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Match day preview : 4 July 2006

Match day preview: 4 July 2006

Match 61 Dortmund - Germany v. Italy - semi-final

Germany and Italy have previously met 28 times. Italy lead with thirteen wins, eight draws and seven defeats. Their first encounter back in 1923 was won by Italy 3-1. The last head-to-head was a friendly played in Florence last March, ending in a 4-1 victory for Italy.

They have also met in two European Championship final tournaments with both matches ending in a draw: 1988 1-1 in Düsseldorf and 1996 0-0 in Manchester.

The upcoming game will be the fifth FIFA World Cup™ head-to-head between Germany and Italy. Up to date, Italy remain unbeaten: The first encounter was a goalless group match back in 1962. In 1970 they met in the semi-final, the famous 4-3 after-extra time-win for the "Azzurri". In 1978, they met in the second stage which ended with yet another 0-0, and in the final of 1982 Italy achieved a 3-1 victory.

The highest number of goals ever to be scored in extra-time at a FIFA World Cup™ was in 1970 when Italy beat Germany FR 4-3: five of the seven goals were scored in extra time.

The current German coach Jürgen Klinsmann scored both goals in Germany's 2-1 win over Italy in a friendly match played on 23 march 1994 in Stuttgart.

Germany won all four of their penalty-shoot-outs at a FIFA World Cup™, whereas Italy lost all three of them.

Italy to date have recorded 24 consecutive FIFA World Cup™ matches without defeats on European soil.

Italy have never lost a FIFA World Cup™ semi-final in regular or extra-time. They have won four matches and drawn one in 1990 (which they eventually lost to Argentina on penalties).

In the last two FIFA World Cup™ editions, Italy have always been eliminated by the host team: in the 1998 quarter-finals by France on penalties and in 2002 in the Round of 16 by Korea's Golden Goal.

Match round-ups: last three head-to-heads:

01.03.2006, Florence (ITA) –Friendly

Italy - Germany 4-1 (3-0)

Attendance: 30,000

Scorers: 1:0 Gilardino (4.), 2:0 Toni (7.), 3:0 De Rossi (39.), 4:0 Del Piero (57.), 4:1 Huth (82.)

Italy: Buffon, Zaccardo, Nesta (81. Materazzi), Cannavaro, Grosso ,Camoranesi (89. Pasqual), Pirlo (74. Barone), De Rossi, Del Piero (81. Iaquinta), Toni, Gilardino (64. Perrotta).

Germany: Lehmann, A. Friedrich, Mertesacker (46. Metzelder), Huth, Lahm, Deisler, Frings (68. Borowski), Ballack, B. Schneider (68. Schweinsteiger), Klose, Podolski (46. Asamoah).

20.8.2003, Stuttgart (GER) - Friendly

Germany - Italy 0:1 (0:1)

Attendance: 50.100

Scorer: 0:1 Christian Vieri (17.)

Germany: Kahn, Hinkel, Wörns (46. Rehmer), Baumann, Rau, Ramelow (46. Kehl), Jeremies, B. Schneider, Freier, Neuville (71. Lauth), Bobic (60. Klose).

Italy: Buffon, Panucci, Cannavaro, Legrottaglie (79. Ferrari), Zambrotta, Tacchinardi, Perrotta, Camoranesi (64. Fiore), Totti (75. Corradi), Del Piero (55. Delvecchio), Vieri (69. Ambrosini).

19.6.1996, Manchester (ENG) - EURO 1996

Italy - Germany 0:0

Attendance: 53,700

Germany: Köpke, Sammer, Freund, Helmer, Strunz (2nd Yellow Card - 60.), Eilts, Ziege, Häßler, Möller (89. Bode), Klinsmann, Bobic.

Italy: Peruzzi, Mussi, Costacurta, Maldini, Carboni (77. Torricelli), Fuser (81. Di Livio), Di Matteo (68. Chiesa), Albertini, Donadoni, Casiraghi, Zola.

FIFA Communications Division

Berlin, 2 July 2006