Rapidly, several European countries submitted their candidacy (Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden), along with Uruguay, in South America Jules Rimet, president of FIFA in those years, was in favor of the proposal South American Uruguay would be on the date of the World Cup celebrating the centenary of the Constitution Jura (July 18, 1830), had obtained consecutively the gold medal in the Olympic Games of 1924 and 1928, had plans for the construction of a new stadium, and the country’s authorities had offered to pay the expenses of the participants, and the consequences of the First World War had not yet completely dissipated in the European continent, so the preference for Uruguay would also serve to encourage world peace.
Seeing that the tournament would probably be awarded to the small southern country, the European candidates declined their candidacy favoring Italy. However, the speech of the Argentine delegate Adrián Béccar Varela, promoting the candidacy of his neighboring country, forced the withdrawal of Italy, Uruguay was unanimously chosen as the venue for the tournament and confirmed at the FIFA congress of Barcelona in 1929. To reward the champion, the French sculptor Abel Lafleur created the trophy “Goddess of Victory”, later called the Jules Rimet Cup.
Participating teamsAfter the award of the tournament to Uruguay, the Organizing Committee distributed the invitations of the 16 places for the tournament. It has been the only edition of the World Cup without a qualifying phase. All countries affiliated to FIFA were invited to compete, with the deadline for their response on February 28, 1930. Eager to show their interest in the competition, the American countries of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and the United States accepted the invitation. In total there were 7 South American countries, more than in any other edition.
However, there was a notable rejection among European countries. They argued his absence due to the high costs involved in the trip across the Atlantic Ocean and the strong economic crisis that had plagued him in the last year.The Uruguayans even offered to pay all the expenses involved and compensate the professional football teams. for the absence of its players. Despite this, the majority continued to reject the invitation and attended the Nations Cup between clubs in Switzerland.The Uruguayan Football Association sent a letter of invitation to the Football Association of England, but their committee rejected the proposal. November 18, 1929. Two months before the start of the tournament, no European team confirmed its presence.
Finally only France, Belgium, Yugoslavia and Romania attended the meeting in Montevideo. France was practically obliged to attend due to the pressure exerted by Jules Rimet, although Manuel Anatol, one of the most outstanding sporting figures of that country, and coach Gaston Barreau did not attend, Rimet also requested help in person from King Charles II of Spain. Romania. The monarch forced the participation of his players, who were chosen at random personally by the King in a Romanian oil company.The Belgians, for their part, participated at the insistence of the FIFA vice-president, Rudolf Seedrayers. from Egypt he signed up for the tournament, but asked that they change the start date as they did not arrive on time due to the boat trip. FIFA did not accept the request and Egypt was not able to participate.The Romanians embarked in Genoa (Italy), in the SS Conte Verde. The French did it in Villefranche-sur-Mer on June 21 and the Belgians in Barcelona (Spain). The Conte Verde also took Rimet, the trophy and the three appointed European referees: Jean Langenus, Henri Christophe and Thomas Balway. The Yugoslavia traveled on the Florida steamer from Marseille (France), during the trip by boat there was nothing noteworthy, except some complaints from the players for not being able to train normally, since the ship’s gym and the bridge were The Brazilians boarded in Rio de Janeiro on June 29 and arrived in Uruguay on July 4. Uruguay requested assistance to its neighboring countries to organize the tournament. Even though he invited all countries, many refused to pay the sum of money requested in support of the organization. The other referees were Uruguayan Ricardo Vallarino, Anibal Tejada, Francisco Matteucci and Domingo Lombardi, the Argentine José Macias, the Brazilian Gilberto de Almeida Rêgo, the Bolivian Ulises Saucedo and the Chilean Alberto Warnken.