When Europe hosted the event for the first time

When Europe hosted the event for the first time


Italy players lift their coach Vittorio Pozzo after winning the final against Czechoslovakia in Rome. Italy won the match 2-1 after extra-time.

While the first edition of the FIFA World Cup in Uruguay wasn't the biggest success story, it did give the beautiful game a marquee event to look forward to.

The second edition headed from South America to Europe where Italy prepped to host the tournament.

Despite still being in its nascent stage, the tournament was a big improvement when compared to the Uruguay event with 32 teams playing a preliminary round and 16 of the best came up face to face in the tournament proper, which was in the knockout format.

Many European nations had refused to make the trip for the inaugural World Cup and Uruguay replied in kind by deciding to stay home.

There were eight venues and the hosts emphatically kicked-off the showpiece, sending the United States tumbling out with a thumping 7-1 victory at the Stadio Torino. The Azzurri, Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia were heavily tipped as South American giants Brazil and Argentina were still finding their feet.

Germany were another team in the reckoning but it was the Czechs who prevailed in a keenly contested battle, making it to the final.

On the other hand, Italy were using the home advantage well and punched their ticket for the final bout after seeing off a dominant Austrian side.

The compact Stadio Nazionale was a surprise venue for the summit clash and it was the Czechoslovakians who silenced the home crowd in the 70th minute.

Italy weren't to be denied as they roared back to win it after extra time setting the precedent of nations lifting the trophy in their backyards.

Final result: Italy: 2 bt Czechoslovakia: 1