2006 FIFA World Cup Final

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2006 FIFA World Cup Final
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The final was played at Berlin's Olympiastadion.
Event 2006 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Italy won 5–3 on penalties
Date9 July 2006
Venue Olympiastadion, Berlin
Man of the Match Andrea Pirlo (Italy) [1]
Referee Horacio Elizondo (Argentina)
25 °C (77 °F) [2]

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 9 July 2006 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany, to determine the winner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Italy beat France 5–3 on penalties after the match finished 1–1 after extra time. France's Zinedine Zidane was sent off in his last-ever match, for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi's chest in retaliation to Materazzi's verbal provocation.

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2006 FIFA World Cup 18th FIFA World Cup, held in Germany in 2006

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Italy national football team mens national association football team representing Italy

The Italy national football team has officially represented Italy in association football since their first match in 1910. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—the latter of which was co-founded by the Italian team's supervising body, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and their primary training ground is located at the FIGC headquarters in Coverciano, Florence.


It was the first final since 1978 in which neither Germany nor Brazil competed (and the second since 1938); it was also the first all-European final since Italy won the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and the second final to be decided on penalties (1994 was the first, with Italy losing on that occasion). It was also Italy's first world title in 24 years, and their fourth overall, putting them one ahead of Germany and only one behind Brazil. The penalty shoot-out victory for Italy was that country's first in the World Cup Finals: Italy's three previous penalty shoot-out competitions (including the 1994 final) had all been lost. The victory also led to Italy topping the FIFA World Rankings in February 2007 for the first time since November 1993.

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1982 FIFA World Cup 1982 edition of the FIFA World Cup

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Route to the final

OpponentResult Group stage OpponentResult
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2–0 Match 1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0–0
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1–1 Match 2Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 1–1
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 2–0 Match 3Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 2–0
Flag of Italy (2003-2006).svg  Italy 321051+47
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 320143+16
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 310234−13
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 301226−41
Final standings
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 321040+47
Flag of France.svg  France 312031+25
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg  South Korea 311134−14
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo 300316−50
OpponentResult Knockout stage OpponentResult
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–0 Round of 16Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3–1
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 3–0 Quarter-finalsFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–0
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–0 (aet)Semi-finalsFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1–0


The opening performance was by singers Shakira and Wyclef Jean, who performed a special version of "Hips Don't Lie" called The Bamboo Version.

Shakira Colombian singer

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Wyclef Jean American rapper, singer, actor, record producer and multi-instrumentalist from Ouest

Nel Ust Wyclef Jean is a Haitian rapper, musician and actor. At the age of nine, Jean emigrated to the United States with his family. He first achieved fame as a member of the New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. Jean has won three Grammy Awards for his musical work.

Hips Dont Lie single by Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

"Hips Don't Lie" is a song by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira, featuring Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean for the reissue of Shakira's seventh studio album, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2. It was released on 28 February 2006, by Epic Records as the second single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira, Jean, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and LaTavia Parker. "Hips Don't Lie" is a salsa and worldbeat song, which heavily incorporates samples from Jean's earlier single "Dance Like This" and "Amores Como el Nuestro" written by Omar Alfanno.



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Zidane during the 2006 World Cup Final

The final started with each side scoring within the first 20 minutes. Zinedine Zidane opened the scoring by converting a seventh-minute penalty kick, [3] conceded by Marco Materazzi, which glanced off the underside of the crossbar and into the goal. Materazzi then levelled the scores in the 19th minute, a header from six yards following an Andrea Pirlo corner from the right. Both teams had chances to score the winning goal in normal time: Luca Toni hit the crossbar in the 35th minute for Italy, later having a header disallowed for offside, while France were not granted a possible second penalty in the 53rd minute when Florent Malouda went down in the box after a cover tackle from Gianluca Zambrotta. France appeared to be the side with better chances to win because of the higher number of shots on goal. They were unable to capitalise, however, and the score remained at one goal each.

Zinedine Zidane French association football player and manager

Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a French former professional football player and current manager of Real Madrid. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Zidane was an elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, and played as an attacking midfielder for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid. At club level, Zidane won two Serie A league titles with Juventus, before he moved to Real Madrid for a world record fee of €77.5 million in 2001, which remained unmatched for the next eight years. In Spain, Zidane won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League, with his left-foot volleyed winner in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final considered to be one of the greatest goals in the competition's history. Zidane also won an Intercontinental Cup and a UEFA Super Cup with both teams.

Marco Materazzi Italian association football player

Marco Materazzi is an Italian former professional footballer and manager.

Andrea Pirlo Italian association football player

Andrea Pirlo is an Italian former professional footballer. Pirlo was usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national teams and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever exponents of this position due to his vision, ball control, creativity and passing ability, as well as for being a free-kick specialist.

At the end of the regulation 90 minutes, the score was still level at 1–1, and the match was forced into extra time. Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon made a potentially game-saving save in extra time when he tipped a Zidane header over the crossbar.

Gianluigi Buffon Italian association football player

Gianluigi Buffon, commonly shortened to Gigi Buffon, is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for French club Paris Saint-Germain. He is widely regarded by players, pundits and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, and, by some, as the greatest ever.

As Zidane and Materazzi were jogging up the pitch close to each other, they briefly exchanged words after Materazzi was seen tugging at Zidane's jersey before Zidane began to walk away from him. Moments later, Zidane suddenly stopped, turned around and head-butted Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground. Although play was halted, referee Horacio Elizondo did not appear to have seen the confrontation. According to match officials' reports, fourth official Luis Medina Cantalejo informed Elizondo of the incident through his headset. [4] After consulting his assistants, Elizondo issued Zidane a red card in the 110th minute. [5] It marked the 14th overall expulsion of Zidane's career, and joined him with Cameroon's Rigobert Song as the only players ever to be sent off during two separate World Cup tournaments. [6] He also became the fourth player red-carded in a World Cup final, in addition to being the first sent off in extra time. [7]

Headbutt strike with the head

A headbutt is a targeted strike with the head, typically involving the use of robust parts of the headbutter's cranium as the area of impact. The most effective headbutts strike the most sensitive areas of an opponent, such as the nose, using the stronger bones in the forehead or the back of the skull. It can be considered a quick, very effective but risky maneuver, as a misplaced strike can cause greater injury to the person delivering the headbutt than to the person receiving it. A headbutt does not have to be against another person's head, although this is usually the nearest and easiest target.

Horacio Marcelo Elizondo is a former Argentine international football referee best known for his officiation throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Having achieved all his goals in refereeing, Elizondo retired after the December 10 match between Boca Juniors and Lanús, 3 years before the compulsory retirement age of 45.

Luis Medina Cantalejo Spanish football referee

Luis Medina Cantalejo is a retired Spanish football referee.

Extra time produced no further goals and a penalty shoot-out followed, which Italy won 5–3. France's David Trezeguet, the man who scored the golden goal against Italy in the Euro 2000 final, was the only player not to score his penalty; his spot kick hit the crossbar, leaving Fabio Grosso – who scored Italy's first goal in the semi-final against Germany – to score the winning penalty. [8]


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GK1 Gianluigi Buffon
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CB5 Fabio Cannavaro (c)
CB23 Marco Materazzi
LB3 Fabio Grosso
RM16 Mauro Camoranesi Sub off.svg 86'
CM8 Gennaro Gattuso
CM21 Andrea Pirlo
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CF9 Luca Toni
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CB15 Lilian Thuram
CB5 William Gallas
LB3 Eric Abidal
CM4 Patrick Vieira Sub off.svg 56'
CM6 Claude Makelele Yellow card.svg 76'
RW22 Franck Ribéry Sub off.svg 100'
AM10 Zinedine Zidane (c)Red card.svg 110'
LW7 Florent Malouda Yellow card.svg 111'
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Raymond Domenech

Man of the Match:
Andrea Pirlo (Italy) [1]

Assistant referees:
Dario García (Argentina)
Rodolfo Otero (Argentina)
Fourth official:
Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)
Fifth official:
Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (Spain)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if scores level
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • 12 substitutes named, of which three may be used


Overall [9]
Goals scored11
Total shots513
Shots on target36
Ball possession55%45%
Corner kicks57
Fouls committed1724
Yellow cards13
Red cards01


German President Horst Köhler, UEFA president Lennart Johansson, and the local organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer were among those present on the pitch stage during the awards ceremony. President Köhler handed the trophy to Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro without FIFA president Sepp Blatter's presence. [10] As Cannavaro raised the trophy, a short version of Patrizio Buanne's "Stand Up (Champions Theme)" was played. [10]


Provocation of Zidane

After video evidence suggested that Materazzi had verbally provoked Zidane, three British media newspapers claimed to have hired lip readers to determine what Materazzi had said, with The Times , The Sun and Daily Star claiming that Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore". Materazzi disputed this claim, eventually winning public apologies from The Sun and Daily Star in 2008, [11] [12] as well as libel damages from all three British newspapers. [13]

Zidane only partly explained that repeated harsh insults about his mother had caused him to react. [14] Materazzi admitted talking trash to Zidane, but argued that Zidane's behaviour had been very arrogant and that the remarks were trivial. [15] Materazzi also insisted that he did not insult Zidane's mother (who was ill at the time), claiming, "I didn't talk about his mother, either. I lost my mother when I was fifteen, and even now I still get emotional talking about it". [16] [17]

Zidane later apologised but added that he did not regret his offence because he felt that this would condone Materazzi's actions. [18] Two months later, Materazzi offered his version of events, claiming that after he had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane remarked, "If you want my shirt, I will give it to you afterwards", and he replied to Zidane that he would prefer his sister, but claimed during the interview that he was unaware Zidane even had a sister. [19] Over a year after the incident, Materazzi confirmed that his precise words to Zidane were: "I prefer the whore that is your sister". [20]


After the final, then-President of France Jacques Chirac hailed Zidane as a "man of heart and conviction". [21] Chirac later added that he found the offence to be unacceptable, but he understood that Zidane had been provoked. [22] However, French newspaper Le Figaro called the headbutt "odious" and "unacceptable". [23] Time magazine regarded the incident as a symbol for Europe's "grappling with multi-culturalism". [24] Despite the ongoing furore, Zidane's sponsors announced that they would stick with him. [25]

The incident was extensively lampooned on the Internet and in popular culture. Family Guy parodied it in the episode "Saving Private Brian", in which Zidane headbutts an old lady while delivering her a birthday cake. The Simpsons parodied it in the episode "Marge Gamer", in which Homer Simpson shouts "Zidane!", when headbutting the linesman. In addition to becoming a staple of parody via numerous online videos and GIFs, a novelty song titled Coup de Boule ("Headbutt") reached the top of the French charts. A statue of the incident was made in 2014.

In light of Zidane's statements, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings to investigate the incident. FIFA also affirmed the legality of Elizondo's decision to send Zidane off, rejecting claims that Cantalejo had illegally relied on video transmission to make a decision about handling Zidane's misconduct. [26] FIFA issued a CHF 5,000 fine and a two-match ban against Materazzi, while Zidane received a three-match ban and a CHF 7,500 fine. Since Zidane had already retired, he voluntarily served three days of community service on FIFA's behalf as a substitute for the match ban. [27]

The Hidden Face of Zidane, written by journalist Besma Lahouri and published in September 2008, claimed that Zidane had expressed his regret for the incident during a conversation with his cousin. [28]

In October 2009, in an interview conducted on French radio station RTL, Zidane stated: "Let's not forget that provocation is a terrible thing. I have never been one to provoke; I have never done it. It's terrible, and it is best not to react". [29]

Viewer figures

According to FIFA, 715.1 million individuals globally watched the final match of this tournament. [30] IPG's independent media agency Initiative Worldwide estimated a 260 million people viewership. [31] The independent firm Initiative Futures Sport + Entertainment estimates it at 322 million viewers. [32]

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