1930 FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, the Uruguay national football team had retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, built for the tournament. Thirteen teams entered the tournament. Only a few European teams chose to participate because of the difficulty of travelling to South America; the teams were divided into four groups, with the winner of each group progressing to the semi-finals. The first two World Cup matches took place and were won by France and the United States, who defeated Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0, respectively. Lucien Laurent of France scored the first goal in World Cup history, while United States goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas posted the first official "clean sheet" in the tournament.

Argentina, the United States and Yugoslavia each won their respective groups to qualify for the semi-finals. In the final and pre-tournament favourites Uruguay defeated Argentina 4–2 in front of a crowd of 68,346 people, became the first nation to win the World Cup; the first World Cup was the only one without qualification. Every country affiliated with FIFA was invited to compete, given a deadline of 28 February 1930 to accept. Plenty of interest was shown by nations in the Americas. A total of seven South American teams more than in any subsequent World Cup Finals. However, because of the long and costly trip by ship across the Atlantic Ocean, the length of absence required for players few European teams were inclined to take part; some refused to countenance travel to South America in any circumstances, no European entries were received before the February deadline. In an attempt to gain some European participation, the Uruguayan Football Association sent a letter of invitation to The Football Association though the British Home Nations had resigned from FIFA at the time.

This was rejected by the FA Committee on 18 November 1929. Two months before the start of the tournament, no team from Europe had entered. FIFA president Jules Rimet intervened, four European teams made the trip by sea: Belgium, France and Yugoslavia; the Romanians, managed by Constantin Rădulescu and coached by their captain Rudolf Wetzer and Octav Luchide, entered the competition following the intervention of newly crowned King Carol II. He selected the squad and negotiated with employers to ensure that the players would still have jobs upon their return; the French entered at the personal intervention of Rimet, but neither France's star defender Manuel Anatol nor the team's regular coach Gaston Barreau could be persuaded to make the trip. The Belgians participated at the instigation of German-Belgian FIFA vice-president Rodolphe Seeldrayers; the Romanians boarded the SS Conte Verde at Italy. The Conte Verde carried Rimet, the trophy and the three designated European referees: the Belgians Jean Langenus and Henri Christophe, along with Thomas Balvay, a Parisian who may have been English.

The Brazilian team were picked up when the boat docked in Rio de Janeiro on 29 June before arriving in Uruguay on 4 July. Yugoslavia travelled via the mail steamship Florida from France. In the Kingdom of Yugoslavia there were doubts about their participation at first. Since the Croatians decided to boycott the national team, King Alexander I did not want to finance the whole idea, but in the end they found a solution. Belgrade football association officials decided to round up only domestic star players from two rival Belgrade clubs, BSK and SK Jugoslavija, with an additional three Serbs who played for French clubs. Therefore, the Yugoslavia team was made up of Serbs; the Yugoslavs were the youngest team in the World Cup. After their first match, against Brazil, they received a new nickname "The Ich-es" or "Ichachos" by the Uruguayan press, they achieved the joint–biggest success in both Yugoslav and Serbian subsequent World Cup footballing history, by earning fourth place, a result that would be repeated in 1962.

Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Uruguay all lodged applications to host the event. Uruguay's bid became the clear selection. All matches. Three stadiums were used: Estadio Centenario, Estadio Pocitos, Estadio Parque Central; the Estadio Centenario was built both for the tournament and as a celebration of the centenary of Uruguayan independence. Designed by Juan Scasso, it was the primary stadium for the tournament, referred to by Rimet as a "temple of football". With a capacity of 90,000, it was the largest football stadium outside the British Isles; the stadium hosted 10 of

Stone Store

The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building. Part of the second Church Missionary Society station in New Zealand, the store was designed by John Hobbs to replace an earlier wooden storehouse; the Stone Store was erected between 1832 and 1836 by a mason, William Parrott, a carpenter, Ben Nesbitt, a team of Māori. Construction was of sandstone from Australia, local volcanic rocks, burnt shell mortar. Iron ties and window bars were forged by James Kemp, though these corroded the sandstone; the building had a wooden belfry on one side. The Stone Store was intended to be the base of the Church Missionary Society’s trading post, selling produce from the farms at the te Waimate mission to ships, European goods to Māori. Marsden planned to build a flour mill on the adjacent Kerikeri River, but this was built at te Waimate instead. Stone was used to reduce the risk of fire. By the mid-1830s, the mission stations could not compete with the private enterprise of other European settlers, either as traders or farmers, the store was not profitable.

The building was converted into the mission library by Bishop Selwyn in the early 1840s. Following the sacking of Kororareka in the Flagstaff War, it was taken over by Governor George Grey for use as a magazine and barracks. After the cessation of hostilities in 1845, the stone store was leased to become the centre of Kauri gum trading operation, in 1863 it was used to house a boys' school; the building was sold to the Kemp family in 1874, was used as a general store, although it became a tourist attraction. The Stone Store was purchased from the Kemps by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1975. Conservation work was done in the 1990s; the store, together with the neighbouring Mission House now form a small museum. "Stone Store". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2018-02-01. Media related to Stone Store, Kerikeri at Wikimedia Commons Stone Store history on NZHistory

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