Qualified as hosts: France Qualified as holders: Italy Group 1 [Germany, Sweden] 16.06.37 Stockholm Sweden 4-0 Finland 1.GERMANY 3 3 0 0 11- 1 6 20.06.37 Stockholm Sweden 7-2 Estonia 2.SWEDEN 3 2 0 1 11- 7 4 29.06.37 Helsinki Finland 0-2 Germany 3.Estonia 3 1 0 2 4-11 2 19.08.37 Turku Finland 0-1 Estonia 4.Finland 3 0 0 3 0- 7 0 29.08.37 Königsberg Germany 4-1 Estonia 21.11.37 Hamburg Germany 5-0 Sweden Group 2 [Norway] 10.10.37 Oslo Norway 3-2 Ireland 07.11.37 Dublin Ireland 3-3 Norway Group 3 [Poland] 10.10.37 Warszawa Poland 4-0 Yugoslavia 03.04.38 Beograd Yugoslavia 1-0 Poland Group 4 [Romania] Egypt withdrew, Romania had a walkover. Group 5 [Switzerland] 01.05.38 Milano Switzerland 2-1 Portugal Group 6 [Hungary] 1st round 22.01.38 Tel Aviv Palestina 1-3 Greece 20.02.38 Athinai Greece 1-0 Palestina 2nd round 25.03.38 Budapest Hungary 11-1 Greece Group 7 [Czechoslovakia] 07.11.37 Sofia Bulgaria 1-1 Czechoslovakia 24.04.38 Praha Czechoslovakia 6-0 Bulgaria Group 8 [Austria] 1st round 29.07.37 Riga Latvia 4-2 Lithuania 03.09.37 Kaunas Lithuania 1-5 Latvia 2nd round 05.10.37 Wien Austria 2-1 Latvia Group 9 [Netherlands, Belgium] 28.11.37 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-0 Luxembourg 13.03.38 Luxembourg Luxembourg 2-3 Belgium 03.04.38 Antwerpen Belgium 1-1 Netherlands Group 10 [Brazil] Argentina withdrew, Brazil had a walkover. Group 11 [Cuba] Subgroup A Mexico and USA withdrew. Subgroup B A tournament was announced for the second half of April 1938 between Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador, in a knock-out format with each tie decided over three legs. Surinam (Dutch Guyana) were excluded on 9 April 1938 for allegedly having not replied to correspondence from the organisers, a decision against which Surinam successfully protested. Later in April 1938, Colombia and El Salvador withdrew, and a triangular tournament between Cuba, Costa Rica and Surinam was to be played in Havana, from which Surinam withdrew for financial reasons (requesting instead to play the match against the Dutch East Indies for which the USA had meanwhile withdrawn, but this was refused by the FIFA), and Costa Rica withdrew as well. Cuba had a walkover. Group 12 [Dutch East Indies] Tie was to be decided over one match in Saigon in January 1938. Japan withdrew, Dutch East Indies had a walkover. NB: after Japan's withdrawal, FIFA ruled that the Dutch East Indies had to play off against the USA for a place in the final tournament. The match was scheduled for 26 May 1938 (Ascension Day) in Rotterdam (Netherlands) but the USA withdrew at the end of April for financial reasons (they had hoped to finance the trip to Europe with the profits of a match against an English team on the occasion of the silver jubilee of the American federation, but the English cancelled the match refusing to play on a Sunday) and the Dutch Indies qualified by walkover.
1938 Final Tournament
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