Stadiums of World Cup 2006
Germany hosted FIFA World Cup 2006, the 18th staging of the event. England had hoped to host this event but Germany prevailed. Italy won the competition in a final probably most remembered for France's Zinedine Zidane head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi for a reason that remains unanswered to this day.
Twelve stadia were used. Because Germany had numerous soccer venues with more than the designated minimum 40,000 capacity they were easily able to host the competition. They even didn't feel the need to use the Olympic stadium in Munich, instead using the city's Allianz Arena.
Many of the stadiums needed to be renamed for the duration of the cometition. FIFA outlaws the sponsorship of stadia unless it involves a FIFA-approved sponsor. Stadiums such as the AOL Arena in Hamburg and Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena had to be renamed for the duration of the competition.
The final was hosted by Berlin's Olympiastadion.
World Cup 2006 Venues : Olympiastadion, Allianz Arena, Signal Iduna Park, Veltins Arena, Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, AOL Arena, Commerzbank-Arena, Fritz Walter Stadion, Rhein Energy Stadion, AWD Arena, Zentralstadion, easyCredit-Stadion