1938 FIFA World Cup France™
June 04 - June 19

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

Final Tournament Standing


Pozzo the mastermind as Italy retain their crown.

With war clouds gathering over Europe, the third FIFA World Cup™ took place against a bleak backdrop yet football – not least the flamboyantly skilful brand practised by Brazil – provided a shaft of sunshine for the French crowds during a 15-day festival from which Italy, the strongest and most consistent side, emerged as worthy winners.

Together with coach Vittorio Pozzo, there were four survivors in Italy's squad from their 1934 triumph and two of them, Giuseppe Meazza and Giovanni Ferrari, figured prominently alongside star striker Silvio Piola, scorer of two goals in the 4-2 Final win over Hungary that ensured the Azzurri became the first team to successfully defend the trophy.


Tournament News

Italy 4 v Hungary 2. Italian captain Giuseppe Meazza (left) meets Hungarian captain Sarosi before the match

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

1938 WORLD CUP FINAL: Italy 4-2 Hungary

6 Apr 2018

1934 World Cup Final. Rome, Italy. Italy 2 v Czechoslovakia 1. 10th June, 1934. Italian coach Vittorio Pozzo watches the game.

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

Vittorio Pozzo, Italy’s Old Master

20 Mar 2018

Italy's Silvio Piola bursts through Brazil's Machado (left) and Domingos

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

Piola, Italy's small town hero

29 Sept 2014

World Cup Finals, 1938, France, Cover illustration from a souvenir brochure, featuring the Jules Rimet trophy, which was won by Italy who defeated Hungary 4-2 in the World Cup Final (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

1938 FIFA World Cup France™

Asia's first World Cup team

10 Sept 2014