On July 13, 1930, the first-ever soccer World Cup began. France defeated Mexico, 4-1, and the United States defeated Belgium, 3-0, on that first day. Both matches took place in Montevideo, the capital of host country Uruguay. Uruguay would eventually defeat Argentina to claim the championship.
In the years since, the World Cup has become one of the globe’s most highly anticipated sporting events. Click the video player below to watch the U.S.’s Landon Donovan score a dramatic goal in last year’s event.