The FIFA Football World Cup & the Military (3)


During the Second World War, Dr. Ottorino Barassi, an Italian and FIFA Vice-President, was so worried that the invading troops might steal the solid gold football World Cup trophy that he hid it under his bed in a shoe box (FIFA, 2006; Coleman, 2018).

Because of World War II, the World Cup would not be held for another 12 years, until 1950.

As a result, Italy were the reigning World Cup holders for a record 16 years, from 1934 to 1950.


FIFA (2006) Jules Rimet Cup. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 20 March, 2018].

Coleman, M. (2018) Wicked World Cup. London: Scholastic Ltd.


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