Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio

World Championship 1938


The second world title

After the World Cup in '34 and Olympic gold in '36, Pozzo's Italy went to France on the hunt for a fantastic third win. The team, stronger than four years earlier, was convinced of its means and was full of classy players: the trio Colaussi-Piola-Meazza did not have equals in the World.The Azzurri only struggled in the debut against Norway, which they beat 2 to 1 in extra time.

Then, in the semi-finals against France, the master of the house, the Azzurri provided a performance with a 3-1 finale that did not leave room for argument.In the semi-finals, Brazil met with a similar fate, overcome in Marseilles 2 to 1, with goals by Colaussi and Meazza. Then the spectacular finale played in Paris's Colombes stadium: 60 thousand spectators applauded the Azzurri's speed, which crushed the Hungarians, still using the bland rhythms of the Danube school.The second title was sealed by two doubles by Colaussi and Piola. The Hungarians recognized Italy's sports superiority and their captain, Sarosi, shaking Meazza's hand, whispered to him, in perfect Italian, "The victory certainly went to the better players."

The great moment of Azzurri sports, winners with Bartali of the Tour de France, as emphasized by the President of the French Republic, Lebrun, who, when delivering the the Rimet Cup to Azzurri captain Meazza, who had won four years ago in Rome, exclaimed: "These blessed Italians win absolutely everything."