1930 Uruguay World Cup

Written by Sebastien on 12 November 2012. Posted in World Cup History

At the FIFA Congress in 1929, Uruguay was decided to be the country that will host the first World Cup. The dream of the FIFA President Jules Rimet takes place, and the first World Cup trophy takes its name (Jules Rimet Trophy).

The particular country was chosen through a number of countries, among which some European like Italy and Spain, and certainly one of the criteria was the fact that Uruguay was celebrating 100 years of independence. The first World Cup will take place away from Europe's financial problems. Although the facilitators undertake to pay the costs of travel for all countries participating in the tournament, only four managed to make the transatlantic trip, lasting three weeks!

The faciliators created the imposing stadium Centenario (the name of which was derived from 100 years of Uruguayan independence) in Montevideo Uruguay, with capacity 95000 seats. The paradox is that the construction of the stadium was completed five days after the start of the World Cup!

Thirteen teams will take part in the final tournament, nine from South America and four (those that eventually made the trip) from Europe. The host country Uruguay manages to win 4-2 to Argentina in the grand final held at Centenario and becomes the first country to be crowned World Champion ..

Did you know that ..

In the World Cup Final, there were used two different (!) balls. In the first half, when Argentina’s ball was used, Uruguay was behind in score by 2-1. In the second half the host country used their own ball and managed to turn things around, beating Argentina by 4-2! At the end of the match the Argentines did complain about the “hard” ball used by the neighbors ..

Both semi-finals of the tournament (Argentina-USA and Uruguay -Yugoslavia) finished with the same score: 6-1!

The fixture of Argentina vs Chile for the first group will go down in History as the battle of the two most young coaches in the history of world cups. (Juan Jose Tramutola, 27 years old and Gyorgi Orth, 29 years old).

About 15,000 people worked day and night since February 1930 to build the stadium "Centenario" in the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo. In order to construct the Stadium, 14,000 cubic meters of cement and 160,000 cubic meters of sand were needed. The total cost amounted to 1 million pesos.

France participated at the 1930 World Cup without a coach, as the federal coach Gaston Barreau (who was a music teacher), failed to secure permission from the Conservatoire of Paris where he worked!

For the first and last time in the history of the World Cup, the whole tournament took place in one city (Montevideo) and three different football stadiums.

The clothing of the arbitrators is something that is worth mentioning: They were forced to whistle wearing jacket, tie and rider socks!

Yugoslavia is the only team in the World Cup history that refused to participate in a match, as they felt aggrieved. So, they missed the third position match against USA.

Uruguay goalkeeper Antonio Mazzali became the first player in the history of the World Cup to be punished by his team. They was seen to "escape" from the hotel where team squad was staying in order to visit his family ..

Only 300 (!) spectators attended the match of Peru against Romania, and this is a negative record in the history of the World Cup.

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