Fascism - an ideology that subjugates society's individuals in order to have them all singing collectively off the government's metaphorical hymn sheet, unbeknown to those affected due to the fact that everybody appears to all be pulling in the same direction blindly.
Those orchestrating said subjugation - Benito Mussolini in this instance - saw football as an effective influence in conveying propaganda across to the masses such was, and still is, the huge popularity of the beautiful game.
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Mussolini and other figures such as Francisco Franco and Adolf Hitler wanted to use the World Cup to show everybody just what their respective nations were about, and set about using manipulation and corruption to get their way.
Mussolini and his fascist party wanted Italy to be at the forefront of the peoples' game, even creating the Italian league (Serie A) in order to instil a sense of nationalism ahead of the biggest tournament in football, which many of the country's best footballers bought into as they had become fully brainwashed by the 'Mussolini way'.
Il Duce - as Mussolini was often referred to - had already seen his ego and regime suffer slightly when he attempted to have the very first World Cup in 1930 held in Italy, only to lose out to Uruguay. The founder of the fascist regime reacted by withdrawing Gli Azzurri from the competition and eventually got his wish next time round in 1934.
Uruguay duly returned the favour, pulling out of the second edition of the World Cup, whilst Argentina sent a weakened side in fear of the Italians cherry picking their best players as a result of the 'oriundi' policy - those who carry another nation's heritage could be taken to play for their alternative country.
This didn't affect the Italians, as they made it all the way to the final where they would face Czechoslovakia at
To begin with, Mussolini and Hitler's attempts to stage an Italy vs. Germany final had been foiled by the Czechoslovakians at the semi final stage, where they dispatched of the Germans by three goals to two to upset the fascist regime's propaganda plans. The gatecrashing finalists would almost upset the odds even further...
Italy's side featured several players originally from south America, including two Argentinians in the form of Luis Monti and Raimundo Orsi, both of whom would go on to play pivotal roles in the final for Gli Azzurri.
The intense pressure on the Italian national team to win the game for Mussolini was intensified by the
@azzurri were just nine minutes away from defeat in the 1934 final, but Vittorio Pozzo is now remembered as the only coach to win back-to-back #WorldCup titles.— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 28, 2018
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