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Match day preview for 15 June 2006

Match day preview for 15 June 2006

  • Match # 18 - Hamburg - ECUADOR-COSTA RICA*

In terms of competitive matches, Ecuador and Costa Rica have only played each other once before; Costa Rica won the only previous head-to-head 1-0 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2001.

In 16 previous FIFA World Cup™ head-to-heads between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL teams, the South Americans lead with 12 wins, two draws and two defeats.

In all previous FWC participations, Costa Rica have played in a group with a South American team. In both earlier editions it was Brazil that defeated Costa Rica: 1-0 in 1990 and 5-2 in 2002.

  • Match # 19 - Nurnberg - ENGLAND-TRINIDAD*

England and Trinidad and Tobago have never met before.

In 51 FIFA World Cup™ matches, England have met a CONCACAF team on only two occasions and always in their second match of the tournament. The first was in 1950, a 0-1 defeat to USA, and the last came in 1966, when they won 2-0 v. Mexico.

This will be the fourth time that England contest a FIFA World Cup™ game on 15 June, a day on which they are still unbeaten: on this day, England drew 2-2 with Austria in 1958, defeated 2-0 v. Tunisia in 1998 and 3-0 v. Denmark in 2002.

Trinidad and Tobago's coach Leo Beenhakker has already met England in a FIFA World Cup™ group match; as manager of the Netherlands, the teams drew 0-0 in 1990.

  • Match # 20 - Berlin - SWEDEN-PARAGUAY*

This will be the fourth head-to-head between Sweden and Paraguay. In official competitions, they have always drawn. Their last encounter was a friendly played in Stockholm on 17 May 2002, a match won 2-1 by Paraguay.

Whenever they have played a FIFA World Cup™ match on 15 June, Sweden have always drawn 0-0: v. Wales in 1958 and v. Bulgaria in 1974. In contrast, 15 June has so far equalled elimination from the FIFA World Cup™ for Paraguay: in 1958, they drew 3-3 with Yugoslavia in the last group match, and in 2002's round of 16, they lost 0-1 to Germany.

In ten previous FIFA World Cup™ participations, Sweden have met at least one South American team per competition, and have a record of three wins, four draws and six defeats.

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 13 June 2006