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1938 FIFA World CupFrance 1938

The third FIFA World Cup™ was played in France as the war clouds gathered throughout Europe and politics kept away a number of top nations. Austria qualified, but withdrew -- though some of their players appeared in the colours of Germany -- and Spain was ravaged by civil war. Argentina and Uruguay also stayed away.

Brazil and Poland produced one of the greatest games of all time in Strasbourg with the South Americans triumphing 6-5 after extra time, thanks to four goals from Leonidas who played barefoot for a spell. In the final, Italy beat Hungary 4-2 in Paris.

Official FIFA World CupT Awards

Winner Italy
Second Hungary
Third Brazil
Fourth Sweden
adidas Golden Shoe winner LEONIDAS (BRA) 8