- Jose Andrade’s nephew Victor Rodriguez adopted the name Andrade in tribute to his uncle. Victor Rodriguez Andrade played in the 1930 World Cup, which Uruguay won, and was watched by adoring uncle.
- For years, Stabile’s 1930 hat-trick was considered the first hat-trick in the World Cup. 76 years later, on 10 November 2006, FIFA declared that Bert Patenaude of USA had scored the first hat-trick two days earlier in USA’s 3-0 win over Paraguay.
- On 13 July 1930, Lucien Laurent (FRA) scored the first ever goal in the World Cup in the 19th minute.
- Ten boats were chartered to take the eager Argentinian fans across River Plate to Montevideo for the World Cup final, but these proved inadequate. The volatile Argentinian fans clamoured for more boats. Their wish was granted and the fans poured into Uruguay’s capital. As they were setting off, many people thronged the quayside, letting off fireworks and chanting ‘Argentina, si! Uruguay, no! Victory or death!’
- Romania only played because of their football crazy King Carol. He selected the team for the 1930 World Cup and put pressure on the companies that employed them to give the players time off with full pay for the Uruguay World Cup. Belgium attended because of the pressure of veteran FIFA vice president Rodolphe William Seeldrayers.
(Text courtesy: The Football Fanatic’s Essential Guide 2018 World Cup Special by Novy Kapadia, published by Hachette India)
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