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1906 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Flag of France France
City Paris
Dates April 9-May 13
Teams 12 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 1 (host cities: Paris)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
Runners-up Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Third place Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina
Fourth place Flag of England England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 30 (2 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Uruguay Carlos Cespedes (4 goals)
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy 1910

The 1906 FIFA World Cup was the 1st FIFA World Cup and the first on a international scale. It took placed between April 9 to May 13 1906. FIFA selected France to host as FIFA had it headquarters there until 1912.

All of the FIFA nations at the time entered the tournament. The teams were divided into four groups of three with the winner progressing through to the semi finals.


Every country that was affiliated with FIFA was sent an invite to compete in the first World Cup by the 1 January 1906 to accept. Interest was shown all between the 12 countries at the time. Uruguay and Argentina despite their distance was keen to enter the first World Cup.

Group Stage

Group 1

Uruguay surprised the European nations in Group 1 after they defeated Switzerland in the opening game of the World Cup when the Cespedes brothers scored all three goals in the match. This with a draw against Scotland got the team over the line to the semi finals while Scotland could only wonder if they had scored another goal in the game against Switzerland.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 22003123
Flag of Scotland Scotland 21012023
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 200215-50
9 April 1906
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 3-1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
C Cespedes Soccerball shade 23', Soccerball shade 76'
B Cespedes Soccerball shade 52'
Garonne Soccerball shade 15'

23 April 1906
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 0-2 Flag of Scotland Scotland
Livingstone Soccerball shade 34', Soccerball shade 75'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 2,000

27 April 1906
Flag of Scotland Scotland 0-0 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay

Group 2

Argentina showed the courage in Group 2 when they defeated their opponents in Wales and Belgium. This also surprised their more fancy European opponents as they were expected to be the easy beats of the group.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 22006064
Flag of Wales Wales 210112-12
Flag of Belgium Belgium 200205-50
11 April 1906
Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 4-0 Flag of Belgium Belgium
Brown Soccerball shade 25'78'
Moore Soccerball shade 48'
Frers Soccerball shade 89'

21 April 1906
Flag of Belgium Belgium 0-1 Flag of Wales Wales
Hughes Soccerball shade 84'

29 April 1906
Flag of Wales Wales 0-2 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina
Frers Soccerball shade 22'
Brown Soccerball shade 3'

Group 3

In Group 3, Austria finished on top of the group after drawing with France and defeating Ireland in their group. While France struggled on home turf finishing in last place with only the one point against Austria.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 21103213
St Patrick's saltire Ireland 21013302
Flag of France France 201101-11
7 April 1906
Flag of France France 0-0 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria

19 April 1906
St Patrick's saltire Ireland 1-0 Flag of France France
Waddell Soccerball shade 46'

1 May 1906
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 3-2 St Patrick's saltire Ireland
Muller Soccerball shade 36', Soccerball shade 59'
Engel Soccerball shade 90+1'
Sloan Soccerball shade 23'
Harris Soccerball shade 87'

Group 4

The final group, saw England going through at the expense of Netherlands and Hungary. This was after they defeated both opponents in what was a tough standard with the game against Hungary being tougher than the match it would be in 1908 when England would defeat them 6-0.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of England England 22009094
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 210114-32
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary 200206-60
13 April 1906
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary 0-1 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Sebestyen Soccerball shade 55'

17 April 1906
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 0-4 Flag of England England
Brown Soccerball shade 38'
Gosnell Soccerball shade 77'

3 May 1906
Flag of England England 5-0 Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary
Brown Soccerball shade 23'

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
7 May – Paris
 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1  
 Flag of England England 0  
13 May – Paris
     Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 3
   Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 0
9 May – Paris
 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 1
 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 2  

Semi Finals

The semi finals saw an upset with England having a shock lost in the first semi final against Uruguay after Aniceto Camacho scored the only goal of the match to record the massive victory. The other semi saw Austria going through to the final after they defeated Argentina to qualify through to their first (and to date only) World Cup final.

7 May 1906
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1-0 Flag of England England
Camacho Soccerball shade 26'

9 May 1906
Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 1-2 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria
Rodman Soccerball shade 51' Engl Soccerball shade 69'
Stansfield Soccerball shade 88'


The first World Cup final saw a crowd of 6000 people coming to watch the first World Cup final in Paris. What they saw was an Uruguay dominance with Carlos Cespedes scoring a double in the result which would give Uruguay the first ever World Cup title. For Austria, they was disapponited in the result with multiple chances not connecting hurting them in the long run.

13 May 1906
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 3-0 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria
C Cespedes Soccerball shade 23', Soccerball shade 55'
Sardeson Soccerball shade 76'


4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Tournament team rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 1 4 3 1 0 7 1+67
2 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 3 4 2 1 1 5 7−25
3 Flag of England England 4 3 2 0 1 9 1+8 4
4 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 2 3 2 0 1 7 2+54
Eliminated in the group stage
5 Flag of Scotland Scotland 121102023
6 St Patrick's saltire Ireland 321013302
7 Flag of Wales Wales 2210112−12
8 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 4210114−32
9 Flag of France France 3201101−11
10 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 1200215−40
11 Flag of Belgium Belgium 2200205−50
12 Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary 4200206−60

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