World Cup 1934 - Hosts Italy

April 17, 2006
By John Brewin
The 1930s was the era of Fascist government. In Benito Mussolini, Italy had a leader who was eager to use any means necessary to further the message of his Italian 'empire'.

So when FIFA awarded the 1934 World Cup to the Italians it was seen as an ideal propaganda tool by Il Duce - and Italy had to win at all costs.

Luckily, in Vittorio Pozzo, Italy had a visionary coach. Il Vecchio Maestro, the Old Master, was a well-travelled student of European football and was one ...

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