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
Guillermo Stábile (ARG) 8 goals
Pedro Cea (URU) 5 goals
Guillermo Subiabre (CHI) 4 goals
Bert Patenaude (USA) 4 goals
Number of games 18
Total Goals scored 70
Average per game 3,88
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.
first top scorer in the World Cup, but his country Argentina had to settle
for second place.
Info on how
the World Cup was founded and about the trophy as well.
on every match in every tournament.
Interesting columns about the past, present and future of the World Cup.
with appearances in the World Cup. Detailed info on every country.
of many of the most influential players in history.
An A-Z collection
of strange and different stories in World Cup history.
A big collection
of various statistics and records.
since it was introduced in 1966.
knowledge about the WC. Three different levels. No prizes, just for fun.
lots of stuff. For instance Best Goals, Best Players and Best Matches.
of links to other soccer sites with World Cup connection.
and buttons for you to link to us if you want.
A little information
on who keeps this site available.