Estadio Pocitos

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Estadio Pocitos
EsquinaEstadio Pocitos.JPG
The building on the site of Estadio Pocitos
LocationMontevideo, Uruguay
Coordinates34°54′18.19″S 56°9′22.32″W / 34.9050528°S 56.1562000°W / -34.9050528; -56.1562000Coordinates: 34°54′18.19″S 56°9′22.32″W / 34.9050528°S 56.1562000°W / -34.9050528; -56.1562000
Field size109 x 75 m
OpenedNovember 6, 1921 (1921-11-06)
Peñarol (1921–1933)

Estadio Pocitos was a multi-use stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. This stadium was mainly used for football matches of the owner club Peñarol from 1921 to 1933. It was demolished later in the 1930s because Peñarol started to play in the Estadio Centenario as its home field, and additionally due to the increasing urbanisation of Montevideo. The first FIFA World Cup goal was scored in this stadium by the French player Laurent. The game was France against Mexico and was one of the two games that opened the World Cup, the other being held at the same time in Parque Central.

This stadium was one of the first soccer stadiums to include elliptical stands, taken from the model of the ancient Greek theatre. It has been said that the Estadio Centenario was planned to be a "giant version" of this stadium. This stadium is included in a German book of the 40 most influential stadiums in history.

The 1930 FIFA World Cup[edit]

During the 1930 FIFA World Cup, the stadium hosted two group matches:

Group A match

France France4–1Mexico Mexico
Lucien Laurent 19'
Marcel Langiller 40'
André Maschinot 43', 87'
Juan Carreño Sandoval 70'
Montevideo, Estadio Pocitos
Attendance: 4444
Referee: Lombardi (Uruguay)

Group C match

Romania Romania3–1Peru Peru
Constantin Stanciu 2' pen, 89'
Ştefan Barbu 79'
Luis Alfonso Souza-Ferreira 75'
Montevideo, Estadio Pocitos
Attendance: 2549
Referee: Warnken (Chile)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
FIFA World Cup
Opening Match Venue

Succeeded by
All venues used for
the 1934 FIFA World Cup,
matches on the first day were
all played at the same time