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Uruguay Football Team Profile at 2010 FIFA World Cup

 

Uruguay is not a major team on many people’s lips when it comes to soccer sovereignty, but few nations have the footballing history of Uruguay. Uruguay who are playing France in their Group A match on Friday June 11 boasts an impressive collection of world, Olympic and continental titles and a record that compares favourably with the world’s best. The glory years of Uruguayan football are but a fading memory, and the team will need to produce good results against France, hosts South Africa and Mexico.

Uruguay football national team

The man charged with the task of improving that record and raising their profile once more is Oscar Tabarez, who is now in his second stint as national coach, having taken the Uruguayans through to the last 16 at Italy 1990. El Maestro, as he is known in his homeland, certainly has the resources to do achieve those objectives. Sprinkled with players from Europe’s major leagues, his young side are determined to impress in South Africa, and in Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez they have the star quality to advance beyond the group phase and into the knockout rounds for the first time in two decades.

But they do have an inspirational coach. The 62-year-old Oscar Washington Tabarez is preparing for his second appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals with Uruguay. Tabarez was the man in the hotseat when Los Charrúas were knocked in the Round of 16 at Italy 1990 by the host nation. Now, 20 years on, El Maestro is set to return to the big stage with a youthful and resilient side.

“We had to work hard to qualify, especially in the games in Montevideo. Luckily for us, though, the World Cup’s taking place far away from home! I know we have to improve a lot if we are to perform well in South Africa but we do have a lot of strong points and we hope to be able to show them,” says Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez

The star players of Uruguay at FIFA 2010 World Cup
The Uruguay side features a mix of youthful players and household names and is led by the authoritative figure of former Manchester United forward Diego Lugano. Up front La Celeste can count on a fearsome strike partnership formed by Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. The Atletico Madrid striker is another veteran of Korea/Japan 2002 and has put together an impressive CV during his time in Europe. His sidekick Suarez is busy making a name for himself with Ajax Amsterdam, taking over the captaincy after barely two years with the Dutch giants. Together the duo scored 12 goals in the qualifiers.

Previous FIFA World Cups
. Uruguay will be appearing in the FIFA World Cup for the 11th time at South Africa 2010.
. Uruguay hosted the inaugural FIFA World Cup finals in 1930 and went on to win the tournament after defeating Argentina 4-2 in the Final.
. The last time that the men in sky blue advanced beyond the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup finals was at Mexico 1970, when they finished fourth.

Uruguay National Football Team Squad at 2010 FIFA World Cup

r. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
1 Fernando MUSLERA 16/06/1986 GK Lazio (ITA) 190
2 Diego LUGANO 02/11/1980 DF Fenerbahce (TUR) 188
3 Diego GODIN 16/02/1986 DF Villarreal (ESP) 185
4 Jorge FUCILE 19/11/1984 DF Porto (POR) 177
5 Walter GARGANO 23/07/1984 MF Napoli (ITA) 168
6 Mauricio VICTORINO 11/10/1982 DF Univ. de Chile (CHI) 182
7 Edinson CAVANI 14/02/1987 FW Palermo (ITA) 188
8 Sebastian EGUREN 08/01/1981 MF AIK Stockholm (SWE) 186
9 Luis SUAREZ 24/01/1987 FW Ajax (NED) 181
10 Diego FORLAN 19/05/1979 FW Atletico Madrid (ESP) 181
11 Alvaro PEREIRA 28/11/1985 MF Porto (POR) 182
12 Juan CASTILLO 17/04/1978 GK Deportivo Cali (COL) 181
13 Sebastian ABREU 17/10/1976 FW Botafogo (BRA) 193
14 Nicolas LODEIRO 21/03/1989 MF Ajax (NED) 173
15 Diego PEREZ 18/05/1980 MF Monaco (FRA) 176
16 Maximiliano PEREIRA 08/06/1984 DF Benfica (POR) 173
17 Egidio AREVALO 01/01/1982 MF Penarol (URU) 168
18 Ignacio GONZALEZ 14/05/1982 MF Valencia (ESP) 180
19 Andres SCOTTI 14/12/1975 DF Colo Colo (CHI) 183
20 Alvaro FERNANDEZ 11/10/1985 MF Univ. de Chile (CHI) 185
21 Sebastian FERNANDEZ 23/05/1985 FW Banfield (ARG) 167
22 Martin CACERES 07/04/1987 DF Juventus (ITA) 178
23 Martin SILVA 25/03/1983 GK Defensor Sporting (URU) 187

Coach: Oscar TABAREZ (URU)

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