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32 Teams compete in the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals.

World Cup Preparation

The organisation committee of FIFA World Cup™ 2006 highlighted 110 different locations in Germany as suitable accommodation for the 32 participating teams. The prerequisites consisted of a minimum of 40 rooms, meeting halls, appropriate food and when possible recreational and wellness areas.

The deadline was March 2006 for the World Cup participants to decide where they would lodge during World Cup training.

In addition to the accommodation sites available to the teams, two hotels in each of the game locations are also reserved; where the teams can assemble before the match.

Teams Qualified

Angola, Argentina, Costa Rica, Australia, Brazil, Côte d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Holland, Italy, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Serbia-Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, USA, Ukraine.

First Round in the 2006 World Cup Finals

48 First Round matches in eight groups of four teams each; from Friday, 9th June to Friday, 23rd June.

Group A Group B Group C Group D

Group E Group F Group G Group H

The first two teams in each group move on to the Second Round.


Munich staged the opening game of the 2006 World Cup.

Berlin hosted the 2006 World Cup Final.

Second Round

The top 16 countries in the world continue on the road to Berlin in the knockout stage.

Fans get two games a day from Saturday, 24th June to Tuesday, 27th June.


Friday, 30th June and Saturday, 1st July.

Quarter-final matches took place in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Gelsenkirchen.


Tuesday, 4th July.

The first semi-final was in Dortmund.

Wednesday, 5th July.

The second semi-final was in Munich.

Both kick-offs were at 21:00, local time.

Third Place Match

Saturday, 8th July.

Stuttgart hosted the game for 3rd place at 21:00 local time.

The Germany 2006 World Cup Final

2006 World Cup Final
Berlin - Sunday, 9th July at 20:00.

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