Doha: Four years after the first FIFA World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930, Italy was chosen as the next host of the tournament.
The 1934 edition of the FIFA World Cup called for more countries to participate and the introduction of qualifying stages. A total of 32 teams participated in the qualifying rounds, with only 16 teams advancing to Italy.
For the first and only time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, hosts Italy had to easily beat Greece to play qualification for their own tournament.
Only four non-European countries entered the qualifying stage, including Argentina, USA, Egypt and Brazil. The first and the latter qualified, but failed to immediately advance to the quarterfinals.
Uruguay, the first host country and World Cup host, was also conspicuously absent from the contender line-up as they withdrew from the tournament in retaliation for the Italian team’s absence from the 1930 World Cup that was held. rice field.
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Following the success of the first World Cup, the tournament held in Italy in 1934 was much larger, with matches held in eight cities: Milan, Bologna, Rome, Florence, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Trieste. The final was played in Rome. He is also the first of 12 of his 16 qualified nations to have the tournament broadcast live on the radio.
From this point to the present, FIFA has adopted the practice of hosting tournament matches in various cities and playing third place games.
In past editions of the World Cup so far, several players are known to have played consecutively in the final round of the tournament. Only one person did.
In 1930, Luis Monti played for Argentina and scored his first and only goal for Argentina as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in the World Cup final.
Four years later, he won the title in Italy with a 2-1 victory over Czechoslovakia in the final in Rome.
1934 World Cup by the Numbers / 1934 World Cup Facts:
Format: Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals
3rd place: Germany
4th place: Austria
Golden Boots: Aldrich Nejedry