Championship — The Football history on stamps

footballWe want to share with you a story behind these stamps dedicated to the football that started its way in 1930s in Uruguay, becoming one of the most exciting games in the history of humanity.

One of the world’s most widely spread sport, football — also known as soccer in the US — got its features from ancient times of classic philosophers, however the rules of sport in its modern manifestation were created somewhere in the middle of the 19th century in England. The games of different kind were extremely popular in England starting from the 8th century.

As the game was getting more and more recognition, the first official “International” championship was held in 1872 between England and Scotland. By the start of the 20th century, the sport was really popular so it was presented as a demonstration sport (when there is no medals), and then in 1908 as a medal (award winning) sport in the London Olympics.

Until 1920 a nation that was not included into Europe couldn’t participate in Olympics, but everything changed when Egypt stepped into a game, as well as 13 European countries, Belgium won back then. After that Uruguay became the winner of the 1924 and 1928 Olympics.

footballLater in 1930, under the governance of its President, Jules Rimet, the Federation Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA) was ready to make and sponsor its own championship, in order to avoid limiting of the Olympics board. Olympics gave birth to football, as even due to its victory in the last two Olympics, Uruguay was chosen to be the first country to held World Cup. That year 1930 also was the 100th Anniversary of Independence in this country, so everything seemed to be great.

However, there have been some material limitations, as the FIFA didn’t have enough money to transport people from all over the world to the championship. As a result, there were 4 teams from European region, 7 from South America, and 2 from Latin America on the championship.

Montevideo became the host city for each and every match. Initially, the matches should have been played in a new stadium constructed specially for the event, the 90K - seat Estadio Centenario, unfortunately construction issues led to some first matches to be held in some other Montevideo stadiums.

footballDespite the small number of teams, the championship as a phenomenon was generally successful. As a result, Uruguay won its world leadership defeating Argentina team with more than 93,000 audience present. The amount of people is so huge for that time, that the fans of the teams were searched for weapon, as the competition was getting more and more intense. The referee agreed to officiate result only if his security was maintained and if there was a boat for him to safely escape in case of emergency. More than 100 years after this even, and the football with its hot-temper and intensity haven’t changed.

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