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Fabio Grosso celebrates after converting the deciding penalty.
Italy beat France 5-3 on penalties in the World Cup final after the the two teams finished level at 1-1 after extra time in a dramatic encounter in which French playmaker Zinedine Zidane was sent off. David Trezeguet hit the bar with his spot kick and the decisive penalty was scored by Fabio Grosso. [+]

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Insight and Opinion

A welcome distraction

Marcello Lippi leads a team escaping from a scandal-wracked home. But John Brewin expects the same old approach from Italy. [+]

Group E Tactics Board

The race for 1st place in Group E is on. And the Italians and Czechs face tough opponents in Ghana and USA, says Nick Bidwell[+]

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July 14, 2006
Materazzi gives evidence to FIFA over Zidane
Marco Materazzi on Friday gave FIFA his version of the incident that saw French captain Zinedine Zidane sent off for a head butt on the Italy defender in the World Cup final last weekend.
July 13, 2006
Zidane should keep Golden Ball - Materazzi
Italy defender Marco Materazzi is hoping Zinedine Zidane will get to keep his World Cup Golden Ball Award despite his infamous dismissal in last weekend's final.
Materazzi facing FIFA disciplinary action
FIFA have begun disciplinary proceedings against Italy's Marco Materazzi over the incident in which he was head butted by Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final, soccer's world governing body said on Thursday.
Italian press unite to salute victorious Lippi
Italy's press united on Thursday to salute departing World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi.
July 12, 2006
Winning coach Lippi resigns from post
Marcello Lippi has resigned as coach of Italy. The former Juventus boss decided to quit just three days after leading the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup triumph.
Agent suggests Materazzi-ZZ reunion
Marco Materazzi's agent believes a reunion between the Italy defender and Zinedine Zidane would make a 'nice moment'.
July 11, 2006
Materazzi admits to insulting Zidane
Marco Materazzi has admitted he insulted Zinedine Zidane prior to the head-butt which earned the Frenchman a red card in Sunday's World Cup final.
Totti considering international retirement
Italy striker Francesco Totti says he is considering retiring from international football after the Azzurri's World Cup triumph.
July 10, 2006
Jubilant Rome welcomes triumphant Azzurri home
Relive the last World Cup finals with our 2006 mini-site. Plus, check out a full history of the competition.
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