A History of the World Cup in 24 Objects: The Justin Fashanu World Cup and Uruguay's ball

By Culture24 Reporter | 03 July 2014

The leather ball used in the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final in Montevideo switched sides - and fortunes - at half-time

A photo of an extremely old football
Uruguay's World Cup final football© The Priory Collection
A deep mistrust existed between the neighbouring nations of Uruguay and Argentina, who clashed in the final on July 30 1930, and only the intervention of FIFA enabled the game to go ahead with one ball being provided by each side to be played in each half.

The two competing teams, tournament hosts Uruguay and Argentina, agreed to use their own ball for a half each.

The first ball, provided by Argentina, was used for the first 45 minutes, after which they led 2-1.

The game finished 4-2 to Uruguay.

The Justin Fashanu World Cup

A photo of a trophy in pink and blue featuring figures clutching a football skywards
© The Justin Campaign
Each year, The Justin Campaign organises a five-a-side competition. The winners receive this trophy.

The world of football is full of trophies that are made of gold and silver.

Here is an alternative trophy decorated in blue and pink glitter that aims to tackle discrimination against the LGBT community worldwide.


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