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FIFA World Cup 2010
Uruguayan Football Association
(Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol)
Head coach: Oscar Washington Tabárez
Captain: Diego Lugano
Top scorer: Héctor Scarone
FIFA ranking: 18
World Cup Appearances: 10
Winners, 1930 and 1950
Winners, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924,1926,1935, 1942, 1956, 1959,
1967, 1983, 1987, 1995
Olympic medal record:
4th place 1968
Uruguay is a country that has football in its blood. Recap its career: Uruguay has achieved two FIFA World Cups, 14 America's Cup trophies, two Gold Medals in the Olympics, and a championship in the Gold Cup (World Club Cup). Few teams have a record like this. Despite this impressive resume, Uruguay’s team has failed to qualify in the last two World Cups.
Coach Oscar Tabarez, who had managed the team in the 1990 World Cup, is preparing this team with the same rules in the history of his country, “the thirst for glory”. He has recruited young talents, who are playing regularly in Europe and has combined them with the players in the Uruguayan First Division. It's in a tough group, but with determination and dedication, the Uruguayan team could qualify to the second round.
November 14th and 18th were key dates for Uruguay to win the ticket to the World Cup. The team played the playoff against Costa Rica. The first match was held in the land of the Ticos in a match that kept the two nations on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Diego Lugano, who played with Fenerbahce Spor Kulübü (Turkish) scored the 1- 0. With this result, los Celestes manage to put one foot in the World Cup.
After 4 days, the two teams had to face again in Uruguay. Sebastian Abreu opened the scoring at minute 69; Uruguay only needed to maintain this score. A few minutes later Walter Centeno scored to level the match.
After the final whistle neither team knew how to react. One of them (Costa Rica) was outside the South African World Cup qualifiers; the second (Uruguay) was able to win thanks to the global score that left the team with a 2-1 and a ticket to South Africa.
The Uruguayan team has prepared the young players who are lined up in its squad. The team boasts an international figure: Diego Lugano. The young central defender has a strong presence in the rival’s side pitch, and with his strength and temperament is one of the key players for Tabárez.
La Celeste is present with a luxury offense, having Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez in front. Forlan plays for Atletico Madrid. The striker won 2 trophies in his personal career and scored 32 goals for his club. He pairs well with Luis Suárez, the Ajax striker, forming a dangerous offense that created 12 goals in the qualifiers. The teams from Group A will have to give their best to contain them.
A popular saying in Latin America is "Nobody is a prophet in his land" ,but Oscar Washington Tabárez, Uruguay’s coach, seems to prove the opposite with in his route to South Africa World Cup 2010.
The Uruguayan coach managed to qualify Uruguay for the knockout stages in Italy 1990. On that occasion the team fell against Italy, who at the end of that World Cup achieved third place. From 2006, Tabarez sat back again on the Uruguayan bench after 20 years.
He brought his experience in the many clubs he has managed: AC Milan, Boca Juniors, and Peñarol. A man of few words, the 63-year-old strategist presents a team with a desire to continue bringing glory to its country’s great football history.