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Italy - Hosted the second World Cup, in 1934. Italy - Hosted the second World Cup, in 1934.

Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to capture it next time around; becoming the second country to win the prestigeous golden trophy for the home fans - after extra-time.

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Italy 1934 - Preliminary Round, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Third place, 1934 World Cup Final.

World Cup History - Italy 1934

As many Europeans didn't travel to Uruguay in 1930, Italy among them, the South Americans returned the favour. Even Uruguay didn't come to defend their title.

Only Argentina, Brazil and the United States were present at the finals in Italy..... but none of them managed to win their preliminary match and made an early exit from the tournament.

With no group stages, the second World Cup was a knockout all the way. Apart from the 7:1 thrashing of the United States, Italy's games were all tight; including a draining quarter-final replay against Spain.

Even the final was scoreless until 20 minutes from time, when Czechoslovakia took the lead. Italy equalised in the dying minutes to take the game into extra-time.

The rest is history...... Giuseppe Meazza, the striker who scored in the replay against Spain and produced the only goal against Austria, in the semi-final, provided the final ball for Schiavio to score what was to be the cup-winning goal.

Preliminary Round - 27th May, 1934

Bologna: Sweden vs Argentina (3:2)
Florence: Germany vs Belgium (5:2)
Genoa: Spain vs Brazil (3:1)
Milan: Switzerland vs Holland (3:2)
Naples: Hungary vs Egypt (4:2)
Rome: Italy vs United States (7:1)
Trieste: Czechoslovakia vs Romania (2:1)
Turin: Austria vs France (3:2 aet)

Quarter-Finals - 31st May, 1934

Bologna: Austria vs Hungary (2:1)

Florence: Italy vs Spain (1:1 aet)

Milan: Germany vs Sweden (2:1)

Turin: Czechoslovakia vs Switzerland (3:2)

Replay -- 1st June
Florence: Italy vs Spain (1:0)

Semi-Finals - 3rd June, 1934

Milan: Italy vs Austria (1:0)

Rome: Czechoslovakia vs Germany (3:1)

Third Place - 7th June, 1934

Naples: Germany vs Austria (3:2)

1934 World Cup Final
10th June:
Italy vs Czechoslovakia (2:1 aet)

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16 Countries

Travel to Argentina Argentina
Preliminary (2:3)

Travel to Austria Austria
Preliminary (3:2 aet)
Quarter-finals (2:1)
Semi-finals (0:1)
Third place (2:3)

Travel to Belgium Belgium
Preliminary (2:5)

Travel to Brazil Brazil
Preliminary (1:3)

Travel to Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Preliminary (2:1)
Quarter-finals (3:2)
Semi-finals (3:1)
Finalist (1:2 aet)

Travel to Egypt Egypt
Preliminary (2:4)

Travel to France France
Preliminary (2:3 aet)

Travel to Germany Germany
Preliminary (5:2)
Quarter-finals (2:1)
Semi-finals (1:3)
Third place (3:2)

Travel to Holland Holland
Preliminary (2:3)

Travel to Hungary Hungary
Preliminary (4:2)
Quarter-finals (1:2)

Travel to Italy Italy
Preliminary (7:1)
Quarter-finals (1:1) (1:0)
Semi-finals (1:0)
Winner (2:1 aet)

Travel to Romania Romania
Preliminary (1:2)

Travel to Spain Spain
Preliminary (3:1)
Quarter-finals (1:1) (0:1)

Travel to Sweden Sweden
Preliminary (3:2)
Quarter-finals (1:2)

Travel to Switzerland Switzerland
Preliminary (3:2)
Quarter-finals (2:3)

Travel to USA United States
Preliminary (1:7)

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