Mr Brain’s Celebrates a Summer of Sport

As an exciting summer packed with sport hits the UK, the team at Mr Brain’s have been taking a closer look at the history of the World Cup, from the very first one in the times of Herbert Hill, to the modern day World Cup taking place this year.

The first ever World Cup tournament was hosted by Uruguay in Montevideo in 1930, where the host nation went on to win the tournament, defeating Argentina 4-2. Mexico played France in the opening match, with France winning 4-1 and their own Lucien Laurent scoring the first goal. Proving that arguments in football are nothing new, in the final between Argentina and Uruguay neither side could decide who’s ball was best to play with, resulting in the match being played with Argentina’s ball during the first half and Uruguay’s in the second.

The World Cup most treasured by the English is the 1966 World Cup, hosted and won by England. However, the competition got off to a rocky start with the trophy being stolen in the run up to the games, luckily being found a week later by a much loved dog, Pickles.The final attracted a crowd of 96,924 people, and a further 32.6 million views on TV. The ‘wingless wonders’ went on to win 4-2, after the first and only hat-trick to be scored in a World Cup Final by Geoff Hurst.

Watch out this year as it is a tough competition to win, with only 8 countries so far having won from a total 19 tournaments. Brazil are currently the top of the table, being the only country to have competed in the final stages of every World Cup and the most sucessful winning 5 times; they are sure to work hard on home ground!

So, don’t forget your hearty portion of Mr Brains to help you get through the highs and the lows the World Cup is sure to bring, especially if you decide to have your own World Cup kickabout with friends before watching the big game!

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