Uruguay hosted the party. Uruguay did its victory dance. The old enemy proved their victims in its climax. We know you probably knew those facts behind La Celeste conquering the first FIFA World Cup™. FIFA.com has pulled some more riveting statistics that you can start discovering in three, two, one…
Argentinians crossed the Río de la Plata to watch the Final at the Estadio Centenario. They were confident, given that Argentina had lost just one of their previous nine meetings with Uruguay, but ultimately went home having been downed 4-2.
per cent: that is the record La Celeste became the first of only three teams to finish a World Cup with in 1930. Alberto Suppici’s charges ticked all four of their assignments with victory, while Brazil won all six matches in 1970 and all seven in 2002.
years after he watched his younger brother Alvaro Gestido win the World Cup inside the Centenario, Oscar Diego Gestido became president of Uruguay. Alvaro had died ten years earlier.
is the age that makes Suppici the youngest coach to win a World Cup. The combined age of Suppici and Final counterpart Juan Jose Tramutola was just 58. The cumulative age of Mario Zagallo and Aime Jacquet, who led Brazil and France respectively in the 1998 decider, was more than double that at 122.
international goals is what Hector Scarone made it by scoring in the 4-0 defeat of Romania – a Uruguay record that stood for 81 years. Diego Forlan broke it by tapping home a Luis Suarez cross to earn La Celeste a point in Paraguay in Brazil 2014 qualifying.
foreign-born players have won the World Cup, with Lorenzo Fernandez being the first in 1930. A centre-back who would occasionally operate as a playmaker, he was nicknamed El Gallego (The Galician) due to being from Redondela in north-west Spain. The others are Attilio Demaria (Argentina), Enrico Guaita (Argentina), Anfilogino Guarisi (Brazil), Luis Monti (Argentina), Raimundo Orsi (Argentina) and Mario Varglien (Austria-Hungary; now Croatia) with Italy in 1934; Michele Andreolo (Uruguay) with the same nation in 1938; Ernesto Vidal (Italy) with Uruguay in 1950; Josef Posipal (Romania) and Richard Herrmann (Poland) with West Germany in 1954; Herbert Wimmer (Belgium) with the same country in 1974; Claudio Gentile (Libya) with Italy in 1982; Marcel Desailly (Ghana), Christian Karembeu (New Caledonia), Lilian Thuram (Guadeloupe) and Patrick Vieira (Senegal) with France in 1998; Mauro Camoranesi (Argentina) and Simone Perrotta (England) with Italy in 2006; and Miroslav Klose (Poland) and Lukas Podolski (Poland) with Germany in 2014.
seconds dead is what Uruguay striker Pedro Petrone did the 100 metres in. The 100-metre world record at the time, held by American Eddie ‘The Midnight Express’ Tolan, was just 0.6 seconds quicke
men is all that were ranked above Uruguay midfielder Jose Andrade in France Football’s 1994 publication of the 100 Greatest Players in World Cup History. Pele was top, followed, in order, by Diego Maradona, Frank Beckenbauer, Just Fontaine, Gerd Muller, Garrincha, Bobby Moore, Juan Schiaffino and Fritz Walter. Positioned tenth, Andrade, nicknamed ‘The Black Marvel’, came above the likes of Eusebio, Bobby Charlton, Giuseppe Meazza, Lothar Matthaus and Jairzinho.
years is all that separated Hector Scarone, 31, and 22-year-old Pablo Dorado – the least difference between the oldest and youngest members of a World Cup-winning squad. There was 22 years between 18-year-old defender Giuseppe Bergomi and 40-year-old goalkeeper Dino Zoff when they helped Italy to glory in 1982.
days before Uruguay kicked off their campaign, Andres Mazali, who had played a fundamental role in their Men’s Olympic Football Tournament triumphs of 1924 and ’28 and was their first-choice goalkeeper, was sent home for breaking Suppici’s curfew. Mazali had snuck out of the team hotel to reportedly meet a female.
goals in a World Cup semi-final is what Pedro Cea is one of only three men to score. Oldrich Nejedly got all of Czechoslovakia’s goals in a 3-1 reverse of Germany in 1934, while Pele posted a hat-trick as Brazil beat France 5-2 in 1958. Cea’s treble propelled Uruguay to a 6-1 win over Yugoslavia, which remained the joint-biggest victory in a World Cup semi – Argentina thrashed USA by the same score in 1930 – until Germany thumped Brazil 7-1 84 years later.
different types of ball were uniquely used in the Final. The teams couldn’t agree, so it was determined that an Argentinian ball would be used in the first half and a Uruguayan one in the second. It apparently made a difference – Argentina led 2-1 at half-time; Uruguay won 4-2.
stadium is what Uruguay played in during the tournament – a joint-record low for a World Cup-winning team (matched by England in 1966). Initially, all the tournament’s 18 matches were to be played in the Centenario, but torrential rain delayed its construction and it wasn’t ready until the sixth day, forcing La Celeste’s debut to be delayed and another two Montevideo venues to host other teams’ games. At the 2002 tournament, 20 different stadiums, each in a different city, were used, with Brazil lifting the Trophy having played in an unprecedented seven.
arm was all Hector Castro had, leading to him being nicknamed El Manco (The One-Armed One). The Nacional icon accidentally cut off his own limb while using an electric saw as a 13-year-old.