Match day preview for 13 June 2006
Match #11 - Berlin - BRAZIL-CROATIA*
If Brazil win their opening match tonight, they will break their present record of 7 consecutive FIFA World Cup wins. That winning run was recorded entirely at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, equalling the best ever winning streak set by Italy with their seven-match run (1934-1938).
Brazil's 17 FIFA World Cup opening matches to date have resulted in 13 wins, two draws and two defeats (losses in 1930 and 1934).
Brazil won their last six first matches in FIFA World Cup final competitions.
In ten previous FIFA World Cup matches, Croatia have never drawn (six wins and four defeats).
Benito Archundia officiated the FIFA Club World Cup final between S. Paolo and Liverpool in 2005.
This year is the second time that two Mexican referees are present at a FIFA World Cup: De Leo and Aguilar Elizalde (1970), Rodriguez and Archundia (2006).
Match #13 - Stuttgart - FRANCE-SWITZERLAND*
After 35 previous head-to-heads - 15 wins for France, 12 for Switzerland and eight draws - France and Switzerland will finally meet at the FIFA World Cup.
France and Switzerland met in the Germany 2006 qualifiers, drawing both matches (0-0 and 1-1).
Since winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup title by defeating Brazil 3-0, France have failed to win or score a single goal in FIFA World Cup matches.
Valentin Ivanov refereed the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup final between France and Cameroon and the Intercontinental Cup match between Boca Juniors and Milan, also in 2003.
Match #14 - Frankfurt - KOREA REPUBLIC-TOGO*
Korea Republic and Togo have never met before.
In 22 matches and seven participations, this is the first time that Korea Republic will meet an African team at the FIFA World Cup.
Korea Republic is the Asian leader for number of FIFA World Cup matches played (22, including today's game), number of wins (three), goals scored (19) and participations (seven in total, incl. the last six editions in a row).
Graham Poll has already officiated a FIFA World Cup match: Italy v .Croatia in 2002.
FIFA Communications Division
Berlin, 11 June 2006