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World Cup History – 1938 in FRANCE – The Italians retain the cup!

28th May 2014
The third World Cup tournament took place fittingly in France, as two Frenchmen, Jules Rimet and Henri Delaunay were very much involved in setting up the original competition.

Once again, the tournament was a straight knockout. The best of the first round matches was a 6-5 victory for Brazil over Poland (defences didn’t dominate in those days!). Also in round 1 the Cubans surprisingly beat Romania, however they were brought back to reality in the second round when they were thrashed 8-0 by Sweden.

The excellent Hungarians then crushed the Swedes 5-1 in the semi final. The other side of the draw witnessed a violent affair between Brazil and Czechoslovakia which the South Americans won after a replay. Italy made their way into the final once again by defeating Brazil 2-1.

The final in Paris roared into action when both sides scored in the opening seven minutes. Italy struck again after 15 minutes and made it 3-1 before half time with Gino Colaussi grabbing his second goal. In the second half, the Hungarians reduced the deficit but the Italians were too strong and eventually ran out 4-2 winners.
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