It was in July 1930 in Uruguay`s capital Montevideo, shortly after the infamous Wall Street crash, that the first World Cup kicked off. Mainly because of the difficulty of travelling by sea, just 13 nations accepted an invitation to take part. Of this, only four nations were from Europe - France, Belgium, Romania and Yugoslavia - the first three boarding the Italian liner Conte Verde at Villefranche-sur-Mer in France for the long voyage across the Atlantic. The teams trained on the boat during the two-week trip before joining Yugoslavia and the nine other South American teams in Monteviedo. In Pic:
Undated file photo of Jules Rimet, who organised the first soccer World Cup.