1938 FIFA World Cup Final

The 1938 FIFA World Cup Final was the third edition of the football quadrennial tournament match contested by the men's national teams of FIFA to determine the 1938 FIFA World Cup champions: Italy and Hungary. Italy defended its claim to the championship 4–2 in the last tournament before World War II.

1938 FIFA World Cup Final
Stade de Colombes 1924.jpg
The Stade Olympique de Colombes held the final
Event1938 FIFA World Cup
Date19 June 1938
VenueStade Olympique de Colombes, Paris
RefereeGeorges Capdeville (France)
Attendance45,000
1934
1950

The "final" match 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 shortly regained the lead, and by the end of the first half were leading the Hungarians 3–1. At 4–2, Italy successfully defended its title, the inaugural team to win on foreign soil.

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

MatchEdit

SummaryEdit

After six minutes, Gino Colaussi opened the scoring for Italy; Pál Titkos equalised for Hungary two minutes later, but with just over a quarter of an hour played, Italy regained the lead with a goal from Silvio Piola. Ten minutes before half-time, Italy extended their lead to 3–1 after the unmarked Colaussi scored his second goal. Midway through the second half, Hungary captain György Sárosi got his side back to within a goal of the Italians, but with eight minutes to go, Piola scored his second goal to complete a 4–2 win for Italy.[2]

DetailsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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