1930 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Uruguay
Dates13–30 July (18 days)
Teams13
Venue(s)3 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Uruguay (1st title)
Runner-up Argentina
Third place United States
Fourth place Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played18
Goals scored70 (3.89 per match)
Attendance590,549 (32,808 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Argentina Guillermo Stábile
(8 goals)
1934

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.

Thirteen teams (seven from South America, four from Europe, and two from North America) entered the tournament. Few European teams chose to participate because of the difficulty of travelling to South America. The teams were divided into four groups, with the winner of each group progressing to the semi-finals. The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously, and were won by France and the United States, who defeated Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0, respectively. Lucien Laurent of France scored the first goal in World Cup history, while American goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas posted the first official "clean sheet" in the tournament.

Argentina, Uruguay, the United States and Yugoslavia each won their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final, hosts and pre-tournament favourites Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people, and became the first nation to win the World Cup.

Host selection

Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Hungary and Uruguay all lodged applications to host the event. Uruguay's bid became the clear selection after all the other countries withdrew their bids.

Venues

All matches took place in Montevideo. Three stadiums were used: Estadio Centenario, Estadio Pocitos, and Estadio Parque Central. The Estadio Centenario was built both for the tournament and as a celebration of the centenary of Uruguayan independence. Designed by Juan Scasso, it was the primary stadium for the tournament, referred to by Rimet as a "temple of football". With a capacity of 90,000, it was the largest football stadium outside the British Isles. The stadium hosted 10 of the 18 matches, including both semi-finals and the final. However, a rushed construction schedule and delays caused by the rainy season meant the Centenario was not ready for use until five days into the tournament. Early matches were played at smaller stadiums usually used by Montevideo football clubs Nacional and Peñarol, the 20,000 capacity Parque Central and the Pocitos.

Montevideo
Estadio Centenario Estadio Gran Parque Central Estadio Pocitos
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 1,000
Estadio Centenario 1930.jpg Gran Parque Central 1900.jpg Estadio Pocitos 1930.jpg

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1930 FIFA World Cup squads.

Participants

Europe

North and Central America

South America

Results

Group stage

Group 1

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup Group 1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 10 4 +6 6
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 4
 France 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 2
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 4 13 −9 0
13 July 1930
France  4–1  Mexico Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo
15 July 1930
Argentina  1–0  France Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
16 July 1930
Chile  3–0  Mexico Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
19 July 1930
Chile  1–0  France Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Argentina  6–3  Mexico Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
22 July 1930
Argentina  3–1  Chile Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

Group 2

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 4
 Brazil 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 2
 Bolivia 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8 0
14 July 1930
Yugoslavia  2–1  Brazil Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
17 July 1930
Yugoslavia  4–0  Bolivia Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
20 July 1930
Brazil  4–0  Bolivia Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

Group 3

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup Group 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 4
 Romania 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
14 July 1930
Romania  3–1  Peru Estadio Pocitos, Montevideo
18 July 1930
Uruguay  1–0  Peru Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
21 July 1930
Uruguay  4–0  Romania Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

Group 4

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup Group 4
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6 4
 Paraguay 2 1 0 1 1 3 −2 2
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0
13 July 1930
United States  3–0  Belgium Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
17 July 1930
United States  3–0  Paraguay Estadio Parque Central, Montevideo
20 July 1930
Paraguay  1–0  Belgium Estadio Centenario, Montevideo

Knockout stage

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup knockout stage
Semi-finals Final
27 July – Montevideo (Centenario)
  Uruguay 6  
  Yugoslavia 1  
 
30 July – Montevideo (Centenario)
      Uruguay 4
    Argentina 2
26 July – Montevideo (Centenario)
  Argentina 6
  United States 1  

Semi-finals

26 July 1930
14:45 UYT (UTC−03:30)
Argentina  6–1  United States Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 72,886
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Monti Goal 20'
Scopelli Goal 56'
Stábile Goal 69'87'
Peucelle Goal 80'85'
Brown Goal 89'

27 July 1930
14:45 UYT (UTC−03:30)
Uruguay  6–1 Flag of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 79,867
Referee: Gilberto de Almeida Rêgo (Brazil)
Cea Goal 18'67'72'
Anselmo Goal 20'31'
Iriarte Goal 61'
Vujadinović Goal 4'

Final

Main article: 1930 FIFA World Cup Final
30 July 1930
15:30 UYT (UTC−03:30)
Uruguay  4–2  Argentina Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 68,346
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
Dorado Goal 12'
Cea Goal 57'
Iriarte Goal 68'
Castro Goal 89'
Report Peucelle Goal 20'
Stábile Goal 37'

Goalscorers

With eight goals, Guillermo Stábile was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 70 goals were scored by 37 different players, with only one of them credited as an own goal.

8 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals
2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

Last surviving players

The last surviving player from Uruguay's World Cup-winning side was Ernesto Mascheroni, who died on 3 July 1984 at the age of 76. He was outlived by reserve defender Emilio Recoba who died on 12 September 1992 (aged 87), but did not play any matches in the tournament. However, many other players who participated in the tournament were still alive by this stage and the last surviving player from the tournament was Argentina's Francisco Varallo, who died on 30 August 2010 at the age of 100 – eighty years after the tournament.

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