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Golden Ball for Zinedine Zidane

10 July 2006 11:39

BERLIN, Jul 10 (SW) - Despite losing the final and his red card during that match, Zinedine Zidane has won the Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

The playmaker, who has now ended his career as professional player, was given 2012 points in the elections. Fabio Cannavaro finished second with 1977 and Andrea Pirlo third with 715 points.

Zidane succeeds Oliver Kahn, who won the trophy in 2002, also as losing finalist.

Gianluigi Buffon has been named best goalkeeper of the tournament, having allowed only two goals: An own goal and a penalty kick.

History of the Golden Ball

Since 1982, FIFA has awarded the Golden Ball to the most outstanding player at the World Cup finals, and has also awarded the Silver Ball and Bronze Ball to the 2nd and 3rd most outstanding.

1982

Golden Ball: Paolo Rossi, Italy

Silver Ball: Falcão, Brazil

Bronze Ball: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, West Germany

1986

Golden Ball: Diego Maradona, Argentina

Silver Ball: Harald Schumacher, West Germany

Bronze Ball: Preben Elkjær, Denmark

1990

Golden Ball: Salvatore Schillaci, Italy

Silver Ball: Lothar Matthäus, West Germany

Bronze Ball: Diego Maradona, Argentina

1994

Golden Ball: Romário, Brazil

Silver Ball: Roberto Baggio, Italy

Bronze Ball: Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgaria

1998

Golden Ball: Ronaldo, Brazil

Silver Ball: Davor Suker, Croatia

Bronze Ball: Lilian Thuram, France

2002

Golden Ball: Oliver Kahn, Germany

Silver Ball: Ronaldo, Brazil

Bronze Ball: Hong Myung-Bo, Korea Republic

2006

Golden Ball: Zinedine Zidane, France

Silver Ball: Fabio Cannavaro, Italy

Bronze Ball: Andrea Pirlo, Italy

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Italy

L D D D D

P 1 - 1 P

Competition
World Cup
Date
9 July 2006
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Extra-time
1 - 1
Penalties
5 - 3
Venue
Olympiastadion Berlin (Berlin)
Attendance
69000

Goals

0 - 1
7' Z. Zidane (PG)
M. Materazzi 19'
(assist by A. Pirlo) 
1 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
16
3
5
19 12'
15
6 76'
7 111'
22
4
10 7' 110'
12
Coach: R. Domenech

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