A world Cup marred by Fascism, Italy 1934

The political field of Europe was tensed with extreme intolerance and bigotry. Capitalism versus socialism, democracy versus autorcracy, globalization versus nationalism was the name of the game.

The politics of populism was acting as fuel in the fire of fight between nation versus nation, class versus class and so forth. These infights were not only creating a huge jolt but also hitting the base of the belief of European ideologies, progress and pushing the human empathy to the nadir.

Amid this tumultuous time, Italy, the land of fasisct Musolini hosted the World Cup 1934. England, like the previous edition, abstained from this one as well. The reason, however, was different. England played a friendly game in previous year against the hosts Italians and the atmosphere of the fascist-inspired country was so raucous that they dared return for the big tournament.

Uruguay were also absent. They had the grudge against Europeans, who had boycotted the tournament in their home last time, and also the economic balloon of the tiny country bursted by then. As a result Uruguay has been the only country so far not to take part in defending their World Cup trophy.

Italy won World Cup in 1934
Italy won World Cup in 1934Twitter
Argentina, the other finalists of the previous edition, however, played. The country of the other side of La Plata was dilapidated as well. Most of their star players immigrated to Europe in pursuit of better facilities. Italy historically was a safe haven for many of them.

The history of Argentina is different than that of other Latin countries as most of the inhabitants of the country are European descandants. Although Spanish conquered the land but Italy surpassed them in number at a stage. According to a research, it is seen 62 percent of Argentine are somehow descendent of Italian forefathers. Interestingly, both the Jews and Nazis flew to the country to save their lives before and after the Second World War respectively.

As a result, Argentina’s football is a mixed one. It has the presence of dribble-based technique thanks to geography and physical based ‘Grinta’ style due to their Italian gene.

Luis Monti, the captain of Argentina side in 1930, who became the only player to play two finals for different teams, became a symbol of Argentine style and Coach Vittorio Pozzo used him as the mainstay of his ‘Metodo’ system. Monti was the centre half of this system. When the oppoents attack his job was to mark their centre forward while his own team was going for an attack through transition his role was to lead the midfield.

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