France faced Italy in the World Cup final on July 9, 2006 at Berlin’s Olympiastadion in one of the most memorable matches of all time. But can you name the French starting lineup for this match?
Let’s face it, this final is, at least from a French point of view, most memorable for the wrong reasons.
While they performed well in regulation time, holding Italy to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling battle of a football match, extra time saw a Gallic implosion.
In a moment that has become truly iconic, the legendary Blues captain was sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi after Materazzi offended the French star’s sister.
In 2020, Materazzi told AS: “There had been a bit of contact between us in the region.
“He scored France’s goal in the first half and our coach [Marcello Lippi] told me to mark it. After this first contact between us, I apologized but he reacted badly.
“After the third clash, I frowned and he said, ‘I’ll give you my shirt later.’ I replied that I would rather have his sister than his shirt.
The French then lost on penalties, their captain, who had scored on the spot in regulation time, could not draw one. It was Italy’s moment in the sun and it won them their fourth World Cup trophy.
What we want you to do here, however, is name the 11 players France boss Raymond Domenech has sent to start this final in Berlin.
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