History of Men’s FIFA World Cup from 1930 to 2014
In front of a crowd of over 100,000, Jose Nazassi, the country’s captain, and his fellow players were elected national heroes on Uruguayan soil. Unequivocally, they had no idea of its far reaching effects in the world, especially in the region. Yet ,this win wasn’t new to the Latin American republic, a country that has produced a host of talented players even when the country had a long history of poverty and political strife (1970 1985). This win came at the end of a successful period for the Uruguayan squad. Back in the 1920s, the national side picked a total of two Olympian gold medals (Paris 1924 Holland 1928) and four continental trophies (1920, 1923, 1924, 1926).II FIFA World Cup Rome, 1934History: Egypt was one of the first non European/Latin American teams to attend the Men’s Football World Cup, becoming the first country in the Arabic speaking world to win that right. The South American republic of Argentina was the best non European side in this year’s WC, behind Austria, Spain,Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland and other teams.Without a doubt, Italy became the second team to win the title in its home country. In front a delighted Benito Mussolini, the nation’s fascist dictator, the European squad began to make a name for itself in the world of sports when as host team placed first in the Second Global Championship (which is now at the top the icon of all world championships) at the Stadium of National Fascist Party in Rome.Czechoslovakia (it split peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993) came close to winning the tournament. Indeed, it was a competition dominated by Europe’s national delegations. Nonetheless, the majority of Italy’s footballers were of South American origin, among them Luis Monti, who was plucked out of Argentina (having played for the South American republic in the finals four years ago). Over the coming years, the Italian side gained a world status as a leader in men’s football.III FIFA World Cup Paris, 1938History: The III FIFA Cup was won by the Italian side for the second consecutive time being the first time that a national squad had won back to back World Cup titles in the history of the game. As a result of their triumph during the Berlin Summer Games in the mid 1930s, they were the front runners for the trophy in Paris (France), home of the FIFA Cup, between July 4 and July 19, 1938. Aditionally, Vittorio Pozzo, the Italian coach, became the first national coach to win two consecutive WC titles in FIFA history.In the gold medal match, on July 19, 1938, Italy beat Hungary 4 2. Two years ago, the Hungarian side placed 13th at the 1936 Berlin Games. In the meantime, the Brazilian squad gained the bronze medal, having finished 13th in the past championship at Rome. Almost all the teams were from Europe. Most of Austria’s sportsmen were to compete for Germany.There were Romanian players in the international championship for the third time in a row. In fact, the continent of Asia made its first appearance with the Dutch East Indies (modern day Indonesia). Also, Cuba sent athletes to France, becoming the first Caribbean country to do so in the history of the game. Incredibly, the Cuban national team had a good performance despite its inexperience. Overall, it placed seventh, at the expense of Romania and the host nation. Having won the gold at the I Central American and Caribbean Games in 1930, the island’s team only obtained bronze in the regional games in the mid 1930s in El Salvador.IV FIFA World Cup Rio de Janeiro, 1950History: Between June 24 and July 16, 1950, Brazil Latin America’s largest republic gained the right to host the Men’s Football World Cup. The final was played in Rio de Janeiro. The 1950 Cup also extend to Belho Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Recife.In post World War II years, the Spanish speaking republic of Uruguay won the FIFA Cup as a dark horse candidate upon its sensational win over host country Brazil and huge favorite during the worldwide tournament. And indeed, Uruguay’s football was seen as a success story in the next decades. A number of factors had contributed to this achievement: its long standing democracy, national food, education system, and special passion for soccer.India, which had competed in the Summer Olympics, declined to participate in Brazil.Thanks to the Haitian born Joseph Edward Gaetjens, the underdog America defeated Italy, the defending champion, 1 0 in the first round in Brazil’s city of Belho Horizonte, a place rich in African Brazilian culture. Before that game, the United States had been all but ignored by journalists and experts. Born of a Belgian father and Haitian mother, Mr. Gaetjens is referred to as one of the most respected players in the history of America’s soccer and the country’s greatest foreign born player. As well being a member of the 1950 World Cup Team, he played for Brookhattan (New York) in the American Soccer League.During the 20th century, the most successful Spanish team at the FIFA WC was the 1950 national side, which made the top four on Brazilian soil.Despite not being a heavy favorite on Swiss soil, Germany’s national side ended winning the international meet after its victory over Hungary (Olympic gold medalist in the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games), emerging as one of the top leaders in FIFA Cup history alongside Brazil, Uruguay and Italy. Germany was the second European contingent to take home the global trophy. Austria was third and Uruguay fourth.Players from what later became Slovakia and the Czech Republic participated at the Bern WC, competing under the flag of Czechoslovakia.South Korea, one of the planet’s poorest lands at the time, made its first appearance on the world stage, becoming the first team from Far East to compete in the global championship. Over the coming years, it won the Asian Cup Football twice (1956 and 1960). Over the following century, Seoul, the Korean capital, shocked the planet when it co hosted the 2002 FIFA Global Tournament where they (known as the “Taeguk Warriors”) reached the semi finals with athletes such as Cha Bum kun, Park Ji sung and Lee Young pyo.VI FIFA World Cup Stockholm, 1958History: The worldwide event was held in Scandinavia’s Kingdom of Sweden, a famously peace loving country. Here, the Brazilian side became a powerhouse in men’s football by winning its first major international trophy. Of Brazil’s athletes, Edson Arantes do Nascimento (also kwnown as “Pele”) was by far the most important sportsman. From then on, he’s well known both within and outside Brazil. In the decades that followed, the Portuguese speaking republic became one of the most successful national teams in football history. Additionally, Pele was the world’s foremost player as well as being one of the most influential athletes of the modern age. Over his athletic career, he scored more than 1,280 goals.For the first time in soccer history, four delegations from the United Kingdom qualified for the international competition: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Nevertheless, none of them made the semis.In Sweden, the Soviet Union the Earth’s most efficient national sports machine during the 1950s made its long awaited debut and came in sixth. Within the Soviet Bloc, the USSR was one of he most notable teams in the world of soccer, along with Hungary and Czechoslovakia. By 1956, they gained the Olympic Soccer Tournament in Australia’s city of Melbourne.The top performance by a Welsh squad occurred on Swedish soil as the country’s sportsmen made the top five.