No other sporting event captures the world’s imagination like the FIFA World Cup. Ever since the first tentative competition in Uruguay in 1930, FIFA’s flagship has constantly grown in popularity and prestige.
Most people are unaware of the history of FIFA and even history of football. Football is thought to have originated from ancient ball- games played by ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Japanese. The earliest historical account is an anecdote from the 1878 book by Robert Brough-Smyth, The Aborigines of Victoria, in which a man called Richard Thomas is quoted as saying, in about 1841 in Victoria, Australia, that he had witnessed Aboriginal people playing the game ,Mr Thomas describes how the fore most player will drop -kick a ball made from the skin of a possum and how other players leap into the air in order to catch it.
A group of visionary French football administrators, led in the 1920s by the innovative Jules Rimet, are credited with the original idea of bringing the world’s strongest national football teams together to compete for the title of World Champions. The original gold trophy bore Jules Rimet’s name and was contested three times in the 1930s, before the Second World War put a 12-year stop to the competition.
When it resumed, the FIFA World Cup rapidly advanced to its undisputed status as the greatest single sporting event of the modern world. Since 1930, the 16 tournaments have seen only seven different winners. However, the FIFA World Cup has also been punctuated by dramatic upsets that have helped create footballing history – the United States defeating England in 1950, North Korea’s defeat of Italy in 1966, Cameroon’s emergence in the 1980s and their opening match defeat of the Argentinean cup-holders in 1990.
Today, the FIFA World Cup holds the entire global public under its spell. People from allover the world are enthusiastic about the approaching competition. Importantly, FIFA highlights key issues that the modern world is facing such as the upholding of human rights.
After all these years and so many changes, however, the main focus of the FIFA World Cup remains the same – the gleaming golden trophy, which is the personification of every footballer’s ambition. Besides, the massive crowd from all over the world creates an environment of harmony and practically shows that the world is not a bad place to live in if we make peace with others. This is what the modern world really needs.
By: Aimon Tanvir Malghani