With the 2018 World Cup qualifiers going underway I would like to talk about the past, and travel back in time to 1930 when the Uruguayans hosted the first ever World Cup tournament.
The tournament took place from July 13 to July 30 and the Uruguayans were chosen to host the World Cup as a celebration for the centennial of their first constitution.
To some people the World Cup is nothing but a soccer tournament that happens every four years, but for the players who are on the pitch representing their country, it is what they live for. The sense of pride and happiness you get representing your homeland and scoring a goal to get your team closer to gold has no comparable feeling. That is why the first World Cup was so important and must be remembered and talked about, because it was the start of something much bigger than they would have ever imagined.
The tournament has progressed from having 400,000 people attending the tournament to more than 3.5 million. The World Cup can make or break peoples career and also allow us to witness the most beautiful moments in soccer history.
Francisco Varallo, the only living member of the 1930 Argentinian team, reached the finals with his team only to be defeated 4-2 to the Uruguayan hosts. In an interview with Fifa he explains how different the life of a soccer player was back in the 30’s. Players did not have strict training, mandatory diets, and surgery’s to recover.
Once you were injured you were out of the game with no substitution, which lead to the defeat of Argentina after 3 of their players got injured during the final. Including the legend himself, Francisco Varallo who played on an injured knee to help his team out as much as he could.
The older generations tell the stories of the greats to the younger generation hoping they gain passion and love to the sport only to grow old one day and repeat the cycle. Great players are very rare to see during the course of ones life and instead of having debates and arguments over who is the better player, just enjoy the game they are playing. Put on your country’s jersey and open your eyes because the game that you miss might be the one that goes down in history.
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Spark Sports soccer analyst