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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 06:53 GMT 07:53 UK
In pictures: World Cup final

Fans pose in front of Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

The World Cup final brought thousands of football fans to Berlin, with many keen to see the sights, including Cold War relic Checkpoint Charlie, before enjoying the match.

Italy fans appeal for tickets

Many arrived without tickets and were desperate to find someone with spares.

A fan shows his support with France underpants

With France and Italy vying for the trophy, their fans were trying to outdo each other in the fashion stakes too.

Face-painted Italy supporters

For others, style was never a consideration.

German football fans carry a Weltmeister flag

The home fans have had to revise their ambitions - and many of their songs - and aim to be "Weltmeister" in 2010 instead.

French fans wave flags in Berlin

French supporters had most to cheer early on, as Zinedine Zidane put them in front, and they continued to play the more attacking football.

An Italy fan watches anxiously as the game goes to penalties

But with no clear winner the final went to penalties, and nervous fans could barely watch.

Italy fans celebrate victory

It was tight but the match was sealed as Italy buried their fifth and final penalty and Italian fans were overjoyed.

Italy fans dressed as Roman soldiers

The Roman legions celebrated a famous overseas victory - their fourth World Cup, and first since 1982.

Disconsolate French fans

Some French soon joined in the party but others were clearly in no mood to celebrate.






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