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Who won the World Cup in 1938?

11:46 AM MYT 21/02/2022
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The third edition of the World Cup saw 15 teams participating....

The third edition of the World Cup was held in the year 1938. This was the last edition of the World Cup before World War II which disrupted the continuity of the competition. The next edition was held after 12 years in 1950.

Who were the hosts of the 1938 World Cup?

France were selected as the 1938 World Cup.

37 teams entered the qualification round out of which 14 teams made it to the final competition. Reigning champions Italy had automatically qualified for this edition of the tournament while hosts France too were guaranteed a berth in the main competition. Before the main tournament kicked off, Austria withdrew from the World Cup which meant only 15 teams competed in the final round.

South American countries Uruguay and Argentina boycotted the World Cup as a mark of protest against the decision to hold a second consecutive World Cup in Europe. Spain, on the other hand, did not enter the qualification round due to the Spanish Civil War.

Who won the 1938 World Cup?

Italy won their second consecutive title beating Hungary 4-2 in the final.

Which teams participated in the qualifying round?

Other than defending champions Uruguay, the British nations too did not participate as they were on a self-imposed exile from FIFA. The teams who took part in the qualifying round were - Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Irish Free State, Poland, Yugoslavia, Romania, Egypt, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece, Mandatory Palestine, Hungary, Greece, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dutch Guiana, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Dutch East Indies, Japan.

The teams who eventually qualified were - Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dutch East Indies, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

What was the format of the 1938 World Cup?

The knockout format from the last World Cup was maintained in the 1938 edition. If a match was tied after ninety minutes, then thirty minutes of extra time was played. If the score was still tied after extra time, the match was replayed the next day.

Sweden received a bye into the quarter-finals since they were pitted against Austria, who withdrew, in the Round of 16.

The 22-man 1938 World Cup-winning Italy squad

Player

Position

Club

Carlo Ceresoli

Goalkeeper

Bologna

Guido Masetti

Goalkeeper

Roma

Aldo Olivieri

Goalkeeper

Lucchese

Alfredo Foni

Defender

Juventus

Eraldo Monzeglio

Defender

Roma

Pietro Rava

Defender

Juventus

Michele Andreolo

Midfielder

Bologna

Bruno Chizzo

Midfielder

Triestina

Aldo Donati

Midfielder

Roma

Mario Genta

Midfielder

Genoa

Ugo Locatelli

Midfielder

Inter Milan

Giuseppe Meazza (C)

Midfielder

Inter Milan

Renato Olmi

Midfielder

Inter Milan

Mario Perazzolo

Midfielder

Genoa

Pietro Serantoni

Midfielder

Roma

Sergio Bertoni

Striker

Pisa

Amedeo Biavati

Striker

Bologna

Gino Colaussi

Striker

Triestina

Giovanni Ferrari

Striker

Inter Milan

Pietro Ferraris

Striker

Inter Milan

Piero Pasinati

Striker

Triestina

Silvio Piola

Striker

Lazio