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|2006 FIFA World Cup - Germany
|Teams||32 (from 198 entrants)|
|Champions||Italy (4th title)|
|Goals scored||147 (average 2.3 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Miroslav Klose
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The 2006 FIFA World Cup, held in Germany from 9 June to 9 July, was won by Italy who defeated France 5-3 in a penalty shootout after the teams were level 1-1 in the final at Berlin Olympic Stadium. Germany finished third and Portugal fourth. This was Italy's fourth World Cup victory.
It was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the association football world championship, contested by men's national football teams, and organized by FIFA, the international governing body for football. The 2006 FIFA World Cup began in December 2003 with the South American qualification. The other 188 countries entering the draw for a series of qualification tournaments and play-offs that resulted in 32 national teams qualifying for the finals tournament.
Germany hosted the finals, winning the honour in June 2000. Germany beat bids from South Africa (which will host the 2010 World Cup), Brazil, England and Morocco.
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