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Six countries entered bidding for first World Cup
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Candidates: Six countries entered the bidding for the first World Cup in 1930. Italy, Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Uruguay. Fifa awarded the tournament to the tiny South American nation after they offered to pay all expenses for travel and hotels for participating countries.

Hat-trick: The first player to score a hat-trick during a World Cup match was the American Bart Patenaude during his country's game against Paraguay (3-0) on July 17, 1930 in Montevideo.

Late again: British teams refused to join world governing body Fifa until 1948, meaning their first participation on the world stage was not until 1950 in Brazil.

Stadiums: The first round matches took place on pitches that belonged to local clubs. The remaining clashes, including the final, were contested at the impressive Centenary stadium, which had a capacity of 100,000.

First: France beat Mexico 4-1 in the first ever World Cup match with the first goal scored by Frenchman Lucien Laurent.

Off you go: The first player to receive his marching orders was Placido Galindo of Peru. Chilian referee Albert Warken sent him packing during a match against Romania (1-3) in front of the smallest ever World Cup attendance: 300 people.

Six: Argentina were the first nation to score six goals beating Mexico 6-3 in a match that also featured the first penalty. In fact the Bolivian referee Ulices Saucedo awarded five penalties during the match, although three were controversial.

Head in hands: The first player to miss a penalty was Argentina's Fernando Paternoster. Mexico's Manuel Rocquetas Rosas became the first man to successfully convert a spot-kick.

Top scorer: The leading scorer of the tournament was Guillermo Stabile of Argentina who found the mark six times.

Own-goal: Mexico's Manuel Rosas became the first unlucky culprit to score an own-goal. His side also lost the match 3-0 against Chile.

Referee: The first referee in a World Cup match was Domingo Lombardi of Uruguay who was assisted by Gilberto de Almejda Rego of Brazil and Henri Christophe of Belgium. Another Belgian Jan Langenus (center) was in charge of the first final and demanded official protection in the fiery atmosphere in Montevideo.

Portrait of Jose Nasazzi, captain of the Uruguayan national soccer team, taken 30 July 1930 in Montevideo after Uruguay's victory over Argentina (4-2) in the first-ever World Cup final.

Captain: Jose Nasazzi of Uruguay was the first captain to win the World Cup, while Alberto Supicci managed the side.

Ball: The first World Cup football was designed in 1880, and was made of leather lashed together with long straps. It was brown and had pronounced stitching.


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