The FIFA Football World Cup & the Military (4)

During the 1970 football World Cup, El Salvador and Honduras met three times, beating each other once before El Salvador went through by winning a playoff 3-2. The matches caused so much tension that the Hondurans began to attacks Salvadoreans living in their country. In return, El Salvador launched an armed attack on Honduras. Reference… Read More

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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… Read More

The FIFA Football World Cup & the Military (2)

Austria did not take part in the 1938 football World Cup. They had just been annexed by Germany (as part of the anchluss and build-up to the Second World War) and so the country no longer existed. However, the best Austrian players did take part, the Germans having pinched them all for their own team.… Read More

The Football World Cup & the Military!

Although FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association or the International Federation of Football Associations) was founded in 1904 and stated they would be the only “group allowed to organize a professional World Cup football competition.” Coleman, 2018, p.21-22), they did not hold a world cup until 1930. The first ever world cup competition was held… Read More