Football World Cup 1934
The Football World Cup of 1934
was hosted by Mussolini's Italy
. It was the first Football World Cup for which teams would have to qualify in order to take part. The number of participating nations this time doubled from the previous tournament, but only 10 of the 32 nations originated from outside the continent of the host nation.
Reigning World Cup holders Uruguay declined an invitation to participate in a mark of defiance against the European snub from the previous World Cup of 1930.
The preliminary round took the form of a knockout stage, which saw;
go through to the next round, while;
were all eliminated.
The quarter finals provided the first replay that the World Cup had seen when Italy and Spain drew 1-1 after extra time.
Italy won the replay 1-0, and then went on to beat Austria by the same result. Meanwhile Czechoslovakia secured their place in the final by beating Germany 3-1.
The Del Partiti stadium provided the venue for the final and with 70 minutes played, the Czechoslovakians were ahead 2-1.
The Italians managed to pull level before the final whistle, and then added another goal in extra time to be crowned World Cup Winners.
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