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European Nations Cup (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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The European Nations Cup is an rugby union tournament which has European teams that isn't competing in the Five Nations Championship.

History

An Olympic event to begin it

The European Nations Cup first began in 1936 when the German Olympic Committe declared that rugby would be placed on the Olympic schedule after the event got dropped at the previous Olympics in Los Angeles. The event would consisit of four teams with the hosts, France, Italy and Romania all competing for the gold medal. The first edition saw Germany take the championship after they defeated France in the final by only three points.

With the success of the first edition, the tournament was expanded from four to six with the Netherlands and Belgium joining the four teams. But both got eliminated in the first round in which France would take it out at their home ground. The last edition before the second world war saw Germany retake the trophy.

Champions

Year Host city Winner Second place Third place
1936 Hamburg Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany Flag of France France Flag of Romania Romania
1937 Paris Flag of France France Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
1938 Bucharest Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany Flag of France France Flag of Romania Romania

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