This page on the 2006 FIFA World Cup is a stub—it contains only minimal information about the subject. You can contribute to The Football Wiki by expanding it. The 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship event, was held in 2006. It was the first World Cup to be hosted by two countries, France and Germany. The tournament was won by Italy, who beat France in the final after both teams finished with the same number of points.
The finals were played over June 15-July 2 in eight cities in France and Germany. A total of 56 matches were played, including a final match that decided no champion. The top three teams from each group progressed to a knockout stage called the "round of 16". These matches were played between September 4 and October 8. The winners of these matches advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament called the "last eight". These games were played between October 12 and November 7. The semi-final pairings were determined by random draw. The third place play-off was contested by Germany and Argentina, while Brazil and Italy met in a re-match of the Olympic gold medal game from 2004.
France and Germany were the only nations to qualify for the 2006 World Cup through their positions at the end of the 2005 World Championship in Portugal. They were joined by four other countries: England, Italy, Paraguay, and Romania.
Italy won the competition for the fourth time in their history. In the final, they defeated France 5-3 on penalties after extra time ended in a 1-1 tie. It was the first World Cup final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Italy went into the match as favorites, but were forced to play defensively in the first half due to the absence of striker Roberto Baggio due to injury. In the 51st minute, France's Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game when he headed in a corner kick from Michel Platini.
In the second round of penalties, each side missed one attempt, leaving the score at 1-1 after 3 rounds. Then, Francesco Totti scored the winning penalty for Italy. He shot past French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to become his country's all-time leading scorer in World Cups and join Paolo Rossi as the only men to score in multiple finals.
Totti also became the most successful player in European Championships history with his four goals. He surpassed Hungary's Ferenc Puskás who had previously held that record.
Italy went into the tournament as contenders, but few people expected them to win it. They beat Germany 4-2 in the semifinals and Sweden 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
The FIFA World Cup is the world's most prestigious soccer competition. The World Cup is held every four years and features the best 32 national teams in a month-long event. FIFA's Council chooses the host country. As of 2014, there have been 10 hosts countries who have played during the inaugural tournament in 1930.
France was the last team to win the World Cup, doing so in 1998. Brazil has won the most titles with five. Germany and Italy are next with two each. England, South Korea, and Uruguay have won the cup once each.
The upcoming tournament will be the 14th time that Russia has hosted the World Cup and the first since 2010 when Mexico defeated Spain 4-2 in the final. The Russian government hopes that the country will be able to repeat its 1994 performance when it hosted the tournament. Russia went on to beat France in the final match to claim its second title.
The tournament consists of four stages: group stage, knockout rounds, quarterfinals, and semifinals. In the group stage, which is used for qualifying teams, the 32 nations are divided into eight groups of four or five teams. Each group plays a round-robin schedule against the other groups in their pool. At the end of this stage, each group's top nation advances to the knockout round stage.
The 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will be the 18th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, an international club football competition organized by FIFA that pits the winners of the six continental confederations against the host nation's league champions. Japan will host the event in December 2021.
The current format of the tournament was introduced for the 1999–2000 season when it was known as the FIFA Club World Championship. It replaced the previous version called the FIFA World Club Championship. The original idea behind the World Club Championship was to have a single final every year between all the world's best clubs. But since it became clear this would never happen, the decision was made to have one final every four years instead.
In 2004, the number of finalists was reduced to just three per annum when European clubs protested at having to play each other twice. The number of CONCACAF teams has always been limited so the region refused to join the protest. As a result, North America has always had at least five entrants with Europe following suit in 2005 and 2006.
The final stage of the FIFA Club World Cup began as a straight knockout tournament but was changed to a group stage in 2008. The last eight editions have used this format with the exception of the 2011 tournament which was played over two legs.
There have been nine different national team captains throughout these eighteen tournaments.
The FIFA World Cup, sometimes known simply as the World Cup, is an international association football championship played by the senior men's national teams of the members of the FIFA, the sport's worldwide governing organization. The tournament consists of two parts: a group stage followed by a final match. The group stage is completed in early September, while the final is held around mid-June.
The world cup was founded in 1930 at the 1930 International Football Conference in Berlin, Germany. The first tournament was contested by 10 nations, and it was won by Uruguay. Brazil has been the most successful country with five titles.
The world cup is recognized as one of the biggest events in sports world. Each year, during the month of June, countries that are qualified through their regional associations compete against each other to be named as the champion. The official title for the competition is the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.
A team is declared winner by the FIFA when they achieve a minimum goal difference across all matches. If there is a tie between two or more teams after the group stage, a playoff game will be held to determine who advances to the next stage.
There have been 21 winners of the world cup so far.
The World Cup is a soccer competition in which national teams compete for the title of world champion. Each country that qualifies for the tournament is divided into groups that advance through brackets by winning matches. The group winners then advance to a round-robin format where they play each other once at a time. The winner of each group advances to the next stage, called the "round of 16". In this stage, the winners of one-half of the groups qualify for the next stage while the losers meet in what is called a "fifth-place match." The final four countries proceed to a single-elimination phase called the "quarter-finals" where they will be drawn into two-game sets. The team that wins both games will be declared the champion.
The World Cup was founded in 1930 and has been held every four years since then. Countries that are qualified already can not participate anymore. Germany has won the most titles with nine. Brazil is second with five championships.
World Cup finals have been held in Europe, North America, and South America. They will eventually be held in Asia too. There are plans to have the finals outside of Europe for the first time since 1950 but these plans may not come to pass.
Each year during the season, the top three countries by ranking receive automatic berths into the World Cup.