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Laurence Griffiths / Carlos Queiroz was sacked by Portugal in September 2010 after a poor start to the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and amid allegations of misconduct. He took his country to the second round of the 2010 World Cup where they were beaten by Spain. His replacement was former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Bento. Portugal’s pedigree in major tournaments over the last decade is good. They reached the semi finals of Euro 2000 and made it to the final of the same tournament on home turf four years later. A fourth place finish at the 2006 World Cup was also a significant achievement as was a semi final finish at Euro 2012.
Argentina long wait for a major trophy continues after they were knocked out in the World Cup quarter finals by Germany and flopped at the Copa America. Current coach Alejandro Sabella was installed as coach in August 2011 and promptly made Lionel Messi is captain.
5. EnglandQualified comfortably for the World Cup but disappointed in South Africa as they lost in the second round to Germany. Fabio Capello left the job after achieving qualification for Euro 2012 because of a disagreement over the handling of the John Terry race row. His successor Roy Hodgson led the Three Lions to the quarter finals of Euro 2012.
6. NetherlandsThe Netherlands reached the World Cup final where they were defeated by Spain. But a poor display at Euro 2012 where they lost all three matches and bowed out in the group stage resulted in Bert van Marwijk leaving his post.
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FIFA World Cup Facts 2006
Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero scored the latest goal in FIFA World Cup history when he notched up a 121st minute sealer in the 2 0 extra time victory over Germany in the 2006 semi final. Two minutes earlier, compatriot, Fabio Grosso, opened proceedings with a languid left foot strike making it the joint latest initial goal in FIFA World Cup history. Grosso equalled the record with England’s David Platt who scored a 119th minute winner against Belgium in 1990.
In the group match between Serbia Montenegro and Ivory Coast, Serbian Nikola igic was a whole 39cm taller than African, Bakary Kone. For the record, igic stands at an imposing 202cm tall.
Sweden’s Henrik Larsson and Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jaber posted an intriguing record of scoring their first and last goals at the FIFA World Cup twelve years apart. The pair both opened their accounts at USA ’94 and never looked back scoring their final World Cup goals at Germany ’06.
Germany became the fourth country behind Mexico, Italy and France to host two independent FIFA World Cups; it previously hosted the tournament back when it was West Germany in 1974.
Penalty Shoot outs at the 2006 FIFA World CupFour penalty shoot outs took place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup the most at any tournament to date. Moreover, a total of five players missed penalties in the quarter final shoot out between England and Portugal; yet Ricardo rewrote the record books by producing three saves in the one shoot out the most of any goalkeeper during penalties at the FIFA World Cup.
On an embarrassing note however, not one player scored for Switzerland when it lost its shoot out in straight sets to Ukraine, 3 0. Swiss’ Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas were the culprits in this instance.
The joint quickest substitution at the FIFA World Cup occurred in Germany ’06 when English manager, Sven Gran Eriksson, was forced to remove Michael Owen when he suffered an injury in the fourth minute of England’s clash with Sweden. The lanky Peter Crouch came on for the diminutive Owen.
The lowest match attendance for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match occurred in the CONCACAF qualifier between Costa Rica and Panama when not one person was permitted into the stadium following violent raids instigated by Costa Rican supporters prior to the match.
England humbly lays claim to the record of being eliminated from the FIFA World Cup without losing a match the most times. It lost in penalties during the 1982, 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and had not been defeated before that, meaning technically, it hadn’t lost a match in any of the three tournaments. Although it lost the third place match in 1990, it had already been eliminated from the tournament previously and therefore, the record stands.
It could be argued that England has been regarded as a consistent performer at the FIFA World Cup without troubling the final four too often as it can boast the most 5th 8th place finishes in the tournament. The Three Lions have finished within this range on eight occasions, which includes FIFA World Cups in 1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002 and 2006.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic is notorious for making the FIFA World Cup, but failing at the first hurdle, as it upholds a record five finishes outside of the top 16. The Asian powerhouse meekly posted these efforts in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2006.
Germany’s Miroslav Klose is only one of two players (the other being Peruvian forward, Tefilo Cubillas) to score at least five goals in two different FIFA World Cups since the tournament’s inception. Klose grabbed five goals each at Korea Japan ’02 and Germany ’06 making him the only player to score at least five goals in consecutive tournaments.
Iranian striker, Ali Daei, boasts the record of scoring the most goals in FIFA World Cup qualifiers with 35 goals over the space of four World Cup campaigns dating from 1994 to 2006. The former Iranian captain and coach helped his country to qualify for the 1998 and 2006 tournaments, while scoring an amazing 109 goals in 149 caps for Iran. Funnily enough, in Iran’s encounter against Angola, Daei had 40 more goals than the entire Angolan squad present at Germany ’06.
Four players celebrated their 100th caps for their countries in Germany ’06: Serbia Montenegro’s Savo Milosevic, Holland’s Philip Cocu, South Korea’s Lee Woon Jae and Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro all became centurions for their countries. Cannavaro in particularly would’ve enjoyed his 100th cap, as it was in Italy’s triumphant final against France.
Australia registered its first win at the FIFA World Cup when it overpowered Japan, 3 1. With ten minutes remaining, the Socceroos trailed 1 0, but two goals to Tim Cahill and another to John Aloisi confirmed the victory for the Australians.
Brazil and Portugal Establish Memorable Winning Streaks at Germany ’06Brazil retains the record of the longest winning streak in FIFA World Cup history with eleven consecutive victories over the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Following its clean sweep of seven straight wins in 2002, the Samba Kings recorded a further four first up triumphs before eventually being overwhelmed by France in the quarter finals of Germany ’06.
Luiz Felipe Scolari set two remarkable records in achieving the most consecutive wins and also the most consecutive matches without defeat in the FIFA World Cup with eleven wins and twelve matches respectively over the course of Korea/Japan ’02 and Germany ’06. Scolari guided Brazil to seven wins from seven matches before leading Portugal to four consecutive wins in Germany ’06, where the West Iberians’ won on penalties against England (which as previously stated, technically goes down as a draw).
Portugal established the unusual record of appearing in consecutive World Cup matches without drawing when it either won or lost 16 matches in a row spanning 40 years from 1966 to 2006. After defeating Hungary, 3 1, in England in 1966, the Portuguese record was brought to an end in the quarter final of Germany ’06 when, as mentioned earlier, they coincidentally defeated England.