The 1938 FIFA World Cup Final was the deciding match of the 1938 FIFA World Cup. It was contested by Italy and Hungary. Italy won the game 4–2 to win the last tournament before World War II.

The final itself 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 took the lead again shortly after, and by the end of the first half were leading the Hungarians 3–1. Hungary never really got back into the game. With the final score favouring the Italians 4–2, Italy became the first team to successfully defend the title (and the first team to win the title on foreign soil) and were once more crowned World Cup winners.

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



After 6 minutes, Gino Colaussi opened the scoring for Italy, before Pál Titkos equalised for the Hungarians two minutes later. However, Italy quickly regained the lead eight minutes later with a goal from Silvio Piola. In the 35th minute, Italy extended their lead to 3–1 going into half-time after the unmarked Colaussi scored his second of the match. In the 70th minute, captain György Sárosi scored for Hungary to reduce the deficit. However, in the 82nd minute Silvio Piola completed a brace to put Italy up 4–2, sealing the second World Cup title for the Italians.[2]


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

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • Replay if scores level


  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. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 

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