World Cup 1934


Winners Italy
Teams 16
Host Italy
Teams in qualifiers 32
Notable absentees Holders Uruguay, England
Surprises Egypt
Golden Boot Oldrich Nejedlý (Czechoslovakia) - 5
Stats A total of 70 goals were scored (4.12 per match); Italy (12) scored the most
Format Straight knockout, replays for drawn matches
Number of matches 17

Innovations
• The host team had to qualify
• Replays were introduced for drawn matches

Controversies
• Uruguay refused to enter the competition in retaliation for Italy not participating in the first tournament four years earlier

Trivia
• Luis Monti, who played for Argentina in the 1930 final, turned out for Italy in the 1934 final
• The final qualifying match between USA and Mexico was played in Rome three days before the first round proper
• Italy's Luigi Allemandi had been banned for life for taking a bribe but was reinstated in time for the finals
• Italy's replayed quarter-final against Spain took place less than 24 hours after the first game had been drawn

Source: FIFA, ESPN, AllSports & Getty

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