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The World Cup in Germany 2006 was a tremendous experience both on and off the field.
Italy won the cup but the tournament will long be remembered for the smooth organization and friendliness of the locals to the millions of traveling fans.
Look back to our in-depth travel guides to the host cities in Germany, see our cultural and travel essentials to the host nations, fan images, stadiums and news reports on a great festival of world football.
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The groups for the 2006 World Cup have been announced. Click below for fixtures, tables, squads, results, news plus hotel bookings, flights, tickets and football tours.
World Cup Group A Team Profiles: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador
World Cup Group B Team Profiles: England, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden
World Cup Group C Team Profiles: Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro, The Netherlands
World Cup Group D Team Profiles: Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal
World Cup Group E Team Profiles: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
World Cup Group F Team Profiles: Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan
World Cup Group G Team Profiles: France, Switzerland, South Korea, Togo
World Cup Group H Team Profiles: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic , Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Serbia & Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA
The fixtures and match days were finalised by FIFA 15 May 2004
Check our World Cup 2006 Schedule & Results for all the match days, venues and results.
The 2006 World Cup will take place in 12 World Cup venue cities across Germany.
(in alphabetical order) Click on the city for more detailed information.
Berlin - the nation's capital, largest city and most lively tourist destination.
Cologne (Köln) - historical city in the Rhine-Ruhr area, famed for its massive cathedral.
Dortmund - the beer capital of Germany.
Frankfurt - cosmopolitan modern city and Germany's financial center.
Gelsenkirchen - post- industrial city in the northern Ruhr built on coal, iron and steel.
Hamburg- prosperous, liberal North Sea port city famed for its nightlife.
Hanover - historical city famous for the exquisite gardens at Herrenhausen.
Kaiserslautern - provincial city noted for its US Army presence and football tradition.
Leipzig - transformed dramatically since reunification - the city of Bach, Mendelssohn & Wagner.
Munich (München) - Bavaria's hi-tech, cosmopolitan capital - famed for its palaces, museums and the annual Oktoberfest.
Nuremberg (Nürnberg)- historical & charming city of commerce and culture.
Stuttgart - capital of Baden-Wurttemberg: modern, dynamic home to Daimler Benz and Porsche.
(in alphabetical order) Click on the city for more detailed information.
Baden-Baden - elegant spa and casino town.
Bayreuth - beautiful city of Richard Wagner.
Dusseldorf - a leader in style and fashion - and beer!
Freiburg - gateway to Schwarzwald (Black Forest).
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Bavarian Alps.
Heidelberg - beautiful student center.
Regensburg - Germany's medieval jewel.
Trier - Germany's oldest city and Roman treasure trove.
Tübingen - university town on the River Neckar.
Check our listings for World Cup 2006 hotel accommodation in the venue cities and other locations and book your hotel or budget accommodation online.
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Germany has unveiled the 2006 World Cup logo depicting three laughing faces in yellow, blue and green forming the symbol '006' and inviting the world to a party for the next World Cup. The slogan in English translates as 'Friends invite the world' (Die Welt zu Gast bei Freunden).
According to World Cup organizing committee president Franz Beckenbauer the logo should be referred to as 'the celebrating faces of football' and aims to convey the message that Germany will be a welcoming and friendly host.
'We believe that the new emblem perfectly expresses our philosophy of having a buoyant, cheerful and carefree tournament in 2006," the former German coach and playing legend added.
'Everybody knows that we're good at organising but we wanted to convey an other, warmer and friendlier image of Germany.'
The design for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Official Poster has been unveiled. The winning design by Berlin design agency We do Communication GmbH features a football made up of stars glittering in a night sky. The winning design beat off four rivals in a telephone and text poll by 50,000 people in Germany.
"We liked both the idea and the execution. Stars taking the shape of a football is a new, strongly symbolic idea, and the poster struck an emotional chord with me. In my opinion, football is all about emotion and passion. The fans have made the right choice," said 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee President Franz Beckenbauer.
Berlin - Olympic Stadium (reconstruction). 76,000 seats.
Cologne - Muengersdorfer Stadium (reconstruction). 45,000 seats.
Dortmund - Westfalen Stadion (slight modification). 60,000 seats.
Frankfurt - Wald Stadium (new). 48,000 seats.
Gelsenkirchen - Arena AufSchalke (new). 52,000 seats.
Hamburg - Stadium Hamburg (new). 50,000 seats.
Hannover - Niedersachsen Stadium (reconstruction). 45,000 seats.
Kaiserslautern - Fritz-Walter Stadium (being extended). 48,500 seats.
Leipzig - Zentral Stadium (new). 44,000 seats.
Munich - Allianz Arena. 66,000 seats.
Nuremberg - Franken Stadium (reconstruction). 45,500 seats.
Stuttgart - Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium (modernisation). 54,500 seats.
Up-to-date Germany tourist information for the 2006 World Cup:
A-Z of Germany, buses, car rental, city transport, dialing codes, embassies in Berlin, ferries & cruises, flights, facts & figures, ferries, images of Germany, important telephone numbers, mobile phones, trains.
Get the essential cultural background on:
German beer, German cars, the history of Germany, German philosophers, the Berlin Wall, stereotypes, sex & prostitution in Germany, travel books on Germany, images of Germany, German wine, language and much more.
Up-to-the-minute reports from the games themselves from our team of journalists plus fans' reactions worldwide.
World Cup message board - have your say in our World Cup forum.
World Cup 2006 Photographs - images of the fans, the stadiums and the cities.
The qualifying groups for the 2006 World Cup have been announced. Click below for fixtures, results, news plus hotel bookings, flights, tickets and football tours.
European qualifying groups 1-8 overview.
Group 1 - Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, Armenia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Andorra
Group 2 - Turkey, Denmark, Greece, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Albania
Group 3 - Portugal, Russia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia
Group 4 - France, Ireland, Switzerland, Cyprus, Israel, Faroe Islands
Group 5 - Italy, Slovenia, Scotland, Belarus, Moldova, Norway
Group 6 - England, Wales, N. Ireland, Poland, Austria, Azerbaijan
Group 7 - Spain, Belgium, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lithuania, San Marino
Group 8 - Sweden, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Iceland, Malta
Weather forecasts for Germany during World Cup 2006. Temperatures, rainfall, humidity, wind speeds and 10-day forecasts.
The World Cup 2006 official mascots have been unveiled in a ceremony in Leipzig, November 13, and they are Goleo VI, a human-size lion puppet designed by the US-based Jim Henson Company, the producers of the successful puppet show 'The Muppets", and Pille a talking soccer ball that possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the game. Goleo VI and Pille are scheduled to have their own TV series and will appear as World Cup ambassadors in the run-up to the finals. The mascots are a departure from the 3 computer-generated mascots used at World Cup 2002 and is FIFA's first-ever "living" character that can talk, dance, play music and make people laugh.
Germany will also host the Confederations Cup in 2005. Taking part: the champions of the six continental federations, plus Germany as hosts and Brazil as World Cup holders.