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World Cup History – fascinating facts – 1930 in URUGUAY

21st May 2014
Only 13 countries took part in the first ever World Cup and just 4 made the 3 week boat journey from Europe. The 4 Home Nations had resigned from FIFA following an argument about payments to amateurs and Germany, Spain and Italy also stayed at home.

Of the European representatives only Yugoslavia won their group, beating Brazil along the way, and they reached the semi final where they were thrashed 6-1 by their South American hosts. Argentina caned the USA by the same score in the other semi to join Uruguay in the final.

Behind the scenes at the final, an argument was raging about which ball to use and eventually FIFA stepped in and said that the two finalists could use their preferred ball for a half each!

The newly constructed stadium with 93,000 fans in Montevideo saw an excellent final with Uruguay taking an early lead, Argentina roared back to take a 2-1 half time lead, but Uruguay’s passionate fans saw their team dominate the second half to win 4-2.

The World Cup was up and running!
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