1934 The Second World Cup

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1934 The Second World Cup

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Italy, a cup with political "smell" to it. The Azzuri win the delight of Mussolini. Brazil, a second rate team again. Spain vs Italy, the "battle of the cup. Austria beautiful soccer. The Uruguayans did not want to participate.

It cannot be denied that the 1934 World Cup in Italy was political. In 1929, even before the close of the 1930 Cup, the Italians petitioned to hold the next Cup and planned to win it. Benito Mussolini was in power, Fascism was spreading, and "il Duce" wanted to show off his New Italy. General Giorgio Vaccaro was told by Mussolini to obtain the rights to the cup at any cost. Doing everything in his power, he finally succeeded after the eighth FIFA congress. It was not until 1932 that FIFA decided on Italy, and they would have to pay all the expenses. General Vaccaro had chosen the journalist Vitorio Pozzo to organize a plan that would win the title for the country. The format for the world cup was established in 1931. There would be 16 national teams chosen by qualifying matches throughout the world.

32 National teams registered for qualifying matches. There were only 29 left after Peru, Chile and Turkey did not confirm their registration. England did not take part and it was a very regrettable "forfeit". Uruguayans would also not participate. The Uruguay was no longer as strong as in 1924, 1928 and 1930, their soccer was in crisis. Argentina was also having difficulties.
In the 1930 Cup had been a South American events, the 1934 World Cup was a European event.

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