At the 1930 Budapest Congress in May, the FIFA General Committee had approved the minting of these medals. The minutes recall that “a souvenir to Uruguay a plaquette of bronze will be offered. Golden badges after the model of this plaquette shall be presented to the 11 players of the winning team and to the referee in the final match, silveren ones to the losing side in the final".
What held up the minting of these 23 medals by Abel Lafleur is not known, but they didn’t travel with Jules Rimet and the trophy to Uruguay. It wasn’t until nearly four months later, on 11 November, that a ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Uruguayan Football Association to hand over the golden winners’ medals made by FIFA to the 11 Uruguayan players who took part in the Final. The past, as the saying goes, is indeed a foreign country.
Despite there being no photo of Nasazzi holding the World Cup trophy, and he and the rest of the team having to wait until the FIFA medals arrived, for Nasazzi the World Cup triumph of 1930 represented the pinnacle of his career, as one of the great eras for any national team drew to a close.
“El Gran Mariscal” – truly one of the greats of world football, and we are proud to have a medal of his in our collection.