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1930 FIFA World Cup

1er Campeonato Mundial de Futbol

Host country: Uruguay
Dates: 13 July - 5 August 1930
Matches played: 20
Goals scored: 43 (2.15 per match)
Attendance: 620,500 (31,025 per match)
Top scorer(s): Dorado (Uruguay), Cea (Uruguay), 4

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the first ever FIFA World Cup and was held in Uruguay from 13 July to 5 August 1930. Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain and Uruguay all applied to host the event although Uruguay soon became the obvious choice. They were technically the reigning world champions, having won gold at the most recent Olympics. Their plans included the construction of a new stadium and the promise to reimburse the travel expenses of all visiting national sides. The other nations withdrew their bids and the scene was set for the first ever meeting of the planet's greatest footballing nations.
Teams were chosen by invitation, with a total of thirteen attending. Seven were from South America, four were from Europe and two were from North America The difficulties in travelling to Uruguay were cited as the reason for so few European teams accepting the invitation. Upon arrival, the teams were divided into three groups of three and one group of four. All the teams would play each of the other teams in their group. 2 points would be awarded for a win and 1 for a draw. Goal difference would not be used to decide positions. The winners of each group would progress to the knockout semi-finals and there was to be no third place playoff.
The groups were won by Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United States. In the final, hosts and pre-tournament favourites Uruguay drew with the United States 2-2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people, forcing a replay to be held four days later. This time the Uruguayans made no mistake and defeated the US 5-2 in front of a capacity crowd, thus becoming the first nation to win the World Cup.
All the matches were played at one of three stadia in the city of Montevideo: Estadio Centenario, Estadio Pocitos and Estadio Parque Central.ed to the knockout semi-final stage. Extra-time was available in the knockout matches if the two teams were level after ninety minutes, but it was not required.

Group 1 was the only one to contain four teams: Argentina, Chile, France and Mexico. The opening match saw Mexico defeat France 1-0. Two days later, France played again, this time against group favourites Argentina. Despite suffering a number of injuries, including both their goalkeeper Thepot and star striker Laurent having to leave the pitch, they held out to force a 0-0 draw. The referee Almieda Rego blew the final whistle six minutes early, when Marcel Langiller was in a position that could have won the game for France. Play only resumed after protests from the French players. Despite the fact that France had played twice in 48 hours, Chile had yet to play their first match. They faced Mexico the following day, but were unable to gain any advantage from their freshness, and lost 1-0. They even had a goal disallowed late in the second half when Vidal was judged to have kicked the Mexican goalkeeper Bonfiglio as he dived at the striker's feet.
The final match for the French finally saw them score as they beat Chile 1-0. Argentina's second match, against Mexico, saw them playing without their captain Ferreira, who had returned to Buenos Aires to take a law exam. The team suffered as a result and lost 1-0. This meant that Mexico had qualified for the semi-finals as group winners, and the final group match between Argentina and Chile was for bragging rights only. This match was the only one in Group 1 where a goal was scored by a penalty. After going in at half-time 2-1 down, Argentina were awarded a penalty midway through the second half when Torres was fouled by Monti. A brawl broke out amongst the players and it took some time for the referee Saucedo to regain control. The penalty was scored and the final score was 2-2.

The second group contained Brazil, Bolivia and Yugoslavia. The group's opening match saw the first penalty of the competition being awarded, as a total of three penalties were awarded to Brazil in the final thirty minutes. Only one of these was scored leaving Brazil 3-1 winners. For their opening match, Bolivia paid tribute to the hosts by wearing shirts each emblazoned with a single letter, spelling "Viva Uruguay" as the team lined up. Although Bolivia had never previously won an international match, they beat Yugoslavia with a late goal to clinch victory 2-1. thus the final group game, Brazil versus Bolivia was to be the group decider. Brazil scored early in the first half and Bolivia never proved to be a danger, allowing Brazil to progress to the semi-finals as group winners.

Peru and Romania were in with the hosts Uruguay. The opening match in this group saw the first sending off in the competition, when Galindo of Peru was dismissed against Romania. The Romanians were unable to force home their advantage and the match finished 0-0. This match had the smallest crowd of any in World Cup history. The official attendance was 2,459, but the actual figure is generally accepted to be around 300.
Due to construction delays at Estadio Centenario, Uruguay's first match was not played until the fifth day of the tournament. The hosts came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Peru, having a goal disallowed in the 60th minute. The result was viewed as a poor performance by the Uruguayan press, but lauded in Peru. Uruguay subsequently defeated Romania 1-0 in another lacklustre performance.

The United States eased to victory in the fourth group. They beat both Belgium and Paraguay 1-0 making the final game in the group a dead rubber. The score was 1-0 to Paraguay.

The four group winners, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay and the United States, moved to the semi-finals. The first semi-final was played between the USA and Mexico on a rain-drenched pitch. The United States team, which featured six British-born players, lost midfielder Raphael Tracy after ten minutes to a broken leg as the match became violent. A goal half-way through the first half for Mexico was disallowed for offside. A late American goal clinched victory sending them in to the final.
In the second semi-final, Brazil met Uruguay. Brazil took a surprise lead through two early goals. They held their lead until the dying seconds when two quick goals from Uruguay forced the match in to extra time. No further goals were scored so a replay was scheduled for three days later. This time, the Uruguayans managed to keep the Brazilians out and scored three second half goals to reach the final as 3-0 winners.


The final was originally meant to be played at the Estadio Centenario on 30 July. Due to one of the semi-finals being replayed, this was pushed back to 2 August. A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as the teams failed to agree on who should provide the match ball, forcing FIFA to intervene and decree that the US team would provide the ball for the first half and the Uruguayans would provide their own for the second. Uruguay made one change from their semi-final lineup. Castro replaced Anselmo, who missed out due to illness. The referee was Belgian John Langenus, who only agreed to officiate a few hours before the game.
The hosts scored the opening goal, and the Americans thought they had equalised a few minutes later but the goal was disallowed. Shortly afterwards, the Americans scored two goals and went in at half time in the lead. Uruguay applied pressure throughout the second half, scoring an equaliser and forcing the match in to extra time. Just as in their semi-final, no goals were scored and the final had to be replayed. The date was set as 5 August.
This time, the Uruguayans made a quick start, scoring two early goals. Whilst trying to extend their lead, a quick clearance led to a US attack on the Uruguayan goal which drew one back for the Americans. A further goal from each team left Uruguay ahead 3-2. Finally, the South American pace and class overwhelmed the Americans who were beginning to look the more tired team despite the number of replays Uruguay had had to play. The final score was 5-2 to Uruguay, making them the first ever winners of the FIFA World Cup.

First round
Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Mexico 3 3 0 0 3 0 3 6
France 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 3
Argentina 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1 2
Chile 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 0

13 July 1930 15:00
France 0 – 1 Mexico
Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Domingo Lombardi (Uruguay)
Goalscorers: Mexico - Carreño 83

15 July 1930 16:00
Argentina 0 – 0 France
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Almeida Rêgo (Brazil)

16 July 1930 14:45
Chile 0 – 1 Mexico
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Henri Christophe (Belgium)
Goalscorers: Mexico - Rosas 46

19 July 1930 12:50
Chile 0 - 1 France
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Aníbal Tejada (Uruguay)
Goalscorers: France - Laurent 73

19 July 1930 15:00
Argentina 0 - 1 Mexico
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Ulises Saucedo (Bolivia)
Goalscorers: Mexico - Gayón 23

22 July 1930 14:45
Argentina 2 – 2 Chile
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Goalscorers: Argentina - Monti 17, Stábile 72 (p)
Mexico - Vidal 27, Subiabre 58

Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Brazil 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 4
Bolivia 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 2
Yugoslavia 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0

14 July 1930 12:45
Yugoslavia 1 – 3 Brazil
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Aníbal Tejada (Uruguay)
Goalscorers: Yugoslavia - Tirnanić 55'
Brazil - Preguinho 27, 80(p), Moderato 42

17 July 1930 12:45
Yugoslavia 1 – 2 Bolivia
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 800
Referee: Francisco Mateucci (Uruguay)
Goalscorers: Yugoslavia - Bek 53
Bolivia - Argote 7, Alborta 79

20 July 1930 13:00
Brazil 1 – 0 Bolivia
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Thomas Balvay (France)
Goalscorers: Brazil - Moderato 14

Group 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uruguay 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 3
Peru 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1
Romania 2 0 0 2 0 1 −1 0

14 July 1930 14:50
Romania 0 – 0 Peru
Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo
Attendance: 300
Referee: Alberto Warnken (Chile)

18 July 1930 14:30
Uruguay 2 – 2 Peru
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Castro 17, Dorado 89
Peru - Ferreira 7, 64

21 July 1930 14:50
Uruguay 1 – 0 Romania
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Almeida Rêgo (Brazil)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Scarone 83

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 4
Paraguay 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2 0

13 July 1930 15:00
United States 1 – 0 Belgium
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: José Macías (Argentina)
Goalscorers: United States - McGhee 87

17 July 1930 14:45
United States 1 – 0 Paraguay
Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
Attendance: 800
Referee: José Macías (Argentina)
Goalscorers: United States - Patenaude 77

20 July 1930 15:00
Paraguay 1 – 0 Belgium
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 900
Referee: Ricardo Vallarino (Uruguay)
Goalscorers: Paraguay - Peña 68

Knockout stage

26 July 1930 14:45
Mexico 0 – 1 United States
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Goalscorers: United States - Brown 77

27 July 1930 14:45
Uruguay 2 – 2 Brazil
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 93,000
Referee: Almeida Rêgo (Brazil)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Cea 87, Anselmo 89
Brazil - Moderato 12, Preguinho 21

30 July 1930 14:45
Uruguay 3 – 0 Brazil
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 93,000
Referee: Almeida Rêgo (Brazil)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Dorado 78, Cea 84, Iriarte 90


2 August 1930 15:30
Uruguay 2 – 2 United States
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 93,000
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Castro 17, Dorado 64
United States - Patenaude 24, McGhee 39

Final replay
5 August 1930 15:30
Uruguay 5 – 2 United States
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 93,000
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Goalscorers: Uruguay - Cea 7, 49, Anselmo 11, Castro 86, Dorado 88
United States - Patenaude 41, Brown 54
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