1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™
13 July - 30 July

1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™

1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™

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Hosts Uruguay beat arch-rivals to first world crown.

The first FIFA World Cup™ was one of a kind. Taking place wholly in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, the sport's inaugural showpiece was rich in details that might bemuse the modern football fan: four teams arriving together on the same boat, an unfinished stadium, even a one-armed goalscorer in the Final. Yet it ended with a familiar outpouring of joy as the whole of Uruguay took a public holiday after the Celeste became the first world champions by defeating neighbours Argentina 4-2.

The maiden tournament had been some years in the offing. FIFA, at its founding meeting in 1904, declared that it alone had the right to organise an international championship, yet only in the 1920s did the idea gather support. The 1924 Olympic football tournament in Paris proved hugely popular, with over 40,000 spectators watching Uruguay beat Switzerland in the final. Yet when the British associations, with their professional leagues, declined to participate in that event after a row over players' amateur status, it was evident the time was ripe for a separate international football competition.

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Tournament News

World Cup Final, 1930, Montevideo, Uruguay, Uruguay 4 v Argentina 2, Members of the the Uruguayan team celebrate after Winning the Jules Rimet trophy by beating rivals Argentina in the first ever World Cup Final (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
<label>Caption:</label>World Cup Final, 1930, Montevideo, Uruguay, Uruguay 4 v Argentina 2, Uruguay's veteran captain Jose Nasazzi and Argentine captain Manuel Ferreira lead their teams out to take part in the first ever World Cup Final (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Argentinian goalkeeper Juan Botasso is beaten by Hector Castro (partly hidden, right) for Uruguay's 4th goal during the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, 30th July 1930. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 to win the Jules Rimet Trophy. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Belgian referee Jean Langenus (wearing a tie) presides over the pre-match formalities as Uruguayan captain Jose Nasazzi (left) exchanges pennants with Argentina's Manuel Ferreira prior to the FIFA World Cup Final at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, 30th July 1930. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 to win the Jules Rimet Trophy. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
 Football, 1930 FIFA World Cup Final, Montevideo, Uruguay, 30th July 1930, Uruguay 4 v Argentina 2, The Argentinian team come out to examine the pitch before the game (Photo by Haynes Archive/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Uruguay striker Hector Castro (right) is congratulated by Pelegrin Anselmo after their FIFA World Cup Final victory over Argentina at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo, July 30th 1930. Castro, who scored the 4th goal, had replaced Anselmo in the Uruguay team because of injury. Uruguay won 4-1. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images).
An aerial view of the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, venue for the first FIFA World Cup Final, 30th July 1930. Uruguay defeated Argentina 4-2 to win the Jules Rimet trophy. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Uruguayan goalkeeper Enrique Ballesteros (centre) holding a bouquet of flowers as the team, fans, and officials line up behind the national flag during the celebrations at the end of the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final between Uruguay and Argentina at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, 30th July 1930. Uruguay won 4-2. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)