Match day preview for 24 June 2006
Match 49 - Munich - Germany v. Sweden*
Germany and Sweden have met a total of 32 times, Sweden leading with 13 wins, 7 draws and 12 defeats. Their first encounter was on 18 June 1911.
Of the three previous FIFA World Cup head-to-heads between Germany and Sweden, one happened to be on this date, 24 June: Sweden defeated Germany 3-1 in the 1958 semi-final in Gothenburg. The remaining two FIFA World Cup encounters were in 1934 (quarter-final in Milan: GER-SWE, 2-1) and 1974 (second-stage match in Dusseldorf: GER-SWE, 4-2).
Another significant meeting between these European countries came at the 1952 Olympic Football Tournament; on that occasion, Sweden triumphed in the bronze medal match (2-0). 40 years later, Germany defeated Sweden 3-2 in a EURO 1992 semi-final.
Sweden v. Germany is also a classic in women's football: they have met 15 times, with ten wins for Germany and five for Sweden. At the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, Sweden defeated Germany 4-0 in the match for third place; 12 years later, at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, Germany gained revenge by winning 2-1 AET in the final. Germany won also the 2001 European title with a 1-0 victory after extra time. They also met at the 2004 Olympic Football Tournament in Athens, Germany winning the bronze medal match 1-0.
In Sweden's match v. England on 20 June 2006, Marcus Allback scored the 2000th FIFA World Cup goal and the 1300th goal for a European team at the FIFA World Cup.
With his goal against England, Henrik Larsson became the first Swedish player to score in three different editions (1 goal in 1994, 3 in 2002, 1 in 2006). In the same match, Larsson also became Sweden's most capped FIFA World Cup player (12 caps) and equalled Kenneth Andersson's goal-scoring record for Sweden in FIFA World Cup matches: five goals.
Miroslav Klose has scored all nine of his FIFA World Cup goals to date in group-stage matches (2002 and 2006). He is joint top goalscorer when it comes to group-stage games, having equalled the record set by Peru's Cubillas, who scored 9 of his 10 goals in group matches in 1970 and 1978. One goal behind are Batistuta, Gerd Muller and current Germany coach Klinsmann, all of whom scored eight goals at the group stage.
As was the case in 1970, Germany won all three of their group matches in this year's competition.
In their last three FIFA World Cup participations, Sweden have remained unbeaten in group matches (1994, 2002, 2006).
Match 50 - Leipzig - Mexico v. Argentina*
Mexico and Argentina have met 23 times to date, with a record of eight wins for Argentina, four for Mexico and 11 draws.
The only other time Mexico and Argentina met at a FIFA World Cup was on 19 July 1930; Argentina won 6-3.
Their most recent encounter was also in Germany; at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005, they drew 1-1 in the semi-final in Hanover; Argentina eventually came out on top after a penalty shoot-out.
This match marks Mexico's second FIFA World Cup knock-out game on European soil: they previously played Germany at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, losing 1-2.
Argentina are unbeaten in extra-time matches and penalty shoot-outs at the FIFA World Cup: in 1978, they defeated the Netherlands in the final after extra time (3-1); in 1990, they defeated Yugoslavia in a quarter-final and Italy in a semi-final, both on penalties, and in 1998, they defeated England in the round of 16, also on penalties.
FIFA Communications Division
Berlin, 22 June 2006