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Fabio Grosso recalls scoring against Germany at World Cup 2006 before netting the decisive penalty in the final shootout



Fabio Grosso Italy 2006 World Cup

When Italy were preparing for their 2006 World Cup campaign in Germany, all attention was on what Francesco Totti, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Cannavaro could do to help restore the reputation of Italian football after the Calciopoli scandal. . Quite simply, no one expected a low-key Palermo left-back to be their most important player.

However, that is what happened. Prior to the 2006 World Cup, Palermo’s Fabio Grosso finished fifth in Serie A and was a relatively unknown quantity outside of Italy – by the end of the tournament Grosso had scored one of the most iconic goals in the 2006 World Cup and scored the decisive penalty in the final shootout to ensure his name went down in Italian history.