1938 FIFA World Cup final
Italy are champions
Event1938 FIFA World Cup
Date19 June 1938
VenueStade Olympique de Colombes, Paris
RefereeGeorges Capdeville (France)

The 1938 FIFA World Cup final was the third edition of the football quadrennial tournament match contested by the men's national teams of FIFA to determine the 1938 FIFA World Cup champions: Italy and Hungary. Italy defended its claim to the championship 4–2 in the last tournament before World War II.

The final match took place at the Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris. Vittorio Pozzo's Italian side took the lead early, but Hungary equalised within two minutes. The Italians shortly regained the lead, and by the end of the first half were leading the Hungarians 3–1. At 4–2, Italy successfully defended its title, the inaugural team to win on foreign soil.

The last survivor of the game was Italy's Pietro Rava, who died on 5 November 2006 at the age of 90.[1]

Route to the final

Italy Round Hungary
Opponent Result Final tournament Opponent Result
 Norway 2–1 (a.e.t.) First round  Dutch East Indies 6–0
 France 3–1 Quarter-finals   Switzerland 2–0
 Brazil 2–1 Semifinals  Sweden 5–1



After six minutes, Gino Colaussi opened the scoring for Italy; Pál Titkos equalised for Hungary two minutes later, but with just over a quarter of an hour played, Italy regained the lead with a goal from Silvio Piola. Ten minutes before half-time, Italy extended their lead to 3–1 after the unmarked Colaussi scored his second goal. Midway through the second half, Hungary captain György Sárosi got his side back to within a goal of the Italians, but with eight minutes to go, Piola scored his second goal to complete a 4–2 win for Italy.[2]


Italy 4–2 Hungary
Colaussi 6', 35'
Piola 16', 82'
Report Titkos 8'
G. Sárosi 70'
GK Aldo Olivieri
RB Alfredo Foni
LB Pietro Rava
RH Pietro Serantoni
CH Michele Andreolo
LH Ugo Locatelli
OR Amedeo Biavati
IR Giuseppe Meazza (c)
CF Silvio Piola
IL Giovanni Ferrari
OL Gino Colaussi
Vittorio Pozzo
GK Antal Szabó
RB Sándor Bíró
LB Gyula Polgár
RH Gyula Lázár
CH György Szűcs
LH Antal Szalay
OR Pál Titkos
IR Gyula Zsengellér
CF György Sárosi (c)
IL Jenő Vincze
OL Ferenc Sas
Alfréd Schaffer

Assistant referees:
Hans Wüthrich (Switzerland)
Augustin Krist (Czechoslovakia)

Match rules

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

See also


  1. ^ "La Juventus in lutto per Rava". Juventus.com (in Italian). Juventus FC. 5 November 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  2. ^ Molinaro, John F. (24 November 2009). "1938 World Cup: Italy repeats as champions". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2018.