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World Cup 1930

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World Cup 1930
In 1929, it was decided that the first ever World Cup would take place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930. Thirteen nations would be participating after accepting invitations - no qualifications took place. In 18 matches, 70 goals would be scored including the first hat-trick in World Cup history by Guillermo Stábile.

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The First-Ever Football World Cup

The First-Ever Football World Cup

A thirteen-nation tournament took place in July 1930, in a series of 18 matches to form the first-ever International Football World Cup. This happened in Uruguay, and the home team were also crowned the first World Cup Champions.

This was at a time when an economic depression took place in Europe, causing hesitation among many part-time or amateur players to travel to play the Cup.

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Uruguay: The Hosts

A country in South America, Uruguay, host and winners of the first world cup were a great economy before the 1930s depression era. They had won the Paris Olympics 1924 and also the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928.

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The Arena

The Arena

The first World Cup was played in the capital Montevideo at three different stadiums, with the final match at Estadio Centenario with over 90000 people watching.

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The Tournament

The Tournament
  • Yugoslavia and USA played well and reached the Semi-Finals, with USA losing to Argentina, and Uruguay beating Yugoslavia.
  • Uruguay and Argentina faced each other in the final and were close rivals as they were also the two finalists of the Olympics final just a year ago in 1928, which Argentina lost.
  • Uruguay defeated Argentina, by 4-2 to lift the first Football World Cup.

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