1934 Italy

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1934 Poster In his introduction to "The Struggle for Mastery In Europe, 1848-1918", A J P Taylor wrote "Though they (... the Aristocratic Ambassadors of the great European powers) carried on the mysteries of secret diplomacy, there were few real secrets in the diplomatic world, and all diplomatists were honest, according to their moral code."

To this he added a footnote - "It becomes wearisome to add 'except the Italians' to every generalization. Henceforth it may be assumed".

In the early 1930s world of football, Italy were certainly amongst the international giants of the period; unfortunately the morals of their rulers was all out fascist. It was made very plain to the host organizers that this was a fascist showpiece, and the Italian Azzuri would win at all costs. The propaganda value of Italian manhood beating the rest of the world was a juicy prospect for Mussolini and Co, and, although these slogans would have no meaning or substance outside from the national policies of the countries by which they were used, power over opinion cannot be dissociated from military and economic power.

The first Old World tournament was the first, and to date, the only, time the champions did not defend their title. Uruguay were not only disgruntled by the top European non-attendance of their birthday party, but had a major player strike on their hands. Austria had das Wunderteam, under the modernist anglophile Hugo Meisl, which had recently thrashed Scotland 5-0, Germany 6-0, and the Swiss 8-1 - spearheaded by the two master forwards, Biscan and Sindelar.

Hungary and Czechoslovakia were equally as powerful. The growing number of entrants forced FIFA to introduce a perfunctory zonal qualification. Sweden easily overcame Lithuania and Estonia after two single defeats. Spain beat Portugal; the Swiss and Romania (luckily) knocked out Yugoslavia; Holland and Belgium out pointed Eire; and Germany and France, not yet in tanks, trampled through Luxemembourg.

Ridiculously, Italy had to defeat Greece to play in their own finals, and did so, no doubt to great official relief. The 'rest' of the world was represented by Egypt, who had to get to Rome via Jerusalem! A match unthinkable today, they bested Palestine 11-2 (on aggregate), again without the aid of panzers.

Central and South America was a bit of a war zone.

Bolivia and Paraguay were in the thick of the Chaco conflict, but Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico, despite unrest domestically, brought forth a play-off in Rome between the USA and the Mexicans. An all expenses paid Roman holiday ended the Mexican hopes, and after a 4-2 loss to the USA on 24 May, it was a 4,000-mile trip back to the land of tequila.

Brazil (vs. Peru) and Argentina (vs. Chile) had walkovers. War, however, was not the only conflict. It was the death throes of amateurism which caused so much grief to the South American football associations. Leading clubs embraced professionalism and broke away from their respective associations, and therefore from FIFA. Argentina and Brazil, both hoping to host the 1938 finals, sent, respectively, amateur (less chance of poaching), and professional squads.

All this hiatus over pay benefited Italy. Filó (capped by Brazil), Orsi, Demaria, Guaita and Monti (all Argentine), were eligible behind a helpful FIFA blind eye. Vitorio Pozzo, as manager, coach, and generalissimo, used the best of his resources and powers. He had, like, the Austrian Miesl, studied the English game first hand at Old Trafford before the Great War. Utilizing the friendship of the Manchester United captain Charlie Roberts, picking the brains of goal machine Cliff Bastin, and confident under an omnipresent shield of a right-wing Italian Football Federation, Italy were not merely favourites.

In the heady days of 1934, football was not just a matter of life and death. It was more important than that.

After all, Mussolini had built up the infrastructure, spent a fortune on the stadiums, and got the trains running on time. And so when, on the opening day of the tournament, the Azzuri beat the USA 7-1 at the Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, his joy knew no bounds.

Some 60 years after the World Cup, it came to light that Italy had bribed Greece into forfeiting the second qualifying match. Greece had already lost the away leg 0-4 to Italy, and so plausibly forfeited the return match on the ground that they stood no chance. In truth, the Italian Football Federation harboured no wishes to send their players on a tiresome steamship voyage to Athens so shortly before the World Cup, So they bought their opponents off by giving the Greek Football Federation a house, which served as its offce until 1980. During the same qualifiers, Poland withdrew before the return match against Czechoslovakia when Polish foreign minister Józef Piłsudski did not allow the team to travel to Prague.

PJ Millingstein / E Impin 8 April 2003

General Points

  • Locations & Dates: Italy, 27th May to 10th June 1934 (The tournament was played out in 8 stadia in 8 cities. The stadia are also referred to as Campo or Campo Comunale.
  • Roma (Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista), Bologna, (Stadio del Littorile), Genova (Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris), Firenze (Stadio Communale Giovanni Francesco Berta), Milano (Stadio Calcistico di San Siro), Napoli (Stadio Comunale Giorgio Ascarelli), Torino (Stadio Municipale Benito Mussolini), Trieste (Stadio del Littorio).
  • Decided at Stockholm / Zurich Conference 14th May & 8th Oct 1932 (Sweden withrew before the vote).
  • Entries deadline date 28th February 1933.
  • Qualifications drawn 22nd May 1933 in Paris.
  • 32 countries entered (21 for the first time), 27 played; because the champions Uruguay did not enter and other withdrawals, Argentina & Brazil qualified without playing a match. The host Italy had to qualify. (Chile, Peru, Turkey withdrew without playing).
  • Finals drawn 3rd May 1934 in Rome.
  • Participating teams: Argentina [9], Austria [4], Belgium, Brazil [14], Czechoslovakia [2], Egypt, France, Germany [3], Hungary [6], Italy [1], Netherlands [9], Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States. (The figure in brackets indicates the FIFA world ranking in 1934 and were seeded).
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First Round

Game 1: [M1] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Rome. [19]
(~25,000) René Mercet (SUI), Pedro Escartín Morán (ESP), Bohumil Ženíšek (TCH).

Result: ITALY 7 – USA 1 (3:0)
1:0 Schiavio 18, 2:0 Orsi 20, 3:0 Schiavio 29, 3:1 Donelli 57, 4:1 Ferrari 63, 5:1 Schiavio 63 (100th World Cup goal), 6:1 Orsi 69, 7:1 Meazza 90.

ITA: Giampero Combi; – Virginio Rosetta (c. 52nd and last cap], Luigi Allemandi; – Mario Pizziolo, Luis Felipe Monti, Luigi Bertolini; – Anfilogino Guarisi, Guiseppe Meazza, Angelo Schiavio, Giovanni Ferrari, Raymundo Orsi.

USA: Julius Hjulian; – Adolph Czerkiewicz, George Moorhouse (c); – Peter Paul Pietras, William 'Billy' Adelino Gonsalvez, Thomas Frank Florie, – Francis John Ryan, Werner Nilsen, Aldo Theodore Donelli, Walter Dick, William 'Bill' McLean.

Designated as the opening game.

Game 2: [M2] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Littorio, Trieste. [20]
(~8,000) Johannes Juliana “John” Langenus (BEL), Guiseppe Scarpi (ITA), Raffaele Scorzoni (ITA).

Result: CZECHOSLOVAKIA 2 - ROMANIA 1 (0:1)
0:1 Dobay 11, 1:1 Puc 48, 2:1 Nejedlý 66.

TCH: Frantisek Plánicka (c), – Ladislav Ženišek, Josef Ctyroký, – Josef Kostálek, Stefan Cambal, Rudolf Krcil, – Frantisek Junek, Josef Silný (50th and last cap), Jiri Sobotka, Oldrich Nejedlý, Antonin Puc.

ROM: Wiliam Zombory, – Emerich Vogl (c), Gheorghe Albu, – Vasile Deheleanu, Rudolf Kotormanyi, Iosif Moravetz – Silviu Bindea, Niculae Kovacs, Gratian Sepi, Iuliu Bodola, Stefan Dobay.

Game 3: [M3] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Marassi, Genoa. [21]
(~30,000) Alfred Birlem (GER), Ettori Carminati (ITA), Mihaly Ivanicsic (HUN).

Result: SPAIN 3 – BRAZIL 1 (3:0)
1:0 Iraragori 17 pen, 2:0 Lángara 25, 3:0 Lángara 28, 3:1 Leônidas 52 (62 Zamora saved a penalty by Waldemar - first ever penalty miss in the WCF).

ESP: Ricardo Zamora Martínez (c); – Ciríaco Errasti Sinuaga, Jacinto Francisco Fernández de Quincoces y López de Arbina; - Leonardo Cilauren Uriarte, José Muguerza Antinúa, Martín José Marculeta Barbería, – Ramón de Lafuente Leal, José Iraragorri Ealo, Isidoro Lángara Galárraga, Simón Lecue Andrade, Guillermo Gorostiza Peredes.

BRZ: Roberto Gomes PEDROSA; - SILVIO HOFFMANN Mazzi, Luis dos Santos LUZ; - Alfredo Alves TINOCO, MARTIM Mercio de SILVEIRA (c), Heitor CANALLI, – Luiz Mesquita de Oliveira 'LUIZINHO', WALDEMAR de Brito, Armando dos Santos 'ARMADINHO', LEÔNIDAS da Silva, Rodolfo Barteczko 'PATESKO'.

Game 4: [M4] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio San Siro, Milan. [22]
(~35,000) Ivan Henning Hjalmar Eklind (SWE), Alois Beranek (AUT), Ferruccio Bonivento (ITA).

Result: SWITZERLAND 3 – HOLLAND 2 (2:1)
1:0 Kielholz 6, 1:1 Smit 29, 2:1 Kielholz 43, 3:1 Abegglen 65, 3:2 Vente 69.

SUI: Frank Séchehaye; – Severino Minelli (c), Walter Weiler II; – Albert Ferdinand Guinchard, Fernand Alfred Jaccard, Ernest Paul Hufschmid; – Wilhelm von Känel, Raymond Passello, Leopold 'Poldi' Kielholz, André 'Trello' Abegglen III, Guiseppe Bossi.

HOL: Agaeus 'Gejus' Yme van der Muelen; – Bartholomeus Marius 'Mauk' Weber, Josephus 'Sjef' Franciscus Johannes Antonius van Run; – Hendrikus 'Henk' Adrianus Pellikaan, Willem 'Wim' Gerardus Anderiesen, Gerardus Henricus 'Puck' van Heel (c); – Frank 'Frans' Wels, Leendert 'Leen' Roedolf Johan Vente, Elisa 'Bep' Hendrik Bakhuys, Johannes (Jaap) Chrysostomus “Kick” Smit, Johannes 'Joop' Cornelis van Nellen.

Game 5: [M5] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Littoriale, Bologna. [23]
(~19,000) Eugen Braun (AUT), Albino Carraro (ITA), Guiseppe Turbiani (ITA).

Result: SWEDEN 3 – ARGENTINA 2 (1:1)
0:1 Belis 3 , 1:1 Jonasson 9, 1:2 Galateo 50, 2:2 Jonasson 67, 3:2 Kroon 80.

SWE: Anders Rydberg; – Nils Axelsson, Sven Oskar Albin Andersson; – Rune Carlsson, Nils Rosen (c), Ernst Andersson; – Gösta Dunker, Ragnar Gustafsson, Sven Jonasson, Tore Keller, Kurt Kroon.

ARG: Héctor Luis Freschi; – Juan Carlos Pedevilla, Ernesto Antonio Belis; – José Eduardo Nehin, Constantino Urbieta Sosa, Arcadio Julio López (c); – Francisco Rúa, Frederico Wilde, Alfredo Ciriaco Devincenzi, Alberto Galateo, Roberto Luis Irañeta.

Note: This was to be Argentinas last World Cup match until 1957. Thus it was the last appearance for Argentina for all eleven players

Game 6: [M6] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence. [24]
(~8,000) Francesco Mattea (ITA), Georges Baert (FRA), Ermenegildo Melandri (ITA).

Result: GERMANY 5 – BELGIUM 2 (1:2)
1:0 Kobierski 27, 1:1 Voorhoof 32, 1:2 Voorhoof 44, 2:2 Sifling 47, 3:2 Conen 66, 4:2 Conen 69, 5:2 Conen 85.

GER: Willibald Kress; – Siegmund 'Sigi' Haringer, Hans Schwartz; – Paul Janes, Friedrich 'Fritz' Szepan (c), Paul Zielinski; – Ernst Lehner, Karl Hohmann, Edmond Conen, Otto Siffling, Stanislaus Kobierski.

BEL: André Vandeweyer; – Philibert Smellinckx, Constant 'Stan' Joacim; – Frans Peeraer, Felix Welkenhuysen (c), Jean Claessens; – François 'Frans' de Vries, Bernard Voorhoof, Jean Capelle, Laurent Grimmonprez, Albert Heremans.

Game 7: [M7] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Mussolini, Turin. [25]
(~15,000) Johannes 'Joop' Franciscus van Moorsel (HOL), Camillo Caironi (ITA), Louis André Baert (BEL).

Result: AUSTRIA 3 – FRANCE 2 (1:1, 1:1, 2:1) aet (first ever game decided by extra-time in WCF).
0:1 Nicolas 18, 1:1 Sindelar 44, 2:1 Schall 93, 3:1 Bican 109, 3:2 Verriest 115 pen

AUT: Peter Platzer; – Franz Cisar, Karl Sesta; – Franz Wagner, Franz Josef 'Pepi' Smistik (c), Johann Urbanek; – Karl Zischek, Josef 'Pepi' Bican, Matej 'Mathias' Sindelar, Anton Schall, Rudolf Viertl.

FRA: Alexis Thépot; – Jacques Désiré Mairesse, Etienne Mattler; – Edmond Delfour, Georges Verriest (c), Noël Liétaer; – Frédéric 'Fritz' Keller, Joseph 'José' Alcázar García, Jean Eduard Marie Nicolas, Roger Rio, Alfred 'Freddy' Aston.

Game 8: [M8] Sunday 27 May 1934 (16.30), Stadio Ascarelli, Naples. [26]
(~8,000) Rinaldo Barlassina (ITA), Generoso Damio (ITA), Otello Saasi (ITA).

Result: HUNGARY 4 – EGYPT 2 (2:2)
1:0 Teleki 11, 2:0 Toldi 31, 2:1 Fawzi 39, 2:2 Fawzi 43, 3:2 Vincze 54, 4:2 Toldi 61.

HUN: Antal Szabó; – Gyula Futó, Laszlo Sternberg (c); - Istvan Palotás, Gyorgy Szücs, Gyula Lázár; – Imre Markos, Jeno Vincze, Pal Teleki, Geza Toldi, Gabor Peter Szabó.

EGY: Mustafa Kamel Mansour; – Ali Mohammed al-Said al- Kaf, Hamidu Abdel Ibrahim Sharli; – Hassan Ahmed El-Far, Ismail Rafaat, Hassan Raghab; – Mohammed Latif, Abdulrahman Fawzi, Mahmoud Mokhtar Rafai 'al-Tetsh' (c), Mustafa Kemel Taha, Mohammed Hassan Helmy.


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Second Round (Quarter-Finals)

Game 1: [M9] Thursday 31 May 1934 (16.30) Stadio San Siro, Milan. [27]
(~16,000) Rinaldo Barlassina (ITA), Joop van Moorsel (HOL), René Marcet (SUI).

Result: GERMANY 2 - SWEDEN 1 (0:0)
1:0 Hohmann 60, 2:0 Hohmann 62, 2:1 Dunker 82.

GER: Willibald Kress; – Sigi Haringer, Wilhelm Busch; – Rudolf Gramlich, Fritz Sczepan (c), Paul Zielinski; – Ernst Lehner, Karl Hohmann, Edmond Conen, Otto Siffling, Stanislaus Kobierski.

SWE: Anders Rydberg; – Nils Axelsson, Sven Andersson; – Rune Carlsson, Nils Rosen (c), Ernst Andersson; – Gösta Dunker, Ragnar Gustafsson, Sven Jonasson, Tore Keller, Kurt Kroon.

Game 2: [M10] Thursday 31 May 1934 (16.30) Stadio Mussolini, Turin. [28]
(~9,000) Alois Beranek (AUT), Yousuf Mohammed (EGY), Georges Baert (FRA).

Result: CZECHOSLOVAKIA 3 – SWITZERLAND 2 (1:1)
0:1 Kielholz 18, 1:1 Svoboda 23, 2:1 Sobotka 49, 2:2 Jäggi 80, 3:2 Nejedlý 83.

TCH: Frantisek Planicka (c); – Ladislav Ženíšek, Josef Ctyroký; – Josef Kostálek, Stefan Cambal, Rudolf Krcil; – Frantisek Junek, Frantisek Svoboda, Jiri Sobotka, Oldrich Nejedlý, Antonin Puc.

SUI: Frank Séchehaye; – Severino Minelli (c), Walter Weiler; – Albert Guinchard, Ferdnand Jaccard, Paul Hufschmid; – Willy von Känel, Wilhelm 'Willy' Leagy Jäggi, Poldi Kielholz, Trello Abegglen III, Alfred Jaeck.

Game 3: [M11] Thursday 31 May 1934 Stadio Littoriale, Bologna. [29]
(~14,000) Francesco Mattea (FRA), Alfred Birlem (GER), Pedro Escartín (ESP)

Result: AUSTRIA 2 - HUNGARY 1 (1:0)
1:0 Horvath 5, 2:0 Zischek 51, 2:1 Sárosi 62 pen.

AUT: Peter Platzer; – Franz Cisar, Karl Sesta; – Franz Wagner, Pepi Smistik (c), Hans Urbanek; – Karl Zischek, Pepi Bican, Mathias Sindelar, Johann Horvath, Rudolf Viertl.

HUN: Antal Szabó; – Jozsef Vagó, Laszlo Sternberg (c); – Istvan Pálotas, Gyorgy Szücs, Anton Szalay; – Imre Markos, Istvan Avar, Gyorgy Sarosi, Geza Toldi, Tibor Kemeny.

Sent off: Imre Markos (63). Avar was carried off after 80 minutes in this brawling match..

Game 4: Thursday 31 May 1934 Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence. [30]
(~40,000) Louis André Baert (BEL), Mihaly Ivanciscs (HUN), Bohumil Zenisek (TCH).

Result: ITALY 1 - SPAIN 1 (1:1), (1:1). aet.
0:1 Regueiro 31, 1:1 Ferrari 44.

ITA: Giampiero Combi (c); - Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi Allemandi; – Mario Pizziolo, Luis Monti, Armando Castellazzi; – Enrique Lucas Guaita González, Guiseppe Meazza, Angelo Schiavio, Giovanni Ferrari, Raymundo Orsi.

ESP: Ricardo Zamora (c); – Errasti Ciriaco, Jacinto Quincoces; – Leonardo Cilauren, José Muguerza, Frederico Saiz Villegas 'Fede'; – Ramón de Lafuente, José Iraragorri, Isidro Lángara, Luis Regueiro Pagula, Guillermo Gorostiza.

Note: The Italian tactic of high crosses followed up by barging into the great Zamora (offered no protection from a feeble referee), put him out of the replay. This was the first draw in a finals match.
The Spanish-Italian “war” at Florence, weakly refereed, quickly turned into a pummelling match. Spain took the lead in the first half, then Italy equalised in the second, and mounted a bruising attack on the Spanish defence. The match went into extra time and remained inconclusive, except that 7 Spaniards and 4 Italians were too battered to turn out for the replay, which was perhaps more disgraceful, and certainly more spinelessly refereed. The Spaniards had two goals disallowed and, to add to their misfortunes, their full-backs collided and concussed each other. Meazza scored the only goal of the match to put Italy into the semi-final. Mercet, the Swiss ref, was suspended by his own FA. In Spain, protests filled the papers, and a public petition was proposed to erect a monument to the “Heroes of Florence”. [AR]

Quarter-Final Replay: [M13] Friday 1 June 1934 Stadio Giovanni Berta, Florence. [31]
(~40,000) René Mercet (SUI), Mihaly Ivanciscs (HUN), Bohumil Ženíšek (TCH).

Result: ITALY 1 - SPAIN 0 (1:0)
Meazza 11.

ITA: Giampiero Combi (c); – Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi Allemandi; – Attilio Ferraris IV, Luis Monti, Luigi Bertolini; – Enrique Guaita, Guiseppe Meazza, Felice Placido Borel II, Atilio José Demaría, Raymundo Orsi.

ESP: Juan José Nogués Portalatín; – Ramón Zabalo Zubiaurre, Jacinto Quincoces (c); – Leonardo Cilauren, José Muguerza, Simón Lecue; – Martin Ventolrá Fort, Luis Regueiro, Guillermo Marcelino González del Río García 'Campanal', Eduardo González Valiño 'Chacho', Crisanto Bosch Espín.

Replacing 4 out 11 players is a lot, but Spain had to make wholesale changes to their line-up: a whopping 7 out of 11 (that's 63%), all of them due to injuries.
(Zamora (c)Ciríaco, Quincoces – Cilaurren, Muguerza, Fede Lafuente, Iraragorri, Lángara, Regueiro, Gorostiza. for
Nogués – Zabalo, Quincoces (c) – Cilaurren, Muguerza, LecueVantolrá, Regueiro, Campanal, Chacho, Bosch.
But for Regueiro, Italy wiped out the entire Spanish attack, along with a midfielder, a defender and the keeper. Moreover, at the end of the replay, another four Spaniards – Bosch, Chacho, Regueiro and Quincoces – left the field with injuries. Together with the first match's casualties, this makes exactly 11.
[AR]


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Semi-Finals

Game 1: [M14] Played: 3 June 1934 (16.30) Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Rome. [32]
(~13,000) Rinaldo Barlassina (ITA), Alois Beranek (AUT), Pedro Escartín (ESP).

Result: CZECHOSLOVAKIA 3 - GERMANY 1 (1:0)
1:0 Nejedlý 21, 1:1 Noack 59, 2:1 Nejedlý 69, 3:1 Nejedlý 80.

TCH: Frantisek Planicka (c); – Jaroslav Burgr, Josef Ctyroký; – Josef Kostálek, Stefan Cambal, Rudolf Krcil; - Frantisek Junek, Frantisek Svoboda, Jiri Sobotka, Oldrich Nejedlý, Antonin Puc.

GER: Willibald Kress; – Sigi Haringer, Willi Busch; – Paul Zielinski, Fritz Sczepan (c), Jakob Bender; – Ernst Lehner, Otto Siffling, Edmond Conen, Rudi Noack, Staislaus Kobierski.

Game 2: [M15] Played: 3 June 1934 (16.30) Stadio San Siro, Milan. [33]
(~45,000) Ivan Eklind (SWE), Louis André Baert (BEL), Bohumil Ženíšek (TCH).

Result: ITALY 1 - AUSTRIA 0 (0:0)
Guaita 19.

ITA: Giampiero Combi (c); – Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi Allemandi; – Attilio Ferraris IV, Luis Monti, Luigi Bertolini; – Enrique Guaita, Guiseppe Meazza, Angelo Schiavio, Giovanni Ferrari, Raymundo Orsi.

AUT: Peter Platzer; – Franz Cisar, Karl Sesta; – Franz Wagner, Pepi Smistik (c), Hans Urbanek; – Karl Zischek, Pepi Bican, Mathias Sindelar, Toni Schall, Rudolf Viertl.


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Third Place Match

[M16] Thursday 7 June 1934 (17.30) Stadio Ascarelli, Naples. [34]
(~7,000) Albino Carraro (ITA), Camillo Caironi (ITA), Pedro Escartín (ESP).

Result: GERMANY 3 - AUSTRIA 2 (3:1)
1:0 Lehner 1 (24 secs), 2:0 Conen 29, 2:1 Horvath 30, 3:1 Lehner 42, 3:2 Sesta 55.

GER: Hans Jakob; – Paul Janes, Willi Busch; – Paul Zielinski, Reinhold Münzenberg, Jakob Bender; - Ernst Lehner, Otto Siffling, Edmond Conen, Fritz Sczepan (c), Mathias Heidemann.

AUT: Peter Platzer; – Franz Cisar, Karl Sesta; – Franz Wagner, Pepi Smistik, Hans Urbanek; – Karl Zischek, Georg Braun, Pepi Bican, Hans Horvath (c), Rudolf Viertl.


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Final

[M17] Sunday, 10 June 1934 (17.00) Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista, Rome. [35]
(~50,000) Ivan Eklind (SWE), Louis André Baert (BEL), Mihaly Ivanicsic (HUN).

Result: ITALY 2 – CZECHOSLOVAKIA 1 aet (0:0, 1:1, 2:1) First final decided by extra time
0:1 Puc 71, 1:1 Orsi 81, 2:1 Schiavio 95.

ITA: Giampiero Combi (c. .47th and last game); – Eraldo Monzeglio, Luigi Allemandi; – Attilio Ferraris IV, Luis Monti, Luigi Bertolini; – Enrique Guaita, Guiseppe Meazza, Angelo Schiavio (last game), Giovanni Ferrari, Raymundo Orsi.

TCH: Frantisek Plánicka (c); – Ladislav Ženíšek, Josef Ctyroký; – Josef Kostálek, Stefan Cambal, Rudolf Krcil; – Frantisek Junek, Frantisek Svoboda, Jiri Sobotka, Oldrich Nejedlý, Antonin Puc.


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Other Information / Stats

TOP SCORERS

Goals Player(s)
5
Nejedly (TCH)(b. Zarbrak, 25 Dec 1909 - d. Zarbrak, 11 June 1990).
4
Conen (GER), Schiavio (ITA)
3
Orsi (ITA), Kielholz (SUI)
2
Horvath (AUT), Voorhoof (BEL), Puc (TCH), Fawzi (EGY), Lángara (ESP), Hohmann, Lehner (GER), Toldi (HUN), Ferrari, Meazza (ITA), Jonasson (SWE)
  • In total 70 goals (3 pens), 4.12 per match.
  • Most goals ITALY (12).
  • No team without goals. 46 players scored.
  • One player sent off.

MANAGER-COACH, ASSISTANTS, RESERVE PLAYERS

ARG: Felipe Pascucci [ITA] | Rubén Ernesto Albaracin (MF), José Ramón Astudillo (DF), Enrique Chimento (DF), Ángel Grippa (GK), Luis Luca Izetta (FW), Alfonso Lorenso (MF), Francisco Vincente Pérez (FW.

AUT: Hugo Meisl, | Friedrich Franzl (GK), Josef Hassmamn (FW), Leopold Hofmann (MF), Anton Janda (DF), Mathias Kaburek (FW), Rudolf Raftl (GK), Willibald Schmaus (DF), Josef Stroh (FW), Johann Walzhofer (FW).

BEL: Hector 'Torten' Goetinck | Arnold Badjou (GK), Désiré Bourgeois (MF), Jean Brichaut (FW), Auguste Hellemans (MF), Robert Lamoot (FW), Charles Simons (MF), François René Ledent (FW), Jules Pappert (DF), Georges Putmans (MF), Charles Simons (MF), Joseph van Ingelghem (MF), Louis Versyp (FW).

BRZ: Luiz Augusto Vinhais | ARIEL Augusto Nogueira (MF), ATTILA de Carvalho (FW), OTACILIO Pinheiro Guerra (DF), GERMANO Boettcher Sobrinho (GK), Carlos Antônio Dobbert de CARVALHO LEITE (FW), Walter Vicente Guimarñes "WALDIR" (DF).
Note: Six other players were registered with FIFA for the World Cup: Amado (Amado Benigno), Domingos (Domingos Antônio da Guia), Jaguaré (Jaguaré Bezerra de Vasconcellos), Ladislau (Ladislau José Antônio da Guia), Mário (Mário Carreiro da Silva) and Tunga (Sebasti o Couto). Further players who may appear in connection with this squad were selected for the national team but not released by their club Societ Sportiva Palestra Italia: Gabardo (Eliseo Gabardo), Imparatinho (Caetano Imparato), Junqueira (José Junqueira de Oliveira), Nascimento (Oscar Francisco Nascimento) and Romeu (Romeu Pellicciari). Tunga (Sebasti o Couto), who already was registered for the tournament, also was not released by the club. A seventh player, Rey (José Fontana), was nominated but declined. Meanwhile, Italian papers were citing three players who were not selected – Bahia (Antônio de Almeida), Bilé (Gabriel Fernandes Bastos) and Pamplona (Estanislau de Figueiredo Pamplona) – as well as Tunga (Sebasti o Couto), who had been nominated. The papers cited them by one of their real names rather than by their public name, as is customary in Brazil, (making it dificult to identify them since Brazilian publications index players by their public name). A fifth name, Conta, also appeared in various squad lists, but this is likely to have been a misquote of Couto (i.e., Tunga). [AR]

EGY: James McRea [SCO] | Abdel Aziz Fahmy (GK), Ahmed Halim Ibrahim (MF), Hany Kamel, Hafez Kasseb (MF), Kamel Masoud (FW), Mahmoud Ismail al-Nigero (FW).
Mahmoud “al-Tetsh” Mokhtar was captain and assistant trainer. Two further players, Mohamed Farid Bekhaty (MF) and Wagih el-Kashef (FW), were nominated for the squad but declined.

ESP: Amedeo García de Salazar | Juan Hilario Marrero Pérez - 'Hilario', Luis Marín Sabater, Pedro Solé Junoy.
Benito Torregaray was considered for the squad, but not selected.

FRA: Gabriel 'George' Sibley Kimpton [ENG] | René Liense (GK), Louis Gabrillargues (MF), Joseph Gonzalés (DF), Émile Veinante (FW). On Standby: Robert Defossé (GK), Georges Beaucourt (DF), Roger Courtois (FW), Célestin-Henri Delmer (MF), Pierre Korb (FW), Lucien Laurent (IF), Jules Vandooren (DF).

GER: Otto Nerz, | Ernst Albrecht (MF). On Standby: Fritz Buchloh (GK), Franz Dienert (FW), Josef 'Sepp' Streb (FW).

HOL: Robert 'Bob' Glendenning [ENG] | Alex Jan Graafland, Leonard 'Leo' Herman Gerrit Halle (GK), Adriaan 'Adri' van Male (GK), Jan Anthonie van Diepenbeek (DF), Antonius 'Toon' Adrianus Henricus Oprinsen (MF), Cornelis 'Kees' Lambertus Mijnders (FW), Jacob 'Jaap' Mol (FW), Arend 'Arie' Hessel Schoemaker (FW), On standby in Holland: Bastiaan 'Bas' Jacob Paauwe (MF), Hermanus 'Manus' Lodevicus Willebrordus Vrauwdeunt (FW).
Mijnders came down with the flu in Italy and van Nellen travelled from the Netherlands to replace him.

HUN: Ödön Nádas. | József Háda (GK), Sándor Bíró (DF), János Dudás (MF), Gyula Polgár (RB), Rezső Somlai (MF), István Tamássy (FW).
Some books cite three other reserves, János Móré, Rezső Rozsnyói and József Turay. These players were considered for the squad, but replaced before the beginning of the World Cup: Móré by Somlai, Rozsnyói by Bíró, and Turay by Polgár.

ITA: Vittorio Pozzo, | Guiseppe Cavanna (GK), Guido Masetti, (GK), Pietro Dante Arcari III (FW), Umberto Caligaris (DF), Mario Varglien I (MF).
Demaría, Guaita, Monti and Orsi were from Argentina, Guarisi from Brazil. Guarisi's actual name was Amphilóquio “Filó” Marques. Guarisi, the name he took on in Italy, was from an Italian ancestor on his mother's side. The designations I, II, III, etc. are not part of the actual name, but only used to distinguish brothers.

ROM: Jozsef Uridil [AUT] with Constantin 'Costel' Rădulescu. | Gheorghe Ciolac (FW), Alexandru Cuedan (DF), Gusztav Iuhasz (MF), Adalbert Püllöck (GK), Lazar Sfera (DF). Seven other players were considered for the squad, but not selected: Iuliu Baratky (FW), Rudolf Bürger (DF), Augustin Juhász (MF), Ştefan Klimek (FW), Stanislav Konrad (GK), Alexandru Schwartz (FW), Carol Weichelt (GK). Another player Zoltan Beke (FW), travelled to Italy as a replacement for Bindea but was not eligible to play.

SUI: Heinrich 'Henri' Müller | Renato Bizzozero (GK), Albert Büche (FW), Otto Bühler (FW), Ernst Frick (MF), Arnaldo Ortelli (DF), Max Weiler I (DF), Erwin Hochstrasser (FW), Willy Huber (GK), Louis Gobet (DF), Edmond Loichot (MF).

SWE: József Nagy [HUN] | Otto Andersson (DF), Gunnar Olsson (FW), Arvid Thörn (FW), Eivar Widlund (GK). On standby in Sweden was George Johansson (FW).
These players are mentioned in sources but were either in Italy or on Standby: Victor Carlund (MF), Carl Erik Holmberg (FW), Gunnar Jannsson (FW), Helge Liljebjorn (MF), Harry Lundahl (FW), Einar Gunnar Snitt (MF).

TCH: Karel Petrů | Jaroslav Boucek (MF), Gejza Kalocsay, Vlastimil Kopecký, Čestmír Patzel (GK), Antonín Vodička (MF).
Four other players were considered for the squad, but dropped for financial reasons: Ferdinand Daučík (DF), Adolf Šimperský (MF), Erich Srbek (MF) and František Šterc (MF).

USA: Elmer Schroeder, David L Gould (Coach) | Thomas P. Amrheim (MF), William 'Bill' John Fiedler (MF), James J Gallagher (MF), Albert 'Al' Edward Harker (DF), William 'Bil'l Lehmann (HB), Thomas Lynch (MF), Joseph Martinelli (DF), Herman Rapp (DF).
Nb: Adolph Czerkiewicz may be cited by his brother's name, Joseph John Czerkiewicz.


YOUNGEST AND OLDEST

1934 Youngest Oldest
Player Iranéta (ARG) 18y 65d Florie (USA) around 37
Goalkeeper Mansour (EGY) 20y 298d Zamora (ESP) 33y 130d
Scorer Conen (GER) 19y 198d Orsi (ITA) 32y 190d
Champion Borel (ITA) 20y 65d Monti (ITA) 33y 26d
Finalist Borel (ITA) 20y 65d Monti (ITA) 33y 26d
Captain Martim (BRZ) 23y 36d Zamora (ESP) 33y 130d
Coach Nádas (HUN) around 33 Meisl (AUT) 52y 203d
Referee Eklind (SWE) 28y 224d Birlem (GER) 46y 137d

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