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Golden history is the asset of Uruguay

Sarah Almas: World Cup elite, but in current capacity ‘middle class’ Uruguay. Those who have lost the power and charm of the past. But the pride of nobility remains. That is sometimes eye-catching. In the World Cup in Qatar, the once world best Uruguay is coming with their ‘lost glory’.

The beginning of Uruguay’s journey in football:

After Argentina in Latin America, Uruguay and Brazil started their football journey. Their first match is also against Argentina. On May 16, 1901, the host Uruguay won that match 2-3. Bolivar Cespedes scored the first goal for Uruguay in that match. However, that match was not officially recognized by FIFA. Because the match was not organized by the Uruguayan Football Federation.

The following year, the two countries met again in Montevideo organized by the Uruguayan Federation. This time Uruguay’s defeat was more deplorable. They lost 0-6.

Uruguay’s football debut started with a defeat, but in a very short time they turned into a world power. Won gold medals in 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games.

Debut World Cup and Success:

Suddenly, in 1930, it was announced that the football game will no longer exist since the 1932 Olympics! Due to his immense love for football, the then FIFA president Jules Rimet quickly decided to organize the World Cup with only football. He invited football playing countries. This is how World Cup football was born. And Uruguay, the smallest country in South America, was honored as the first host country. The occasion was, in the last two football Olympics, Uruguay was the champion and the country had its hundredth anniversary of independence!

Uruguay became the host country of the first World Cup football. Most of the European countries were not willing to go across the Atlantic to play in any way. Finally, France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Romania participated from Europe. Seven countries come from South America. And from North America to Mexico, the United States. Another exception was the first World Cup, the only World Cup in World Cup history that did not have a qualifying round.

On July 13, 1930, the first World Cup in history took place with 13 countries. Although Uruguay entered the field on July 18. In the first match, Hector Castro’s goal won the hosts against Peru. In the second match, the European representative Romania did not care about Uruguay. Uruguay won 4-0.
Uruguay defeated Yugoslavia 6-1 in the semi-final. Pedro Jose Mojica Chia scored the first World Cup hat-trick for Uruguay in the match. On the other hand, Uruguay’s old rival Argentina reached the final after crossing the group and semi barriers.

There is an interesting fact about the first World Cup final. At that time the committee did not give any ‘ball’. So in the final, there is an argument, which team will play with the ball. Finally, the officials gave a novel decision. The game ended with the ‘Leather Ball’ brought by both teams in the two halves. Uruguay won its first World Cup by defeating Argentina 4-2 in front of 93,000 spectators at Centanario Stadium in Montevideo. Takes a place in history.

Pedro Chia was the second best scorer in the tournament with five goals. Argentina’s Guillermo Stabile got the honor of scoring eight goals. He is the first hat-trick owner in the history of World Cup football. Did against Mexico in the second match of the group stage.

Surprise of Uruguay in 1950:

Uruguay did not participate in the next two World Cups. For the second time they appeared in World Cup football in 1950. By that time, Italy had won two World Cups in a row. And Argentina, Brazil and others are fast emerging as football powers. 1950 World Cup was hosted by Brazil. They were the hot favorites of the show.

13 countries from three continents participated in Brazil. The first two episodes were group based. There was no final system. The next round robin league was held with the best teams of four groups. The World Cup is given to the top team in the points list.

Interestingly, Uruguay had a team in the group. Bolivya Uruguay came up in the next round by beating them 8-0. In that match, Oscar Miguez scored his second hat-trick of the World Cup in Uruguay’s jersey. On the other hand, there were four teams in Brazil’s group!

Before facing Uruguay in the last match of the second round, Brazil was unbeaten in five matches. Scored 21! And Uruguay drew with Spain in the second round and lost to Sweden. Brazil conceded 13 goals to Spain and Sweden in the two matches of the second round. Seleção will win the World Cup even if they draw the last match against Uruguay. In such a situation, the two teams faced each other at the famous Maracana Stadium.

Brazil came very close but missed out on the title. Brazilians still carry the pain of that defeat, which is known as the ‘Maracana tragedy’. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in the match. However, in the 47th minute, Brazil went ahead with Albino Friaca’s goal. But the rules. In the end, Uruguay won the first World Cup with 5 points in 3 matches. With 11 minutes remaining, Ghigia’s shot on target started the bleeding in the hearts of thousands of Brazilians at the Maracana.

Uruguay has won two consecutive World Cups after Italy. Because they did not participate in the two World Cups that Italy won. They won the first two World Cup trophies they took part in. Later, Brazil reached Italy’s record in 1958 and 1962.

Uruguay World Cup Stats:

Until 2018, Uruguay has played in 13 World Cup main stages. In which he won the title twice. It got fourth place in 1954, 1970 and 2010. After 1966, the last quarter-final was played in 2018. Three times had to depart from the group stage. There have been three more eliminations from the knock out stage.

Uruguay has won 24 in 56 matches in the World Cup. 12 draws and 20 defeats. Scored 87 goals. And digested 74.

Fernando Muslera has played the most 16 matches for Uruguay in the World Cup. He represented Uruguay in three World Cups from 2010-18. He will play his fourth World Cup in 2022. This keeper is waiting to touch Pedro Rocha’s record. However, Edinson Cavani who played 14 matches in the World Cup and Luis Suarez who played 13 matches will also share that record.

Oscar Miguez has the highest eight World Cup goals for Uruguay. Uruguay’s all-time best striker Suarez is ready to break that record with seven goals.

Uruguay’s international success:

Apart from two World Cups and the Olympics, Uruguay has won a maximum of 15 Copa Americas. When Uruguay won the Olympic gold medal, it was played between the national teams. Under-23 team is not based like now.

La Celeste won the ‘World Champion Gold Cup’ in 1980. Italy, West Germany, Holland, Brazil and Argentina played in that event. Uruguay won the title by defeating Socrates’ Brazil in the final. Holland and Italy were defeated in the group stage. Argentina’s Diego Maradona also played in that event. Each country took their best squad. So this is a big success for Uruguayan football. Which many people don’t know.

Besides, there are 55 smaller titles like Copa Lipton in South America. Most of which lost Argentina. All in all, the most trophy-winning team in world football is Uruguay!

Uruguay’s legends:

Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano was awarded the status of the best Uruguayan footballer of all time. 1946-54 played in the national team. He was able to play only 21 matches due to the World War. Scored 9 goals. After the World War, he shook Italy by playing in teams like AC Milan and Roma. He is the first international footballer of Uruguay. Won the 1950 World Cup. He also became the second best footballer of the season. He was selected as the best Uruguayan footballer of the 20th century by the IFFHS. His position is sixth in the list of the best of the 20th century in Latin America.

Hector Scaroni is another legend of Uruguay. His number of goals in 369 matches in club football is 321. A prodigious talent as a forward, Scarone has won 21 titles in club football. In addition to the national team of his country, he played in Spain’s Barcelona, ​​Italy’s Inter Milan and Palermo clubs. Uruguay’s first World Cup winning captain in 1930. All over the world. Won two Olympic golds. He scored 31 international goals in 51 matches for the country.

Diego Forlan is one of Uruguay’s all-time greats in recent times. He has played the seventh highest 112 matches for the country. Scored the third highest 36 goals. Apart from his own country in club football, he has played in England, Spain, Italy and even India’s ISL. 9 club trophies. In 2011, he won the Copa America for Uruguay. He won the Golden Ball in the 2010 World Cup. He won the Pichichi of Spain twice and the European Golden Shoe. He won the Golden-Boot for the best goalscorer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In addition, Enzo Francescoli Uriarte, Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela, bduilo Varela, Luis Cubilla are written in the football history of Uruguay.

Road to Qatar:

Uruguay got the 2022 World Cup ticket as the third best team in Latin. They had 28 points in 18 matches. Position after Brazil and Argentina. As Uruguay scored 22 goals in the qualifiers, they also conceded the same number of goals.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was joint owner of the second most goals with Brazil’s Neymar with eight goals in the qualifiers. Besides, Georgian Benedetti scored five goals.

Present Big Stars:

Luis Suarez, who has played three World Cup games for Uruguay, is not only the current, but also the best of all time. Many consider him as the best ‘number nine’ of the time. The record says so. He is the owner of the highest 68 goals in 134 matches for the country. He also scored 460 goals in 786 matches in club football. Played in Europe’s big clubs like Ajax, Barcelona, ​​Liverpool and Atletico Madrid. He returned to his club National in 2022. However, he was reprimanded and banned for two ‘biting incidents’ for the club and the national team. Again in 2010, he saw a red card by handballing in the quarter-finals to save Ghana’s sure goal. Suarez became a hero in his own country even though he was a ‘villain’ in Ghana and others!

Suarez has won 21 titles including the Champions League in club football. He brought the country the Copa America trophy in 2011. He was selected as the best player of the tournament. Uruguay’s lost glory has largely returned under Suarez and Forlan. Has become the best scorer in the league of Holland, England and Spain. Won the “Golden Shoe” of Europe’s best goal scorer.

Edison Cavani is also a big star and one of the most experienced team. He played the third highest 133 matches for the country. Scored the second highest 58 goals. Palermo, PSG, Man U are now in Spain’s big team in Valencia. He scored four goals in seven matches this season. Spent the best time in PSG. Won 21 domestic titles in seven seasons. He played for PSG in the Champions League final. Cavani owns the club’s most 200 goals. The number of goals in club career is 376.

Diego Roberto Godín Leal has played the most 159 matches in Uruguay’s jersey. In addition, 36-year-old goalkeeper Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol has extensive experience playing 133 matches for Uruguay.

Rising stars:

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Along with veterans, Uruguay’s current squad has young players like Darwin Nunez. Only 23 years old. Playing in a world best team like Liverpool. In the 2020-22 season, he played in the Portuguese club Benfica and came under the spotlight. Hankan scored 48 goals in 85 matches of two seasons. Liverpool also scored 9 goals in 18 matches this season. Which means, Darwin is going to play the first World Cup with a good form. In the 2021-22 season, he was the best player and best goal scorer in the Portuguese Premier League. His number of goals in the country’s jersey is three in 13 matches. He is considered to be the next star after Cavani and Suarez in the Uruguay team.

24-year-old Federico Santiago Valverde Dipetta should also be watched. Became a member of Real Madrid’s regular XI. This 24-year-old midfielder can play right winger and right back position. He was left out of the final squad of the World Cup in 2018. So his World Cup debut is going to be in Qatar. He has scored 4 goals in 44 matches in the country’s jersey so far. One of the young and creative midfielders of the time has scored 8 goals in 20 matches in the 2022-23 season. Won eight titles including the Champions League for the club. Seven of which are in favor of Real Madrid.

In addition, Ronald Araujo, Rodrigo Bentacur, Matias Oliveira, Nicolas de la Cruz, who are under the age of twenty-five, are becoming one of the hope of the team. Those who have already shown signs of becoming big stars in Uruguay and world football in the future.

Recent Performance:

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15-time champions Uruguay disappointed in 2021 Copa America. However, they entered the knock out stage by finishing second in the group of five teams. But Colombia lost them in the tiebreaker in the last eight. They also lost to Argentina in the group stage.

In the current year 2022, Uruguay has won all seven of the nine matches played. Lost only to Iran. Draw with America. Uruguay won easily against Mexico and Canada, who came to play the World Cup this year. All in all, Uruguay is in good shape ahead of the World Cup, it seems.

Coach and Tactics:

Diego Alonso joined as the coach of Uruguay at the beginning of 2022. He replaced Oscar Tabarez who was in charge for 15 years. It would not be wrong to say that there has been a revival of Uruguayan football under Tabarez. So the task is tough for Alonso, no doubt. Although Alonso has won the team in four consecutive matches with responsibility. That victory against Paraguay, Venezuela, Peru and Chile confirmed Uruguay’s 2022 World Cup. Or the party was in doubt.

With 7 wins in 9 matches under Alonso, Uruguay have regained their footing. And that too at the perfect time. Uruguay’s best World Cup XI could be – Fernando Muslera (goalkeeper), Ronald Araujo, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Matias Viña, Rodrigo Bentacur, Frederico Valverde, Matias Vecino, Darwin Nunez, Luis Suarez, Facundo Pellistri.

Uruguay’s Squad:

Goalkeepers – Fernando Muslera, Sergio Rochet, Sebastian Sosa

Defence – Ronald Araujo, Martín Cáceres, Sebastian Coates, Jose Jimenez, Diego Godin, Matias Oliveira, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Guillermo Varela

Midfield – Giorgian Daniel de Arrascaeta Benedetti, Rodrigo Bentacur, Nicolas de la Cruz, Lucas Torreira, Manuel Ugarte, Frederico Valverde

Forwards – Agustin Canobbio, Edinson Cavani, Maxi Gomez, Darwin Nunez, Facundo Pellistri, Luis Suarez, Facundo Torres

Target for World Cup:

Uruguay will play in ‘H’ group in Qatar World Cup. Where there is one of the favorites Portugal, Asia’s power house South Korea and the African country Ghana. In the last season, Portugal was sent away from the knock out stage by Uruguay. And in 2010, they beat Ghana in a controversial penalty shootout in the quarter-finals. South Korea was beaten 2-1 in the knock out phase of the same tournament. In other words, with all three teams in the group, the last winner of the World Cup is Uruguay. But since every season is different, there is no way to predict the year 2022 in advance. La Celeste has no record of leaving the group stage in the last three seasons. Therefore, the passage of Uruguay in the best sixteen round is expected from the ‘H’ group.

Uruguay will start their World Cup mission on November 24 with a match against South Korea. Their opponent is Portugal on November 28. And on December 2, Uruguay will play the last match of the group against Ghana.


Uruguay’s two World Cup wins at the beginning of World Cup football are big events in history. Which gave them football nobility. Later, Uruguayan football, which has fallen into the ranks of the decadent elite, has seen the light again. World-class stars are emerging one after another. With whom Uruguay’s dream is expanding day by day.