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World Cup final
Sunday, 9 July

France vs. Italy

Teams:Likely formation; shirt numbers, name, caps and goals, coach:

Italy: 1-Gianluigi Buffon (66-0); 19-Gianluca Zambrotta (57-2), 23-Marco Materazzi (31-1), 5-Fabio Cannavaro (99-1), 3-Fabio Grosso (22-2); 20-Simone Perrotta (30-1), 21-Andrea Pirlo (30-5), 8-Gennaro Gattuso (46-1); 16-Mauro Camoranesi (25-1), 10-Francesco Totti (57-9); 9-Luca Toni (23-9). Coach: Marcello Lippi

France: (4-2-3-1): 16-Fabien Barthez (86-0); 19-Willy Sagnol (44-0), 15-Lilian Thuram (120-2), 5-William Gallas (46-1), 3-Eric Abidal (13-0); 4-Patrick Vieira (93-6), 6-Claude Makelele (49-0); 22-Franck Ribery (9-1), 10-Zinedine Zidane (107-30), 7-Florent Malouda (18-2); 12-Thierry Henry (84-36)Coach: Raymond Domenech


This is it. After four years of waiting, we will have a new World Cup champion crowned in Berlin on Sunday. Italy is gunning for their fourth World Cup title. France is looking to capture their second. Italy has advanced to this point thanks to excellent defense that has given up just one goal in six games. On the offensive side of things, the Azzurri have had ten different players score. France has also been stingy on the defensive side of things, yielding just two goals to this point. The old guard of Les Bleus have been able to put together a couple of masterful performances in this tournament. France and Italy playing for the World Cup trophy in Germany. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Injured: Alessandro Nesta, Italy

Suspended: Louis Saha, France

All-time head to head: France and Italy have played one another 32 times. Italy has won 17 times, France has won 7 times and there have been 8 draws. In the World Cup, the two teams have met 4 times with Italy winning twice, France one and two draws.

Uniforms: Italy will wear blue. France will wear white for the fourth straight game this World Cup.