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1FIFA Empty FIFA on Sat Apr 21 2012, 18:52

chipbutty

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Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
Something different to read in these troubled times.

Copied from the Guardian.









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The commentary box during the 1934 World Cup. Photograph: Alamy

1) Italy's first World Cup (1934)

Italy had been under Benito Mussolini's fascist yoke for more than a decade, the blackshirts running wild, the state picking off anyone whose face didn't fit. It therefore came as no surprise when Fifa was rewarded for its choice with an exceptionally grim tournament. Setting the tone, the opening match was played in the Stadio Nazionale del Partito Nazionale Fascista. Italy's 7-1 win over the US was celebrated with a series of stiff-arm salutes towards Mussolini, sitting in the stands, his bulbous head crammed into a ludicrous white sailing cap.

The hosts were permitted to pick four Argentinians and a Brazilian, previously capped by the countries of their birth, Fifa turning a blind eye to the dubious legitimacy of the selection. Italy – their shirts resplendent with the fasces, Mussolini's fascist symbol of choice – were also allowed to hoof the opposition hither and yon, thanks to some laughably lenient refereeing. Spain were reduced to seven men through injury during the quarter-final, while fellow finalists Czechoslovakia were subject to a barrage of waist-high tackles and punches to the gut.

Italy prevailed, and were rewarded with a gold championship cup "so big that it took four men to carry it and its pedestal on to the field". Mussolini handed out the prizes to his fellow countrymen – and a special cup to the German team, who prominently joined the celebrations/rally despite finishing 3rd.

2FIFA Empty Re: FIFA on Sat Apr 21 2012, 19:40

largehat

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Brilliant post.

3FIFA Empty Re: FIFA on Sat Apr 21 2012, 20:12

Guest


Guest
top post butty, i never knew any of that

4FIFA Empty Re: FIFA on Sat Apr 21 2012, 20:26

Sluffy

Sluffy
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Excellent!

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