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1930 FIFA World Cup Final

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match contested by Uruguay and Argentina to determine the champion of the 1930 FIFA World Cup. The final was a rematch of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay.

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 final was played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 30 July, a Wednesday. Up to date, it is, along with the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the only World Cup Final not to be played on a Sunday (the latter being played on a Saturday). This World Cup Final is also the only one 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] officially holding 93,000 people.[2] A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as the teams disagreed on who should provide the match ball, forcing FIFA to intervene and decree that the Argentine team would provide the ball for the first half and the Uruguayans would provide one for the second.[3] The game ended 4–2 to Uruguay after they trailed 2–1 at half-time, adding the title of World Cup winners to their status as Olympic champions. Aged 31, Uruguayan manager Alberto Suppici is the youngest coach to ever win the FIFA World Cup. Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented the Uruguayan team with the World Cup Trophy, which was later named after him. The following day was declared a national holiday in Uruguay;[2] in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, a mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.[4]

The last living player from that final, Francisco Varallo (who played as a striker for Argentina), died on 30 August 2010.[5]

Route to the finalEdit

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 Argentine 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 left, Héctor Castro put Uruguay up 4–2, sealing the victory for Uruguay in the inaugural World Cup.[6]


Uruguay  4–2  Argentina
Dorado   12'
Cea   57'[7]
Iriarte   68'
Castro   89'
Report Peucelle   20'
Stábile   37'[7]
Attendance: 68,346
GK Enrique Ballestrero
RB José Nasazzi (c)
LB Ernesto Mascheroni
RH José Andrade
CH Lorenzo Fernández
LH Álvaro Gestido
OR Pablo Dorado
IR Héctor Scarone
CF Héctor Castro
IL Pedro Cea
OL Santos Iriarte
Alberto Suppici
GK Juan Botasso
RB José Della Torre
LB Fernando Paternoster
RH Juan Evaristo
CH Luis Monti
LH Pedro Suárez
OR Carlos Peucelle
IR Francisco Varallo
CF Guillermo Stábile
IL Manuel Ferreira (c)
OL Mario Evaristo
Francisco Olazar
Juan José Tramutola

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.


  1. ^ Glanville, p19
  2. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Origin" (PDF). 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". 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 for which 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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