BBC Sport - World Cup: Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934 & France 1938
The story of the pre-war World Cups
- From the section 2014 Fifa World Cup
BBC Sport looks back at the genesis of the World Cup.
Uruguay hosted the first tournament in 1930, before Italy and France staged the event on a troubled continent.
The hosts triumphed in 1930, with Italy victorious four years later and then defending their crown in France in 1938.
BBC Radio 5 live's Peter Allen narrates.
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