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Friday, December 09, 2005

World Cup Germany 2006

Eight venues will each host five matches, while Berlin, Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart will each have the honour of an extra sixth match. Furthermore, in the group stage, no team will play in the same stadium twice, and there will also be at least two days in between matches in the same stadium. In addition, each venue will play host to two matches featuring one of the top-seeded teams.There will be a number of teams present at Germany 2006 that have already served their FIFA World Cup™ apprenticeship. Not considered among the favourites, they will nonetheless have the benefit of experience and be looking for every opportunity to spring a surprise and make it through to the second round and beyond. Apart from the established favourites at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, a group of nations could be considered as candidates to cause a shock or two at the finals; the teams commonly referred to as potential 'dark horses'. It could be the likes of Costa Rica, Equador or Iran or maybe Saudi Arabia – you just never know! The previous three tournaments have all produced surprise candidates in the semi-finals, with countries such as Korea Republic, Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria and Sweden all making the last four, despite not being widely fancied at the outset. This proves it can be done, but who will be the teams making waves at Germany 2006? A number of contenders come to mind. When looking around for possible winners of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, the current favourites appear to be an established group of six: Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France and England are the chosen teams among most pundits and that is probably because they have all got one thing in common: they have done it all before. All six nations share the honour of having already won the FIFA World Cup in the past and it seems inevitable that they should come into the reckoning once again.