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How It All Began
seeds which marked the beginning of this great event were planted by the
president of the World Football Federation, in 1926. There would be no
such thing as a world cup history if it were not for Jules Rimet, who
first took the presidency in 1921. The positive message infused by Rimet
is summarized by his famous words "Soccer could reinforce the ideals
of a permanent and real peace", as he pushed to organize an international
event that would make no discrimination on the grounds of professional
or amateur status. As his words were spoken the plans for a world tournament
involving all of the federations was being planned for the coming 3 to
4 years. Along with the help of 5 other officials, Rimet organized the
event for 1930. Via congressional meetings of the World Football Federation
the semantics for the tournament were laid out and finalized.
On May 26th, 1928 the World Cup was born. History was changed forever
as five European countries plus a chosen host of Uruguay planned to hold
the first tournament on May 18th, 1929 at the congress of Barcelona. Uruguay
was chosen as host based on their outstanding Olympic record, and as Rimet
was encouraging a regime of international peace, utilizing the reputation
the Olympic games already held was simply intelligent leveraging.
The actualization of the event did not transpire until the year later,
when on July 13th, 1930 the first game of the first world cup kicked off
in Pocitos Stadium, and France beat Mexico 4 to 1. This truly marked the
beginning of a long and wonderful world cup history.
The first world cup was the only event to not involve the modern qualifying
rounds. The only European teams involved were France, Belgium, Yugoslavia,
and Romania. Other European teams either wished to remain in purely Amateur
events, or argued that the expected trip time was far too long. Other
than Uruguay six additional south American teams participated, including
Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.
Winners of the 1st World Cup - Uruguay - 1930
Two teams remained to complete the final 13 for 1930, Mexico and the
United States. The U.S. was utilizing a heavily Scottish roster for the
In the end it was Uruguay battling Argentina for the cup. Victory and
the first world cup went to Uruguay as they beat the Argentineans 4 to
To see which country has maintained the best record over the course of
the last six decades view our world
cup rankings page.