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Italy qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on October 8th, 2005.

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Italy in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Italy's 16th appearance in the World Cup Finals; bettered only by Brazil.

Italy's Best World Cup Performance

Winning the trophy three times: Italy 1934, France 1938 and Spain 1982.

Italy World Cup Preparations

Italy began their World Cup training preparations in Florence before flying to Switzerland for a couple of friendly matches in Geneva.

Italy Team Hotel

Landhaus Milser in Duisburg - Italy's base for the 2006 World Cup Finals.
Landhaus Milser in Duisburg:
It's not hard to understand why Italy chose this hotel. The Da Vinci Ristorante has the competition beat in Duisburg, when it comes to home-made pasta and wines from Tuscany.

Hotels in Duisburg:
Italian fans wanting to stay near their beloved Azzuri, have a pleasant choice of hotels in Duisburg.

Italy Friendly Matches

Beat Germany (4:1), Wednesday 1st March. (Florence)
Alberto Gilardino (5), Luca Toni (7), Daniele De Rossi (39), Alessandro Del Piero (57).

Drew with Switzerland (1:1), Wednesday 31st May. (Geneva)
Alberto Gilardino (11).

Drew with Ukraine (0:0), Friday 2nd June. (Lausanne)

Italy in the 2006 World Cup

Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Group E

Italy vs Ghana in Hannover:
Italy didn't have things all their own way against Ghana but they got the three points they wanted, to keep up with Czech Republic and kept a clean sheet.

Italy vs USA in Kaiserslautern:
De Rossi, who was sent-off in the 28th minute, also ended Francesco Totti's game; as Marcello Lippi was forced to make a tactical substitution and bring on Gennaro Gattuso to strengthen the midfield.

Czech Republic vs Italy in Hamburg:
Italy left the Serie A footballing scandal behind them to concentrate on winning qualification into the Second Round, with the lowest exertion possible.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
Italy vs Australia in Kaiserslautern:
Italy played with ten men for forty minutes and were awarded a vital penalty in injury time; before they were forced to play another thirty minutes, having used all their substitutes.

Quarter-Final
Italy vs Ukraine in Hamburg:
Italy took an early lead and, despite a few second-half scares from Ukraine, the Italians went on to win comfortably to book a semi-final place with the hosts.

Semi-Final
Germany vs Italy in Dortmund:
As Italy always go out on penalties (like England) and Germany always seem to win methodically from the spot, Lippi played his last card to try and pinch the game in the last fifteen minutes: Alessandro Del Piero.

2006 World Cup Final
Italy vs France in Berlin:
The 2006 World Cup Final was decided on penalties; Italy winning the trophy for the 4th time.

Italy World Cup Squad 2006

Italy Football Kit
Azzuri

Goalkeepers:

1 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
12 Angelo Peruzzi (Lazio)
14 Marco Amelia (Livorno)

Defenders:

2 Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo)
3 Fabio Grosso (Palermo)
5 Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus)
6 Andrea Barzagli (Palermo)
13 Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan)
19 Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus) - Injured
22 Massimo Oddo (Lazio)
23 Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan)

Midfielders:

4 Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
8 Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan)
10 Francesco Totti (Roma)
16 Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus)
17 Simone Barone (Palermo)
20 Simone Perrotta (Roma)
21 Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan)

Forwards:

7 Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
9 Luca Toni (Fiorentina)
11 Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan)
15 Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese)
18 Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan)

Trainer:
Marcello Lippi.

Players to watch:
9 Luca Toni (Fiorentina)

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