1910 FIFA World Cup

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1910 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Austria
City Vienna
Dates April 10-April 27
Teams 15 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  England (1stth title)
Runners-up  Belgium
Third place  Argentina
Fourth place  Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 17
Goals scored 59 (3.47 per match)

The 1910 FIFA World Cup was the second FIFA World Cup. It took place in Austria from the 10 to 27 April.

Fifteen teams entered the second World Cup as the tournament became a knockout competition instead of the group stage that it was in the previous World Cup. With Uruguay absent because of the civil war, England would take their first title and became the second World Cup champions after defeating Belgium 2-1 in the final.

Background[edit | edit source]

After the success of the first edition which was played in 1906, talks started about hosting a second edition which was going to be held in Uruguay despite the protests of the European countries who would had to travel thousand of kilometers to compete at the World Cup. But in late 1907, the civil war took place in Uruguay which derailed the thoughts of a World Cup and wouldn't be until 1930 where a FIFA World Cup tournament would be held in South America.

This meant that a replacement had to be found and Austria put their hand up to host the tournament with the new format that took place at the 1908 Summer Olympics where six teams competed in a knockout format. This small success, paved the way for a knockout format for the first time to replace the previous format that occurred at the previous World Cup.

Matches[edit | edit source]

Round 1[edit | edit source]

The opening round of the second FIFA World Cup had a mixture of thumpings and tight games. Belgium and Argentina dispatched both of their opponents in Norway and Wales respectively as they defeated 5-0 and 4-0. Alferdo Brown became the first player to score a hat-trick with goals in the 13th, 43rd and the 76th minute. Two of the seven games on the other had to go into a replay with the games between Germany-Switzerland and Ireland-France both needing a second match to split the teams.

Other matches included English player, Billy Hibbert scoring two goals in the 2-0 victory over Hungary. A six goal fest between 1908 Olympic silver medalists, Denmark and Scotland saw the Nordic team take out the victory 4-2 with two goals from Nils Middelboe and a single goal from Oskar Nørland and Sophus Nielsen getting the goals over the more favorited Scots. The last match in the opening round saw a muddy game with rain from the previous night affecting the pitch as the Piet Van der Wolk, who was in his debut match scoring the winning goal with only one minute left of the match to book the Netherlands a spot into the quarter finals.

10 April 1910
Ireland  1-1  France
Murray Goal 46' Tousset Goal 25'

11 April 1910
Ireland  1-0  France
Thompson Goal 75'

11 April 1910
Belgium  5-0  Norway
Six Goal 46', Goal 77'
Cambier Goal 28'
Paternoster Goal 67'
De Veen Goal 88'

12 April 1910
Netherlands  3-1  Sweden
Van der Wolk Goal 13'89'
Lutjens Goal 41'
Gustafsson Goal 65'

13 April 1910
Scotland  2-4  Denmark
Quinn Goal 21'
Devine Goal 60'
Middelboe Goal 32', Goal 66'
Nørland Goal 12'
Nielsen Goal 42'

14 April 1910
Wales  0-4  Argentina
Brown Goal 13'43'76'
Viale Goal 1'

15 April 1910
England  2-0  Hungary
Hibbert Goal 24', Goal 55'

16 April 1910
Germany  2-2   Switzerland
Hiller Goal 23'
Philipp Goal 73'
Müller Goal 15'61'

17 April 1910
Germany  2-3   Switzerland
Kipp Goal 14'66' Sydler Goal 33'
Müller Goal 55'
Renard Goal 78'

Quarter Finals[edit | edit source]

Heading into the quarter finals, the low crowds that plague the first round continued on into the quarters. For the second round in a row, there was a replay with Belgium and the Netherlands playing a nil all draw in their opening match before Charles Cambier scored a hat-trick in the replay to give Belgium a spot into the semis for the first time as they defeated the Netherlands 5-1.

Host nation, Austria played in their opening match of the 1910 World Cup against Ireland and they were lucky to get through to the semi-finals after an own goal from Irish player, Samuel Burnison gave Austria the victory after initially falling a goal down after John Murphy scored in the 35th minute. England booked their second semi-final appearance after goals from George Holley, Billy Hibbert and Billy Wedlock secured the victory for England.

Though the most interesting Quarter Final was between Denmark and Argentina was one of the best of the tournament. On paper it looked like it would be Denmark had the strength on paper, but Argentina had the experience in terms of World Cup experience. In the opening half, Argentina got the opening goal in the 24th minute from Martin Murphy free-kick before Vilhelm Wolfhagen equlized just before the half-time whistle to make the match interesting for the second half. That second half wouldn't come into play until the 78th minute with Juan Enrique Hayes scoring a goal which bounced above the Danish keeper to give Argentina the victory and a spot in the semi-finals.

19 April 1910
Austria  2-1  Ireland
Fischera Goal 56'
Burnsion Goal 83' (o.g)
Murphy Goal 33'
Attendance: 10,000

20 April 1910
Belgium  0-0  Netherlands
Attendance: 3,000

21 April 1910
Belgium  5-1  Netherlands
Cambier Goal 15'51'63'
Deveen Goal 40'
Petit Goal 82'
Lujens Goal 88'

21 April 1910
England  3-0   Switzerland
Holley Goal 22'
Hibbert Goal 63'
Wedlock Goal 85'

22 April 1910
Denmark  1-2  Argentina
Wolfhagen Goal 33' Murphy Goal 25'
Hayes Goal 78'
Attendance: 7,400

Semi Finals[edit | edit source]

The opening semi final was between Austria and Belgium. For Belgium this was their first appearance in the World Cup semi-final while for Austria, this was their second appearance. In the opening minutes of the match, Belgium put the pressure on Austria and eventually on the 12th minute of the match, Alphonse Six scored the opening goal of the match to give Belgium the lead. Adolf Fischera though gave Austria the lead before the half with two goals in the space of eleven minutes to give Austria a one goal advantage.

The second half was much like the first half in terms of quality. On the 55th minute, Désiré Paternoster scored his first goal of the tournament to tie the match up at 2-2 with 35 minutes to play left of the match. The following 33 minutes saw the match go either way as the teams attempted to find the winner for a spot in the final. After a couple of missed opportunities in the 76th and the 83rd minute, Hector Goetinck scored the winning goal in the 87th minute to book Belgium their spot in the World Cup final.

The other semi final saw the match be one way traffic with England showing what they will be playing with after securing a 2-0 win over Argentina. Both goals coming from John Parkinson to score his second and third goal of the tournament. The win giving England the final spot in the 1910 FIFA World Cup final.

24 April 1910
Austria  2-3  Belgium
Fischera Goal 28'39' Six Goal 12'
Paternoster Goal 55'
Goetinck Goal 88'
Attendance: 11,000

25 April 1910
Argentina  0-2  England
Parkinson Goal 23'55'
Attendance: 6,300

Final[edit | edit source]

Heading into the final, a crowd of 9,000 people attended the match which would eventually would relate to being the third biggest crowd for the entire tournament. Most of the support in the crowd being on the English side of the pitch with some Belgians traveling to Vienna for the final. For England, after the disappointment of the 1906 World Cup where they got knocked out by Uruguay in the semis and were hoping to put themselves back on the top step of the podium.

The initial start saw Belgium struggle to hold possession as England took hold of the game early on. Eventually in the 11th minute, John Parkinson scored the first goal of the game and his third for the tournament as they put Belgium under the back foot. The pressure from England continued as they kept the lead going into the half-time break.

In the second half, Belgium was the better of the two teams and they would finally get the equalizer in the 56th minute of the game with Charles Cambier getting the shot pass the English goalkeeper of Sam Hardy to level the match at one all with 34 minutes left of the match to go. As the search for the winning goal continued for both teams, Louis Saeys almost gave Belgium the lead in the 71st minute but his shot just going wide of the goal. Wally Hardridge also missed a chance only five minutes later.

The final five minutes was a nightmare for the Belgians as their bodies and minds was starting to slip. That slip of the mind, costing Belgium the title with Dicky Bond who was playing in his final match after 11 appearances in the English colors scoring the winning goal to seal the title for England. That goal, giving the English supporters the change to go into celebration mode with the final whistle ending the wait for England. Belgium just wondered what could of happened if it went their way.

27 April 1910
 Belgium 1-2  England
Cambier Goal 56' Parkinson Goal 11'
Bond Goal 87'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Goster Drake (Sweden)

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
19 April - Vienna
10 April
Replayed: 11 April
 Ireland1 (1)
24 April - Vienna
 France1 (0)
11 April
20 April - Vienna
Replayed: 21 April - Vienna
 Belgium0 (5)
12 April
 Netherlands0 (1)
27 April - Vienna
13 April
22 April - Vienna
14 April
25 April - Vienna
15 April
21 April - Vienna
16 April
Replayed: 17 April
 Germany2 (2)
  Switzerland2 (3)

Goalscorers[edit | edit source]

5 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Tournament team rankings[edit | edit source]

R Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  England 4 4 0 0 9 1 +8 8
2  Belgium 4 2 1 1 9 4 +5 5
Eliminated in the semi finals
3  Argentina 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 4
4  Austria 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 2
Eliminated in the quarter finals
5  Netherlands 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 3
6  Denmark 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 2
7  Ireland 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1
8   Switzerland 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3 1
Eliminated in the round of 16
9  Germany 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
10  France 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
11  Scotland 1 0 0 1 2 4 −2 0
12  Sweden 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0
13  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
=14  Norway 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0

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