first major trophy since 1992 is one of the oldest squads at the tournament.

Francesco Totti Breaks a Scoring Record with Roma

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Roma legend and skipper Francesco Totti broke the Serie A scoring record for a single club after managing to score a quick double on Saturday during the 5-1 win over Cesena. The two goals scored by Totti brought his tally to 211 goals with the Giallorossi in the Italian top flight.

Totti has now played 486 times in Serie A and scored 211 goals to beat the record of Swedish legend Gunnar Nordahl who managed to score 210 goals for Milan in league play.