1906 FIFA World Cup

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1906 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country France
City Paris
Dates April 9-May 13
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in Paris host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay (1st title)
Runners-up  Austria
Third place  Argentina
Fourth place  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 30 (2 per match)
Top scorer(s) Uruguay Carlos Cespedes (4 goals)
1910

The 1906 FIFA World Cup was the 1st FIFA World Cup and the first on an international scale. It took place between April 9 to May 13, 1906. FIFA selected France to host as FIFA had it headquarters there until 1912.

All of the FIFA nations at the time entered the tournament. The teams were divided into four groups of three with the winner progressing through to the semi-finals.

Background[edit | edit source]

The first meeting of FIFA took place on the 21 May 1904 with eleven associations meeting up to talk about the international rules of the game in the hope of stability across the federation. One suggestion was the formation of a World Cup that would see all of the teams in the federation compete in one tournament. With the meeting complete, the creation of the FIFA World Cup was born with all of the federations being interested in competing for the title.

For Uruguay and Argentina, those two teams traveled together to Europe as they competed in some pre-tournament friendlies against local clubs as well as compete in the first Swiss Tri Tournament which was won by Argentina. For the other nine European teams, they either competed in a tournament or in pre WC friendlies before the tournament started on April 9.

Group Stage[edit | edit source]

Group 1[edit | edit source]

The first match of Group 1 saw a rematch of the Swiss Tri-Tournament between Uruguay and Switzerland. With the predictions of Uruguay winning the match based off the recent form in Europe, it was Switzerland that opened the scoring with Switzerland captain Eduard Garonne getting a goal in the 15th minute. Carlos Cespedes responded only eight minutes for Uruguay to tie the match at one all heading into the break. The second half though was all Uruguay with Switzerland collapsing and conceding two goals in thirty minutes to give Uruguay a 3–1 win. A wet ground wouldn't help Switzerland keep themselves in the World Cup with two goals from George Livingstone ending the Swiss hope of the title as the match between Scotland and Uruguay would decide the spot in the semi-finals. The deciding match between the two nations wasn't so much of a match with the game ending in a nil all draw and because of scoring more goals in the match against Switzerland, Uruguay qualified through to the semi-finals.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 3
 Scotland 2 1 0 1 2 0 2 3
  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 1 5 -5 0
9 April 1906
 Uruguay 3–1   Switzerland
C Cespedes Goal 23', Goal 76'
B Cespedes Goal 52'
Garonne Goal 15'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 3,000


23 April 1906
  Switzerland 0–2  Scotland
Livingstone Goal 34', Goal 75'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 2,000


27 April 1906
 Scotland 0–0  Uruguay
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 1,250

Group 2[edit | edit source]

Argentina showed the courage in Group 2 when they defeated their opponents in Wales and Belgium. This also surprised their more fancy European opponents as they were expected to be the easy beats of the group.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 4
 Wales 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 2
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0
11 April 1906
 Argentina 4-0  Belgium
Brown Goal 25'78'
Moore Goal 48'
Frers Goal 89'



21 April 1906
 Belgium 0-1  Wales
Hughes Goal 84'



29 April 1906
 Wales 0-2  Argentina
Frers Goal 22'
Brown Goal 3'


Group 3[edit | edit source]

In Group 3, Austria finished on top of the group after drawing with France and defeating Ireland in their group. While France struggled on home turf finishing in last place with only the one point against Austria.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Austria 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 3
 Ireland 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
 France 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1
7 April 1906
 France 0-0  Austria



19 April 1906
 Ireland 1-0  France
Waddell Goal 46'



1 May 1906
 Austria 3-2  Ireland
Muller Goal 36', Goal 59'
Engel Goal 90+1'
Sloan Goal 23'
Harris Goal 87'


Group 4[edit | edit source]

The final group, saw England going through at the expense of Netherlands and Hungary. This was after they defeated both opponents in what was a tough standard with the game against Hungary being tougher than the match it would be in 1908 when England would defeat them 6-0.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 2 2 0 0 9 0 9 4
 Netherlands 2 1 0 1 1 4 -3 2
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0
13 April 1906
 Hungary 0-1  Netherlands
Sebestyen Goal 55'



17 April 1906
 Netherlands 0-4  England
Bond Goal 15'51'
Brown Goal 38'
Gosnell Goal 77'



3 May 1906
 England 5-0  Hungary
Brown Goal 23'


Knockout stage[edit | edit source]

Semi-finals Final
7 May – Paris
  Uruguay 1  
  England 0  
 
13 May – Paris
      Uruguay 3
    Austria 0
9 May – Paris
  Argentina 1
  Austria 2  

Semi Finals[edit | edit source]

The semi-finals saw an upset with England having a shock lost in the first semi-final against Uruguay after Aniceto Camacho scored the only goal of the match to record the massive victory. The other semi saw Austria going through to the final after they defeated Argentina to qualify through to their first (and to date only) World Cup final.

7 May 1906
 Uruguay 1-0  England
Camacho Goal 26'



9 May 1906
 Argentina 1-2  Austria
Rodman Goal 51' Engl Goal 69'
Stansfield Goal 88'


Final[edit | edit source]

The first World Cup final saw a crowd of 6000 people coming to watch the first World Cup final in Paris. What they saw was an Uruguay dominance with Carlos Cespedes scoring a double in the result which would give Uruguay the first ever World Cup title. For Austria, they was disapponited in the result with multiple chances not connecting hurting them in the long run.

13 May 1906
 Uruguay 3-0  Austria
C Cespedes Goal 23', Goal 55'
Sardeson Goal 76'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: John Howcroft (England)

Goalscorers[edit | edit source]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Tournament team rankings[edit | edit source]

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Uruguay 1 4 3 1 0 7 1 +6 7
2  Austria 3 4 2 1 1 5 7 −2 5
3  England 4 3 2 0 1 9 1 +8 4
4  Argentina 2 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 4
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Scotland 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 3
6  Ireland 3 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 2
7  Wales 2 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 2
8  Netherlands 4 2 1 0 1 1 4 −3 2
9  France 3 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1
10   Switzerland 1 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0
11  Belgium 2 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 0
12  Hungary 4 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0

External links[edit | edit source]