Football history: last Poland’s match before WWII

On August 27, 1939, the Polish national football team surprisingly defeated Hungary 4:2 in its last match before the outbreak of WWII.

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The result was considered as a surprise, because only a year earlier, Hungarians finished World Cup in France in second place, while Poland was knocked out in the first round after a very dramatic match with Brazil, which ended with a 6:5 result for “Canarinhos”.

The last match before the war took place at Marshal Józef Piłsudski’s Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw, which to this day is the home for Legia Warsaw club. Around 25,000 people attended the game, including many soldiers mobilised in the face of the upcoming war.

Hungarians scored the first two goals, but – in line with popular modern saying that 2:0 is a very dangerous result – it awoke Poles and made them perform much better.

Polish team netted four times, three of them were scored by Ernest Wilimowski. The final result was 4:2 for the Polish team.

Polish fans sang the national anthem and then conducted a “pitch invasion” and carried victorious players on their arms.

Only five days later, the Nazi German invasion of Poland begun and WWII started.