Daily Archive: June 8, 2006

Switzerland 1954 1

Switzerland 1954

For the 1954 World Cup, normal service was almost resumed. We were back to groups followed by a knock-out competition, but with a twist. For reasons lost to the record books, drawn matches in...

Brazil 1950 3

Brazil 1950

After the not-inconsiderable inconvenience of World War II, the World Cup resumed in 1950. With most of Europe financially ruined by the cost of the war, Brazil alone applied to host the tournament. Neutral...

France 1938 0

France 1938

France were chosen as the hosts of the 1938 World Cup, largely as a thanks to Jules Rimet, the Parisian who had set up the tournament in the first place. All of this caused...

Italy 1934 1

Italy 1934

Say what you like about Mussolini, but at least he made the trains run on time”, they say. Well, he also knew the importance of football as propaganda, and Italy, having run Uruguay close...

Uruguay 1930 0

Uruguay 1930

I’m hoping that, through the medium of staying up all night and sitting here smoking copious cigarettes and drinking industrial-strength coffee, to get through each World Cup before the tournament starts. If it almost...