1922 Denmark World Cup of Football – AftermathThe Canadians held the trophy up high, celebrating their first ever championship won outside of North America. They had become the first non-European winners of the World Cup, in an all non-European semi-final. The Argentines accepted their silver medals with a mix of sadness yet satisfaction for having gotten this far for the first time in their history. As was tradition, a couple of teams stuck around to play local clubs from all around Denmark’s regional leagues:
Canada 2-0 Kjøbenhavns Boldklub
Argentina 4-1 Boldklubben Frem
United States 0-2 Akademisk Boldklub
New Zealand 3-1 Skovshoved IF
China 2-2 Boldklubben 1903
São Paulo 7-2 Aarhus Gymnastikforening
United Provinces 0-1 Boldklubben af 1893
Japan 6-0 Boldklubben 1909
Once the news of the World Cup results got out, many Europeans, both those who had been at the matches and those who hadn’t, were frustrated by the performance of their national teams. There wasn’t much that could be done, as most athletes had been killed or maimed in the Great War, and those left were old and only willing to play this one last World Cup. The future didn’t look bright for Europe’s footballing prospects, but the Americas looked stronger than ever.
FIFA promised to make significant changes to the World Cup draw, and change the berths to give less leeway to European teams as nearly all out of the 16 of them had crashed out before the quarter-finals. The World Cup had been a moderate success; audiences weren’t the same in Denmark as they were in England and Scotland, but they were still decently sized. Canada’s victory had made their hosting duty in 1924 seem much more justified, despite them being a mediocre team when they were picked for 1916.