As you probably do not know, Fifa came out with a movie about their history. It has not turned out to be a hit but the whole story is very interesting. It all started many years ago in 1904. It was started because of the rising popularity of international football fixture. The French men who founded it named it Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or Fifa for short. It means in English international federation of association football. The original countries included France, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. Although it seemed like a big thing, the big was yet to come until around twenty five years later.
In the year 1930 Fifa announced the first World Cup would be held in Uruguay that summer. The teams that would take place were USA, France, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Belgium and Paraguay. A total of thirteen teams would be put in four groups. The winners of these groups, Argentina, Uruguay, Yugoslavia and the USA. The USA and Yugoslavia lost respectively but Argentina was defeated by Uruguay. This was the first of many world cups to come.
The next two World Cups were also successes, with Italy triumphing in both. Due to World War Two, the world cups were halted for some years but it returned in 1950. This World Cup was to be a great one with the stage set for Brazil on home soil. An odd round robin tournament saw the last match between Brazil and Uruguay, and the winner would win the tournament. The attendance was almost 200,000, and Brazilians were anxious to see their side win the World Cup. In a shock evening Brazil lost 1-0 to Uruguay. It was called one of the darkest days in Brazil's history.
Brazil never let that get away from them, but they would not give up. From the years of 1958 to 1970 Brazil went on to win three world cups with the help of their star Pelé. In 1970 Brazil were given the Jules Rimet Cup in honor of their third trophy. A new trophy was made called the World Cup. It would be passed on to the new winner every four years, just as the Jules Rimet Cup.
FIFA went on and Brazil won two more trophies, but as of late they have come under criticism for corruption. They are saying FIFA official were bribed to give their vote to Qatar for hosting the 2022 World Cup. This criticism was blocked for a few months however because of the World Cup.
You all probably watched at least one game this World Cup and it was a great one. Controversy, brilliance, and humiliation were all in this tournament. Brazil also faced another humiliation on home turf. They were defeated seven to one by Germany in the semi finals. Germany went on to defeat Argentina in the final to complete a brilliant World Cup.
Even with all the controversy in the world the World Cup will bring the world together.