June 1 (1934, 1978, 1986)
The first day in June has been the host to several first-ever World Cup moments:
- In 1934, the first-ever replay match took place.
- In 1978, after six tournament appearances, Argentina stages the event for the first time.
-In 1986, Canada, a nation known for ice hockey, makes its World Cup debut.
Italy – 1934
The First-Ever Replay
After battling regulation and two overtime periods to a 1-1 deadlock in the final match of the quarterfinal stage the day before (May 31), FIFA ordered that Italy and Spain meet again in a replay on June 1 at the Giovanni Berta Stadium in Florence. The replay is the first-ever such match in World Cup history. In the replay, Giuseppe Meazza provides all the scoring the Italians need, scoring the lone goal to eliminate the Spanish and advance to the semifinals.
Argentina – 1978
Argentina Stages Event For First Time
The 1978 World Cup kicks off in Argentina, the first time the South American nation hosted a World Cup. Defending champion West Germany opens the tournament, playing to a scoreless draw with Poland at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Mexico – 1986
Canada Makes World Cup Debut
Traditionally known for their ice hockey and other winter sports, Canada was the sole CONCACAF qualifier (not including Mexico, who was the host), for the 1986 World Cup and made their debut at the Nou Camp Stadium in Leon against Group C opponent France. The crowd of 65,500 saw the Maple Leafs hold their own against the veteran French squad, but with just 11 minutes remaining in the game, forward Jean-Pierre Papin notched the game’s only goal in a 1-0 France win.