zxcvFIFA, one of the ultimate soccer tournaments of all time. It was founded near the rear of Union Française de Sports Athlétiques, in Paris , France on May 21, of the year 1904. This was represented by the following countries: France , Belgium , Denmark , Netherlands , Spain , Sweden , and Switzerland . At the beginning of the century, the continent launched their first set of international matches and the games took off from there.
zxcvBelgium faced France in the very first official match. The Executive Committee of the Football Association Ltd. joined FIFA when they recognized the National Associations affiliations with FIFA on 14th of April in 1905. Until the year of 1909, FIFA consisted of only European teams. South Africa , Argentina , Chile , and the United States were all incorporated within the FIFA tournaments throughout the years of 1909-1913.
zxcvWith the beginning of World War one, the tournaments were contained with sticky situations. International matches were still being played, but they were organized to be on neutral grounds to avoid confrontation. Though, when one team had to cross frontiers, it would cause some difficulties for players. It seemed as though FIFA was fading away, along with the death of their President Daniel Burley Woolfall, in 1918.
zxcvWith the help of Carl Anton Wilhelm Hirschmann, the FIFA organization was able to continue on as he took the roll, of Honorary Secretary. With the end of the war came the beginning of the new counsel. Though the war was over, things didn't seem to get any better. When FIFA was controlled by a man named Jules Rimet, things began looking up. When FIFA opened the 5th World Cup in Switzerland , there were about 85 members that were accounted for in 1954.
zxcvThere were so many championships going around that FIFA felt that it was time for them to throw one. On May 28, 1928 the FIFA Congress decided to throw their very own; world championship. Italy , the Netherland, Spain , Sweden , and even Hungary were submitting to be the location of the first FIFA world championship. Though, Uruguay was being seen as a favorite, due to the fact that being the Olympic winners in the years of 1924 and 1928, they were celebrating their 100th anniversary of independence.
zxcvThe decision was made, and it was Uruguay that would host the first FIFA World Cup, in 1929. Though Europe was going through some tough time it would seem as though they would not be able to participate in this huge event. Although it may have seemed that there would be no European teams, four countries were able to send their teams off. Those countries were France , Belgium , Yugoslavia , and Romania , and the World Cup took place at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo on July 18, 1930.
zxcvThe second World Cup took place in Italy, and Italy won the cup against Czechoslovakia, and this final match was played on the radio for the first time, for every person to hear. With the third World cup taking place in France (which was Jules Rimets' home country), there were some teams that were disappearing from the scene, which left some of the other teams without opponents and with this in hand, Italy also defended their title successfully, making no home victory for France. The forth World Cup was delayed due to the unorganized congress, and was delayed until July 1, of 1946 and on this date it took place in Luxemburg. As a gift to Jules Rimet for his commitment as president, the committee named the World Cup after him, and it was from then on known as the “Jules Rimet Cup”. As for the choice of the next tournament, Brazil was chosen unanimously, and was not held until 1950.
zxcvEver since then FIFA has gone out through the years, allowing any teams to participate in the matches. FIFA happen every four years just lie the Olympics, and continue on. These teams that participate put in all their effort and strength to get one thing, the Jules Rimet Cup. Nothing will stop these competitors from getting what they want, and this will show who's the best of the best.