In the 2006 World Cup match between Portugal and The Netherlands, there were 16 yellow cards and 4 red cards in the 90 minute game. The referees averaged a card approximately every 5 ½ minutes! The game holds the record for cards shown at any FIFA-administered international tournament. The dirtiest World Cup match barely finished 1-0, and is known as the “Battle of Nuremburg.”
Philipp Lahm, Full Back/Defensive Midfielder, considered by many to be one of the best full backs of his generation, and was included in the World Cup team of the tournament in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and the UEFA Team of the Tournament in 2008 and 2012 and in the UEFA Team of the Year 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Although Lahm is right-footed, he is able to play on both sides of the pitch, due to his tactical intelligence and versatility. He often cuts from the flank to the inside of the pitch to either shoot and/or pass. In particular, he is renowned for his pace, technique, stamina, and precise tackling abilities, as well as his small stature, which earned him the nickname the “Magic Dwarf”.
Popularly dubbed “The Phenomenon,” he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time. A three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and two-time Ballon d'Or recipient, Ronaldo, in his 1990s prime, was known for his dribbling at speed, feints and clinical finishing. He was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest living players compiled in 2004, and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame and the Italian Football Hall of Fame.