Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio

World Championship 2006


Italy is World Champion for the fourth time

Twenty-four years after the last title won in Spain in 1982, Italy is once again World Champion in a difficult period for Italian football and for the Federation that, after the resignation of President Carraro, is led by the extraordinary commissioner Prof. Guido Rossi.

After a fantastic start in the World Cup, with five wins and only one tie against the USA, in Berlin the Azzurri play the final and beat France 6-4 after the series of penalty, since the regular time had ended 1-1, with a goal by Zidane on 7' and a header by Materazzi on 18'.

The team coached by Lippi deserved the title after winning with heart and determination and responding to the initiatives of the French that played in ten after Zidane was red-carded after striking Materazzi with his head. All five Azzurri scored on the penalty kicks (Pirlo, Materazzi, De Rossi, Del Piero and Grosso), while Trezeguet missed the shot for the French.