Monday, 8 February 2021

Five Facts You May Not Know About The 1930 World Cup - Part 10


1. Each player upon arrival in Montevideo received a pinned badge from the World Cup organizing committee inscribed with the words ‘JUGADOR DEL CAMPEONATO MUNDIAL’. Made by the Milan based Stefano Johnson company it gave each player free access to Montevideo’s public transport (trams, buses, taxis), theatres and cinemas.

2. The Brazilians squad would struggle with Uruguay’s harsh winter conditions when they arrived in Montevideo. Their own winter was mild by comparison that you could find bathers on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. On their World Cup debut against Yugoslavia on the 14th July the temperature had dropped between 5 and 6 degrees. During the match goalkeeper Joel’s hands were so stiff that Brazilian masseuse Ovid Dionysos, (nicknamed Jack Johnson because he resembled the black American Heavyweight champion) wrapped them in a towel with a hot water bag (bottle).

3. Bolivian center-half Diogenes Lara, a pioneer of football in Cochabamba, was a founding member of New Players FC. A lawyer by profession he was the lesser known brother of famous poet, novelist and journalist Jesus Lara Lara, whose literary works cast a light on the social issues of Bolivia’s indigenous population. 

4. Overzealous policing was heavily criticized by the nation's press for their handling of crowd control prior to Uruguay’s opening match with Peru on 18th July. Black market tickets and a failure to direct spectators to the assigned sectors caused overcrowding in parts of the Centenario. Police resorted to jabbing gestures with sabers to discourage encroachment on to the pitch by fans that included women and children.

5. The day after Uruguay defeated Argentina in the World Cup Final, the port of Montevideo was crowded with disgruntled Argentines. The Yugoslav delegation had booked their place on one of the ships heading to Buenos Aires with their luggage already loaded. When it came time to board there was chaos when a mass of several hundred angry Argentines rushed the staircase, some without tickets, led by a burly Argentine waiving two revolvers. It's not clear if he was the culprit of the gunshot that caused the captain of the ship to raise the ladder that left the Yugoslavs stranded without their possessions.