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)
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)
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
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