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  • The 2006 Italian National Soccer Team

    In 2006 Germany hosted the 18th World Cup Tournament. In the end Italy defeated France on penalty kicks to claim their 4th World Cup Title. The format for the event was the same as in 2002. The field consisted of 32 teams. The teams were divided into 8 groups of 4. Only the top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage. In the first round Italy was placed in Group E with Czech Republic, Ghana and the United States. Italy finished first in Group E with 2 wins and 1 draw thus qualifying for the knockout stage. In the round of 16 Italy defeated Australia scoring on a penalty kick in extra time. In the quarterfinals Italy defeated Ukraine 3-0 setting up a match in the semifinals with host Germany. The match against Germany looked destined to go to a penalty shootout until Italy struck for two late goals during extra time to win 2-0. The final against France was hotly contested and resulted in a red card being given to Zinedine Zidane for head butting Marco Materazzi in extra time. With the score 1-1 the championship needed to be decided by penalty kicks. Italy was a perfect 5 for 5 while France had one deflect off the crossbar giving Italy their 4th World Title. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    17 Simone Barone Midfielder  
    6 Andrea Barzagli Defender  
    16 Mauro Camoranesi Midfielder  
    5 Fabio Cannavaro Defender  
    4 Daniele De Rossi Midfielder  
    7 Alessandro Del Piero Forward 1
    8 Gennaro Gattuso Midfielder  
    11 Alberto Gilardino Forward 1
    3 Fabio Grosso Defender 1
    15 Vincenzo Iaquinta Forward 1
    18 Filippo Inzaghi Forward 1
    23 Marco Materazzi Defender 2
    13 Alessandro Nesta Defender  
    22 Massimo Oddo Defender  
    20 Simone Perrotta Midfielder  
    21 Andrea Pirlo Midfielder 1
    9 Luca Toni Forward 2
    10 Francesco Totti Midfielder 1
    2 Cristian Zaccardo Defender  
    19 Gianluca Zambrotta Defender 1
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    14 Marco Amelia    
    1 Gianluigi Buffon 6 - 1 - 0 2
    12 Angelo Peruzzi    
    Coach - Marcello Lippi

    Match Results
    Group E
    Italy2 - 0Ghana
    Andrea Pirlo 40'
    Vincenzo Iaquinta 83'
    Goals Scored 
    Italy1 - 1United States
    Alberto Gilardino 22'Goals ScoredCristian Zaccardo 27'
    (own goal)
    Italy2 - 0Czech Republic
    Marco Materazzi 26'
    Filippo Inzaghi 87'
    Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Round of 16
    Italy1 - 0Australia
    Francesco Totti 90'+5Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Quarterfinals
    Italy3 - 0Ukraine
    Gianluca Zambrotta 6'
    Luca Toni 59', 69'
    Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Semifinals
    Italy2 - 0Gemany
    Fabio Grosso 119'
    Alessandro Del Piero 121'
    Goals Scored 
    Knockout Stage - Final
    Italy1 - 1France
    Marco Materazzi 19'Goals ScoredZinedine Zidane 7'
    Andrea Pirlo
    Marco Materazzi
    Daniele De Rossi
    Alessandro Del Piero
    Fabio Grosso
    5 - 3
    Sylvain Wiltord
    Eric Abidal
    Willy Sagnol
    2006 World Cup Champions
    Fourth Title
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    Italian National Soccer Team

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