Football is the most popular sport globally, and the biggest football event is the World Cup. So you can safely say that the first edition of this was a historically significant event in the global sports world.
History of the first World Cup
Football was an IOC recognized sport, and football was a popular sport during the Olympics. Since the Olympic Games at that time still revolved around amateur sport, only amateur teams took part. These were not even country teams, but club teams from different European countries. After 1908, football tournaments were also organized outside the Olympic Games, where club teams took part, which defended the honour of their own country. Later on, a FIFA World Cup for amateur teams was organized during the Olympic Games. In 1914 the first intercontinental football tournament of various national teams took place. In 1928 it was finally decided in Amsterdam that in 1930 the first official World Cup football tournament, as we know, would be held in Uruguay.
1930 FIFA World Cup
Uruguay was designated as the host country because it won the Olympic football tournament twice and celebrated Uruguayan dependence. It has become clear that Uruguay was a strong football country at the time. The title was held domestically, and Uruguay is thus the first winner in the World Cup history. However, this first edition cannot be compared with today’s editions is an understatement. Only thirteen teams took part in the tournament. With pain and difficulty, only a few European countries were ultimately willing to participate. This was due to the high travel costs and the long travel time. National teams did not even have to qualify during this tournament but participated based on an invitation. Only from the following editions should countries qualify for the final match.