Although, unlike in subsequent World Cups, there had been no qualifying competition, one principle was established for the future: the groups were divided so as to try and achieve as much geographical diversity as possible. The groups were:

Group A

Argentina (seeded) South America
Chile South America
France Europe
Mexico Central America

Group B

Brazil (seeded) South America
Bolivia (seeded) South America
Yugoslavia Europe

Group C

Uruguay (seeded) South America
Romania Europe
Peru South America

Group D

USA (seeded) North America
Belgium Europe
Paraguay South America

The individual team results (half time scores in brackets) were:

GROUP A GROUP B
France - Mexico 4:1 (3:0)
Argentina - France 1:0 (0:0)
Chile - Mexico 3:0 (1:0)
Chile - France 1:0 (0:0)
Argentina - Mexico 6:3 (3:0)
Argentina - Chile 3:1 (2:1)
Yugoslavia - Brazil 2:1 (2:0)
Yugoslavia - Bolivia 4:0 (0:0)
Brazil - Bolivia 4:0 (1:0)

 

GROUP C GROUP D
Romania - Peru 3:1 (1:0)
Uruguay - Peru 1:0 (0:0)
Uruguay - Romania 4:0 (3:0)
USA - Belgium 3:0 (2:0)
USA - Paraguay 3:0 (2:0)
Paraguay - Belgium 1:0 (1:0)

 

Tabulating this gives:

Group A              
Team Pts P W D L F A
Argentina 6 3 3 0 0 10 4
Chile 4 3 2 0 1 5 3
France 2 3 1 0 2 4 3
Mexico 0 3 0 0 3 4 13

 

Group B              
Team Pts P W D L F A
Yugoslavia 4 2 2 0 0 6 1
Brazil 2 2 1 0 1 5 2
Bolivia 0 2 0 0 2 0 8

 

Group C              
Team Pts P W D L F A
Uruguay 4 2 2 0 0 5 0
Romania 2 2 1 0 1 3 5
Peru 0 2 0 0 2 1 4

 

Group D              
Team Pts P W D L F A
USA 4 2 2 0 0 6 0
Paraguay 2 2 1 0 1 1 3
Belgium 0 2 0 0 2 0 4

 

The semi-finals emphatically justified the seeding, Uruguay and Argentina crushed their opponents Yugoslavia and the USA by the identical score line of 6-1.

SEMI-FINALS (half time scores in brackets)
Argentina - USA 6:1 (1:0)
Uruguay - Yugoslavia 6:1 (3:1)

FINAL (half time scores in brackets)
July 30, 1930
Uruguay - Argentina 4:2 (1:2)

Attendance: 90, 000

Teams:

Uruguay:

Ballesteros, Nasazzi, Mascheroni, Andrade, Fernandez, Gestido, Dorado, Scarone, Castro, Cea, Iriarte.

Scorers: Dorado, Cea, Iriarte, Castro.


Argentina

Botasso, Della Torre, Paternoster, J. Evaristo, Monti, Suarez, Peucelle, Varallo, Stabile, Ferreira, M. Evaristo.

Scorers: Peucelle, Stabile.

Referee: J. Langenus.


Notes

Leading players: Ferreyra, Monti, Stábile (Argentina), Thépot (France), Andrade, Cea, Nasazzi, Scarone (Uruguay).

Number of teams: 13

Hosts: Uruguay

Champions: Uruguay (1st title)

Matches played: 18

Goals scored: 70
(an average of 3.89 per match)

Total attendance: 434,500
(an average of 24,139 per match)

Top scorer: Guillermo Stábile (ARG) 8 goals

Other scorers:
José Pédro Cea (URU) 5 goals

Bert Patenaude (USA) 4 goals

Juan Pelegrino Anselmo (URU) 3 goals
Ivan Beck (JUG) 3 goals
Carlos Desiderio Peucelle (ARG) 3 goals
João Coelho Neto (Preguinho) (BRA) 3 goals

Héctor Castro (URU) 2 goals
Pablo Dorado (URU) 2 goals
Victoriano Santos Iriarte (URU) 2 goals
André Maschinot (FRA) 2 goals
Bartholomew McGhee (USA) 2 goals
Luís Fernando Monti (ARG) 2 goals
Moderato Visintainer (BRA) 2 goals
Manuel Rosas Sanchez (MEX) 2 goals
Constantin Stanciu (ROM) 2 goals
Carlos Vidal Lepe (CHI) 2 goals
Djordje Vujadinovic (JUG) 2 goals
Adolfo Bernabé Zumelzú (ARG) 2 goals

Guillermo Arellano Moraga (CHI) 1 goal
Stefan Barbu (ROM) 1 goal
James Brown (USA) 1 goal
Delfín Benítez Cáceres (PAR) 1 goal
Juan Carreño Sandoval (MEX) 1 goal
Roberto Gayón Marquéz (MEX) 1 goal
Marino Evaristo (ARG) 1 goal
Marcel Langiller (FRA) 1 goal
Lucien Laurent (FRA) 1 goal
Blagoje Marjanovic (JUG) 1 goal
Héctor Pedro Scarone (URU) 1 goal
Alejandro Scopelli Casanova (ARG) 1 goal
Luís Alfonso Souza Ferreira (PER) 1 goal
Guillermo Subiabre Astorga (CHI) 1 goal
Aleksander Tirnanic (JUG) 1 goal
Francisco Antonio Varallo (ARG) 1 goal

Own goals

Manuel Rosas Sánchez (MEX) 1 goal (against Chile)

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