1934 FIFA World Cup Final

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1934 FIFA World Cup Final
Stadio Pnf.jpg
The Stadio Nazionale PNF held the final
Event1934 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Date10 June 1934
VenueStadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
RefereeIvan Eklind (Sweden)

The 1934 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 10 June 1934 to determine the winner of the 1934 FIFA World Cup. It was the final of the second FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match was between Italy and Czechoslovakia at the Stadio Nazionale PNF in Rome, Italy.

In the final it was Italy who came back from a one goal deficit to win the match 2–1 in a match which had temperatures approaching 40 °C (104 °F).[1]

The last living player from that final, František Plánička, died on 20 July 1996.[2]


After Uruguay refused to participate for the 1934 edition due to the lack of European teams in the previous tourmanet and Argentina getting eliminated in the first round of the competition by Sweden,[3] this meant that the competition would be seeing two different finalists.

For both nations this was the first time that they were competing in the FIFA World Cup.[4] It was also the eleventh meeting between the two teams with the previous match being in the 1933–35 Central European International Cup with Italy winning the match at Florence, Italy 2-0 to level the head to head in this match to three all with four draws.[5]

Route to the final[edit]

Italy Round Czechoslovakia
Opponent Result Final tournament Opponent Result
 United States 7–1 Round of 16  Romania 2–1
 Spain 1–1 (1–0) Quarter-finals   Switzerland 3–2
 Austria 1–0 Semifinals  Germany 3–1



Czechoslovakia took the lead with 19 minutes remaining through Antonín Puč. They held the lead for only 10 minutes though, as Italy drew level through striker Raimundo Orsi. There were no more goals in regulation so the match was forced to go into extra time, the first World Cup final to do so. With just five minutes played in extra time, Italy took the lead with a goal from Angelo Schiavio and they held on for the victory.


Italy 2–1 (a.e.t.) Czechoslovakia
Orsi Goal 81'
Schiavio Goal 95'
Report Puč Goal 71'
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)
GK Gianpiero Combi (c)
RB Eraldo Monzeglio
LB Luigi Allemandi
RH Attilio Ferraris
CH Luis Monti
LH Luigi Bertolini
OR Enrique Guaita
IR Giuseppe Meazza
IL Giovanni Ferrari
OL Raimundo Orsi
CF Angelo Schiavio
Vittorio Pozzo
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GK František Plánička (c)
RB Josef Čtyřoký
LB Ladislav Ženíšek
RH Rudolf Krčil
CH Štefan Čambal
LH Josef Košťálek
OR Antonín Puč
IR Oldřich Nejedlý
IL František Svoboda
OL František Junek
CF Jiří Sobotka
Karel Petrů

Assistant referees:
Louis Baert (Belgium)
Mihály Ivanicsics (Hungary)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutions permitted.


  1. ^ Kelly, Jon (25 February 2015). "What happened to the Qatar World Cup's cooling technology?". BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ "František Plánička: Slávny brankár chytal aj so zlomeným lakt'om!". Život (in Slovak). 30 May 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ Freddi 2006:20
  4. ^ "FIFA World Cup: Milestones, facts & figures. Statistical Kit 7" (PDF). FIFA. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Italy-Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia matches 1922-2013". 21 December 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2019.

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