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First games of the very first World Cup...



Item # 644538

July 14, 1930

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 14, 1930

* First World Cup Soccer games
* Damaged issue - fraction of price


The World Cup tournament began in 1930, with Wikipedia noting its creation: "Due to the success of soccer at the Olympic games,an official game beginning in 1908, the FIFA started looking at staging its own international tournament outside of the Olympics. On 28 May 1928, the FIFA Congress in Amsterdam decided to stage a world championship organized by FIFA.  With Uruguay now two-time official football world champions (as 1924 was the start of FIFA's professional era) and to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay  as the host country of the inaugural World Cup tournament.
The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly 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. Eventually teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia made the trip. In total thirteen nations took part: seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America.

The first two World Cup matches took place simultaneously on 13 July 1930, and were won by France and USA, who defeated Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0 respectively. In the final, Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 93,000 people in Montevideo, and in doing so became the first nation to win the World Cup."


This issue of the Times reports the first games of the very first World Cup tournament. As confirmed by Wikipedia, the report notes that the United States defeated Belgium and France defeated Mexico in games played simultaneously on the very first day of competition.

With soccer being a somewhat unknown sport in the United States at the time, it is exceedingly difficult to find any 1930 reports of the World Cup in American newspapers, coverage lacking in several major city publications.

The two column headline on the sports page reads: "U.S. Soccer Team Beats Belgiuum by 3-0; 20,000 See Word's Tourney in Montevideo" followed by the full report (see photos).

A cornerstone piece for any soccer collection as any items from the very first World Cup are almost unobtainable today. This is one.

Forty pages, various cutouts throughout with one on the front page. (see) But the sport's pages are untouched, light toning, minor margin wear, sold as is.

Category: The 20th Century

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