World Cup Countdown: 18 Weeks to Go – Are Pozzo’s Italy the Greatest National Team Ever?

​When Italy’s players stepped off their train in Marseilles, France, their early optimism and excitement was immediately dampened. They were greeted by a group of around 3,000 anti-fascist activists, all intent on reaching Vittorio Pozzo and his squad. Baton-wielding police were required to break up the baying crowd of Italian exiles and French communists. Eventually, they did, but Italy’s welcome was indicative of the political tension that surrounded the 1938 tournament. The atmosphere had…

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