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Match day preview for 1 July 2006

  • Match 59 - Gelsenkirchen - England v. Portugal *

England and Portugal have met 21 times to date; England lead with nine wins, nine draws and three defeats.

The three FIFA World Cup™ encounters between England and Portugal are evenly spaced with an interval of 20 years between each meeting: in 1966, England defeated Portugal 2-1 in a semi-final; in 1986, Portugal won a group match v. England 1-0; the match on 1 July 2006 will be their third FIFA World Cup™ head-to-head.

England and Portugal met in the last two European Championship competitions: in 2000, Portugal defeated England 3-2 in a group match; in 2004, they drew 2-2 after extra time in a quarter-final before Portugal won on penalties.

Of the 46 players on both FIFA World Cup™ squads this year, 11 England and 13 Portugal players were on the rosters at the aforementioned EURO 2004 quarter-final, three of whom scored (Helder Postiga, Owen and Lampard), while one missed a penalty in the shoot-out (Beckham).

The first ever head-to-head between England and Portugal was in Lisbon on 25 May 1947; England won 10-0.

In 16 FIFA World Cup™ matches, Portugal have never drawn. They are one short of the record for number of consecutive FIFA World Cup™ matches without drawing (17), currently held by Germany FR: 14 wins and 3 defeats between 1966 and 1974.

The respective coaches, Scolari and Eriksson, have already met at a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final: in 2002, Scolari's Brazil defeated Eriksson's England 2-1.

England have already won a FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final on 1 July: in 1990, they defeated Cameroon 3-2 after extra time.

In an overview of all competitions, Portugal have only played three extra-time matches, all of which were European Championship games: at EURO 1984 and 2000, they lost out on both occasions to France after extra time (2-3 and 1-2 respectively), while in 2004, they defeated England on penalties in the quarter-final.

In extra-time matches at the FIFA World Cup™, England have recorded three wins, one draw (PSO was not part of 1954 format) and one defeat. England have contested two FIFA World Cup™ penalty shoot-outs to date and lost both.

Match round-ups most recent head-to-heads:

24.06.2004 - Lisbon – European Championship – Quarter-final

Portugal – England a.e.t. 2-2 (0-1, 1-1) pso 6-5

Attendance: 62,564

Scorers : Michael Owen 3, Helder Postiga 83, Manuel Rui Costa 110, Frank Lampard 115.

Portugal: Ricardo Pereira; Miguel (Manuel Rui Costa 79), Ricardo Carvalho, Jorge Andrade, Nuno Valente; Francisco Costinha (Simao Sabrosa 63), Maniche Ribeiro, Deco Souza; Luis Figo (Helder Postiga 75), Cristiano Ronaldo, Nuno Gomes.

England: David James; Gary Neville, John Terry, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole; David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard (Owen Hargeaves 81), Paul Scholes (Phil Neville 57); Wayne Rooney (Darius Vassell 27), Michael Owen.

Penalty Shoot-out

Eng David Beckham MISSES 0-0

Por Deco SCORES 0-1

Eng Michael Owen SCORES 1-1

Por Simao SCORES 1-2

Eng Frank Lampard SCORES 2-2

Por Rui Costa MISSES 2-2

Eng John Terry SCORES 3-2

Por Cristiano Ronaldo SCORES 3-3

Eng Owen Hargreaves SCORES 4-3

Por Maniche SCORES 4-4

Eng Ashley Cole SCORES 5-4

Por Helder Postiga SCORES 5-5

Eng Darius Vassell SAVED 5-5

Por Ricardo SCORED 5-6

  • 18.02.2004 – Faro (POR) – Friendly *

Portugal – England 1:1 (0:0)

Attendance: 27,000

Scorers: Pauleta 71, Ledley King 47.

Portugal: Ricardo, Paulo Ferreira (Miguel, 46), Rui Jorge, Andrade (Ricardo Carvalho, 75), Couto (Beto, 83), Costinha (Deco, 46), Figo (Boa Morte, 66), Petit (Viana, 83), Pauleta (Hugo Almeida, 78), Rui Costa (Tiago, 61), Simao (Ronaldo, 46), Nuno Valente.

England: James, Phil Neville (Mills, 46), Ashley Cole (Bridge, 17; Hargreaves, 86), King, Southgate, Butt (Carragher, 86), Beckham (Jenas, 86), Lampard (Joe Cole, 46), Scholes (Dyer, 46), Owen (Heskey, 71), Rooney (Smith, 71).

  • 07.09.2002 – Birmingham (ENG) – Friendly *

England – Portugal 1-1 (1-0)

Attendance: 40,058

Scorers: Smith 40, Costinha 79

England: James, Mills (Bridge 45), Ferdinand (Woodgate 45), Southgate, Ashley Cole (Hargreaves 45), Bowyer (Sinclair 62), Gerrard (Dunn 45), Butt (Murphy 63), Heskey, Smith, Owen (Joe Cole 63).

Portugal: Baia (Pereira 45), Beto (Nuno Gomes 45), Meira (Silva 78), Couto (Ferreira 45), Sergio Conceicao (Valente 45), Teixeira (Vidigal 65), Rui Costa (Boa Morte 45), Jorge (Capucho 45), Figo (Viana 45), Pauleta (Santos 45), Sabrosa (Costinha 54).

  • 12.06.2000 - Eindhoven (NED) – European Championship – Group Stage *

Portugal – England 3-2 (2-2)

Attendance: 30,000

Scorers: Scholes 3, McManaman 17, Figo 22, J Pinto 37, N Gomes 59.

Portugal: Vítor Baía, Abel Xavier, Fernando Couto, Jorge Costa, Manuel Dimas Texeira, Bento, Jose Vidigal, Luis Figo, Rui Costa (85 Roberto Luis Gaspar Beto), João Pinto (76 Sérgio Conceição), Nuno Gomes (90 Nuno Capucho).

England: David Seaman, Gary Neville, Tony Adams (82 Martin Keown), Sol Campbell, Philip Neville, Paul Ince, David Beckham, Steve McManaman (58 Dennis Wise), Paul Scholes, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen (46 Emile Heskey).

  • Match 60 - Frankfurt - Brazil v. France *

Brazil and France have met on twelve occasions, resulting in four wins each and four draws. This includes their first encounter on 1 August 1930 in Rio de Janeiro, which was won by the Brazilians 3-2; this match, however, was never recognised as an official game by the French Federation.

Their last head-to-head was the FIFA Centennial match in St. Denis (FRA) on 20 May 2004, to date the only scoreless draw between these two teams.

Three of their previous head-to-heads took place at FIFA World Cup tournaments; they recorded one win each and one draw. The single draw, in 1986, eventually saw France advance to the quarter-finals after a penalty shoot-out.

For the fourth time in the current tournament, teams who previously met in a World Cup final face each other once again: Argentina v. Netherlands, group match (repeat of 1978 final); Italy v. Czech Republic, group match (repeat of 1934 final, as former Czechoslovakia); Germany v. Argentina, quarter-final (as in the finals of 1986 and 1990); Brazil v. France, quarter-final (repeat of 1998 final).

Brazil's Carlos Alberto Parreira will celebrate his 20th FIFA World Cup match as coach, equalling the feats of Mario Zagallo and Velibor Milutinovic. Still at the top of the all-time ranking is Helmut Schoen with 25 matches.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup squads of both teams feature seven players who were present at the 1998 FIFA World Cup final: France's Barthez, Thuram, Vieira and Zidane; Brazil's Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo.

Patrick Vieira is the only player to have participated in all of the last four head-to-heads between Brazil and France in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Five of the six goals scored by France to date were scored by former 1998 World Champions: 2 x Henry, 2 x Vieria, 1 x Zidane.

Brazil have previously lost only one knock-out match at the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals; back in 1954, they were defeated 2-4 by Hungary.

Against Ghana, Cafu became Brazil's most capped player at the FIFA World Cup with a total of 19 caps. At the same time Cafu also became the player with most FIFA World Cup wins to his name (16).

Their 3-0 victory over Ghana was Brazil's 23rd FIFA World Cup win by a margin of three or more goals.

Match round-ups most recent head-to-heads:

  • 20.05.2004, St-Denis (FRA) - FIFA Centennial Match *

France – Brazil 0-0

Attendance: 79,344

Referee: Manuel Enrique Mejuto (Spain).

France: Gregory Coupet; Lilian Thuram, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Marcel Desailly (captain) (Bernard Mendy 46), William Gallas; Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane (Oliver Kapo 68), Robert Pires (Sylvain Wiltord 46); David Trezeguet, Thierry Henry.

Brazil: Dida; Cafu (captain), Luisao, Cris, Edmilson, Roberto Carlos; Juninho Pernambucano (Julio Baptista 79), Ze Roberto (Edu 46), Kaka (Alex 46); Ronaldinho, Ronaldo.

  • 07.06.2001, Suwon (KOR) - FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final *

France – Brazil 2-1 (1-1)

Scorers: Robert Pires 7, Marcel Desailly 54; Ramon 30

Attendance: 34,527

Referee: Gamal Ghandour (Egypt).

France: Ulrich Rame; Willy Sagnol, Marcel Desailly (capt), Frank Leboeuf, Bixente Lizarazu; Patrick Vieira, Christian Karembeu, Nicolas Anelka, Youri Djorkaeff (Eric Carriere 61); Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord (2Laurent Robert 87).

Brazil: Dida; Ze Maria, Lucio, Edmilson, Leo; Leomar (capt), Fabio, Ramon; Leandro (Vampeta 57), Carlos Miguel (Robert 69), Washington.

  • 12.07.1998, St-Denis (FRA) - FIFA World Cup Final *

Brazil – France 0-3 (0-2)

Scorers: Zinedine Zidane 27, 45, Emmanuel Petit 90

Attendance: 75,000

Red card: Marcel Desailly (France) 68

Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco).

Brazil: Taffarel; Cafu, Junior Baiano, Aldair, Roberto Carlos; Dunga (captain), Cesar Sampaio (Edmundo 74), Rivaldo, Leonardo (Denilson 46); Ronaldo, Bebeto.

France: Fabien Barthez; Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Franck Leboeuf, Bixente Lizarazu; Christian Karembeu (Alain Boghossian 57), Didier Deschamps (captain) Zinedine Zidane, Emmanuel Petit, Youri Djorkaeff (Patrick Vieira 76); Stephane Guivarc'h (Christophe Dugarry 66). .

  • 03.06.1997, Lyon (FRA) – Friendly (Tournoi de France) *

Brazil – France 1-1 (0-1)

Scorers: Roberto Carlos 22 ; Keller, 60

Attendance: 28,193

Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

France : Barthez; Candela, Blanc, Desailly (67, Thuram), Lizarazu, Karembeu (15, Vieira), Zidane, Deschamps, Ba, Maurice, Pires (46, Keller).

Brazil : Taffarel; Cafu, Celio Silva, Aldair (88, Gonçalves), Roberto Carlos, Giovanni (73, Djalminha), Dunga, Mauro Silva, Leonardo, Romario (79, Paulo Nunes), Ronaldo.

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Berlin, 29 June 2006