1938 FIFA World Cup Final

The 1938 FIFA World Cup Final was the deciding match of the 1938 FIFA World Cup. It was contested by Italy and Hungary. Italy won the game 4–2 to win the last tournament before World War II.

1938 FIFA World Cup Final
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The Stade Olympique de Colombes held the final
Event1938 FIFA World Cup
Date19 June 1938
VenueStade Olympique de Colombes, Paris
RefereeGeorges Capdeville (France)

The final itself took place at the Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris. Vittorio Pozzo's Italian side took the lead early, but Hungary equalised within two minutes. The Italians took the lead again shortly after, and by the end of the first half were leading the Hungarians 3–1. Hungary never really got back into the game. With the final score favouring the Italians 4–2, Italy became the first team to successfully defend the title (and the first team to win the title on foreign soil) and were once more crowned World Cup winners.

The last survivor of the game was Italy's Pietro Rava, who died on 5 November 2006 at the age of 90.[1]

Route to the finalEdit

Italy Round Hungary
Opponent Result Final tournament Opponent Result
  Norway 2–1 (a.e.t.) First round   Dutch East Indies 6–0
  France 3–1 Quarter-finals    Switzerland 2–0
  Brazil 2–1 Semifinals   Sweden 5–1



After 6 minutes, Gino Colaussi opened the scoring for Italy, before Pál Titkos equalised for the Hungarians two minutes later. However, Italy quickly regained the lead eight minutes later with a goal from Silvio Piola. In the 35th minute, Italy extended their lead to 3–1 going into half-time after the unmarked Colaussi scored his second of the match. In the 70th minute, captain György Sárosi scored for Hungary to reduce the deficit. However, in the 82nd minute Silvio Piola completed a brace to put Italy up 4–2, sealing the second World Cup title for the Italians.[2]


Italy  4–2  Hungary
Colaussi   6'35'
Piola   16'82'
Report Titkos   8'
Sárosi   70'
GK Aldo Olivieri
RB Alfredo Foni
LB Pietro Rava
RH Pietro Serantoni
LH Ugo Locatelli
CH Michele Andreolo
IR Giuseppe Meazza (c)
IL Giovanni Ferrari
OR Amedeo Biavati
CF Silvio Piola
OL Gino Colaussi
Vittorio Pozzo
GK Antal Szabó
RB Sándor Bíró
LB Gyula Polgár
RH Gyula Lázár
LH Antal Szalay
CH György Szűcs
IR Gyula Zsengellér
IL Jenő Vincze
OR Pál Titkos
CF György Sárosi (c)
OL Ferenc Sas
Alfréd Schaffer

Assistant referees:
Hans Wuethrich (Switzerland)
Augustin Krist (Czechoslovakia)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutions permitted.


  1. ^ "La Juventus in lutto per Rava". juventus.com (in Italian). Juventus FC. 5 November 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ Molinaro, John F. (24 November 2009). "1938 World Cup: Italy repeats as champions". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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