Final Stage Set for World Cup

July 6, 2006 By:
Final Stage Set for World Cup

It has certainly been a long and gruesome World Cup but the final stage for the Fifa World Cup is finally set, as Italy and France take each other on in the World Cup Final in Berlin, Germany. After a dramatic win against host nation Germany in extra time, Italy advanced and waited for the winner between France and Portugal. The last time Italy has made the World Cup final was in 1994 as Italy lost to Brazil in Penalty shootout. Italy has won the World Cup title three times, 1934, 1938 and 1982 as they come into the World Cup Final as the favorites. As for France, after an embarrassing World Cup in 2002, France advances to the World Cup final for the first time since 1998. France has won only once, which was in 1998 as they stunned Brazil by a score of 3:0. These two teams Italy and France have been rivals in World Cup soccer for a long time, and it will be very interesting to see these two face off. The last time these two met was in World Cup 1998 in a quarterfinal match up as Italy lost to France in penalty shootout. As for the losers, Germany and Portugal, they play each other for third place in the World Cup on July 8th in Stuttgart, Germany.

Next matches:
July 8th, Stuttgart, Germany, Germany vs. Portugal
July 9th, Berlin, Germany, Italy vs. France