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On this day in 1930, the first World Cup matches was played in host city Montevideo, Uruguay. In these inaugural matches, France defeated Mexico 4-1, while the United States defeated Belgium 3-0. The FIFA World Cup came to life after soccer was dropped from the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles due to its lack of popularity in the United States. As a result, then-FIFA President Jules Rimet organized a new soccer tournament. Some of the best European teams, like England, Italy, and Spain, did not compete in the 1930 World Cup due to player fear that they would lose their day jobs back home. Despite the lack of attendance from some of the best teams in the world, the first World Cup tournament drew in a large viewing, with a crowd of 93,000 coming out to watch the World Cup Final, which saw Uruguay defeat Argentina 4-2. With the exception of the cancellation of the 1942 and 1946 World Cups, due to World War II, this massive soccer tournament has taken place every four years since 1930, drawing in bigger ratings each and every year.

posted on 07/13/2017 by Daniel Oyefusi
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