2006 FIFA Men's World Cup • June 9 - July 9

Germany 2006

The 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany is remembered for its impeccable organization, festive atmosphere, and the renaissance of Italian football as they claimed their fourth World Cup title. The tournament was a blend of traditional football powerhouses and surprising underdogs, with Italy triumphing over France in a final decided by a penalty shootout after a dramatic 1-1 draw, a match that also saw the infamous sending off of French captain Zinedine Zidane for a headbutt on Marco Materazzi. The German national team, though not victorious, won hearts worldwide with their open, attacking style of play, which contrasted with the more pragmatic approaches of previous iterations. Germany 2006 also introduced new stars to the global stage, such as Germany's Lukas Podolski, who was awarded the Best Young Player, and witnessed the farewell performances of football legends like Brazil's Ronaldo, who became the all-time leading World Cup goal scorer during the tournament.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Zinedine Zidane
Silver Ball
Fabio Cannavaro
Bronze Ball
Andrea Pirlo
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Miroslav Klose
Silver Boot
Hernán Crespo
Golden Glove (best keeper)
Gianluigi Buffon
Best Young Player
Lukas Podolski

Top scorers

Miroslav Klose (5)
Fernando Torres (3)
Ronaldo (3)
Zinedine Zidane (3)
Thierry Henry (3)
David Villa (3)
Lukas Podolski (3)
Maxi Rodríguez (3)
Hernán Crespo (3)
Patrick Vieira (2)


Berlin, Germany • 86000
Cologne, Germany • 45000
Dortmund, Germany • 65000
Frankfurt, Germany • 62000
Arena AufShalke
Gelsenkirchen, Germany • 52000
Hamburg, Germany • 61000
Hanover, Germany • 60000
Kaiserslautern, Germany • 46000
Leipzig, Germany • 43000
Allianz Arena
Munich, Germany • 66000
Nuremberg, Germany • 41000
Stuttgart, Germany • 72000

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