My people shall know my name: How Fabio Grosso won Italian hearts

Until the final minutes of extra time at the Westfalenstadion, the deadlock was yet to be broken between semi-finalists Germany and Italy. The hosts were favourites for the tournament, while expectations in the country of their perennial foes weren’t exactly high for the visitors after the Calciopoli scandal erupted in May 2006, damaging crucial preparations…

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Best World Cup Kit: England 2006 Home

Why this kit is good: Ah, 2006. The days when an England kit was more than just a white PE t-shirt with a Nike logo and a £60 price tag. Both club and international football kits these days are pretty much all the same; one template, one design, all filled in with different colours, like…

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Worst World Cup Kits: England 2006 Home

Why this kit is bad: While some World Cup kits are hideous in their chaotic designs or complete disrespect towards colour palettes, the England 2006 home kit offends for other reasons. Bland. Slumberous. Quiet. It’s the Fiat Punto of football kits. This kit tells you to turn down the music, chug a glass of water,…

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The taste of yellow and green tears: France vs Brazil 2006

For the majority of Brazilian people, the Seleção and the World Cup has a valuable space in their lives. You wouldn’t expect less from a nation that won it five times; the World Cup is just a part of who we are. By the time the 2006 World Cup came, I remember the streets in Brazil decorated…

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Best World Cup Kits: France 2006 Away

Why this kit is good: I’ll tell you exactly why: Adidas had a style in 2006 for all their kits that featured sharp wisps gliding across the collarbone, caressing the sides until finally connecting to the shorts like all stanzas of a romantic epic coming together in the most beautiful way. France took this one…

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Germany 2006: an underrated spectacle that blended generations

After the issues over infrastructure and costing in both South Africa and Brazil, and the cloud of corruption that surrounds both Russia and Qatar — which will host the 2022 World Cup — Germany 2006 was FIFA’s last great hosting choice. It had it all: fantastic goals, legendary careers unfolding, a showcase of great players…

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