The World Cups beginnings…
FIFA President and French football administrator Jules Rimet had the inclination to start a world competition to see what the best footballing nations out there had to offer. Mr Rimet, whose name was given to the world cup trophy that England won all those years ago in 1966, was initially forced to delay proceedings because of the First World War. Sure enough though, eventually the World Cup that we know and love took off and never looked back. Well, I say never looked back, at least not for 12 years when in 1942 and 1946 World War II put a holt to the greatest show on earth… but mercifully, it’s never looked back since then! International football has come a long way since its introduction back in 1872. The home of football ENGLAND met local neighbours Scotland during a time when the sport football had barely left the UK. Quite apt then that 142 years on, the inaugural World Cup is now being hosted in the country that claims to be the soul of our beloved sport, BRAZIL!
Football was originally hosted at the Olympics!?!
As International Football Federations began to pop up, football as an entity began to gain major traction forcing governors to arrange a platform for this tournament to be contested on…enter the Olympics! The World Cup was therefore initially contested as an IOC- recognised Olympic sport at the 1900 and 1904 Summer Olympics, hence the reason for the 4 year gap between competitions. It wasn’t recognised as a FIFA supervised Olympic competition until 1908, during which time the competition was regarded as an amateur competition, when finally it made its legitimate stamp in 1930! It has since evolved into one of the largest events in the world, with the 2010 final of Spain Vs Holland attracting an estimated 1 billion viewers!
Today is the big day!
Who knows how this World Cup will go for the host country, although most things appear to be on schedule, they have already experienced some power cuts in the build up to the opening ceremony, and the pitch for England’s first game appears to be looking a little like Sir Bobbie Charlton’s hair line…patchy! What counts is that the pitches are playable and everything is safe, and needless to say, that ENGLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP (OK, maybe that’s a little too much to ask)!! No doubt though, as always it'll be an event to admire and enjoy!