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FIFA World Cup 2006 Flashback

Write-up by Giorgio Pirelli

As we appear forward to the up coming soccer Earth Cup at South Africa in 2010, it’s a excellent time to glimpse back on the very last Planet Cup held in Germany in 2006. It was a memorable Globe Cup that saw Italy win its fourth title right after beating France in the last on considerably dreaded penalties! Here’s a rewind to some excellent soccer moments in recent heritage…

From the 9th of June to the 9th of July, 2006, a festival of football was celebrated in Germany with the hosts opening its borders and hearts to the world like by no means ahead of. Close to three,359,439 spectators watched the World Cup matches across twelve stadiums and an audience of thirty billion people caught the 32 teams in action on tv. Teams from Angola to the United States have been all set to stay up to throughout the world expectations and offer excitement to soccer fans right after a four year prolonged drought…

The Azzuri’s triumph at the finals was marked by outstanding crew energy with 10 gamers scoring, a strong defense by captain Cannavaro and goalkeeper Buffon, a midfield medley of Pirlo and Gattuso, and a lethal assault by Zambrotta and Grosso. Grosso’s aim swung the semi-final in opposition to Germany in Italy’s favor and he even sealed the Globe Cup on penalties, laying to rest previous demons when the Azzuris failed thrice on the planet stage.

The 2006 Globe Cup also saw the youthful German crew under Jurgen Klinsmann win 3rd place with some exhilarating, large tempo soccer! They ended up as the top rated scoring group with 14 ambitions – 5 of which were netted by the Adidas Golden Shoe winner, Miroslav Klose, and 3 by Lukas Podolski, the Gillette Very best Youthful Player.

But who can overlook the shocking memory of France’s Zinedine Zidane earning a red card soon after losing his cool and head butting Marco Materazzi, who provoked the otherwise cool player with some fairly private and uncalled for taunts! The planet watched helplessly as it noticed this veteran taint the conclude of his otherwise impeccable occupation. Soccer fans couldn’t feel their eyes, and their hearts went out to Zidane who did justice to the number ten soccer shirt that he proudly wore for decades. Fortunately, Zidane’s efforts had been not totally in vain as he earned himself the Adidas Golden Ball. Other players who made their mark had been Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Esteban Cambiasso, Italy’s Francesco Totti, Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi, and Brazil’s Ronaldo, who grew to become the highest Planet Cup aim scorer with his 15th aim, surpassing German Gerd Muller’s 14 target file. The African teams of Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana also created their presence felt.

Not only did Italy lift the 2006 Planet Cup, they also have the honor of sporting a particular badge on their Earth Cup soccer jerseys for the very first time in FIFA’s history. The Italian gamers get to proudly show this white badge with the Planet Cup Trophy embroidered in gold on their chests, over their soccer shirt numbers. This is a fitting tribute to the champions of the planet till the next champion comes along in 2010…

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