The History of World Cup Football – Watch World Cup Online
The History of World Cup Football Watch World Cup Online
The FIFA World Cup (or the Football World Cup, or just the World Cup) is the most important competition in international football (soccer) and the world's most represented team sport. What is FIFA? The answer is simple - Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). As of March 2008, there are 208 FIFA Member Associations.
The inaugural international football match was played in 1872 between England and Scotland, although at this age the sport was hardly ever played outside Great Britain. As football began to progress in popularity, it was held as a demonstration sport (with no medals awarded) at the 1900, 1904 and 1906 Summer Olympics before football became an official competition at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Organized by England's Football Association, the affair was for recreational players entirely and was regarded suspiciously as a show comparatively than a competition. Both events (1908 and 1912) were won by the England national amateur football team.
With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only amongst amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton organized the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The competition is repeatedly described as The First World Cup, and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The first tournament was won by West Auckland, an amateur team from north-east England that was invited after the Football Association refused to be associated with the competition. West Auckland returned in 1911 to gloriously hold their title, and was given the trophy to keep forever, as per the rules of the competition.
In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognize the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took obligation for organizing the event. This led the way to the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Uruguay won the tournament, before winning the gold medal again in 1928, with another South American team, Argentina, winning silver. In 1928 FIFA made the decision to stage its own international tournament.
Here is why. The 1932 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, did not plan to include football (soccer) as part of the program due to the low popularity of football in the United States. FIFA and the IOC also disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the Games. FIFA president Jules Rimet thus set about organizing the first World Cup tournament. With Uruguay, now two-time official football world champions, and to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named it as the host country.
The national associations of a few countries were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and pricey trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition. Rimet ultimately persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip.
For the occasion Uruguay constructed one of the most striking Stadiums of the South America: l'Estadio Centenario. The World Cup started on July 13, 1930 with the match between France and Mexico, won by France 4-1. In total 13 nations took part: seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America. They were split in 4 groups. Winner of each group advanced to the semi-finals. With no sensational developments the teams who made to the final were Uruguay and Argentina. Argentina dominated in the first half, with two goals (Peucelle e Stabile) versus one (Dorado). In the second half Uruguayan scored three times (Cea, Iriarte e Castro) and won the final becoming the first World Champions. Finally, who scored the first goal of the World Cup History? The answer is: the french player Lucien Laurent, after 19 minutes of the first match France Mexico.
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