Uruguay 1930 World Cup Finals

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Uruguay - Hosted the first World Cup Finals, in 1930

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Uruguay - Hosted the first World Cup Finals, in 1930

Did Uruguay get to stage the first World Cup tournament because they won the Paris Olympic final, against Switzerland, in 1924?

Only those who did the voting in Barcelona, after many nations abstained from the 1928 Olympic tournament in Amsterdam, will know.

World Cup History - Uruguay 1930

For the players from Europe the first World Cup, in Uruguay, meant a week-long sea journey across the Atlantic and a couple of months away from their jobs, so most of them abstained from this too.

Only Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia sailed from Villefrance-Sur-Mer, on June 21st, for Rio de Janeiro, to meet up with the Brazilian team on 29th June and arrive in Montevideo on July the 4th.

All matches were played in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, with the final an all South American affair between Argentina and the hosts.

Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4:2) on July 30th, 1930.

13 Countries Competed at Uruguay 1930

Argentina Argentina
Group 1 (1:0) (6:3) (3:1); Semi-finals (6:1); Finalist (2:4).

Belgium Belgium
Group 4 (0:3) (0:1).

Bolivia Bolivia
Group 2 (0:4) (0:4).

Brazil Brazil
Group 2 (1:2) (4:0).

Chile Chile
Group 1 (3:0) (1:0) (1:3).

France France
Group 1 (4:1) (0:1) (0:1).

Mexico Mexico
Group 1 (1:4) (0:3) (3:6).

Paraguay Paraguay
Group 4 (0:3) (1:0).

Peru Peru
Group 3 (1:3) (0:1).

Romania Romania
Group 3 (3:1) (0:4).

USA United States
Group 4 (3:0) (3:0); Semi-finals (1:6).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group 3 (1:0) (4:0); Semi-finals (6:1); Winner (4:2).

TSerbia Yugoslavia
Group 2 (2:1) (4:0); Semi-finals (1:6).

First Round - Group Stage

The 13 teams were arranged into three groups of 3 teams and one group of 4 teams. One country from Europe was entered into each group.

Group 1

13th July: France vs Mexico (4:1)
15th July: Argentina vs France (1:0)
16th July: Chile vs Mexico (3:0)
19th July: Argentina vs Mexico (6:3)
19th July: Chile vs France (1:0)
22nd July: Argentina vs Chile (3:1)

Argentina qualify for the semi-finals.

Group 2

14th July: Yugoslavia vs Brazil (2:1)
17th July: Yugoslavia vs Bolivia (4:0)
20th July: Brazil vs Bolivia (4:0)

Yugoslavia qualify for the semi-finals.

Group 3

14th July: Romania vs Peru (3:1)
18th July: Uruguay vs Peru (1:0)
21st July : Uruguay vs Romania (4:0)

Uruguay qualify for the semi-finals.

Group 4

13th July: United States vs Belgium (3:0)
17th July: United States vs Paraguay (3:0)
20th July: Paraguay vs Belgium (1:0)

United States qualify for the semi-finals.


26th July: Argentina vs United States (6:1)

27th July: Uruguay vs Yugoslavia (6:1)

1930 World Cup Final
30th July:
Uruguay vs Argentina (4:2)
Centenario Stadium, Montevideo.

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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