Sunday, June 1, 2014

1930 FIFA World Cup Football - Inaugural Championship - Highlights

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 July to 30 July 1930. 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.  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. American goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas posted the first official "clean sheet" in the tournament.

Argentina, Uruguay, United States and Yugoslavia each won their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final, hosts Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people, and became the first nation to win the World Cup.Uruguay won the Olympics Gold Medal in 1928.

Top goal scorer of the championship - Guillermo Stabile - 8 goals

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