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Match day preview for 23 June 2006

  • Match #45 - Cologne - TOGO v. FRANCE*

France are one of only two former world champions to lose to an African newcomer in a subsequent FIFA World Cup™: in 2002, France were defeated 0-1 by Senegal. Previously, Algeria defeated Germany FR 2-1 in 1982.

For the third time in a row, France will meet an African team at the FIFA World Cup™: in 1998, they defeated South Africa 3-0 and in 2002, they lost 0-1 to Senegal.

Exactly 22 years ago, on 23 June 1984, France qualified for the EURO final by defeating Portugal 3-2 in a semi-final in Marseilles thanks to a goal by Platini in the 119th minute.

  • Match #46 - Hanover - SWITZERLAND v. KOREA REPUBLIC*

This will be the first time that Switzerland meet an Asian opponent at the FIFA World Cup™.

Switzerland and Korea Republic met at the most recent FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2005; the Swiss won 2-1.

In their last six FIFA World Cup™ group matches, Korea Republic scored a total of six goals, all of which came in the second half.

Excluding this year's event, Switzerland have participated in seven FIFA World Cup™ final competitions while Korea Republic have appeared in six. Despite the fact that they have both qualified for the same FIFA World Cup™ final competition on two occasions - 1954 and 1994 - they have never met before. In both editions, Switzerland advanced to the second stage while Korea Republic were eliminated at the first stage.

  • Match #47 - Kaiserslautern - SAUDI ARABIA v. SPAIN*

This will be the first head-to-head between Saudi Arabia and Spain's "A" teams; they previously met at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1985, drawing 0-0, and the 1996 Olympic Football Tournament, when Spain won 1-0.

Prior to Germany 2006, Spain had only faced one Asian opponent at the FIFA World Cup™ - Korea Republic - but on three separate occasions: they defeated the Asians 3-1 in 1990, drew 2-2 in 1994 and drew 0-0 in the 2002 quarter-final, which was eventually won by Korea Republic on penalties.

Saudi Arabia's current coach, Brazilian Marcos Paqueta, twice defeated Spain while coaching Brazil. Both were 1-0 wins at FIFA youth competitions in 2003: the FIFA U-20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates and the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Finland.

  • Match #48 - Berlin - UKRAINE v. TUNISIA*

As France's coach, Roger Lemerre twice drew 0-0 with Ukraine in EURO 2000 qualifiers.

This will be the first head-to-head between Ukraine and Tunisia.

Tunisia will be Ukraine's second ever African opponent and the first in an official "A" team competition since 1992. The only other CAF representative to have faced Ukraine are Libya; they met in a friendly match in 2004 which ended in a 1-1 draw. In youth competitions, Ukraine lost 0-1 to Nigeria in the round of 16 at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 21 June 2006