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Match day preview for 9 July 2006

Match day preview for 9 July 2006

  • Match 64 - Berlin - ITALY v. FRANCE *

Italy and France have met 32 times to date; Italy lead with 17 wins, eight draws and seven defeats. Their first "A" international match was played on 15 May 1910.

Four of their previous head-to-heads to date were FIFA World Cup™ matches: in 1938, Italy won 3-1 in the quarter-finals; in 1978, Italy defeated France 2-1 at the group stage; in 1986, France won 2-0 in a round-of-16 match; in 1998, they drew 0-0 after extra time in the quarter-finals, with France eventually winning the penalty shoot-out.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Final is a repeat of the EURO 2000 Final, when France defeated Italy 2-1 with a Golden Goal scored by Trezeguet.

Italy and France have also met at Olympic Football Tournaments; back in 1920, France defeated Italy 3-1, while in 1928, Italy won 4-3.

Italy have already appeared in a Final in Berlin's Olympic stadium: in 1936, they won the Olympic gold medal by defeating Austria 2-1 after extra time. Italy's then coach, Vittorio Pozzo, also twice led the Italian team to World Cup victory (1934 and 1938).

Italy's eleven goals at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ so far were scored by ten different players, equalling the record set by France in 1982 when ten different players netted a total 16 goals.

Italy have won three of five FIFA World Cup™ Finals contested to date; coincidently, all three wins came on European soil: in Italy in 1934, France in 1938 and Spain in 1982. Their two previous defeats at this stage were in Mexico in 1970 and the USA in 1994.

This match sees the seventh all-European FIFA World Cup™ Final, i.e. two European teams playing on European soil. Italy have featured in three other "continental derbies" to date, winning the title each time: 1934 v. Czechoslovakia in Italy, 1938 v. Hungary in France and 1982 v. Germany FR in Spain.

Italy have already played a FIFA World Cup™ match on 9 July; in 1994, they defeated Spain 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

Four players on France's 2006 FIFA World Cup™ squad participated in the 1998 Final against Brazil: Barthez, Thuram, Vieira and Zidane. Both Henry and Trezeguet were substitute players at this match.

Match round-ups – last three head-to-heads:

2 July 2000 – Rotterdam (NED) - EURO 2000 – Final

France – Italy 2-1 (0-0;1-1) after golden goal

Referee: Anders Frisk (SWE)

Attendance: 51,000

Scorers: 0-1 Marco Delvecchio (55), 1-1 Sylvain Wiltord (90+4), 2-1 David Trezeguet (103)

France: Barthez, Thuram, Blanc, Desailly, Lizarazu (86 Pires), Djorkaeff (76 Trezeguet), Vieira, Deschamps, Dugarry (58 Wiltord), Zidane, Henry. (Coach: Lemerre)

Italy: Toldo; Cannavaro, Nesta, Iuliano, Pessotto, Di Biagio (66 Ambrosini), Albertini, Maldini, Totti, Fiore (53 Del Piero), Delvecchio (86 Montella). (Coach: Zoff)

03.07.1998 St.Denis (FRA) – FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal

France - Italy 0:0 (0:0, 0:0, 0:0) pso 4-3

Referee: Dallas (SCO)

Attendance: 78,000

France: Barthéz, Thuram, Blanc, Desailly, Lizarazu, Deschamps, Petit, Djorkaeff, Karembeu (65 Henry), Zidane, Guivarc'h (65 Trezéguet).

Italy: Pagliuca - Costacurta, Maldini (c), Bergomi, Cannavaro, D.Baggio (53 Albertini), Pessotto (90 Di Livio), Di Biagio, mortero, Del Piero (67 R.Baggio), Vieri.

Penalty shoot-out: 1:0 Zidane, 1:1 R.Baggio, (1:1) Lizarazu (saved by Pagliuca), (1:1), Albertini (saved by Barthéz), 2:1 Trézeguet, 2:2 Costacurta, 3;2 Henry, 3:3, Vieri, 4:3 Blanc, (4:3) Di Biaggio (out).

11 June 1997 - Paris (FRA) - Tournament de France (3rd place match)

France – Italy 2-2 (1-0)

Referee: Lopez Nieto (ESP)

Scorers: 12' Zidane, 61' Casiraghi (I), 73' Djorkaeff, 90' Del Piero pen.

Attendance: 30,000

France: Charbonnier, Thuram, Leboeuf, Desailly (85' N'Gotty), Lizarazu, Ba, Deschamps, Zidane, Karembeu (66' Vieira), Dugarry, Maurice (64' Djorkaeff). Coach: A. Jacquet.

Italy: Pagliuca, Nesta, Costacurta (46' Torrisi), Cannavaro, P. Maldini, Lombardo, Di Livio, Di Matteo, Zola (55' Panucci), Casiraghi (77' Vieri), Del Piero. Coach: C. Maldini.

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 7 July 2006