Soccer fans beware, the history of the FIFA has not only dealt your favorite team a major blow but they have also catapulted another team to a breath taking victory. See if you can remember these breath taking moments and facts in history of the FIFA World Cup.
1914– FIFA finally recognizes Olympic tournament as a world football championship for amateurs. They became responsible for organizing and planning of future events and international participation. While World War One rocked the world, there was one organization that felt the pain but overcame and succeeded in standing its ground. The FIFA cup may have had its hurdles in gathering players from nations all over the world, they overcame those obstacles. They maintained not only the integrity of the sport but also the structure and fought the brave battle to stand as a unified Olympic sport.
1942– The World Cup was cancelled due to the start of the World War 2. There were a few applicants that sought to host the games but none were selected before the cancellation was announced. The most surprising applicant was submitted by “Adolf Hitler on August 13 1936”. While it may be a historical moment, I believe that many continue to breathe a sigh of relief that the game never occurred. It is widely believed that Hitler intended to use the games to further his beliefs and propaganda.
1950– The World Cup resumes and is played out in Brazil. It was the first game since 1920 that the British played in the game. Their refusal to participate in earlier games was largely due to the wars that had affected so many countries and brought countries against one another. The participation of England was quickly squashed as they failed to make the final groups.
1966– It was the first year that any marketing was used to promote the games. It was also the first time that FIFA utilized a logo. With so many new ideas and implementations, it’s no wonder that the Victory trophy was stolen. With the recent creation of marketing, the new of the stolen trophy spread rapidly. The hunt for the stolen trophy resulted in a dog named pickles finding the treasured prize.
1994– Simply a breathe taking game, actions and reactions dictated that many game plays be decided on penalties left many to wonder as to the true and correct results of the game. It was also a year of tragedy and legal ramifications. Diego Maradona was banned due to positive results on recreational drugs and Andrés Escobar was murdered just ten days after his remarkable mistake in scoring a goal against his own team, a goal that cost Columbia the chance to advance.
Soccer, football or any other name that individual countries have placed upon the game has long held significance in the minds of players and spectators alike. As the years pass, countries will continue to apply to be the host of an event that draws worldwide attention and tourism monies.