Pedro The, the first Spanish to win a World

Pedro The, the first Spanish to win a World
Pedro The, Champion of the World Cup with Uruguay in 1930 (The Journal)

Last update October 11, 2019 by Javier Argudo

Pedro The It was one of those thousands of Galician emigrants in the early twentieth century settled in America, preferably in the Southern Cone. Born in Redondela (Pontevedra) the first of September of the year 1900, he settled with his family in the neighborhood of Arroyo Seco at the beginning of the year 1902, when he was only eighteen months of age. And it was in Uruguay where he spent his entire life, highlighting specifically in football, becoming a regular in the Uruguayan national team, of which adopted their nationality.

He also starred in achieving the first World Cup in history charrúas. Pedro “Basque” a "Vasquito" The, they were the nicknames that fans knew him, It was decisive in achieving the first world history. He played every game of that World Cup, two matches of the group phase, with subsequent victories against Romania Y Peru, He also played the semifinals in which Uruguay He swept by 6 a 1 a Yugoslavia and he scored the second goal of the blue team in the final against Argentina, in which the hosts to their most direct rivals of the time imposed by a historical 4 a 2.


Total, he won the World Cup, valuable trophy whose elaboration had cost the FIFA 50.000 Swiss francs of the time, but his prestige gave him a value that multiplied by much. The Redondela scored five goals in that tournament (against each Romania, The counterattacks Yugoslavia and the aforementioned final against Argentina) in four games, becoming the reference figure in the front -ocupaba rightmost position- their selection in the World 1930.

With Uruguayan national team, Pedro The He came to play 27 meetings, achieving record 13 goals, but the "Vasco" was also an idol for the fans of Nacional, square in which retired and played his best football years, having previously played in clubs and Bella Vista Lito, both also of the Uruguayan capital.

With his selection came to play two Olympics, achieving gold medal in both, those of Paris 1924 and those of Amsterdam 1928, also got beat twice America's Cup (years 1923 Y 1924) Y, Once retired from active practice as a footballer, It was national coach, thus achieving Uruguay America's Cup 1942. Other Spaniards return to win a world championship had to spend eighty long years, was the, and not so recent, victory of the Spanish selection South Africa, under the direction of Vicente del Bosque, at World Cup 2010.

Frichu Yustas

I enjoy my two passions, football and music. Author of several books: "Atlas Music" (2007) along with other authors; "The rocks of Real Sporting de Gijón. History of a hobby" (2018) Rebeca Diaz with; "Football stories yesterday" (2019); "History of the CP Gijón Solimar" (2020). You can follow me on Twitter @fritzyustas

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