1938 FIFA World Cup Quarter-final
Le Stade municipal de Bordeaux en 1938.jpg
Date12 June 1938
VenueStade du Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
RefereePál von Hertzka (Hungary)

The Battle of Bordeaux is an informal name for the World Cup football match between Brazil and Czechoslovakia on 12 June 1938 in the Parc Lescure in Bordeaux, France, one of the quarter-finals of the 1938 World Cup finals. The match had a series of brutal fouls by both sides, due to the lax officiating of Hungarian referee Pál von Hertzka.


At the match, which also opened the rebuilt Stade du Parc Lescure, Brazil took the lead 1–0, with Czechoslovakia equalizing on a penalty kick for ball handling by Domingos da Guia. The Brazilian Zezé Procópio was sent off after ten minutes. The Brazilian Arthur Machado and the Czechoslovak Jan Říha were sent off just before halftime.[1] It was the first time that three players were sent off in a World Cup match, a record that was equaled at the Battle of Berne 1954 between Hungary and Brazil, and exceeded at the 2006 World Cup match between Portugal and Netherlands. Captain František Plánička and Oldřich Nejedlý from Czechoslovakia suffered a broken right arm and right leg respectively in the mayhem. Their teammate Josef Košťálek was injured in the stomach. The match was drawn 1–1 after 90 minutes of full-time, and a 30-minute extra time had to be played. Nejedlý had abandoned the game before the end of regulation due to his injury, but Plánička stayed at the Czechoslovak goal in pain through the rest of the second half and the extra time. Three other Brazilians, including Leônidas and Perácio, also left the field with injuries.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

The match eventually ended 1–1 after extra time, and had to be replayed 2 days later, with both teams having to field several reserves.[2][3][7] Brazil won the replay 2–1, eliminating Czechoslovakia and advancing to semifinals, where they faced eventual champions Italy.


Original match

Brazil 1–1 (a.e.t.) Czechoslovakia
Leônidas 30' Report Nejedlý 65' (pen.)
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 22,021
Referee: Pál von Hertzka (Hungary)

Assistant referees:
Giuseppe Scarpi (Italy)
Charles de la Salle (France)


Brazil 2–1 Czechoslovakia
Leônidas 57'
Roberto 62'[a]
Report Kopecký 25'
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 18,141
Referee: Georges Capdeville (France)


  1. ^ FIFA initially credited this goal to Leônidas, but changed it to Roberto in 2006.[8]


  1. ^ Glanville, Brian: "The History of the World Cup", Faber and Faber, London. P. 38
  2. ^ a b "12 June 1938 - The Battle of Bordeaux". This day in football history. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "1938 - France". World Cup guide. Archived from the original on 13 October 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  4. ^ Monroy, Nicolás (8 July 2018). "La 'Batalla de Burdeos': Brasil vs Checoslovaquia en 1938". ElCincoCero (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  5. ^ Bonachera, Rocío (12 June 2014). "Brasil, Checoslovaquia y la Batalla de Burdeos". Olympo Deportivo (in Spanish). Olympo Media. Archived from the original on 14 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Francia 1938: el día que Brasil cambió el 'jogo bonito' por la violencia extrema" (in Spanish). Infobae. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b González, Eduardo (15 June 2018). "La Batalla de Burdeos". Play-Off Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  8. ^ "American Bert Patenaude credited with first hat trick in FIFA World Cup history". FIFA.com. 2006. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006.

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