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1934 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Template:Infobox international football competition The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup for which teams had to qualify (in the inaugural World Cup of 1930, the participating teams were invited to play by FIFA). When 32 teams entered the 1934 competition, FIFA organized qualification (or preliminary) rounds to select 16 teams for the final tournament.[1] Even Italy, the host of the World Cup, had to qualify (the only time the hosts had to qualify, and one of only two occasions on which the hosts have ever taken part in the qualification process),[1][lower-alpha 1] The previous champions, Uruguay, refused to defend their title because many European nations declined to take part in the 1930 FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay.[1][2]

A total of 27 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 27 qualifying matches were played, and 141 goals were scored (an average of 5.22 per match).[1] The first match, between Sweden and Estonia, began in Stockholm on 11 June 1933, with Swedish player Knut Kroon scoring the first goal. The final match was played in Rome only three days before the start of the tournament on 24 May 1934, as late entrants the United States beat Mexico in a play-off to become the sixteenth and final team to qualify.

Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.

Format[edit source | edit]

Chile, Peru and Turkey all withdrew before qualifying began,[1] while Denmark, Finland, Latvia and Norway all withdrew before draw.

The 32 teams were divided into 12 groups, based on geographical considerations, as follows:

  • Groups 1 to 8 – Europe: 12 places, contested by 21 teams.
  • Groups 9, 10 and 11 – Americas: 3 places, contested by 8 teams.
  • Group 12 – Africa and Asia: 1 place, contested by 3 teams (including Turkey).

The 12 groups had different rules, as follows:

  • Group 1 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other once. The group winner would qualify.
  • Groups 2, 3 and 5 had 2 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
  • Group 4 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Groups 6, 7 and 8 had 3 teams each. The teams played against each other once. The group winners and runners-up would qualify.
  • Groups 9 and 10 had 2 teams each. The group winners would qualify.
  • Group 11 had 4 teams. There would be three rounds of play:
    • First Round: Haiti played against Cuba in three matches at home. The winner would advance to the Second Round.
    • Second Round: Mexico played against the winner of the First Round in three matches at home. The winner would advance to the Final Round.
    • Final Round: USA played against the winner of the Second Round in a single match on neutral ground. The winner would qualify.
  • Group 12 had 3 teams. After Turkey withdrew before the matches began, the remaining 2 teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.

Key:

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
  • Teams highlighted in orange qualified for the final phase of their group.

Groups[edit source | edit]

Group 1[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 2 0 0 8 2 4.00 4
2 Template:Fb 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.00 0
3 Template:Fb 1 0 0 1 2 6 0.33 0

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Estonia v Lithuania was not played since neither team could qualify with a win.[3]

Sweden qualified.

Group 2[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 2 0 0 11 1 11.0 4
2 Template:Fb 2 0 0 2 1 11 0.09 0

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11-1 on aggregate; Spain qualified.

Group 3[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 4 0 4.00 2
2 Template:Fb 1 0 0 1 0 4 0.00 0

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Italy qualified, as Greece declined to play the second match.[1][2]

Group 4[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 2 0 0 8 2 4.00 4
2 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 6 1 6.00 2
3 Template:Fb 3 0 0 3 3 14 0.21 0

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Bulgaria withdrew, and the remaining matches were not played since Hungary and Austria were already assured of the top two spots.[1]

Hungary and Austria qualified.

Group 5[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 2 1 2.00 2
2 Template:Fb 1 0 0 1 1 2 0.5 0

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Poland were unable to travel to Prague for the second match as the Polish government denied the team visas for political reasons (see: Zaolzie and Polish–Czechoslovak border conflicts). Therefore, Czechoslovakia qualified.[4]

Group 6[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 1 1 0 4 3 2.00 3
2 Template:Fb 2 0 2 0 4 4 2.00 2
3 Template:Fb 2 0 1 1 3 4 0.75 1

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Romania and Switzerland qualified.

Group 7[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 2 0 0 9 4 2.25 4
2 Template:Fb 2 0 1 1 6 8 0.75 1
3 Template:Fb 2 0 1 1 6 9 0.67 1

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Netherlands and Belgium qualified (Belgium finished above the Irish Free State on goal average).[1]

Group 8[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 9 1 9.00 2
2 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 6 1 6.00 2
3 Template:Fb 2 0 0 2 2 15 0.13 0

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Germany v France was not played since both teams were already assured of the top two spots.[3]

Germany and France qualified.

Group 9[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb
2 Template:Fb Withdrew

Peru withdrew, so Brazil qualified automatically.[1]

Group 10[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb
2 Template:Fb Withdrew

Chile withdrew, so Argentina qualified automatically.[1]

Group 11[edit source | edit]

First round[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 3 2 1 0 10 2 5.00 5
2 Template:Fb 3 0 1 2 2 10 0.20 1

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10-2 on aggregate; Cuba advanced to the Second Round.

Second round[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 3 3 0 0 12 3 4.00 6
2 Template:Fb 3 0 0 3 3 12 0.25 0

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12-3 on aggregate; Mexico advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit source | edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 1 1 0 0 4 2 2.00 2
2 Template:Fb 1 0 0 1 2 4 0.50 0

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United States qualified.

Group 12[edit source | edit]

The Palestine football team consisted exclusively of Jewish and British players.[5] FIFA states in reference to the 1930s Palestine Mandate team that the 'Palestine team' that had participated in previous competitions in the 1930s was actually the forerunner of today's Israel team and as such bears no relation to the national team of the Palestinian authority.[6] However, the region currently known as Palestine is considered "one of the first Asian teams to compete in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers".[7]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Template:Fb 2 2 0 0 11 2 5.50 4
2 Template:Fb 2 0 0 2 2 11 0.18 0
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11-2 on aggregate; Egypt qualified.

Qualified teams[edit source | edit]

Only six of the teams qualifying for the final competition – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Romania, and the USA – had already attended the World Cup in 1930.[1] 5 of the 16 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1938 finals: Argentina, Austria, Egypt, Spain and United States.

1934 FIFA World Cup qualification participants
Qualifying countries
Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
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Goalscorers[edit source | edit]

7 goals
5 goals

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4 goals
3 goals

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2 goals

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1 goal

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Footnotes[edit source | edit]

  1. Although South Africa were automatically qualified for the 2010 World Cup as hosts, they took part in the 2010 African qualifiers. The Confederation of African Football used its 2010 World Cup qualifiers as the qualifiers for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, an event for which South Africa had to qualify separately. They were eliminated at the second of three rounds of qualifying.

References[edit source | edit]

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External links[edit source | edit]

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