1930 FIFA World Cup Final

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1930 FIFA World Cup Final
Uruguay goal v argentina 1930.jpg
Uruguay's fourth goal was scored by striker Héctor Castro.
Event1930 FIFA World Cup
Date30 July 1930 (1930-07-30)
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeJohn Langenus (Belgium)

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was a football tournament match that culminated in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup champions. Uruguay and Argentina contested in what was a "rematch" of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics. Uruguay won after a replay.

The final was played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 30 July, a Wednesday; to date, it shares with the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the only World Cup Finals to be played on a day other than Sunday (the latter being played on a Saturday). This World Cup Final has the distinction of being the only final not to be played on a weekend. The stadium gates were opened at eight o'clock, six hours before kick-off, and at noon the ground was full,[1][full citation needed] officially holding 93,000 people.[2] A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as which team would provide the match ball. FIFA intervene with a compromise: Argentina would provide the ball for the first half and the Uruguay would provide for the second.[3] Uruguay would successfully "defend" its Olympic gold medal achievement 4–2 after they trailed 2–1 at half-time. Aged 31, Uruguay manager Alberto Suppici has the distinction of being the youngest coach of a FIFA World Cup champion team. Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented Uruguay with the World Cup Trophy, later to be named after him. The following day was declared a national holiday in Uruguay;[2] in Buenos Aires, a mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.[4][full citation needed]

The last surviving player from that final was the Argentina striker, Francisco Varallo who died on 30 August 2010 at the age of 100.[5] The last Uruguay survivor was Ernesto Mascheroni who died on 3 July 1984 at the age of 76.

Route to the final[edit]

Uruguay Round Argentina
Opponent Result First round Opponent Result
 Peru 1–0 Match 1  France 1–0
 Romania 4–0 Match 2  Mexico 6–3
Match 3  Chile 3–1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 4
 Romania 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2 2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0
Final standing
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 10 4 +6 6
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 4
 France 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1 2
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 4 13 −9 0
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Yugoslavia 6–1 Semi-finals  United States 6–1



After 12 minutes, Pablo Dorado put the hosts into the lead, before Argentina winger Carlos Peucelle equalised 8 minutes later, beating goalkeeper Enrique Ballestrero with a powerful shot. In the 37th minute, tournament top scorer Guillermo Stábile gave Argentina a 2–1 lead going into the break. Uruguay leveled the score 12 minutes into the second half via a goal from Pedro Cea, before Santos Iriarte restored the lead for the hosts in the 68th minute. With a minute remaining, Héctor Castro put Uruguay up 4–2, sealing the victory in the inaugural World Cup.[6]


Uruguay 4–2 Argentina
Dorado Goal 12'
Cea Goal 57'[7]
Iriarte Goal 68'
Castro Goal 89'
Report Peucelle Goal 20'
Stábile Goal 37'[7]
Attendance: 68,346

Assistant referees:
Ulises Saucedo (Bolivia)
Henri Christophe (Belgium)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Replay if scores still level.
  • No substitutions permitted.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glanville, p19
  2. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Origin" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Uruguay 1930". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 April 2002. Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  4. ^ Glanville, p21
  5. ^ "Francisco Varallo, 100 not out". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  6. ^ Molinaro, John F. (26 November 2009). "1930 World Cup: Uruguay welcomes the soccer world". CBC Sports. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b This is one of several goals that the statistical details are disputed. The goalscorers and timings used here are those of FIFA, the official record. Some other sources, such as RSSSF, state a different scorer and/or timing. See "World Cup 1930 finals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2008..

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