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World Cup 1930



 

GROUP A
Argentina
France
Mexico
Chile

GROUP B
Yugoslavia
Brazil
Bolivia

GROUP C
Uruguay
Peru
Romania

GROUP D
United States
Belgium
Paraguay



 

SEMIFINALS
6
1
Argentina
United States
6
1
Uruguay
Yugoslavia
FINAL
4
2
Uruguay
Argentina

 
 
 
 

 

THE DREAM COMES TRUE





     13 countries participated in the first ever World Cup in Uruguay. It was no qualification at that time, the hosts invited teams to the cup. Because of the distance, only four European countries decided to take part in the cup. Most countries rejected to spend several weeks on a ship to cross the Atlantic ocean. In Montevideo the hosts had built a beautiful stadium that could hold 95.000. The work had been delayed because of heavy rain, so the stadium wasn't completed until 5 days into the tournament. It was appropriate, for several reasons, that Uruguay should be chosen to host the first tournament. They were the holders of the Olympic title, good enough credentials in its own right. Furthermore, in July 1930 the country was celebrating the centenary of its independence. It was certainly going to be carnival time in Montevideo during the two weeks of the World Cup, because the entire tournament would be held in the capital of Uruguay.

     Only four teams from Europe participated in this first World Cup, and none of them were expected to win the cup. Powerful nations like Italy, Germany, Holland, England and Spain stayed home. One of the entrants, Romania, even had their team picked by his Royal Highness King Carol himself! However, he would have little to celebrate for in this tournament.

     France and Mexico played in the first ever World Cup game, and the French won 4-1 with Lucien Laurent of France scoring the first ever World Cup goal. But the two teams who dominated this tournament were Argentina and Uruguay. They both topped their groups easily. Stábile was this tournament's best player, originally a substitute, he came into the side and scored a hat-trick against Mexico. The semifinals saw Argentina trash the United States by 6-1, and Uruguay won by the same score versus Yugoslavia. There was no bronzematch at that time, so both USA and Yugoslavia shared the third place. In the final Argentina looked like the better side in the first half, but the hosts came back in the second half to win the title 4-2. Read more about this final by clicking on the "Final" link in the left column.
 
 

TOPSCORERS Guillermo Stábile (ARG) 8 goals Pedro Cea (URU) 5 goals Guillermo Subiabre (CHI) 4 goals Bert Patenaude (USA) 4 goals OTHER STATISTICS Number of games 18 Total Goals scored 70 Average per game 3,88 Expulsions 1 Own goals 1 Total attendance 434,500 Average attendance 24,139 WORLD CUP 1930 STANDINGS P W D L Goals Pts 1.Uruguay C 4 4 0 0 15- 3 8 2.Argentina F 5 4 0 1 18- 9 8 3.United States SF 3 2 0 1 7- 6 4 4.Yugoslavia SF 3 2 0 1 7- 7 4 5.Chile 1R 3 2 0 1 5- 3 4 6.Brazil 1R 2 1 0 1 5- 2 2 7.France 1R 3 1 0 2 4- 3 2 8.Romania 1R 2 1 0 1 3- 5 2 9.Paraguay 1R 2 1 0 1 1- 3 2 10.Peru 1R 2 0 0 2 1- 4 0 11.Belgium 1R 2 0 0 2 0- 4 0 12.Bolivia 1R 2 0 0 2 0- 8 0 13.Mexico 1R 3 0 0 3 4-13 0 *The pointsystem used from 1930 to 1990 was 2 pts for a win and 1 pt for a draw.

 

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Guillermo Stábile -
became the first top scorer in the World Cup, but his country Argentina had to settle for second place. 



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