Campionato Mondiale di Calcio Italia 1934

The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second edition of the championship for men’s teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.



16 (from 4 confederations)


8 (in 8 host cities)


Italy (1st title)



Third place


Fourth place


Matches played


Goals scored

70 (4.12 per match)


363,000 (21,353 per match)

Top scorer(s)

Oldrich Nejedly (Czech, 5 goals)

The 1934 World Cup was the first in which teams had to qualify to take part. Thirty-two nations entered the competition; 16 teams would qualify for the final tournament. 

Italy beat Czechoslovakia, 2–1, to become the second World Cup champions and the inaugural European team titleholders.

The 1934 World Cup was marred by as a high-profile instance of a sporting event used for overt political gain. In particular, Benito Mussolini was keen to use this World Cup as a means of promoting fascism. Ever since, some historians and sports journalists have made accusations of corruption and meddling by Mussolini to influence the competition to the benefit of Italy.

Italy has always claimed to have deserved victory in the competition and the successful national team, also emerged victorious in the Olympic football tournament of 1936 hosted by Germany, and in the 1938 World Cup hosted by France.

The Federale 102 ball, which was manufactured in Italy, was the match ball provided for the 1934 World Cup

After a lengthy decision-making process in which FIFA’s executive committee met eight times, Italy was chosen as the host nation at a meeting in Stockholm on 9 October 1932. The decision was taken by the executive committee without a ballot of members. The Italian bid was chosen in preference to one from Sweden; the Italian government assigned a budget of  3.5 million Lira to the tournament.

36 countries applied to enter the tournament, so qualifying matches were required to thin the field to 16. Even so, there were several notable absentees. Reigning World Cup holders Uruguay declined to participate, in protest at the refusal of several European countries to travel to South America for the previous World Cup, which Uruguay had hosted in 1930. As a result, the 1934 World Cup is the only one in which the reigning champions did not participate.The British Home Nations, in a period of self-imposed exile from FIFA, also refused to participate, even though FIFA had offered England and Scotland direct entry to the tournament without qualification and FA member Charles Sutcliffe called the tournament “a joke” and claimed that “the national associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have quite enough to do in their own International Tournament which seems to me a far better World Championship than the one to be staged in Rome”

Despite their role as hosts, Italy were still required to qualify, the only time the host needed to do so. The qualifying matches were arranged on a geographical basis. Withdrawals by Chile & Peru meant Argentina and Brazil qualified without playing a single match.

Twelve of the 16 places were allocated to Europe, three to the Americas, and one to Africa or Asia (including Turkey). Only 10 of the 32 entrants, and four of the 16 qualified teams (Brazil, Argentina, United States and Egypt, the first African team to qualify for a World Cup finals tournament), were from outside Europe. The last place in the finals was contested between USA and Mexico only three days before the start of the tournament in a one-off match in Rome which the United States won.

10 of these teams made their first World Cup appearance. This included 9 of the 12 European teams (Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Austria, and Switzerland) as well as Egypt. Egypt was the first team from Africa in the finals and would not qualify again until the next time the competition was held in Italy, in 1990.

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Stadio Nationale PNF Rome 1934 World Cup Final venue.

There is a strong Celtic connection in this game, 8 Slavia Prague players take the field  (11 in the squad of 22)  a legacy of the attacking style of play introduced by Ex-Celtic hero Johnny Madden, who managed the Prague club from 1905 and remained influential until he retired age 66 in 1930. He is revered as the Father of Czech football and is buried in Prague. 

You can read more here…

In other news … 

In 1934 Spain beat Brazil 3-1 in the Luis Ferrari Stadio Communale in Genoa, known locally as the ‘Marissi’ it’s was built in 1911 and is the oldest soccer stadium in Italy shared by both Genoa and Sampdoria 

The stadium also hosted games at the 1990 World Cup Final involving Scotland, Sweden and Costa Rica. Most fans will however, recall the pulsating ‘Round of 16’ match between Ireland & Romania, when Celtic’s Packie Bonner saved a penalty and David O’Leary scored the decisive penalty taking the Irish to a Quarter Final against Italy in Rome.  Toto Schillaci’s 38th minute goal was all that separated the teams. 

From 1984- 1986 Graeme Souness played at the Marissa for Sampdoria and helped them win their first ever Italian Cup. 

A delicious coincidence that a player known for arrogance, brutality and disrespect towards his opponents, will ruefully recall 20 Years ago, this month, his Blackburn team were absolutely ripped up and shredded by Martin O’Neill’s Celtic team at Ewood Park. (14th Nov, 2002) 

The Italian match officials weren’t in a mood to show him any favours either! 

His “Men against Boys” comments had seeped out from under their dressing after the 1st Leg at Celtic Park. Guys like Sutton, Hartson, Lennon, Lambert, Larsson and Thompson did their “talking on the pitch ” and literally rammed his words back down his big mouth. 

“the Blackburn team was outplayed, out thought  and their fans were out-sung…”

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2002-11-14: Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Celtic, UEFA Cup 2nd Leg

Blackburn 0-2 Celtic (Agg: 0-3)

Friedel, Curtis (Gillespie 46), Short, Johansson, Neill, Thompson, Tugay, Dunn, Duff, Yorke (Jansen 64), Cole.
Subs: Todd, Grabbi, Ostenstad, Douglas, Kelly.
Booking: Neill

Douglas, Valgaeren, Balde, Laursen, Agathe (Sylla 82), Lennon, Petrov (Thompson 77), Sutton, Guppy, Larsson, Hartson (Lambert 67).
Subs: Fernandez, Maloney, Crainey, Gould.
Goals: Larsson (15), Sutton (68)

Referee: C Bolognino (Italy)
Att: 29,698

Here’s the game folks.. enjoy!

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November 23, 2022 6:32 am

Good morning fholks – Grand day to be a Tim

Great article again SeS, loved that Blackburn game, we had some real fitballers in those days, interesting stuff on Johnny Madden, some brilliant players and teams eminating from Czechoslovakia.

The Messi phenomenon has passed me by and yesterday again, I was singularly unimpressed – he ain’t no Lubo, that’s for sure.

Thought the Aussie lads put up a good account of themselves yesterday and Mooy played well. Yet outclassed – Mbappe looking every inch the star of the show.

So, eight matches gone and after the first six I had a grand total of nil points – howevah, all is not lost, got the last two games spot on, today’s selections looking slightly less bizarre…

Wednesday 23 November

Group F: Morocco v Croatia (10:00) ~ 1-3

Group E: Germany v Japan (13:00) ~ 3-1

Group E: Spain v Costa Rica (16:00) ~ 2-0

Group F: Belgium v Canada (19:00) ~ 3-3

Got to be a point or two in there.

Hail Hail

November 23, 2022 7:49 am

Great stuff again. You’d think when you get to my age there’s little you hadn’t heard before re ex Celtic players ,managers etc, but:

Johnny Madden. another new one on me. Very interesting.

As for the Blackburn game. I worked in Oxford ( well Abingdon to be precise) at the time of that match. The English fellas I worked with were convinced they would thump Celtic. After the second leg, Bhoy did I rub it in.
I regretted that but of triumphalism on my part when we pulled Liverpool later in the competition. I felt we’d probably lose that one, allowing the English to exact their revenge. On the lead up to the match at Anfield I wasn’t worth a button. On the day of the match itself I was shot through with anxiety.
I’ve rarely been happier after a match. Next morning I was at the newsagents at dark o’clock buying up every paper I could find that carried match reports.
Went to the office and pretty much papered every wall in it with the pictures, with special attention paid to Leon, the scouser who’d been the most vociferous in the lead up.

To be fair they all took it on the chin. On reflection, I must’ve been even more unbearable than normal that day.

Thanks for the article.

big packy
November 23, 2022 8:06 am

MORNING ALL and JIM, saltires once again great read with my morning coffee👍

big packy
November 23, 2022 8:11 am

from last night, TRM and ASWGL cheers, ghuys ABE KITTS hoping your enjoying your holiday, didnt know about your mum, sorry to hear that👍

November 23, 2022 8:15 am

A fine read on a cold wet morning 👏👏
Here’s another article on Johnny Madden

November 23, 2022 8:18 am

Good morning,predictor standings.

16 roads..9
Mike in
Wee McCaff…5
Call me Gerry..4

Highest points in one day were by 16 roads and jnp who got 7.

League will be updated before phase 2 which begins on Friday.

The next block of fixtures will be posted later on today.

Good luck all..

Cosy Corner Bhoy
November 23, 2022 8:43 am

Chalmersbhoy: The league table is well stretched already and there’s barely been a ball kicked! I look up my prediction before the game and then feel like I’d have been better looking up a dictionary for the meaning of ‘rubbish’😀
However, Celtic v Blackburn is a different kettle of fish as is Liverpool v Celtic of Twisty’s recall.
Blackburn, I was there and first leg v Liverpool I was also there.
The return leg? I watched that in a pub in a storm-damaged Fuengerola with Mrs CCB. Not that she actually watched as she spent the whole time talking to the only English man not interested in football! The football Gods were with me in spades that evening😀
The only time she engaged with me was the twice I jumped up and shouted ‘Ya Fn Beauty!’!! Swift kicks under the table being duly applied😀😀
Cue Mary Hopkins.
Great article as always, SeS.

Jobo Baldie
November 23, 2022 8:50 am

Good morning friends and thanks for the regular history lesson SeS.
Chalmersbhoy – for anyone who didn’t yet predict ALL of the group games (that’ll be me!) do you want me to do so on the designated thread rather than on here?

November 23, 2022 8:53 am

Post your predictions on the designated thread, you can post your scores daily if you wish.

November 23, 2022 8:55 am

Thx for the table update.

November 23, 2022 9:03 am

If you could also do a quick do a quick VAR check just to make sure JNP had all his selections in on time. If he did, I’m sure you can still employ some SPL var officiating to find a reason to dock him a few points? Were his fingers in a natural position when he typed his entry? Is the spacing between characters correct? Punctuation all in order?

St tams
November 23, 2022 9:07 am

Morning all
Very informative, as always.

Blackburn game brings back some great memories. I’ve still got my forged ticket, that I managed to get into game with.

November 23, 2022 9:30 am

St Tams

Wasn’t that the game where lots of supporters with legitimate tickets were refused entry?

St tams
November 23, 2022 10:22 am

Not that I was aware of.

November 23, 2022 10:32 am


Thanks for the read. 1934 was a world cup which leaves a bit of a bad taste to put it mildly and I am a confirned Italophile.

I have been to the stadium in Genoa twice. Once when Scotland lost to Costa Rica- a real ‘why am I here ?’ day. I saw Scotland beat Sweden 2-1 five days later which is by far my happiest memory of being at a Scotland match. And it’s the last time Scotland won a game at a World Cup. Lot of water and all that

I was not at Blackburn- was selling my then flat and Thursday was viewing night. As I showed people round and with the sound off the TV Celtic scored the first goal. Hard to stay focussed on the delights of the cooker that was included with the flat


November 23, 2022 10:38 am


CHAOS erupted at Celtic’s `Battle of Britain’ UEFA Cup clash last night after fans managed to enter the stadium with fake briefs.

Tensions flared as police – aware of a ticket forgery scam – forced supporters to go through extra security cordons before getting into Blackburn’s Ewood Park ground.

Despite the measure, hundreds of Celtic fans with fake tickets managed to get inside.

The Record can reveal forgers were openly selling fake tickets for pounds 5 just before the match.

Many with legitimate briefs were unable to get into Ewood because of the forgeries.

The delays and ticket frustrations outside the stadium caused some minor skirmishes to break out.

Police also admitted some Blackburn fans taunted visiting fans.

One Celtic supporter ended up in a local pub after being turned away from the turnstile with a genuine brief.

He said: “This trip cost me pounds 200 and has been a nightmare.

“Police at the turnstile admitted my ticket was genuine but said they wouldn’t let me in.

“They told me I was one among hundreds in the same situation.

“I was told to take it up with Blackburn tomorrow. Police said if everyone was allowed in there would be a riot.”

Another fan, from Hamilton, told how 24 out of 52 fans on his bus knowingly bought the fakes.

He said: “Lots of the lads came down without a ticket because they were really scarce. One guy used a digital camera and colour photocopier to make the tickets. I saw him shift 50 in five minutes for pounds 5 each.

“We walked past other buses and the same thing was happening. People with the fake tickets knew they didn’t have a great chance of getting in but they got away with it.

“There are always fake tickets going around for the away games but I have never seen anything like this.

“Everyone was in on it. They knew they were forgeries but thought they were better than nothing.”

The fan revealed he saw several others being ejected.

He added: “They all had a ticket for the same seat, so they were never really going to get to see the match.

“Some had been drinking on buses on the way down and weren’t too happy at being knocked back.”

Police admitted there had been some “minor skirmishes” before the game but that supporters had been “happily drunk.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “There were minor scuffles around the ground but most of these were by Blackburn supporters, rather than Celtic fans.

“The best part of 1000 people were outside the ground trying to get in when the match kicked off and we think two to three hundred of them had legitimate tickets.

“We don’t know why this happened but we will be holding a debriefing with Blackburn Football Club to try to find out.”

Police were on the look-out for forged tickets for the Darwin stand where the Celtic fans were seated and all the fake tickets referred to the stand’s lower tier.

The fraudulent briefs were green in colour, sticky in texture and featured holograms of “poor quality.”
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Date: Nov 15, 2002

You don’t recall that?

November 23, 2022 10:41 am

Forgeries for a fiver, denying fans who had bought genuine tickets in good faith and were refused entry, is more like the behaviour of that other lot.

November 23, 2022 10:56 am


I’ve often gone to away matches without first having a ticket. It is usually worth the trip,as I tend to blag one somewhere,somehow. I would definitely have taken my chances with a forgery in the days before all-seated stadia. And I can’t say with 100% certainty that I wouldn’t take one in the circumstances that ST TAMS was in.

There are usually seats available even at sold-out matches,as not everyone with a ticket can make it there,so I guess the trick is to linger in the concourse till about five minutes after kick off,then find one of those empty seats!

November 23, 2022 10:57 am

Modric surprisingly looking his age here! Croatia have been poor,while Morocco have looked right up for it. Having said that,one decent chance each in the first 45 is not exactly a spectacle.

November 23, 2022 11:02 am

Morning all,

Top marks again 👏👏👏👏

I was at the Blackburn game with a genuine ticket but there were a lot of fakes floating around that night.

The Morocco Croatia game is crap !!!!!!!!!!!

For me Croatia have been very poor and Modric not showing his usual class.

November 23, 2022 11:20 am


I went to Warsaw without a ticket and bought one at face value off a supporter. No problems with that.

Knowingly buying “wet” forgeries for a fiver means you know exactly what you’re doing- taking a risk getting in, and in this case denying genuine holders their seat.
Not attractive behaviour. More akin to the other lot.
And not something to boast about.

There was overcrowding at that Blackburn game. Given the events of a few years previously not clever.

Crowd issues are mentioned about 10 mins into the above vid.

bada Bing 1
November 23, 2022 11:33 am

Wilko Johnson RIP

Big Audio Dynamite
November 23, 2022 11:49 am

Thanks SeS. 👍

I haven’t watched a single minute of this WC. These days, if the players aren’t wearing Celtic tops, I just don’t seem to be remotely interested.

Strange, cause I am missing the football, and definitely looking forward to what Ange has in store for January.

Our next game can’t come quick enough.

HH 🍀

November 23, 2022 11:56 am

Sunday league game,with both teams on the lash till the early hours. Two hours of my life wasted that I won’ be getting back.

Prestonpans bhoys
November 23, 2022 11:58 am

I watched the first 10 minutes of the Morocco game, then decided to walk the 🐕 instead . Just back in seems my decision has been vindicated😵😱

November 23, 2022 11:58 am


Saddened to hear of Wilko’s death. Must be about fifteen years ago he was diagnosed with terminal cancer,but he beat that and revitalised his career too.


November 23, 2022 12:03 pm


Another fine wander down memory lane,thank you. Johnny Madden was,I believe,known as the father of football in Czechoslovakia. How the hell he managed to get the job in 1905 without a word of the language beats me,but maybe football really is an international language.

BROGAN,ROGAN,TREVINO & HOGAN has his own inimitable take on things in an article also about Lubo and Dr Jo. A fantastic read.

November 23, 2022 12:16 pm

Uncanny, Bobby, had just been reading it as SES’s article reminded me of it! For anyone unfamiliar with this article, give yersel ten minutes today with a cup of coffee or a glass of red and enjoy…

November 23, 2022 12:21 pm


ATHINGOFBEAUTY will be delighted-a left sided CB!

November 23, 2022 12:22 pm

Never mind Blackburn in 2003 — the overcrowding in the away support needs to be addressed before something bad happens.

Two trips to M/well show the scale of the issue — crowd spilling over into the passageways to the point that they cannot be seen / made out from the rest of the seats.

Very self indulgent — along with the red-neck republican songbook.

November 23, 2022 12:23 pm

Chairbhoy…Messi really is an enigma at this level. The game very often seems to elude him completely. He is one-paced and uninspired/un-ispirational. I’ve posted on here before about my young Argy mate who is now living in Scotland, he was over for grub and a couple of beers on Saturday and I was saying I’d like Argentina to do something this World Cup as Messi’s club career deserves a higher accolade. Now, my big pal is a Boca fan, (his Argy girlfriend is Plate by the way and we insisted on playing the Plate Rhebs the other night when he was in 😂😂😂 he wasn’t too happy!!) and Maradona is his football god so Messi doesn’t inspire him as he does others and he thought Argentina would struggle to go to the quarters. After seeing them v Saudi I had to agree, very disappointing.

November 23, 2022 12:26 pm

New CB — looking good.
Fair play to AP — he does not hang about.
Hopefully more to come over the next 6 weeks.
Huge amount of low cost talent on-show at the WC.
Coaching / focus / attitude / intelligence trumps raw talent.

Big Audio Dynamite
November 23, 2022 12:26 pm

Well, didn’t have to wait long to find out our first January signing. Wonder what this means for Jenz, who I think has done well.

November 23, 2022 12:35 pm

BAD @ 12.26

MoJ is a work in progress — at least 18 months off being a starter in the CL.
Good fourth choice CB with a lot of talent to work with.
However not currently good enough.

We should have signed an experienced but hungry starting CB during the summer.
We need to aim for better than CCV and CS — are they any better than 2016/17 era DB / JS pairing?
They are getting better but we need to improve for the medium term.

Today’s CCV + CS vs 2016/17 DB + JS vs 2019/20 CJ + KA — My thoughts are that they would come third in that 3 horse race.

November 23, 2022 12:41 pm

Just nipping out for a bit but here’s “clockwork guitar demon” Wilko in action…

November 23, 2022 1:10 pm

Maeda goal chalked off.

Prestonpans bhoys
November 23, 2022 1:11 pm

Yip well offside, crowd seem to have lost there voice

They seem to be playing a quick press rather than a high press.

November 23, 2022 1:15 pm

New boy Yuki Koboyashi is a real Slim Jim.

November 23, 2022 1:20 pm

Rudiger is going to be a handful for the Japanese at corners.

Minamino and Tomiyasu on a strong bench.

Some gorgeous Asian women in the crowd.

Prestonpans bhoys
November 23, 2022 1:26 pm

This is a bit like Morocco game, no excitement😕

St tams
November 23, 2022 1:32 pm

Get a life

St tams
November 23, 2022 1:33 pm

Forgot to add.
I don’t and never have read the DR.

November 23, 2022 1:50 pm

Surely Havertz offside?

November 23, 2022 1:51 pm

Chalked off.
Ref looks like a certain tubby Colombian from the southside.

November 23, 2022 2:19 pm

Maeda subbed.

November 23, 2022 2:21 pm

Gundogan skelps post.

November 23, 2022 2:23 pm

Japanes just miss. Rudiger, who is a defensive monster akin to big Bobo, does enough to put attacker off.

bada Bing 1
November 23, 2022 2:24 pm

There’s a Dr Feelgood documentary hopefully on BBC I player, about their life stories, highly recommended, directed by Julian Temple

November 23, 2022 2:26 pm

Japanese management team in sideline discussion. Just lipreading, it seems assistant said, “We should have brought Kyogo.”