2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

2006 FIFA World Cup™

Germany are brilliant when put on the spot

Germany are the team to back should their final two games at the FIFA World Cup™ go the way of their quarter-final clash with Argentina and end in a penalty shoot-out.

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The host nation have a near-impeccable record when it comes to shooting from 12 paces in a penalty shoot-out. In their last four in FIFA World Cups or UEFA European Championships, including the Argentina game, they have missed precisely... none.

To put it into context, England - perennial losers in penalty shoot-outs - missed more penalties in Saturday's quarter-final with Portugal (three), than Germany have in six separate shoot-out showdowns.

Of those six, only one has gone to the opposition – the 1976 European Championship final which ended 5-3 to Czechoslovakia with Uli Hoeness missing with his attempt for Germany. In the famous 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final with France, Germany won 5-4 with Uli Stielke missing.

In the succeeding four shoot-outs every German attempt has found the back of the net, resulting in wins over Mexico (Mexico 86 quarter-final, 4-1), England (Italia 90 semi-final, 4-3), England again (EURO 96 semi-final, 6-5) and then Argentina (5-3).

Italy's record in FIFA World Cup shoot-outs will give Germany added confidence. Their record shows: played three, lost three although they do hold a record of sorts with Roberto Baggio the only player to have taken part in three penalty shoot-out solutions at FIFA World Cups.

Their defeats came in the 1990 semi-final to Argentina, 1994 Final against Brazil and the 1998 quarter-final against France. They fared better in the EURO 2000 semi-final against Netherlands when they won 3-1 on penalties.

In 1980 Italy lost the 1980 European Championship play-off for third place 9-8 on penalties against Czechoslovakia with 1982 FIFA World Cup winner Fulvio Collovati seeing his attempt saved.