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
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
British teams refused to join world governing body Fifa until 1948,
meaning their first participation on the world stage was not until 1950 in
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
Mexico 4-1 in the first ever World Cup match with the first goal scored by
Frenchman Lucien Laurent.
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
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
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
leading scorer of the tournament was Guillermo Stabile of Argentina who found
the mark six times.
Mexico's Manuel Rosas became the first unlucky culprit to score an
own-goal. His side also lost the match 3-0 against
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.
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.
Jose Nasazzi of Uruguay was the first captain to win the World Cup, while
Alberto Supicci managed the
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.