1930 FIFA World Cup final
Uruguay are champions
Event1930 FIFA World Cup
Date30 July 1930 (1930-07-30)
VenueEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
RefereeJohn Langenus (Belgium)

The 1930 FIFA World Cup final was a football tournament match that culminated in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup champions. Uruguay and Argentina contested in what was a rematch of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay.

The final was played at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 30 July, a Wednesday. It was one of only two World Cup finals to be played on a day other than Sunday, the other being the 1966 FIFA World Cup final, which was played on a Saturday. A disagreement overshadowed the build-up to the match as which team would provide the match ball. FIFA intervened with a compromise, that Argentina would provide the ball for the first half, and Uruguay for the second.[1]

The stadium gates were opened at eight in the morning, six hours before kick-off, and at noon the ground was full,[2][full citation needed] officially holding 93,000 people.[3] Uruguay successfully "defended" its Olympic gold medal achievement 4–2, coming back from a 2–1 deficit at half-time.

Uruguay manager Alberto Suppici was 31 at the time, and still holds the record for being youngest coach of a FIFA World Cup winning team. Jules Rimet, president of FIFA, presented Uruguay with the World Cup Trophy, later to be named after him. The following day was declared a national holiday in Uruguay.[3] In Buenos Aires, a mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate.[4][full citation needed]

The last living player from the final was Argentine striker Francisco Varallo, who died on 30 August 2010 aged 100.[5] The last living Uruguayan from the final was Ernesto Mascheroni, who died on 3 July 1984 aged 76.

Route to the final

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 Argentina 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, and took the lead back for good with a Santos Iriarte goal in the 68th minute. With a minute remaining, Héctor Castro put Uruguay up 4–2, sealing victory in the inaugural World Cup.[6]


Uruguay 4–2 Argentina
Dorado 12'
Cea 57'
Iriarte 68'
Castro 89'
Report Peucelle 20'
Stábile 37'
Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
Attendance: 68,346
Referee: John Langenus (Belgium)
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 Arico 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

See also


  1. ^ "Uruguay 1930". BBC Sport. 11 April 2002. Retrieved 25 February 2007.
  2. ^ Glanville, p19
  3. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup Origin" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  4. ^ Glanville, p21
  5. ^ "Francisco Varallo, 100 not out". FIFA. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. 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.