England are looking in good shape for the World Cup Germany 2006. The Team seems to have the right blend of experience and youthful promise, and with the quality of the current England World Cup squad, Germany 2006 should be a classic.
2006 World Cup Won By Italy
Congratulations go to Italy who become world champions for the fourth time after a hard fought and closely contested battle against France that was eventually decided on penalties, 5-3 to Italy.
At 90 minutes the score stood at 1-1, with goals coming from Zinedine Zidane for France from a penalty, and Marco Materazzi heading in for Italy from a Pirlo corner.
Zidane was red carded with 10 minutes of extra time to go for headbutting Materazzi, a sad way for the legend to end a stellar career.
Sat 1st July
England 0 - Portugal 0, Portgual win 3-1 on penalties
After putting in one of their best performances of the tournament, England have gone out of the World Cup on penalties again.
In a tense match, an injury forced Beckham off just after half time, and team talisman Rooney was red-carded after 62 minutes for a stamping offence after frustration got the better of him. His Manchester United team mate Cristiano Ronaldo had wasted no time in appealing to the referree for Rooney to be sent off. England battled on bravely, with good performances from Ashley Cole, Lennon and Hargreaves, but despite looking more threatening in extra time, did not manage to convert any of the chances.
Eriksson had practiced penalties, but it was not enough against Portugal's goalkeeper Ricardo, who made some excellent saves. Portugal coach Scolari has again triumphed over England, and the team will have to wait another 4 years to try and get further than the quarter finals.
Fri 30th June
Germany 1 - Argentina 1, Germany win 4-2 on penalties
Tues 27th June
Brazil 3 - Ghana 0
Mon 26th June
Italy 1 - Australia 0
Sun 25th June
England 1 - Ecuador 0
England have made it through to the Quarter Finals thanks to a world class free kick from David Beckham, which was hit with enough curl, pace and accuracy to beat the keeper at the near post. Rooney played the full 90 minutes and fought hard to provide some brilliant moments of play, but despite England creating a good few chances, the side was not able to add further to the score line. However, as Sven Goran-Eriksson likes to say "A win is a win", and England will meet Portugal on Saturday 1st July at 4pm in Gelsenkirchen.
Holland 0 - Portugal 1
Sat 24th June
Argentina 2 - Mexico 1
Fri 23rd June
Saudi Arabia 0 - Spain 1
Thurs 22nd June
Croatia 2 - Australia 2
Weds 21th June
Holland 0 - Argentina 0
Tue 20th June
Costa Rica 1 - Poland 2
Mon 19th June
Saudi Arabia 0 - Ukraine 4
Sun 18th June
Brazil 2 - Australia 0
Sat 17th June
Czech Republic 0 - Ghana 2
Fri 16th June
Argentina 6 - Serbia & Montenegro 0
Thurs 15th June
England 2 - Trinidad & Tobago 0
It took a long time for England to break through a Trinidad & Tobago side that at times looked in danger of stealing the game. Peter Crouch opened the scoring in Nuremberg on 83 minutes, with a classic centre forwards goal from a David Beckham cross. You could sense the relief of the players when the goal went in. Previously, Crouch had a good opportunity just before half time, but his shot was wide when he tried to strike quickly, perhaps not realising how much time he had.
Gerrard scored the second at 90 minutes, with a long range blast typical of his premiership performances at Liverpool.
Credit must go to Sven for his subsitutions, which brought about a change in gear in the England side. A double subsitution occurred at 58 minutes, bringing on man of the moment Rooney for Owen, and Aaron Lennon for Carragher. Lennon's skill and pace on the right wing provided significant headaches for the determined Trinidad & Tobago side. Rooney's presence fired up the fans, and instantly provided a noticeable step up in performance in the England game.
England have qualified for the last 16, and Rooney has survived his 30 minutes intact.
Weds 14th June
Germany 1-0 Poland
Tues 13th June
Brazil 1 - Croatia 0
Mon 12th June
Australia 3 - Japan 1
Sun 11th June Mexico 3 - Iran 1
Mexico have been training hard for the world cup, and the practice paid off with goals from Bravo and Zinha allowing them to triumph over a decent Iranian side.
Sun 11th June Holland 1 - Serbia & Montenegro 0
Holland's Arjen Robben scored the only goal after 17 minutes.
Sat 10th June Argentina 2 - Ivory Coast 1
In their first ever appearance at the World Cup, the Ivory Coast proved that they deserved to be there, and proved worthy opposition for Argentina. Hernan Crespo opened the scoring, with Javier Saviola slotting in their second from a tidy Juan Riquelme throughball. A strike by Didier Drogba after 82 minutes gave the Argentian's something to worry about, but they managed to hold on for the victory, much to the delight of Diego Maradonna, who was watching from the stands.
10 June 2006 Sweden 0 - Trinidad and Tobago 0
On their World Cup debut, Trinidad and Tobago have managed to keep Sweden to a nil all draw, despite having to play with 10 men after losing defender Avery John early in the second half. Avery John had already made a number of rash tackles in the first half, and got sent off after receiving a second yellow for his tackle on Christian Wilhelmsson.
10June 2006 England Win Their First World Cup 2006 Match Against Paraguay
England took the lead after three minutes when Paraguayan defender Gamarra scored an own goal when trying to head away a perfectly struck Beckham free kick into the box.
England had an excellent first half and looked confident and in control, applying good pressure, with Cole and Gerrard commanding the midfield.
In the second half, Paraguay began to take the initiative, and when Sven took off Michael Owen after 56 minutes, the big man Crouch was left somewhat isolated upfront, and Paraguay brought the game to England. England were able to resist the Paraguayan onslaught, and the match finished 1-0.
Still, as both Manager and Captain pointed out afterwards, the important thing about the first match is to win it. Three points is three points!
9 June 2006 Results
Poland 0-2 Ecuador
3 June 2006 England vs Jamaica
England won 6-0, with a hatrick from Peter Crouch. Other goals came from Lampard and Owen, and an own goal from Jamaica.
30 May 2006 England vs Hungary Friendly
England won their friendly at Old Trafford against Hungary 3-1 with goals from Gerrard, Terry and Crouch. Theo Walcott came on in the second half to become England's youngest ever international at 17 years and 75 days, an accolade formerly held by Wayne Rooney.
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