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 the second edition of the football quadrennial tournament match contested by the men's national teams of FIFA to determine the 1934 FIFA World Cup champions: Italy and Czechoslovakia. It took place on 10 June 1934 at the Stadio Nazionale PNF in Rome, Italy.

Italy came back from a one goal deficit to win the match 2–1 despite temperatures approaching 40 °C (104 °F).[1]

The last surviving player from that final was Czechoslovakia goalkeeper František Plánička who died on 20 July 1996 at the age of 92.[2]


Uruguay boycotted the 1934 edition due to the lack of European teams in the previous tournament and Argentina was eliminated in the first round of the tournament by Sweden,[3] assured that a previous team would not be defending their title.

This was the debut for each team in the FIFA World Cup.[4] This was the eleventh contest between the two teams, their immediate previous match being at the 1933–35 Central European International Cup held in Florence, Italy; Italy prevailed 2-0. This leveled the head-to-head in the World Cup match to three all with four draws.[5]

Route to the final

Italy Round Czechoslovakia
Opponent Result Final tournament Opponent Result
 United States 7–1 Preliminary round  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 as Italy drew level through striker Raimundo Orsi. Without any additional goals in regulation, the match was forced to go into the inaugural instance of a World Cup final extra time. With five minutes play, Italy took the lead with a goal from Angelo Schiavio; they held on for the victory.


Italy 2–1 (a.e.t.) Czechoslovakia
Orsi 81'
Schiavio 95'
Report Puč 71'
Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

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. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. 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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