This Week in History: Week 31 (30 July 1930)
First FIFA World Cup Is Held In Uruguay
The final match of the first FIFA World Cup Football Championship is held in Montevideo, Uruguay
In 1930, the first FIFA World Cup Football (soccer) Championship was held in Uruguay, with the final match being played in the country's capital, Montevideo, between the host nation Uruguay and their South American neighbours Argentina. Uruguay trailed 2-1 at half-time, but scored 3 goals in the second half to win 4-2 and become the first World Champions. The FIFA World Cup is now held every 4 years and is one of the world's most popular sporting events, with the final match regularly watched by over 2 billion television viewers.
match (noun): a contest in which teams compete with each other
host nation (noun): the country where an event is held
neighbour (British English spelling)/neighbor (American English spelling)
trail (verb): be behind in points
half-time (noun): the interval between two halves of a match
Test your understanding:
1. All the matches in the first FIFA World Cup Football Championship were played in
2. Which team was winning just before the second half of the first FIFA World Cup Championship final began?
3. The country in which an international sporting event is being held is called
a) the championship nation
b) the holding nation
c) the host nation