Today In Sports History: On This Day 17th June 1938(Exactly 82-Years Ago Today) Italy Defeated Hungary 4 – 2 In World Cup Finals

The 1938 FIFA World Cup Final was the deciding match of the 1938 FIFA World Cup. It was contested by Italy and Hungary. Italy won the game 4–2 to win the last tournament before World War II.

The final itself 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 took the lead again shortly after, and by the end of the first half were leading the Hungarians 3–1. Hungary never really got back into the game. With the final score favouring the Italians 4–2, Italy became the first team to successfully defend the title (and the first team to win the title on foreign soil) and were once more crowned World Cup winners.

The last survivor of the game was Italy’s Pietro Rava, who died on 5 November 2006 at the age of 90.

Host: France

1938 FIFA World Cup Final, Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris, France: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary, 4-1

Date: 19 June 1938

Italy 4–2 Hungary
Colaussi Goal 6′, 35′(Italy)

Piola Goal 16′, 82′(Italy)

Titkos Goal 8′(Hungary)

Sárosi Goal 70′(Hungary)

Attendance: 45,000

Referee: Georges Capdeville (France)

Venue: Stade Olympique de Colombes, Paris

Referee: Georges Capdeville (France)

Attendance: 45,000

Italy Line Up

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

Manager: Vittorio Pozzo

Hungary Line Up

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
Manager:
Alfréd Schaffer

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