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The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.

1934 FIFA World Cup
World's Cup[1]
Campionato Mondiale di Calcio
WorldCup1934poster.jpg
Official poster
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates27 May – 10 June
Teams16 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)8 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (1st title)
Runners-up Czechoslovakia
Third place Germany
Fourth place Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played17
Goals scored70 (4.12 per match)
Attendance363,000 (21,353 per match)
Top scorer(s)Czechoslovakia Oldřich Nejedlý (5 goals)
1930
1938

The 1934 World Cup was the first for which teams had to qualify to take part. Thirty-two nations entered the competition, and after qualification, 16 teams participated in the finals tournament. Reigning champions Uruguay refused to participate due to the fact that just four European teams had accepted their invitation to the 1930 tournament.[2] Italy became the second World Cup champions and the first European team to win, beating Czechoslovakia 2–1 in the final.

Like the Berlin Olympics two years later, the 1934 World Cup was a high-profile instance of a sporting event being used for overt political gain. Benito Mussolini was keen to use the tournament as a means of promoting fascism.[3][2][4]

The Federale 102, which was manufactured in Italy, was the match ball provided for the 1934 World Cup.[5]

Contents

Host selectionEdit

After a lengthy decision-making process in which FIFA's executive committee met eight times,[6] Italy was chosen as the host nation at a meeting in Stockholm on 9 October 1932.[7] The decision was taken by the executive committee without a ballot of members. The Italian bid was chosen in preference to one from Sweden;[8] the Italian government assigned a budget of 3.5 million lire to the tournament.[9]

Qualification and participantsEdit

36 countries applied to enter the tournament, so qualifying matches were required to thin the field to 16.[10] Even so, there were several notable absentees. Reigning World Cup holders Uruguay declined to participate, in protest at the refusal of several European countries to travel to South America for the previous World Cup, which Uruguay had hosted in 1930. As a result, the 1934 World Cup is the only one in which the reigning champions did not participate.[11][12] The British Home Nations, in a period of self-imposed exile from FIFA, also refused to participate, even though FIFA had offered England and Scotland direct entry to the tournament without qualification.[13] Football Association committee member Charles Sutcliffe called the tournament "a joke" and claimed that "the national associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have quite enough to do in their own International Championship which seems to me a far better World Championship than the one to be staged in Rome".[14]

Despite their role as hosts, Italy were still required to qualify, the first and only time the host nation needed to do so.[15] The qualifying matches were arranged on a geographical basis. Withdrawals by Chile and Peru meant Argentina and Brazil qualified without playing a single match.[16]

Twelve of the 16 places were allocated to Europe, three to the Americas, and one to Africa or Asia (including Turkey). Only 10 of the 32 entrants, and four of the 16 qualified teams (Brazil, Argentina, United States and Egypt, the first African team to qualify for a World Cup finals tournament), were from outside Europe. The last place in the finals was contested between the United States and Mexico only three days before the start of the tournament in a one-off match in Rome, which the United States won.[17]

List of qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.

10 of these teams made their first World Cup appearance.[18] This included 9 of the 12 European teams (Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland) as well as Egypt.[18] Egypt was the first team from Africa in the finals and would not qualify again until the next time the competition was held in Italy, in 1990.

VenuesEdit

The number of supporters travelling from other countries was higher than at any previous football tournament, including 7,000 from the Netherlands and 10,000 each from Austria and Switzerland.[19]

Bologna Florence Genoa
Stadio Littoriale Stadio Giovanni Berta Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Capacity: 50,100 Capacity: 47,290 Capacity: 36,703
     
Milan
Stadio San Siro
Capacity: 55,000
 
Turin
Stadio Benito Mussolini
Capacity: 28,140
 
Naples Rome Trieste
Stadio Giorgio Ascarelli Stadio Nazionale PNF Stadio Littorio
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 47,300 Capacity: 8,000
     

FormatEdit

The group stage used in the first World Cup was discarded in favour of a straight knockout tournament. If a match was tied after ninety minutes, then thirty minutes of extra time were played. If the score was still tied after extra time, the match was replayed the next day.

The eight seeded teams – Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Hungary – were kept apart in the first round.

SummaryEdit

 
Qualifying countries and their results

All eight first round matches kicked off at the same time.[20] Hosts and favourites Italy won handsomely, defeating the USA 7–1; The New York Times correspondent wrote that "only the fine goal-tending of Julius Hjulian of Chicago kept the score as low as it was".[21]

 
From left to right: Italian manager Pozzo, Monzeglio, Bertolini, the goalkeeper and captain Combi, Monti (half-hidden) and the assistant manager Carcano (behind) before the start of extra time in the victorius final versus Czechoslovakia

Internal disputes meant Argentina's squad for the tournament did not contain a single member of the team which had reached the final in 1930.[22] Against Sweden in Bologna, Argentina twice took the lead, but two goals by Sven Jonasson and a winner by Knut Kroon gave Sweden a 3–2 victory.[23] Fellow South Americans Brazil also suffered an early exit. Spain beat them comfortably; 3–1 the final score.[24]

For the only time in World Cup history, the last eight consisted entirely of European teams – Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. All four non-European teams who made the journey to Italy were eliminated after one match.

In the quarter-finals, the first replayed match in World Cup history took place, when Italy and Spain drew 1–1 after extra time. The match was played in a highly aggressive manner with several players of both sides injured: rough play injured the Spanish goalkeeper Ricardo Zamora in the first match, leaving him unable to participate in the replay, while on the other side rough play by Spaniards broke the leg of the Italian Mario Pizziolo who would not play in the national team again.[25] Italy won the replay 1–0; their play so physical that at least three Spaniards had to depart the field with injuries.[26] Italy then went on to beat Austria in the semi-finals by the same score. Meanwhile, Czechoslovakia secured their place in the final by beating Germany 3–1.

The Stadium of the National Fascist Party was the venue for the final. With 80 minutes played, the Czechoslovaks led 1–0. The Italians managed to score before the final whistle, and then added another goal in extra time to be crowned World Cup winners.

SquadsEdit

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1934 FIFA World Cup squads.

Final tournamentEdit

BracketEdit

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
27 May – Rome
 
 
  Italy7
 
31 May and 1 June – Florence
 
  United States1
 
  Italy1 (1)
 
27 May – Genoa
 
  Spain1 (0)
 
  Spain3
 
3 June – Milan
 
  Brazil1
 
  Italy1
 
27 May – Turin
 
  Austria0
 
  Austria (aet)3
 
31 May – Bologna
 
  France2
 
  Austria2
 
27 May – Naples
 
  Hungary1
 
  Hungary4
 
10 June – Rome
 
  Egypt2
 
  Italy (aet)2
 
27 May – Trieste
 
  Czechoslovakia1
 
  Czechoslovakia2
 
31 May – Turin
 
  Romania1
 
  Czechoslovakia3
 
27 May – Milan
 
   Switzerland2
 
   Switzerland3
 
3 June – Rome
 
  Netherlands2
 
  Czechoslovakia3
 
27 May – Florence
 
  Germany1 Third place
 
  Germany5
 
31 May – Milan7 June – Naples
 
  Belgium2
 
  Germany2  Germany3
 
27 May – Bologna
 
  Sweden1   Austria2
 
  Sweden3
 
 
  Argentina2
 

Round of 16Edit

Spain  3–1  Brazil
Iraragorri   18' (pen.)25'
Lángara   29'
Report Leônidas   55'
Attendance: 21,000

Hungary  4–2  Egypt
Teleki   11'
Toldi   31'61'
Vincze   53'
Report Fawzi   35'39'

Switzerland   3–2  Netherlands
Kielholz   7'43'
Abegglen   66'
Report Smit   29'
Vente   69'
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

Italy  7–1  United States
Schiavio   18'29'64'
Orsi   20'69'
Ferrari   63'
Meazza   90'
Report Donelli   57'
Attendance: 25,000

Czechoslovakia  2–1  Romania
Puč   50'
Nejedlý   67'
Report Dobay   11'
Attendance: 9,000

Sweden  3–2  Argentina
Jonasson   9'67'
Kroon   79'
Report Belis   4'
Galateo   48'
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Eugen Braun (Austria)

Austria  3–2 (a.e.t.)  France
Sindelar   44'
Schall   93'
Bican   109'
Report Nicolas   18'
Verriest   116' (pen.)

Germany  5–2  Belgium
Kobierski   25'
Siffling   49'
Conen   66'70'87'
Report Voorhoof   29'43'

Quarter-finalsEdit

Austria  2–1  Hungary
Horvath   8'
Zischek   51'
Report Sárosi   60' (pen.)
Attendance: 23,000

Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Spain
Ferrari   44' Report Regueiro   30'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Louis Baert (Belgium)

Germany  2–1  Sweden
Hohmann   60'63' Report Dunker   82'
Attendance: 3,000

Czechoslovakia  3–2   Switzerland
Svoboda   24'
Sobotka   49'
Nejedlý   82'
Report Kielholz   18'
Jäggi   78'
Attendance: 12,000

ReplayEdit

Italy  1–0  Spain
Meazza   11' Report

Semi-finalsEdit

Italy  1–0  Austria
Guaita   19' Report
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

Czechoslovakia  3–1  Germany
Nejedlý   21'69'80' Report Noack   62'
Attendance: 15,000

Third place play-offEdit

Germany  3–2  Austria
Lehner   1'42'
Conen   27'
Report Horvath   28'
Sesta   54'

FinalEdit

Italy  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Czechoslovakia
Orsi   81'
Schiavio   95'
Report Puč   71'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

GoalscorersEdit

FIFA retrospective rankingEdit

In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition (not counting replay results).[27][18] The rankings for the 1934 tournament were as follows:

R Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1   Italy 4 3 1 0 11 3 +8 7
2   Czechoslovakia 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 6
3   Germany 4 3 0 1 11 8 +3 6
4   Austria 4 2 0 2 7 7 0 4
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Spain 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 3
6   Hungary 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
7    Switzerland 2 1 0 1 5 5 0 2
8   Sweden 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
Eliminated in the round of 16
9   Argentina 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
  France 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
  Netherlands 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
12   Romania 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
13   Egypt 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0
14   Brazil 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0
15   Belgium 1 0 0 1 2 5 −3 0
16   United States 1 0 0 1 1 7 −6 0

ControversiesEdit

Throughout the years, several sources have reported that the tournament could have been marred by corruption and influenced by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who used the tournament as a propaganda tool for fascism. According to these accusations, Mussolini personally selected referees for the matches where the Italian national team were playing, while the Italian government meddled in FIFA's organisation of events, re-organizing the logistics of the matches to further promote fascism.[3][2][28][4] Nonetheless, Italy also won the following edition of the World Cup (held in France) as well as the Olympic football tournament in 1936.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FIFA book of statutes, Roma 1934, prtd. Gebr. Fey & Kratz, Zürich, FIFA internal libray no. C br. 18, 1955.
  2. ^ a b c Hart, Jim (27 July 2016). "When the World Cup rolled into fascist Italy in 1934". These Football Times. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Fascism and Football. BBC. 2009.
  4. ^ a b Weiner, Matthew (8 June 2010). "When worlds collide: Soccer vs. politics". CNN. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  5. ^ "FIFA World Cup 1934 Italy. Federale 102". WorldCupBalls.info. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ Freddi 2006:15
  7. ^ Hunt 2006:23
  8. ^ "History of FIFA – The first FIFA World Cup". FIFA. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  9. ^ Goldblatt 2007:255
  10. ^ Hunt 2006:23
  11. ^ Freddi 2006:15
  12. ^ Glanville 2005:25
  13. ^ Beck, Peter J. (1999). "British football and FIFA, 1928-46: Going to war or peacefully coexistence?". FIFA.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  14. ^ Taylor, Matthew (2005). The Leaguers: The Making of Professional Football in England 1900-1939. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. p. 217. ISBN 9781781387030.
  15. ^ Hunt 2006:23
  16. ^ Crouch 2002:14
  17. ^ Brewin, John; Williamson, Martin (1 May 2014). "World Cup History: 1934". ESPN. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  18. ^ a b c "FIFA World Cup: Milestones, facts & figures. Statistical Kit 7" (PDF). FIFA. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2013.
  19. ^ Murray 1998:69
  20. ^ Hunt 2006:26
  21. ^ Wangerin 2006:98
  22. ^ Glanville 2005:26
  23. ^ Freddi 2006:20
  24. ^ Hunt 2006:27
  25. ^ Baker 1988:248
  26. ^ Wilson 2009:71
  27. ^ "Permanent Table" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Research: World Cup matches fixed in '34, '78". ESPN. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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