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2006 FIFA World Cup Australia Pin
On offer here is the Australian Flag pin from the 2006 World Cup hosted in Germany.
Australia was the first ever team from Oceania to make the knockout rounds. There was a great deal of controversy over some of the umpiring decisions that eventually cost Australia its run at the top.
A magical Australian sporting moment though and this highly collectible pin is a must have for serious soccer fans.
These pins are very hard to come by and this particular one inscribed in German is quite a rarity.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. It was held from 9 June to 9 July 2006 in Germany, which won the right to host the event in July 2000. 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 the host nation, Germany, for the finals tournament. The tournament was won by Italy, who claimed their fourth World Cup title. They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shootout in the final, after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw. Germany defeated Portugal 3–1 to finish third. The 2006 World Cup stands as one of the most watched events in television history, garnering an estimated 26.29billion non-unique viewers, compiled over the course of the tournament. The final attracted an estimated audience of 715.1million people. The 2006 World Cup ranks fourth in non-unique viewers, behind the World Cup in 1994, 2002, and 1990.As the winner, Italy represented the World in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. This was the first World Cup with three Portuguese-speaking national football teams, namely Portugal, Brazil and Angola. It also first featured the first all-European World Cup semi-finals since 1982. The Australia national football team represents Australia in international association football competitions. Its official nickname is the "Socceroos". The team is controlled by Football Federation Australia (FFA), which is currently a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and also an invitee member of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) since 2006. Australia is a four-time Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) champion and has been represented at two FIFA World Cup tournaments, in 1974 and 2006. 14th is Australia's highest ever FIFA World Ranking since the rankings were introduced in 1992. Australia topped their group in the 2010 World Cup qualification and became one of the first nations to qualify for the finals tournament without losing a match and only conceding one goal. In the 2006 World Cup Group F included the World ChampionsBrazil, Croatia, Japan, and Australia. Playing in their first World Cup for 32 years, the Socceroos came from behind to defeat Japan 3–1, and, despite losing 0–2 to Brazil, a 2–2 draw with Croatia was enough to give the Australians a place in the Round of 16 in a remarkable game where two players were sent-off for second bookings and one for a third booking by English referee Graham Poll. Australia became the first ever Oceanian team to reach the knockout stages. The Brazilians won all three contests to qualify first in the group, although their 1-0 win against Croatia was underwhelming, a goal late in the first-half by Kaká securing the win. Croatia and Japan went out of the tournament without a single win.
*All biographical details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.
Metal lapel pin with enamel overlay.