Among all the sports in the world, it is, with no doubt that football is the most pronounced of them all. Football became much pronounced when Jules Rimet was officially announced as the FIFA President in 1921, and it was made known that following his appointment, he made all effort to ensure a football competition among different teams over the world. With his die hard passion, he went on to negotiate with top government officials, football federations and national teams, and eventually, after the acceptance for the international competition, the first tournament held in 1930 with Uruguay team emerging as the winner. This then made them the first country to win the title. A total number of 13 teams played during the first event.
Subsequently, the teams that participated increased to 16 in the second tournament, while the third tournament recorded 15 teams because Austria became invaded by Germany. Because of the World War II that ensued, the FIFA World Cup had to come to a hold thereby making the 1942 tournament not to hold. And even though the football tournament was scheduled to hold every four years, FIFA congress had to meet after the war in 1946 and decided that the tournament would not hold that year until 1950. As a result of this, Brazil that was chosen to host the tournament in 1942 was requested to host it in 1950, and this led Brazil to build a new football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the Maracana, the largest stadium in the world.
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The prize given to the winner is a golden trophy called Victory. However, it was later renamed after the former FIFA president Jules Rimet as an honour to him after the Second World War because of his immense impact on football competitions. The cup which was designed by Abel Lafleur with gold plated sterling silver and the base with white/yellow marble, was instructed by the then FIFA president, Jules Rimet, that any team that wins the football competition for three times should win the cup out rightly, was eventually won by Brazil in 1970. And because of this, there was the need for another cup to be made.
As against the first cup which was designed to depict Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, the new trophy commissioned in 1974 and called the “FIFA World Cup Trophy,” a name it has maintained up to date, is made of 18 carat gold with a malachite base by Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni Company in Italy depicting figures of two humans who are holding up the Earth with the engraving “FIFA World Cup”. Since the commissioning of the new trophy, FIFA came up with new regulations part of which does not allow any team to win the trophy outrightly any longer, but the winners of each tournament receives a bronze replica plated with gold as against solid gold.
This FIFA tournament which holds every four years is usually open to nations of the world for bidding to host through a ballot system because of the challenges they have had in the past as to which country hosted the tournament. Since the inaugural World Cup in 1930, sixteen countries so far have hosted FIFA World Cup in the last twenty tournaments. Before each tournament holds, the decision is made not less than seven years in advance, although both the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments were chosen at the same time.
The process of bidding for the hosting of the FIFA World Cup begins with FIFA sending out requests to express their interest and after which, member associations interested express their interest as to which specific event they want to bid for. Once this is done, FIFA would send the bidding information which includes the Manual for bidding and other supporting documents like the agreement the host must abide by. Then, a workshop will be held for the interested bidders by FIFA. Once the member associations return the Bidding Agreement based on the requirements in the Bidding Manual, FIFA recommends and then, announces the successful host for the event.
However, before FIFA would consider any nation to host the event, part of the details they are interested in is about the stadium of the prospective host which include the construction process of the stadiums as well as the dimensions of the seats of the fans which is expected to be, at least, 47 cm wide and able to provide a backrest which is at least 30 cm high, and also give an easy access to different fans and those with special needs.
They also look into the VIP suits which is generally expected to have room for 10-20 people in a comfortable setting with exclusive access from the private parking. Then, they want to know the material used for the covering (if the stadium is covered, especially in locations where there is high hot/cold/wet climates) and if it is capable of allowing sunlight to pass through because of the grass field.
Another important thing that is worthy of noting about the history of football world cup is the setting of certain rules in the playing of the game. Apart from Jules Rimet, Sir Stanley Rous is another force of change in football history. Although, being secretary of the FA before he became the FIFA president, he rewrote the laws of the game in 1938 and part of which was his championing of the red and yellow card system which was first introduced in 1968 at the Olympic tournament. He also created a training program for referees and coaches, and also set up the system of awarding where the event would hold years in advance so as to minimize conflict.
Since its inception in 1930, the countries that have won the World Cup are Uruguay (1930 and 1950), Italy (1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006), West Germany (1954, 1974 and 1990), Brazil, (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002), England (1966), Argentina (1978 and 1896), France (1998), Spain (2010), and Germany (2014).