Italy 1934 World Cup Betting
Countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States
Championship: Italy 2, Czechoslovakia 1
Top goal scorer: Oldrich Nejedly, Czechoslovakia, Angelo Schiavio, Italy and Edmund Conen, Germany (4)
Two Years before Adolph Hitler had his Olympic glory in Berlin, Benito Mussolini had the world stage to tout his Fascist propaganda.
And just like the first World Cup, the home team won. Following Uruguay's lead four years before, Italy was victorious in '34, much to the delight of Mussolini.
With Uruguay a no-show -- the only champion that didn't attempt to defend its crown -- this World Cup mostly was a European affair. The United States, Egypt, Brazil and Argentina were the only party crashers.
The Americans didn't last long, though. Italy, with four Argentine stars, whipped the Americans 7-1 in the first round. It was to be the Italians' only easy game.
The day after struggling to a 1-1 tie with Spain, the Italians beat the Spaniards in the replay, 1-0, on Giuseppe Meazza's goal. In the semifinals, Italy avenged a 4-2 loss to Austria four months earlier; the Italians won 1-0 on Enrique Guaita's goal in the a rain storm in Milan.
In the final against Czechoslovakia, both teams went scoreless for the first 70 minutes. Antonin Puc gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead with a tough-angle goal on a rebound of his own corner kick. Italy tied it with 10 minutes left on Raimundo Orsi's running right-footer.
Five minutes into the first extra period, Angelo Schiavio -- who scored three goals in the first-round win over the U.S. -- drove a shot just under the crossbar to give the Italians the victory.
World Cup Italy 1934 Schedule and Results
|Italy||vs||Brazil||3-1||(May 27, Luigi Ferraris)|
|Austria||vs||France||3-2 (AET)||(May 27, Benito Mussolini )|
|Switzerland||vs||Holland||3-2||(May 27, San Siro)|
|Germany||vs||Belgium||5-2||(May 27, Giovanni Berta)|
|Italy||vs||USA||7-1||(May 27, Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F.)|
|Hungary||-||Egypt||4-2||(May 27, Giorgio Ascarelli)|
|Sweden||-||Argentina||3-2||(May 27, Luigi Ferraris)|
|Czechoslovakia||vs||Romania||2-1||(May 27, Littorio)|
|Italy||vs||Spain||1-1||(May 31, Giovanni Berta)|
|Austria||vs||Hungary||2-1||(May 31, Littorale )|
|Czechoslovakia||vs||Switzerland||3-2||(May 31, Benito Mussolini)|
|Germany||vs||Sweden||2-1||(May 31, San Siro)|
|Italy||vs||Spain||1-0||(June 01, Giovanni Berta)|
|Czechoslovakia||vs||Germany||3-1||(June 03, Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F.)|
|Italy||vs||Austria||1-0||(June 03, San Siro)|
|3rd. / 4th. Placing|
|Germany||vs||Austria||3-2||(June 07, Giorgio Ascarelli)|
|Italy||vs||Czechoslovakia||2-1||June 10, Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F|
|World Cup Champions:||Italy|
|Highest Scoring Game:||Italy vs. United States 7-1 (Preliminary Round)|
|Total Goals Scored:||70|
|Av. Goals Per Match:||4.12|
|Top Scorer:||Oldrich Nejedly, Czechoslovakia-5 Goals|
|Best Scorers in 1 game:||Angelo Schiavio, Italy Edmund Conen, Germany Oldrich Nejedly, Czechoslovakia-3 Goals|
|Highest Attendance:||55.000 (Italy-Czechoslovakia, Final)|
|Debut Appearance:||Sweden, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Egypt|
|Stadiums Used:||Luigi Ferraris, Giovanni Berta, Littorio, Giorgio Ascarelli, Benito Mussolini, San Siro, Stadio Nazionale del P.N.F., Littorale|
Brazil 2014 World Cup
Hosts Brazil continue to head the betting for the 2014 World Cup finals, best price 9/2 to win their sixth World Cup and their first as the host nation. Argentina are also well fancied whilst reigning champions Spain are slightly on the drift following Barcelona and Real Madrid's defeats at the semi-final stage of the Champions League to German opposition, with Germany now around 11/2 with the bookies as a result.