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Action during the football match between Italy and Hungary, which finished 2 to 2, Arena Civica, Milan

24 November 1935
© Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive

The photograph shows the match that brought the Italian national team victory in its second International Cup. The tournament, which took place a total of six times from 1931 to 1960, is considered the forerunner of the European championships today. 

The idea of an international contest was ambitious and influenced by a complicated period in history. The outbreak of World War II caused a hiatus in competition, after which the problems connected with the war, and then with the Cold War era, hampered the organization of tournaments.

Italy stood out for having won two titles prior to the war, but after the Superga air disaster, in which the entire Grande Torino club representing almost the whole national side was killed, Italy rapidly plunged in the rankings.

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