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.
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)