The First World Cup

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THE FIRST WORLD CUP – FOUR WEEKS IN MONTEVIDEO
The History of the first Soccer World Cup
Feature film by Matthias Aberle

There is no other event in the world that attracts as much attention as the World Cup. The popularity of this tournament, hosted by the FIFA, the World Soccer Association, attracts billions of spectators every four years. But what was it like in the beginning? How did this tournament come into being and who were the people who created it?

Soccer was transformed from a leisure activity for the wealthy into a sport with mass appeal. When soccer became part of the Olympic games in 1912, the first major international tournaments took place. Crowds flocked to the stadiums when the Uruguayan team won the 1924 Olympic games in Paris and the 1928 games in Amsterdam. It soon became apparent that the sport of soccer could become a money-maker.

The FIFA director, Jules Rimet, decided the first World Cup would occur in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. Uruguay was chosen as the host country because it had recently hosted successful sporting events. The country also just celebrated its 100th year of independence. Uruguay had only a little less than a year to prepare for this monumental event.

THE FIRST WORLD CUP – FOUR WEEKS IN MONTEVIDEO tells the unbelievable story of a furious tournament full of curiosity, emotion and turbulence. It is cast with world-class players like José Leandro Andrade and Guillermo Stábile. Referee, Jan Langenus, feared for his life from the irate spectators and had to flee the country after the final whistle was blown. This is the story of the first Football World Cup.

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