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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.
2006 FIFA WORLD CUP GERMANY TM
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”.