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1938 FIFA World Cup Final

Championship match of the 1938 FIFA World Cup

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

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.

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]

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Route to the final

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; Pál Titkos equalised for Hungary two minutes later. In eight minutes, Italy regained the lead 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 goal. In the 70th minute, captain György Sárosi scored for Hungary. In the 82nd minute, Silvio Piola completed a brace to put Italy 4–2.[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.

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  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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