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  • 5 Euro 2006, KM# 282, Italy, 2006 Football (Soccer) World Cup in Germany, Calcio Fiorentino - Piazza di Santa Maria Novella
  • 5 Euro 2006, KM# 282, Italy, 2006 Football (Soccer) World Cup in Germany, Calcio Fiorentino - Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international association football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany. Teams representing 198 national football associations from all six populated continents participated in the qualification process which began in September 2003. Thirty-one teams qualified from this process along with hosts Germany for the finals tournament. It was the second time that Germany staged the competition and the first as a unified country along with the former East Germany with Leipzig as a host city (the other was in 1974 in West Germany), and the 10th time that the tournament was held in Europe.

Italy won the tournament, claiming their fourth World Cup title, defeating France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish in third place. Angola, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Trinidad and Tobago and Togo made their first appearances in the finals.

Artist: Roberto Mauri


Depicts an ellipsoidal world globe with a soccer ball on the far east. Legend around the globe. Name of the engraver below.



Free interpretation of an intaglio print representing the soccer game in Piazza Santa Maria Novella in Florence; on top, arch-shaped country name, below the lily of Florence, the coin's value “5 EURO” and a ribbon bearing the inscription “CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO”; on the left, the mintmark "R"; below, “S. MARIA NOVELLA” and “2006”.

Calcio Fiorentino (also known as calcio storico "historic football") is an early form of football (soccer and rugby) that originated during the Middle Ages in Italy. Once widely played, the sport is thought to have started in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. There it became known as the giuoco del calcio fiorentino ("Florentine kick game") or simply calcio, which is now also the name for association football in the Italian language. The game may have started as a revival of the Roman sport of harpastum.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella is one of main squares in Florence and one of the most beautiful, making it one of the top attractions in the city. The historical center is divided into 4 quarters and life in the quarter of Santa Maria Novella revolves around its square. The enchanting beauty of the Dominican Basilica of Santa Maria Novella's Renaissance facade is usually what impresses the most at first sight. The piazza was born in 1287 by decree of the Florentine Republic during the years that the Dominican convent and church of Santa Maria Novella was being renewed and enlarged.



5 Euro

2006 Football (Soccer) World Cup in Germany
Calcio Fiorentino - Piazza di Santa Maria Novella

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KM# 282
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 18 g
Diameter 32 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute (IPZS)

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