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Match day preview for 8 July 2006

Match day preview for 8 July 2006

Match 63- Stuttgart - Germany v. Portugal

The teams have previously met 14 times. Germany lead with six wins, three defeats and five draws. It is their first head-to-head in a FIFA World Cup™.

Germany and Portugal previously met in a group stage match in two European Championship final tournaments; in 1984 the game ended with a goalless draw, and in 2000 Portugal won 3-0.

Germany and Portugal have already met in Stuttgart. In 1985, Portugal won a FIFA World Cup qualifying match 1-0.

Germany are the fourth host team to play the match for third place: in 1962 Chile beat 1-0 Yugoslavia, in 1990 Italy defeated England 2-1; the only host team to have lost the match for third place was Korea Rep. in 2002, losing to Turkey 2-3.

Germany are playing their fourth match for third place: they won 3-2 against Austria in 1934, lost 3-6 against France in 1958 and defeated Uruguay 1-0 in 1970.

After 40 years, Portugal are again relegated to the match for third place: in 1966, they won 2-1 over the Soviet Union to finish third.

Germany has now equalised Brazil's record of 92 FIFA World Cup™ games. The Seleçao, however, has recorded 54 wins, the Germans only 44.

Match round-ups: the last four head-to-heads:

20.06.2000 – Rótterdam (NED) - EURO 2000

Portugal – Germany 3-0 (1-0)

Scorer: Conceição 35, 54, 71

Attendance: 51,504

Referee: Jol (NED)

Portugal: Pedro Espinha (90 Quim); Beto, Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Rui Jorge; Sergio Conceição, Costinha, Paulo Sousa (72 Jose Vidigal), Nuno Capucho; Ricardo Sa Pinto, Pauleta (67 Nuno Gomes).

Germany: Kahn; Nowotny, Matthäus, Linke; Rehmer, Hamann, Ballack (46 Rink); Scholl (59 Hässler); Deisler, Jancker (69 Kirsten), Bode.

06.09.1997 Berlin (GER) – World Cup qualifier

Germany – Portugal 1-1 (0-0)

Scorers: 71.Pedro Barbosa, 81.Kirsten

Attendance: 75,841

Referee: Batta (Fra)

Germany: Koepke; Helmer, Kohler, Heinrich (79.Wosz), Reuter (46.Babbel), Nowotny; Ziege, Basler, Hassler; Bierhoff (70. Kirsten), Klinsmann.

Portugal: Silvino; Paulinho Santos, Beto, Helder, Dimas; Sousa, Oceano (84.Pauleta), Figo, Rui Costa, Pedro Barbosa; Joao Pinto (77.Conceicao).

14.12.1996 – Lisbon (POR) –World Cup qualifier

Portugal – Germany 0-0

Attendance: 50,000

Referee: Puhl (Hun)

Portugal: Vitor Baia; Secretario, Fernando Couto, Helder, Dimas; Rui Barros (78. Cadete), Oceano, Paulinho Santos; Figo, Rui Costa; Joao Pinto.

Germany: Koepke; Reuter, Sammer, Kohler, Ziege; Basler (70.Kirsten) , Babbel (85. Tarnat), Eilts, A.Moeller; Klinsmann, Bobic.

21.02.1996 – Porto (POR) --Friendly 1996

Portugal - Germany1-2 (0-1)

Scorers: 14.A.Moeller, 52. Folha, 65. A.Moeller

Attendance: 25,000

Referee: Boggi (Ita)

Portugal: Vitor Baia; Secretario (85. Nelson), Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Dimas (76. Fernando Mendes); Oceano (85. Helder), Figo (46. Vitor Paneira), Paulo Sousa, Rui Costa (66. Capucho); Sa Pinto, Folha (63. Paulo Alves).

Germany: Koepke; Sammer, Kohler, Helmer; Babbel, Freund, Ziege (46.Albertz), Haessler (69.Basler), A.Moeller; Klinsmann, Kuntz (46.Bierhoff).

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Berlin, 6 July 2006