On this day – Uruguay Win the First World Cup Final

30-7-1930: The host nation Uruguay won the first World Cup Final 4-2 against Argentina. The match was played in front of a crowd of 93,000 at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo. Argentina where in front 2-1 at half time but three second half goals in the 57th, 68th and 89th minute secured the title for Uruguay.

All FIFA’s members where invited to compete in the tournament but most European teams where reluctant because of the travel expences. Finally four European teams – Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia – agreed to participate after that FIFA and the Uruguayan government offered to cover their costs. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and United States had previously entered the competition. The 13 teams where divided in four groups. The four group winners met in the semi-finals. Argentina defeated USA 6-1 and Uruguay defeated Yugoslavia 6-1 which meant a repeat of the 1928 Olympic final.

France’s Lucien Laurent scored the first goal in the history of the World Cup when he volleyed France in to the lead after 19 minutes against Mexico. The game was played in snowy conditions in what was the South American winter. Placido Galindo of Peru
was the first player to be sent off when he received his marching orders in the group match against Romania. The Argentinian Guillermo Stabile finished as the tournaments top scorer with eight goals.

The tournament also featured two teams playing in the same colours (Brazil vs Bolivia) and a dispute over which team should provide the ball for the final (in the end an Argentinian ball was used in the first half and a Uruguayan in the second half).

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