The Final, Berlin, 9 July 2006: Italy Triumphant

July 10, 2006 | By Shaun Botterill | Creative

“The Italian players celebrate as Fabio Cannavaro of Italy lifts the World Cup trophy aloft following victory in a penalty shootout at the end of the final match between Italy and France at the Olympic Stadium”

It was a mixed final. I think a lot of fans (me included) didn’t have a clue why Zidane had been sent off until after the match. So, every time Italy had possession of the ball, the French fans booed like crazy!

This picture really sums up what the past five weeks have been gearing up for. After the penalties, there was a mad dash with all the other photographers to where Italy received their medals and picked up the World Cup. I like this shot because it’s as if Cannavaro is looking straight into my camera only – even though I was surrounded by an abundance of lenses!

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