2006 in association football

2006 in association football

in?=in football (soccer)
cp=20th Century
c=21st century
cf=22nd century


The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 2006 throughout the world.


*January 1 – Australia officially left the OFC and joined the AFC.
*January 3 – Antonio Cassano left A.S. Roma and joined Real Madrid. He debuted for the merengues on January 18, in a Copa del Rey match against Real Betis, and scored his first goal just three minutes after he came in during the second half.
*January 4 – Robert Maaskant returns at Dutch club RBC Roosendaal as their new coach.
*January 17 – Euro 2008 qualifying group assignments announced.
*February 1 – Rini Coolen resigns as manager of Dutch club FC Twente.
*February 2 – South Korean club Bucheon FC moved to Jeju Island and changed their name to Jeju United FC.
*February 8 – Turkey are banned from staging their six home qualifying matches for Euro 2008 in Turkey due to incidents during their 2006 World Cup qualification match against Switzerland, which finished 4-2 in November 16, 2005.
*March 5 – Sydney FC are crowned Australian champions in the first season of the revamped national league (the A-League)
*April 5 – Celtic win the Scottish Premier League.
*April 9 – Netherlands Eredivisie: PSV Eindhoven won its second consecutive title, their nineteenth in total.
*April 22 – Alan Shearer announces his retirement from football, three weeks earlier than planned, the cause of his early decision being a niggling knee injury.
*April 29 – Chelsea win second Premiership title in a row.
*April 30 – Starting the largest match fixing scandal in the history of Italian Serie A football. On May 14 F.C. Juventus clinched 29th Italian title.
*May 13 – Bayern Munich win second Bundesliga title in a row.
*May 14 – RSC Anderlecht wins the Belgian First Division, their twenty-eighth in total.
*May 17 – Barcelona beat Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League Final.
*June 3 – The 2006 FIFI Wild Cup final game, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus vs. Zanzibar. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus won the game 4-1 in a penalty shootout, winning their first title.
*June 9 – The 2006 World Cup finals kick off, as Germany beat Costa Rica 4-2.
*June 21 – Midfielder Philip Cocu plays his 100th international match for the Netherlands, when Holland draws with Argentina (0-0) at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
*July 9 – 2006 World Cup final game, Italy vs. France. Italy won the game 5-3 in a penalty shootout, winning their fourth title.
*August 16 – CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup final game, Internacional vs. São Paulo. Internacional won the cup after the draw in 2-2 in the second game. In first game, Internacional won by 2-1.
*September 14 – Recopa Sudamericana 2006 return match, Boca Juniors wins its 16th international title against São Paulo FC, breaking the world record on number of international club titles.

National champions

UEFA nations

*ALB: KS Elbasani
*AND: FC Rànger's
*ARM: Pyunik Erevan
*AUT: FK Austria Wien
*AZE: FK Baku
*BLR: FC Bate Borisov
*BEL: RSC Anderlecht
*BIH: NK Široki Brijeg
*BUL: PFC Levski Sofia
*CRO: Dinamo Zagreb
*CYP: Apollon Limassol
*CZE: FC Slovan Liberec
*DEN: FC Copenhagen
*ENG: Chelsea
*EST: FC Levadia
*FRO: HB Torshavn
*FIN: Tampere United
*FRA: Lyon
*GEO: Sioni Bolnisi
*GER: Bayern Munich
*GRE: Olympiakos
*HUN: Debrecen
*IRL: Shelbourne
*ISR: Maccabi Haifa FC
*ITA: Internazionale (Juventus stripped of title)
*KAZ: FC Astana
*LVA: FK Ventspils
*LIE: FC Vaduz
*LTU: FBK Kaunas
*LUX: F91 Dudelange
*MKD: FK Pobeda
*MLT: Birkirkara F.C.
*MDA: FC Sheriff Tiraspol
*NED: PSV Eindhoven
*NIR: Linfield F.C.
*NOR: Rosenborg B.K.
*POL: Legia Warsaw
*POR: FC Porto
*ROM: Steaua Bucuresti
*SMR: S.S. Murata
*SCO: Celtic
*SCG: Red Star Belgrade
*SVK: MFK Ruzomberok
*SVN: ND Gorica
*ESP: Barcelona
*SWE: IF Elfsborg
*SUI: FC Zürich
*TUR: Galatasaray
*UKR: Shaktar Donetsk
*WAL: Total Network Solutions

CONMEBOL nations

A = Apetura, C = Clausura

*: Boca Juniors (C), Estudiantes La Plata (A)
*: Club Bolivar (C), Wilstermann (A)
*: Flamengo
*: Colo Colo (A &C)
*: Deportivo Pasto (I), Cúcuta Deportivo (II)
*: El Nacional
*: Club Libertad
*: Alianza Lima
*: Nacional Montevideo

CONCACAF nations

A = Apetura, C = Clausura

*: Deportivo Saprissa
*: Olimpia (C), Motagua (A)
*: C.D. FAS (A), C.D. Águila (C)
*: Waterhouse F.C.
*: Chivas de Guadalajara (A), Pachuca (C)
*: San Francisco F.C.
*: Joe Public F.C.
*: Houston Dynamo

CAF nations

*: Cotonsport Garoua
*: ASEC Mimosas
*: Ahly Sporting Club
*: Al Ittihad Tripoli
*: Wydad Casablanca
*: Ocean Boys FC
*: Mamelodi Sundowns
*: Al-Hilal
*: Espérance

AFC nations

*: Sydney FC (Champion), Adelaide United (Premier)
*: Shandong Luneng
*: Happy Valley
*: Al Zawraa
*: Esteghlal FC
*: Urawa Reds
*: Al-Shabab
*: Al-Ansar
*: Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
*: Al-Karamah
*: Bangkok University FC
*: Al-Ahli
*: FK Pakhtakor

International Club Tournaments

*FIFA Club World Cup – Sport Club Internacional
*UEFA Champions League – Barcelona
*UEFA Cup – Sevilla
*CONCACAF Champions' Cup – Club América
*CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup – Sport Club Internacional
*CONMEBOL Sudamericana Cup – Pachuca
*CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana – Boca Juniors

International tournaments

* 2006 African Cup of Nations (January 20 – February 10):# EGY:# CIV:# NGR:# SEN

* 2006 FIFI Wild Cup (May 29 – June 3):# TRNC:# flag|Zanzibar:# Republic of St. Pauli:# GIB

* 2006 FIFA World Cup (June 9 – July 9):# ITA:# FRA:# GER:# POR


*Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (France)
*Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen (Germany)
*Once in a Lifetime (US)



*January 7 – Gábor Zavadszky (31), Hungarian footballer
*January 8 – Elson Becerra (27), Colombian footballer
*January 8 – Gerrie Kleton (52), Dutch footballer
*January 13 – Peter Rösch (75), Swiss footballer
*January 14 – Mark Philo (21), English footballer


*February 4 – Jenő Dalnoki (74), Hungarian footballer
*February 8 – Ron Greenwood (84), English footballer and manager
*February 9 – André Strappe (77), French footballer
*February 13 – Joseph Ujlaki (76), French footballer
*February 17 – Jorge Pinto Mendonça (51), Brazilian footballer
*February 23 – Telmo Zarraonaindía (85), Spanish footballer
*February 25 – Charlie Wayman (83), English footballer
*February 27 – Ferenc Bene (61), Hungarian footballer


*March 1 – Peter Osgood (59), English footballer
*March 6 – Roman Ogaza (54), Polish footballer
*March 12 – Jimmy Johnstone (61), Scottish footballer
*March 13 – Roy Clarke (80), Welsh footballer
*March 15 – Red Storey (88), Canadian footballer
*March 26 – Ole Madsen (71), Danish footballer


*April 16 – Georges Stuber (80), Swiss footballer
*April 18 – John Lyall (66), English manager
*April 21 – Telê Santana (74), Brazilian manager
*April 25 – Brian Labone (66), English footballer


*May 2 – Luigi Griffanti (89), Italian footballer
*May 23 – Kazimierz Górski (85), Polish manager


*June 9 – Shay Gibbons (77), Irish footballer
*June 24 – Jean Varraud (85), French footballer and manager


*July 21 – Bert Slater (70), Scottish footballer
*July 31 – Pascal Miézan (47), Ivorian footballer


*August 1 – Ferenc Szusza (82), Hungarian footballer
*August 15 – Faas Wilkes (82), Dutch footballer
*August 20 – Oscar Miguez (78), Uruguayan footballer
*August 24 – Mokhtar Ben Nacef (80), Tunisian footballer
*August 31 – Mohamed Abdelwahab (23), Egyptian footballer


*September 2 – Pietro Broccini (78), Italian footballer
*September 4 – Giacinto Facchetti (64), Italian footballer


*October 17 – Lieuwe Steiger (82), Dutch footballer


*November 3 – Alberto Spencer (68), Ecuadorian footballer
*November 4 – Sergi López Segú (39), Spanish footballer
*November 5 – Pietro Rava (90), Italian footballer
*November 17 – Ferenc Puskás (79), Hungarian footballer
*November 28 – Max Merkel (87), Austrian footballer and manager


*December 15 – Alessio Ferramosca and Riccardo Neri (17), Italian footballers
*December 31 – Ya'akov Hodorov (79), Israeli footballer

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