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    Default !!!Sports!!!~!~The international scenario~!~

    Let's take a look at sporting events and extravaganzas throughout the year 2006.



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    It was once again Kangaroo’s dominance in world cricket as they retained the top position in both Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs).The only crown missing from Team Australia’s cabinet was that of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Champions Trophy which they finally won after beating West Indies in the final at Mumbai.

    The Ashes, which they lost to England away from home in 2005, were won back again in convincing style after destroying the England line-up in the starting three Tests with skipper Ricky Ponting leading from the front.




    Two of the most renowned bowlers in their line-up - spin wizard Shane Warne who took his 700th Test wicket at Melbourne during the fourth Ashes Test against England and pace ace Glenn McGrath - announced their retirements from international cricket.




    India had a miserable time away from home and didn’t really show their potential though they won the away Test series against the Windies for the first time in their history and also won a Test match in South Africa after three previous attempts.

    Year 2006 saw the best One-day International (ODI) ever played between South Africa and Australia which saw a world-record run chase by the Proteas at Johannesburg. Scores of 400 plus were seen for the first time in an ODI.

    New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns retired from international cricket after a magnificent year. Skipper Fleming became the first Kiwi to play 100 Tests.

    Sri Lankan spin ace Muttiah Muralitharan, became the first bowler in history to take 1000 international wickets (Tests and ODIs). His team posted the highest ODI score of 443 against the Netherlands.

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    The 11th edition of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Cup was staged in the German city of Monchengladbach.

    Asian performance in the World Cup was a sad story as only one team, South Korea, made it to the semifinal stages, but then lost to ever-improving Spain in the third place play-off 2-3.

    The hosts Germany, the defending champions, made it to the finals to face Australia, who had won the World Cup once in 1986. Germany held on to their nerves and went on to win the trophy beating the Aussies 4-3.

    On the women’s side, the Netherlands won the World Cup beating Australia 3-1 in the final. This was the sixth world title for the Dutch side. Argentina finished third beating hosts Spain 5-0.



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    Year 2006 saw the 18th edition of the World Cup played in Germany.



    Against all the odds, the tournament saw the defending champions and pre-tournament favourites Brazil knocked out in the quarterfinal stage by their nemesis France who also beat them in the 1998 final.

    The Italians, who weren’t at their best before this tournament and were also rocked by match-fixing allegations in their domestic club competition, finally got over the hurdle of huge expectations from their crowd and made it to the final and won it for the first time since 1982.

    In the final, after a nail-biting encounter which was decided on penalties, they beat France in a match which also saw the sending off of French great Zinedine Zidane after he head-butted an Italian defender Marco Materazzi just before the end of normal time. Zidane retired from international football after the match.

    This was the fourth world title for Italy.

    Hosts Germany finished third under the coaching of Juergen Klinsmann by beating Portugal 3-1. England once again failed to make a big impression. African teams, especially Ivory Coast and Ghana, posted the biggest threat to the favourites in the World Cup.


    Australia, now a part of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), were the surprise package of the World Cup making it to the knockout stage for the first time in their footballing history.

    Brazil, though, finished the year at number one spot while the Italians climbed up to second position.

    Spanish giants Barcelona took the centre stage in European club football and won the Champions League crown after beating England’s Arsenal in the final.

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    Swiss sensation Roger Federer was at the peak of his game once again as he reached the finals of all four Grand Slams in the calendar year winning three of them (Australian Open, Wimbledon and Us Open) and retained his number one crown.


    Closest to him the rankings was claycourter Rafael Nadal who won the French Open beating Federer but couldn’t capitalise on his good form on other surfaces.

    On the women’s side, the Russian Maria Sharapova, Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne and French Amelie Mauresmo stole the limelight all year long.

    Mauresmo notched up Australian Open and Wimbledon titles while Henin-Hardenne won the French Open and the Russian beauty Sharapova clinched the US Open crown.

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    Australian swimming sensation Ian Thorpe also called 'Thorpedo’ announced his retirement at a tender age of 24. He had five Olympics gold medals to his name and in total won 11 World Championship golds.

    American Michael Phelps was again at his best in 2006 breaking 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley and 4*100m freestyle relay world records in the year.


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    Olympics: The 2012 edition of the Olympics were handed over to London.

    Doha Asiad: The 15th Asian Games were held in Qatari capital Doha for the first time and turned out to be a great success.

    China, as expected, came on top of the medals leaderboard with a total of 316 medals, which included record 165 gold medals.

    They were followed a long way back by South Korea and Japan. Kazakhstan finished fourth while India, who were expected to do much better than previous editions, finished a poor eight.

    South Asiad: The 10th edition of South Asian Games was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka having record 20 disciplines of sports.

    South Asian giants India finished on top of the medals table, as expected, with a total of 234 medals which included 118 golds.








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    The world of athletics saw a bitter disappointment in the face of 100m joint world-record holder American Justin Gatlin who faces a life ban after being found guilty of taking banned performance-enhancing drugs.

    Jamaican Asafa Powell, Justin’s archrival, stunned the world by his breathtaking performances throughout the year equalling the world-record twice and ran sub-10 runs about a dozen times. After Justin’s ban, he is now the current record-holder in 100m.

    Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva was the women to watch for during the year. At an indoor meeting in Ukraine, she set a new indoor world record and cleared 4.91 m. In August, she won the gold medal at the European Athletics Championships.







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    Golf’s most prestigious event, the Ryder Cup, saw the European team once again beating their American counterparts with Tiger Woods failing to impress once again in the tournament.

    Though the tournament turned out to be a disappointment for Tiger, he still finished the year on a high and retained his number one spot in world rankings and won two major championships - PGA and the Open.

    Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy won the remaining two majors, the Masters and US Open.





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    Year 2006 brought down curtain to the glittering career of German Michael Schumacher who announced his retirement after finishing the season behind world champion Spain’s Fernando Alonso.

    Schumacher, statistically the greatest driver sports has ever seen, won seven world titles during his career - two for Benetton and five for Ferrari.

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