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World Cup History

World Cup History

World Cup Soccer is an international association football competition participated by the men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, the sport’s global governing body.

The world’s first international football competition was a challenge match held in Glasgow year 1872. It was a match between Scotland and England. At that stage the sport was rarely played outside the United Kingdom, but it grew in popularity in other parts of the world at the turn of the century. It was held as a demo sport with no awards at 1990. However, in 1904 Summer Olympics the IOC has upgraded the status to official event.

FIFA was founded in 1904. The organization tried to arrange an international tournament between nations outside the Olympic framework in Switzerland in 1906. All throughout its early days, the official history of FIFA described the event as a failure.

As the years past and improvements were made, first world cup was made. Thanks to the success of the Olympic football tournaments, FIFA together with the president, the driving force was again started. Staging an own international tournament outside of the Olympics was part of the plan. On May 28, 1928, the FIFA Congress in Amsterdam the plan came to be. It was decided to stage a world championship organized by FIFA.

Selected nations with national football associations were requested to send a team. Uruguay as a choice was a hindrance though. It meant that the competition would be a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for Europeans. No European country pledge to send a team until two months before the start of the competition. President Rimet, who was at that time the FIFA president, persuaded Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia to participate. To be exact thirteen nations took part on the first World Cup Soccer event. Seven teams from South America, four from Europe and two from North America, all in all.

Far from the difficulty that the old organizers went through is the extravagant existence of the World Cup Soccer Tournament 2010, currently held in South Africa is this year’s main sport event. The biggest and most prestigious tournament in the football industry is first time to set this year in an African land. Five new stadiums, 5 renovated venues, improved public transports, millions of prizes and screaming fans – that’s what World Cup Soccer event came to be.