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The 1930 World Cup was absolutely mental.

The refs wore suits, the Bolivians played in berets, and the Romanian team was selected by the King... and that's the tame stuff.

From premature funerals to managers knocked out with chloroform, here's a short history of the madness...

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H茅ctor "El manco" Castro, who scored Uruguay's first goal in the tournament and also scored in the final, had one arm. He accidentally amputated the other one with an electric saw at the age of 13.
 
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This would make a great mini series, compared to the terrible cliche driven disaster that was on Netflix, The English Game. This would be definitely watchable
 
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Actually, there is an Serbian movie and TV series about the national team competed in the first World Cup in Uruguay.聽 It was Serbia's official entry to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foriegn Language Film. m.imdb.com/title/tt163401鈥
 
 
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Hey, any idea if the well told story of a different ball in each half of the final is actually true? I've repeated it ad infinitum but when I looked into it recently I wasn't able to find anything to corroborate it. Cheers pic.twitter.com/yuGJ5gpp9h
 
This is the most hilarious World Cup story ever. Make sure to read the whole thread to see how mental it was.

And this all happened before FIFA went full on corrupt 馃槀
 
This is quite possibly the finest football thread I鈥檝e ever read in my life.
 
 
Interesting thread. Also, the last surviving player from the 1930 world cup lived until 2010. Francisco Varallo (Argentina)
 
Insane but entertaining thread.
 
 
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There's a Serbian movie about that turnament m.imdb.com/title/tt163401鈥
 
 
I don鈥檛 even care if none of this is true鈥
 
A glorious thread. They don鈥檛 make World Cups like this anymore.
 
Now THIS World Cup I can get on board with.
 
In the words of the best player of all time:

"The Beautiful Game"
 
 
The best thread on twitter today 馃ぃ馃ぃ brilliant 馃ぃ馃憦馃憦
 
 
everton are still more dramatic imo
 
A fascinating thread about the intrigues - and outright violence - of the 1930 World Cup. #Football #WorldCup
 
However wild you think this thread will be, I assure you it鈥檚 even more so.
 
If you鈥檙e not watching the current world cup, this thread is rather entertaining.
 
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Read this, absolutely tremendous 馃槀
 
 
Thread - 1930 Football World cup was completely insane
 
This is a great thread.
 
This sounds like it was cribbed straight off @TheRestHistory podcast on the world cup!
 
 
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great read even if false but im backing it
 
Dai a gente fala que s贸 jogava pedreiro e b锚bado e o pessoal fica ofendido...
 
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Netflix @NetflixBrasil deviam fazer uma s茅rie sobre isto!
 
 
 
We're not doing a throwback podcast for the very first World Cup, which is a shame as no World Cup throwback is going to live up to this thread!
 
This sounds like a Wes Anderson movie
 
Apparently, the 1930 World Cup was insane. You can't make this stuff up. The thread is required reading this a.m.
 
qu茅 gracioso este hilo goofy ass mundial
 
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This is a player being taken off in a UK stadium not a manager or trainer, looks like Hampden Park in Glasgow to me and that is a Celtic player on the left. And show me exactly where on here you see a Celtic style kit? Click on all the group sections. historicalkits.co.uk/international/鈥 pic.twitter.com/hwe45TgFV4
 
Uruguay won it.
 
 
Denne tr氓den er s氓 verdt 氓 lese den. Hysterisk bra!
 
 
Football 90 years ago was insane. 馃槃
 
 
 
 
 
 
We need @netflix to make a limited series about what happened here.
 
The World Cup馃Уyou need to read.
 
What a 馃Уbelow. What a World Cup that was 馃槼
 
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steamship to an away day and arriving a day late
 
This is an absolutely wild ride
 
This is an outstanding read 馃槀
 
 
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Who would have thought the Argentine footballers were dirty back then?

For all the corruption that Blatter & Co brought to fifa I don't think they ever kicked off a world cup 1 team short or drugged a coach on the pitch 馃ぃ
 
 
This thread is glorious.
 
Football used to be a proper sport.
 
 
This is crazy loool
 
 
This is absolutely fantastic
 
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Get a load of this thread.
 
Sterke verhalen over het allereerste WK voetbal
 
Amazing thread, makes you wonder too cos this is the period that Liverpool won 4 of their UCLs
 
 
Co艣 dla @KiedrowskiM , zreszt膮 na pewno o tym kiedy艣 pisa艂:)
 
I canna work oot if this is a piss take or no. If it鈥檚 nae, holy fuck
 
 
 
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this is my sort of World Cup
 
Great read for fans of World Cup football. No idea if all, or even any, of it is true, but it would make a great movie/tv series.
 
 
Brilliant thread!
 
What an interesting thread 馃槶馃槶馃槀馃槀
 
 
 
 
Sounds like a tournament worth watching
 
And somehow FIFA is more corrupt now
 
This is amazing 馃槀馃槀
 
Wow, the 1930 World Cup was definitely a wild ride; from (before the) start to (after the) finish.
 
 
I want more of this in 2026.
 
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The American manager had a good old time anyway
 
 
This is an incredible thread 猬囷笍
 
Why hasn鈥檛 there been a tv series about this tournament鈥
 
This is hilarious - shenanigans at the 1930 #WorldCup
 
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