In this week’s article from the Heritage Team at the FIFA Museum we present a selection of very special objects from April Heinrichs, the first captain of a Women’s World Cup winning team and we explain how a ground-breaking 37-word law made it all possible.
Nine years on from the end of the Second World War, West Germany was still experiencing the after-effects of the carnage that had engulfed the continent of Europe. Eleven men on a football pitch helped change the national mood.
When Belgian referee John Langenus blew his whistle to end the 1930 World Cup Final, this should have signalled the start of the post-match ceremonies that have followed every Final since. But things were very different at the first World Cup.
On display in The Foundations section at the FIFA Museum is a page from a logbook held in the FIFA archives which contains the results of international matches. Nothing remarkable in that, you might think, but to open the pages of the logbook is to take you on a journey back in time.
In the 29 World Cups played to date there have been 27 title-winning coaches. The member of this elite club about whom football fans perhaps know the least is the very first of them – Alberto Suppici, who at the tender age of 36 led Uruguay to success at the 1930 World Cup.
On international women’s day, we look back at a landmark moment in the history of refereeing. At the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, Cláudia Vasconcelos Guedes went down in history as the first female referee to take the lead at a FIFA tournament.
The picture postcard of snowy landscapes and snowmen may define a northern hemisphere view of the Christmas idyll, but for those in the tropics and the southern hemisphere, Christmas has always been a very different experience.