1938 FIFA World Cup qualification

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A total of 37 teams entered the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. This was the first time that there was a lower number than the previous World Cup.

Group 1[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1937 WEFF Championship

Group A[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
  Switzerland 3 3 0 0 7 2 3.50 6
 Italy 3 1 1 1 4 2 2.00 3
 Irish Free State 3 0 2 1 3 5 0.60 2
 Belgium 3 0 1 2 1 5 0.20 1

Group B[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 8 5 1.60 4
 Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 3 1.33 3
 France 3 1 1 1 6 5 1.20 3
 Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 1 8 0.12 2

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Hungary 3 3 0 0 6 1 6.00 6
 Austria 3 1 1 1 2 1 2.00 3
 Norway 3 1 1 1 3 2 1.50 3
 Germany 3 0 0 3 0 7 0.00 0
March 6, 1937
Hungary  2-1  Norway
Zsengeller Goal 32'54' Martinsen Goal 79'
Hungária,Budapest


March 7, 1937
Germany  0-2  Austria
Jerusalem Goal 11'
Binder Goal 23'


March 13, 1937
Austria  0-1  Hungary
Nemes Goal 21'


March 14, 1937
Norway  2-0  Germany
Martinsen Goal 12'
Kvammen Goal 34'


March 20, 1937
Germany  0-3  Hungary
Sárosi Goal 51'68'
Titkos Goal 62'


March 21, 1937
Norway  0-0  Austria

Group 3[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Yugoslavia 2 1 1 0 4 2 2.00 3
 Romania 2 1 1 0 3 2 1.50 3
 Poland 2 0 0 2 2 5 0.40 0
April 10, 1937
Poland  1-2  Romania
Wilimowski Goal 12' Ştefan Dobay Goal 75'
Kovacs Goal 86'


April 17, 1937
Romania  1-1  Yugoslavia
Bindea Goal 20' Marjanović Goal 40'


April 24, 1937
Yugoslavia  3-1  Poland
Tirnancić Goal 7'
Vujadinović Goal 40'
Blagoje Marjanović Goal 89'
Wostal Goal 49'
Maksimir,Zagreb

Group 4[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Bulgaria 2 1 1 0 5 2 2.50 3
 Czechoslovakia 2 1 1 0 6 3 2.00 3
 Greece 2 0 0 2 1 7 0.14 0
April 10, 1937
Bulgaria  3-0  Greece
Angelov Goal 30'
Lozanov Goal 39'70'


April 16, 1937
Greece  1-4  Czechoslovakia
Vikelidis Goal 31' Šimůnek Goal 26'75'
Nejedlý Goal 68'
Ludl Goal 80'


April 23, 1937
Czechoslovakia  2-2  Bulgaria
Puč Goal 64'
Kopecký Goal 85'
Panchediev Goal 13'88'

Group 5[edit | edit source]

Group 5.1[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Denmark 2 1 1 0 5 1 5.00 3
 Sweden 2 1 1 0 3 2 1.50 3
 Estonia 2 0 0 2 1 6 0.16 0
June 12, 1937
Denmark  4-0  Estonia
Jorgensen Goal 46'61'84'
Hansen Goal 80'
Idrætsparken,Copenhagen


June 19, 1937
Estonia  1-2  Sweden
Kuremaa Goal 80' Bunke Goal 21'23'


June 26, 1937
Sweden  1-1  Denmark
Bunke Goal 32' Sørensen Goal 78'
Slottsskogsvallen, Gothenburg

Group 5.2[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Latvia 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.00 3
 Lithuania 2 1 0 1 3 3 1.00 2
 Finland 2 0 1 1 2 3 0.66 1
June 12, 1937
Latvia  1-1  Lithuania
Kaneps Goal 41' Paulionis Goal 14'


June 19, 1937
Lithuania  2-2  Finland
Paulionis Goal 50'
Gudelis Goal 72'
Aström Goal 57'
Grönlund Goal 85'


June 26, 1937
Finland  0-1  Latvia
Kaneps Goal 15'

Group 6[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Dutch East Indies 1 1 0 0 2 1 2.00 2
 Palestine, British Mandate 1 0 0 1 1 2 0.50 0
 Japan Withdrew
 Philippines Withdrew
 China Withdrew
August 17, 1937
Dutch East Indies  2-1  Palestine, British Mandate
Pattiwael Goal 51'77' Neufeld Goal 12'

Group 7[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 United States 1 1 0 0 5 0 5.00 2
 Cuba 1 0 0 1 0 5 0.00 0
 Mexico Withdrew
November 20, 1937
United States  5-0  Cuba
Chimilewski Goal 25'
Ryan Goal 57'
McLean Goal 66'
Fiedler Goal 79'90'

Group 8[edit | edit source]

Group 8.1[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Chile 2 2 0 0 4 1 4.00 4
 Uruguay 2 1 0 1 2 3 0.66 2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 4 0.25 0
October 9, 1937
Peru  1-2  Chile
Fernández Goal 88' Riveros Goal 66'83'


October 16, 1937
Chile  2-0  Uruguay
Raúl Toro Julio Goal 25'
Carmona Goal 33'


October 23, 1937
Uruguay  2-1  Peru
Ciocca Goal 67'
Varela Goal 78'
Magallanes Goal 48'

Group 8.2[edit | edit source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Brazil 1 1 0 0 3 1 3.00 2
 Paraguay 1 0 0 1 1 3 0.33 0
 Bolivia Withdrew
October 23, 1937
Brazil  3-1  Paraguay
Romeu Goal 11'
Perácio Goal 37'
Leônidas Goal 64'
Flor Goal 35'

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

January 8, 1938
Uruguay  1-0  Paraguay
Ithurbide Goal 59'


January 9, 1938
Romania  3-2 (a.e.t.)  Czechoslovakia
Baratky Goal 9'83'
Prassler Goal 113'
Nejedlý Goal 74'
ludl Goal 86'

Qualified teams[edit | edit source]

FIFA World Cup qualification 1938
Team Appearance Consecutive Last
 Argentina 6th 3rd 1934
 Brazil 4th 4th 1934
 Bulgaria 2nd 2nd 1934
 Chile 2nd 1st 1934
 Denmark 3rd 1st 1914
 Dutch East Indies 1st 1st
 Hungary 5th 1st 1926
 Italy 6th 6th 1934
 Latvia 1st 1st
 Netherlands 8th 8th 1934
 Portugal 1st 1st
 Romania 1st 1st
  Switzerland 6th 1st 1930
 United States 3rd 1st 1930
 Uruguay 5th 4th 1934
 Yugoslavia 5th 5th 1934

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