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1922 FIFA World Cup (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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1922 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Dates May 10-20
Teams 10 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 3 (host cities: Zwolie, Rotterdam, Amsterdam)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Belgium Belgium
Runners-up Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Third place Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Fourth place Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Tournament statistics
Matches played 11
Goals scored 26 (2.36 per match)
Flag of England 1914
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931) 1926

The 1922 FIFA World Cup was the fourth FIFA World Cup and the first after WW-1. Belgium would take home their first title after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final.


After WW-1, the main football nations of the British Isles (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) stayed in Britain while Germany, Austria and Hungary who was defeated in WW-1 were expelled from FIFA. None of the Americas countries turned up in Europe to compete.

European infrastructure was also a problem for this World Cup with it not being effective and secure after WW-1. The host nation of the Netherlands, being neutral during WW-1, was the suitable host for the fourth edition of the World Cup.


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  
12 May - Rotterdam
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  3
10 May - Zwoile
   Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia  0  
 Flag of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia (a.e.t)  1
15 May - Rotterdam
 Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931) Spain  0  
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  3
   Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  0  
 Flag of Sweden Sweden  
12 May - Zwolie
 Flag of Sweden Sweden  0
   Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  1  
 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  
17 May - Amsterdam
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  1
   Flag of Belgium Belgium  2
 Flag of Belgium Belgium  
13 May - Amsterdam
 Flag of Belgium Belgium  3
   Flag of France France  2  
 Flag of France France  
15 May - Amsterdam
 Flag of Belgium Belgium  2
10 May - Zwoile
   Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  0   Third place
 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg  1
13 May - Rotterdam 17 May - Rotterdam
 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia  4  
 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia  0  Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  0
   Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  2    Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  1
 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  

Round 1

10-5-1922: Luxembourg 1-4 Czechoslovakia (Zwolie)
10-5-1922: Yugoslavia 1-0 Spain (Zwoile) (a.e.t)


12-5-1922: Netherlands 3-0 Yugoslavia (Rotterdam)
12-5-1922: Sweden 0-1 Switzerland (Zwolie)
13-5-1922: Belgium 3-2 France (Amsterdam)
13-5-1922: Czechoslovakia 0-2 Italy (Rotterdam)


15-5-1922: Netherlands 3-0 Switzerland (Rotterdam)
15-5-1922: Belgium 2-0 Italy (Amsterdam)

Third Place Playoff

17-5-1922: Switzerland 0-1 Italy (Rotterdam)


17-5-1922: Netherlands 1-2 Belgium (Amsterdam)

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