In 1930, Uruguay defeated Argentina to win the first World Cup championship. These balls date from that pivotal game, and are displayed at the National Football Museum in Manchester, England.

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  • On July 30, 1930, Uruguay won the first-ever FIFA World Cup, the most elite competition in football (soccer). Uruguay, which also hosted the World Cup, defeated Argentina 4 goals to 2. The World Cup has since become the biggest single sporting event in the world. Although Olympic ceremonies draw larger audiences, more international viewers watch the final of the FIFA World Cup than any other single competition.

    The 2006 final, between Italy and France (Italy won on a series of penalty kicks), drew more than 250 million viewers. The 2014 World Cup will be hosted by Brazil—a nation that has won more World Cup titles (five) than any other.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    elite Adjective

    exclusive or the best.

    soccer Noun

    sport played by teams of 11 on a large field of natural or artificial grass, trying to maneuver a ball without using their hands and trying to score in the opponent's goal. Outside the U.S., called football or futbol.