Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio

World Championship 1934


The first world title

It was a year of firsts for Italian football: first participation in a World Championship, first time as organizing country and first triumph. An odd couple led the Azzurri: a manager from Pirelli, Vittorio Pozzo, and a general from the Fascist militia, Giorgio Vaccaro. They isolated the team for a month and a half, in a hard, military style, retreat, preparing them as if they had to fight a war rather than play a sports event. The World Championship tournament formula provided for direct elimination and soon the United States fell under Italy's blows, buried 7 to 1.

In the semi-finals the Azzurri met very frightening Spain, defended by the legendary goalie Zamora, "el divino," who stopped the Azzurri in the first encounter, finishing 1 to 1 after extra time and surrendered with a goal by Meazza in the rematch. At the edges of the field for the debut of the EIAR at the World Championships, was Nicolò Carosio who recounted in epic tones episodes that were imagined for the most part, but TV was far-off and for those who could only listen, this was OK. In the semi-finals, it was a goal by Guaita that defeated Austria.

The grand finale took place in the National Stadium of the Fascist Party, in Rome, before fifty thousand spectators: Czechoslovakia took the lead with Puc less than 20 minutes from the end. Defeat seemed imminent but, instead, with eight minutes left, Orsi managed to re-establish a tied game. Then, in the fifth minute of extra time Schiavio gave Italy its first World Cup in its football history.Mussolini invited the Azzuri to Palazzo Venezia still dressed in their playing uniforms and that very evening General Vaccaro gave the World Champions an envelope with their victory award: twenty thousand lire.