The 2006 World Cup was the 18th edition of the tournament and was hosted by Germany between 9 June and 9th July. This World cup proved to be very popular across the world with an estimated 26.29 billion non-unique views over the course of the month including an estimated 715.1 million viewers for the final which makes it the 4th most watched World Cup of all time.
Hosts Germany made it to the Semi-final of the tournament before losing to eventual winners Italy in extra time of the semi final followed a quick fire double from Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero in the 119 and 121 minutes respectively. The Germans went on to finish third after defeating Portugal in the third place play off which cements their incredible record in Football tournaments.
The final was held in Berlin’s Olympiastadion and saw Italy defeat France on penalties 5-3 in a thrilling encounter. Zinedine Zidane player of the tournament opened scoring after 7 minutes from a penalty but was sent off in extra time after bizarrely head butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 110 minutes which some suggest cost his team the 2006 World Cup.
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