Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

FIFA Strasse 20, P.O Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland, +41 (0) 43 222 7777

Match day preview for 19 June 2006

Match day preview for 19 June 2006

  • Match #30 - Dortmund - TOGO-SWITZERLAND*

This is the first time that Switzerland face an African opponent at the FIFA World Cup™. Their one previous head-to-head v. an African team in a FIFA competition came during the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2005 when they lost to Nigeria (3-0).

Similarly, Togo have played a European team in a FIFA competition only once before; at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1987 they were defeated 1-4 by Yugoslavia.

Dortmund has already played host to a match between African and European teams: on 14 June 1974, Scotland defeated Zaire 2-0 at this venue.

  • Match #31 - Stuttgart - SPAIN-TUNISIA*

To date, Tunisia have drawn three FIFA World Cup™ matches - one in each participation - and always against European opponents: v. Germany FR in 1978 (0-0), v. Romania in 1998 (1-1) and v. Belgium in 2002 (1-1).

In three FIFA World Cup™ head-to-heads between Spain and African opponents, one of the two teams scored at least three goals: Spain defeated Algeria 3-0 in 1986, Nigeria won 3-2 in 1998 and Spain defeated South Africa 3-2 in 2002.

  • Match #32 – Hamburg - SAUDI ARABIA-UKRAINE*

Saudi Arabia and Ukraine have never met before.

In their last two FIFA World Cup™ participations, Saudi Arabia contested a total of four matches against European teams without scoring in any: v. Denmark (0-1) and France (0-4) in 1998, v. Germany (0-8) and Ireland Republic (0-3) in 2002.

Exactly 14 years ago, on 19 June 1982, Ukraine's present coach Oleg Blokhin scored his first of two goals at FIFA World Cup™ in the Soviet Union's 3-0 win over New Zealand. His second FIFA World Cup™ goal came on 9 June 1986 in their 2-0 defeat of Canada.

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 17 June 2006