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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Charrúas
La Celeste Olímpica (The Olympic Sky Blue)
La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
Association Asociación Uruguaya
de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Oscar Tabarez
Captain Diego Lugano
Most caps Rodolfo Rodríguez (79)
Top scorer Héctor Scarone (31)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario
FIFA code URU
FIFA ranking 19
Highest FIFA ranking 12 (May 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking 56 (December 1998)
Elo ranking 15
Highest Elo ranking 1 (various dates 1920-31)
Lowest Elo ranking 46 (March 1980)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Uruguay Uruguay 2 - 3 Argentina Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)
Biggest win
Uruguay Uruguay 9 - 0 Bolivia Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
Uruguay Uruguay 0 - 6 Argentina Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances 10 (First in 1930)
Best result Winners, 1930 and 1950.
Copa América
Appearances 40 (First in 1916)
Best result Winners, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926,
1935, 1942, 1956, 1959,
1967, 1983, 1987, 1995.
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1997)
Best result 4th, 1997
Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Gold 1924 Paris Team
Gold 1928 Amsterdam Team

The Uruguay national football team represents Uruguay in international football competition and is controlled by the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol.

Uruguay have won two FIFA World Cups, including the first ever World Cup in 1930 as hosts, beating Argentina 4-2 in the final. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final match. They also won the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928, before the creation of the World Cup. They also won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament among former World Cup champions Uruguay hosted in 1980 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first World Cup. Uruguay is one of the most successful teams in the world, having won 18 official titles: 2 Fifa World Cup, 2 Olympic Games and 14 Copa América.


Their success is amplified by the fact that the nation has a very small population. Uruguay is the only country in the world to win a World Cup with a general population of under 4 million inhabitants and is by far the smallest nation to do so. The second smallest country to have won the World Cup is Argentina with a total population of over 40 million people. Uruguay is also the smallest country ever to win any World Cup medals. In fact, only six nations with populations smaller than Uruguay's have ever participated in any World Cup: Northern Ireland (3 times), Wales, Kuwait, Jamaica, Slovenia and Trinidad and Tobago. Uruguay is also the smallest nation to win Olympic gold medals in any team sport.

Uruguay is also the smallest member nation of CONMEBOL, South American Football Association. Nevertheless, Uruguayan national team also have won the Copa América 14 different times, a record it shares with Argentina.

However, the level of the Uruguay national team has decreased lately as Uruguay has only qualified on two occasions in the last five World Cups, although it remains a strong team in South America, having reached third place and fourth place in the last two Copa América tournaments, respectively.

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History

Prior to 1916, Uruguay played more than 30 matches, of which all but one were against Argentina. The inaugural Copa America provided Uruguay with more varied opposition. Victories over Chile and Brazil along with a tie against Argentina enabled Uruguay to win the tournament. The following year Uruguay hosted the competition, and retained the title by winning every game. The 1919 Copa America saw Uruguay's first defeat in the tournament, a 1-0 defeat in a playoff with Brazil which went to two periods of extra time, the longest Copa America match in history.

In 1924 the Uruguay team traveled to Paris to become the first South American team to compete in the Olympic Games. In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[1] and won every game, defeating Switzerland 3-0 in the gold medal match. In the 1928 Summer Olympics Uruguay went to Amsterdam to defend their title, again winning the gold medal after defeating Argentina 2-1 in the final.

1930 World Cup-winning Uruguay squad

Following the double Olympic triumph, Uruguay was chosen as the host nation for the first World Cup, held in 1930, the centenary of Uruguay's independence. During the World Cup, Uruguay won all its matches, and converted a 1-2 half-time deficit to a 4-2 victory against Argentina at the Estadio Centenario. Due to the refusal of some European teams to participate in the first World Cup, the Uruguayan Football Association urged other countries to reciprocate by boycotting the 1934 World Cup played in Italy. For the 1938 World Cup, France was chosen as host, contrary to a previous agreement to alternate the Championships between South America and Europe, so Uruguay again refused to participate.

Uruguay again won the World Cup in 1950, beating hosts Brazil in a surprise result at the Maracanã Stadium, a match known as the Maracanazo.

Since 1950, the national team has had mixed performances in the World Cup, achieving fourth place in 1954 and 1970, but failing to qualify on several occasions. A new generation headed by Francescoli emerged in the mid-1980s, which qualified for the 1986 and 1990 World Cups, reaching the second round. During the 2000s, the less successful generation of Recoba, Forlán and Montero among others qualified for the 2002 World Cup, but were unable to leave the group stage.

Nevertheless, during the same time period from the 1950s, Uruguay won the Copa America six times, most recently in 1995, when Uruguay also hosted the tournament. Each of the seven occasions when the Copa America has been hosted in Uruguay has resulted in the Uruguayan team winning the tournament.

By May 1, 2009 Uruguayan National Team are ranked by FIFA 16th in the world and 3rd in South America, below Brazil and Argentina only.

Stadium

Since 1930, Uruguay have played their home games at the Estadio Centenario in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. The stadium was built as a celebration of Uruguay centenary of independence, and had a capacity of 100,000 when first opened. The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[2] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition. World Cup qualifying matches often attract crowds of between 60,000 and 70,000, but friendlies sometimes have attendances significantly below 20,000.

Kit

Current Uruguay kits were adopted in 1910 as an homage to now-defunct River Plate F.C., one of the four great clubs of early Uruguayan football; the national team adopted the light blue away jerseys of the club as their home jersey. The current Uruguayan "River" club, CA River Plate not to be confused with more famous Argentine club Club Atletico River Plate, uses home and away kits similar to those of the historic club.

The first international match involving an Uruguayan team took place in Montevideo in 1889, against the "Buenos Aires Team". The "Montevideo Team", the first team to represent Uruguay, was fielded by the still-active Montevideo Cricket Club, which does not participate in football today. The first official international match was played in Montevideo in 1901; on that occasion, the Uruguayan squad wore Montevideo club Albion FC's home kit: Albion was in fact the first domestic side to win a game outside Uruguay, a 1896 match against Argentine club Retiro in Buenos Aires.

Between 1901 and 1910, Uruguay wore a variety of different shirts during matches, including solid green and white tops, and even a shirt modeled from the Flag of Artigas. During games against Argentina, Uruguay would sport vertical blue and white stripes, while the Argentines would wear plain turquoise jerseys. After 1910, the two teams swapped styles, with Argentina adopting light blue and white striped shirts, and Uruguay wearing solid light blue blue shirts.

The red jersey that is used in today's away strip was first used at the 1935 Copa América, held in Santa Beatriz in Peru, which Uruguay won. It was not worn again until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.

Four stars appear above the team logo on the jersey. Two represent Uruguay's 1930 and 1950 World Cup victories, and the other two represent the gold medals received at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics, which at the time was the most important international football competition.

1889 (Montevideo C.C kit)
1901
(Albion F.C kit)

1901 - 1910


1901 - 1910


1901 - 1910


1901 - 1910


1901 - 1910
1910 - 1934
1935
1936 - 1990
1991 - 1996
1997–present

Competitive record

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FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3
Italy 1934 Withdrew
France 1938 Did Not Enter
Brazil 1950 Champions[3] 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5
Switzerland 1954 Semi-Final 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify
Chile 1962 Round 1 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6
England 1966 Quarter-Final 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5
Mexico 1970 Semi-Final 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5
West Germany 1974 Round 1 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8
Italy 1990 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify
France 1998
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round 1 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2010 Qualified
Brazil 2014 - - - - - - - -
Total 11/19 2 Titles 40 15 10 15 65 57

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Semi-Final 4th 5 3 0 2 8 6
Mexico 1999 Did Not Qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013 - - - - - - - -
Total 1/8 Semi-Final 5 3 0 2 8 6

South American Championship

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Argentina 1916 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 6 1
Uruguay 1917 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 0
Brazil 1919 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 1 0 7 4
Chile 1920 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 9 2
Argentina 1921 Third-Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 3 4
Brazil 1922 Third-Place 3rd 4 2 1 1 3 1
Uruguay 1923 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1
Uruguay 1924 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 8 1
Argentina 1925 Withdrew
Chile 1926 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 17 2
Peru 1927 Runners-up 2nd 3 3 0 0 15 4
Argentina 1929 Third-Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 4 6
Peru 1935 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1
Argentina 1937 Third-Place 3rd 5 2 0 3 11 14
Peru 1939 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 13 5
Chile 1941 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 10 1
Uruguay 1942 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 21 2
Chile 1945 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 14 6
Argentina 1946 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 11 9
Ecuador 1947 Third-Place 3rd 7 5 0 2 21 8
Brazil 1949 Sixth Place 6th 7 2 1 4 14 20
Peru 1953 Third-Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 6
Chile 1955 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 12 12
Uruguay 1956 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 3
Peru 1957 Third-Place 3rd 6 4 0 2 15 12
Argentina 1959 Fifth Place 5th 6 2 0 4 15 14
Ecuador 1959 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 13 1
Bolivia 1963 Withdrew
Uruguay 1967 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2
Total 27/29 11 Titles 119 76 11 32 - -

Copa América

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1975 Semi-Final 4th 2 1 0 1 1 3
1979 Group Stage 4 1 2 1 5 5
1983 Champions 1st 8 5 2 1 12 6
Argentina 1987 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 2 0
Brazil 1989 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 0 3 11 3
Chile 1991 Group Stage 4 1 3 0 4 3
Ecuador 1993 Quarter-Final 4 1 2 1 5 5
Uruguay 1995 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4
Bolivia 1997 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 2 2
Paraguay 1999 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 2 3 4 9
Colombia 2001 Semi-Final 4th 6 2 2 2 7 7
Peru 2004 Third-Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 10
Venezuela 2007 Semi-Final 4th 6 2 2 2 8 9
Argentina 2011 - - - - - - -
Total 13/13 3 Titles 64 28 19 17 84 66

FIFA World Cup matches

World Cup matches (By team)
Total: 40 games played - 15 Wins - 10 Draws - 15 Losses - 64 Goals for - 56 Goals against
Against W D L Tot GF GA Against W D L Tot GF GA Against W D L Tot GF GA
 Sweden 1 0 2 3 3 6  Spain 0 2 0 2 2 2  Peru 1 0 0 1 1 0
 West Germany 0 1 2 3 1 6  Italy 0 1 1 2 0 2  Senegal 0 1 0 1 3 3
 Scotland 1 1 0 2 7 0  Denmark 0 0 2 2 2 8  Bulgaria 0 1 0 1 1 1
 England 1 1 0 2 4 2  Bolivia 1 0 0 1 8 0  Mexico 0 1 0 1 0 0
 France 1 1 0 2 2 1  Romania 1 0 0 1 4 0  Hungary 0 0 1 1 2 4
 Yugoslavia 1 0 1 2 7 4  Czechoslovakia 1 0 0 1 2 0  Austria 0 0 1 1 1 3
 Argentina 1 0 1 2 4 3  Israel 1 0 0 1 2 0  Belgium 0 0 1 1 1 3
 Brazil 1 0 1 2 3 3  Colombia 1 0 0 1 2 1  Netherlands 0 0 1 1 0 2
 Soviet Union 1 0 1 2 2 2  Korea Republic 1 0 0 1 1 0

Official matches

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against
 Argentina 182 58 41 83 221 289
 Chile 71 42 16 14 127 71
 Brazil 71 21 19 31 91 122
 Paraguay 67 31 13 23 104 89
 Peru 58 33 15 13 97 51
 Ecuador 41 29 9 3 104 34
 Bolivia 38 27 7 5 95 20
 Colombia 36 18 9 9 53 37
 Venezuela 26 18 6 3 57 18
 Mexico 17 3 7 7 21 26
 England 10 4 3 3 13 10
 Australia 9 4 1 4 8 6
 Costa Rica 8 6 2 0 15 8
 Spain 8 0 5 3 6 11
 Italy 7 2 3 2 7 7
 United States 6 2 2 2 8 7
 East Germany 6 1 2 3 4 7
 Soviet Union 6 1 0 5 4 13
 West Germany 6 0 2 4 4 14
 Korea Republic 5 4 1 0 8 3
 Israel 5 3 1 1 11 5
 Yugoslavia 5 3 0 2 16 6
 China PR 5 2 2 1 5 2
 Switzerland 4 3 1 0 13 4
 Netherlands 4 3 0 1 6 3
 Scotland 4 2 1 1 10 4
 France 5 2 2 1 7 4
 Japan 5 2 1 1 12 8
 Romania 4 2 1 1 7 2
 Hungary 4 1 2 1 6 6
 Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 5 4
 Sweden 3 2 0 1 4 5
 Haiti 3 1 2 0 1 0
 Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 1 4
 Germany 3 1 0 2 5 10
 Finland 2 2 0 0 8 1
 Libya 2 2 0 0 5 3
 New Zealand 2 1 1 0 9 2
 Republic of Ireland 2 1 1 0 3 1
 South Africa 2 1 1 0 4 3
 Norway 2 1 1 0 3 2
 Poland 2 1 1 0 3 2
 Jamaica 2 1 0 1 3 2
 Indonesia 2 1 0 1 4 4
 Austria 2 1 0 1 3 3
 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 2 2
 Honduras 2 0 1 1 2 3
 Portugal 2 0 1 1 1 4
 Belgium 2 0 0 2 1 5
 Denmark 2 0 0 2 2 8
 Panama 1 1 0 0 6 1
 Canada 1 1 0 0 3 1
 India 1 1 0 0 3 1
 Egypt 1 1 0 0 2 0
 Slovenia 1 1 0 0 2 0
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 2 0
 Turkey 1 1 0 0 3 2
 Singapore 1 1 0 0 2 1
 Luxembourg 1 1 0 0 1 0
 Morocco 1 1 0 0 1 0
 Senegal 1 0 1 0 3 3
 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Iran 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Serbia and Montenegro 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0 0
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 2 3
 Algeria 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Guatemala 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Georgia 1 0 0 1 0 2

Current team status

Uruguay has finished participating in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, with a successful result.

2010 FIFA World Cup
Qualification Standings

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 18 9 7 2 33 11 +22 34
 Chile 18 10 3 5 32 22 +10 33
 Paraguay 18 10 3 5 24 16 +8 33
 Argentina 18 8 4 6 23 20 +3 28
 Uruguay 18 6 6 6 28 20 +8 24
 Ecuador 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23
 Colombia 18 6 5 7 14 18 −4 23
 Venezuela 18 6 4 8 23 29 −6 22
 Bolivia 18 4 3 11 22 36 −14 15
 Peru 18 3 4 11 11 34 −23 13
  Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  3–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
Bolivia  6–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 4–2 3–0 2–2 0–1
Brazil  0–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Chile  1–0 4–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–2
Colombia  2–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Ecuador  2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–2 0–1
Paraguay  1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Peru  1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Uruguay  0–1 5–0 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 6–0 1–1
Venezuela  0–2 5–3 0–4 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2

CONCACAF 4th place v CONMEBOL 5th place

Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
Costa Rica  1–2  Uruguay 0–1 1–1

Qualification:

On 18 November 2009, Uruguay qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a 2–1 win on aggregate against Costa Rica.[4]

2010 FIFA World Cup
Group A

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Uruguay 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  South Africa Mexico Uruguay France
South Africa  11 June 16 June
Mexico  22 June
Uruguay  11 June
France  22 June 17 June

Recent games

KEY: F = Friendly match; WCQ2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification; WC2010 = 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Current players

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the Friendly match against Switzerland on March 3, 2010 in St. Gallen.

Caps and goals as of November 18, 2009.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Fernando Muslera 16 June 1986 (1986-06-16) (age 23) 5 0 Italy Lazio
12 GK Juan Castillo 17 April 1978 (1978-04-17) (age 31) 11 0 Colombia Deportivo Cali
2 DF Sebastián Coates 7 October 1990 (1990-10-07) (age 19) 0 0 Uruguay Nacional
3 DF Diego Godín 16 February 1986 (1986-02-16) (age 24) 37 3 Spain Villarreal
4 DF Jorge Fucile 19 November 1984 (1984-11-19) (age 25) 24 0 Portugal Porto
6 DF Andrés Scotti 14 December 1975 (1975-12-14) (age 34) 25 1 Chile Colo-Colo
16 DF Maxi Pereira 8 June 1984 (1984-06-08) (age 25) 36 0 Portugal Benfica
5 MF Walter Gargano 27 July 1984 (1984-07-27) (age 25) 26 0 Italy Napoli
8 MF Jorge Martínez 5 April 1983 (1983-04-05) (age 26) 14 0 Italy Catania
11 MF Álvaro Pereira 28 January 1985 (1985-01-28) (age 25) 14 1 Portugal Porto
14 MF Nicolás Lodeiro 21 March 1989 (1989-03-21) (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
15 MF Diego Pérez 18 May 1980 (1980-05-18) (age 29) 51 0 France Monaco
17 MF Egidio Arévalo Ríos 27 September 1982 (1982-09-27) (age 27) 1 0 Uruguay Peñarol
20 MF Jorge Rodríguez 13 January 1985 (1985-01-13) (age 25) 6 0 Uruguay River Plate
7 FW Edinson Cavani 14 February 1987 (1987-02-14) (age 23) 13 2 Italy Palermo
9 FW Luis Suárez 24 January 1987 (1987-01-24) (age 23) 29 10 Netherlands Ajax
10 FW Diego Forlán 19 May 1979 (1979-05-19) (age 30) 61 23 Spain Atlético Madrid
13 FW Sebastián Abreu 17 October 1976 (1976-10-17) (age 33) 57 28 Brazil Botafogo
19 FW Sebastián Fernández 23 May 1985 (1985-05-23) (age 24) 6 0 Argentina Banfield

Recent Call Ups

The following players have also been called up to the Uruguay squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Martín Silva 25 March 1983 (1983-03-25) (age 26) 1 0 Uruguay Defensor Sporting v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2009 (WCQ2010)
GK Sebastián Viera 7 March 1983 (1983-03-07) (age 27) 28 0 Greece Larissa v. Algeria Algeria, August 12, 2009 (Friendly)
GK Rodrigo Muñoz 22 January 1982 (1982-01-22) (age 28) 0 0 Uruguay Nacional v. Chile Chile, April 1, 2009 (WCQ2010)
DF Martín Cáceres 7 April 1987 (1987-04-07) (age 22) 46 0 Italy Juventus v. Switzerland Switzerland, March 3, 2010 (Friendly) (withdrew due to injury)
DF Diego Lugano Captain sports.svg 2 November 1980 (1980-11-02) (age 29) 42 4 Turkey Fenerbahçe v. Switzerland Switzerland, March 3, 2010 (Friendly) (withdrew due to injury)
DF Juan Manuel Díaz 28 October 1987 (1987-10-28) (age 22) 0 0 Argentina River Plate v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)
DF Bruno Silva 29 March 1980 (1980-03-29) (age 29) 19 0 Brazil Internacional v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)
DF Mauricio Victorino 11 October 1982 (1982-10-11) (age 27) 4 0 Chile Universidad de Chile v. Switzerland Switzerland, March 3, 2010 (Friendly) (withdrew due to an earthquake in Chile)
DF Carlos Valdez 5 February 1983 (1983-02-05) (age 27) 15 0 Italy Reggina v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 14, 2009 (WCQ2010) (withdrew due to injury)
DF Martín Rodríguez 10 February 1985 (1985-02-10) (age 25) 0 0 Uruguay Liverpool v. Chile Chile, April 1, 2009 (WCQ2010)
MF Ignacio González 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01) (age 28) 17 1 Greece Levadiakos v. Switzerland Switzerland, March 3, 2010 (Friendly) (withdrew due to injury)
MF Miguel Amado 28 December 1984 (1984-12-28) (age 25) 2 0 Uruguay Defensor Sporting v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)
MF Sebastián Eguren 8 January 1981 (1981-01-08) (age 29) 26 5 Sweden AIK v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)
MF Álvaro Fernández 11 October 1985 (1985-10-11) (age 24) 7 0 Chile Universidad de Chile v. Switzerland Switzerland, March 3, 2010 (Friendly) (withdrew due to an earthquake in Chile)
MF Álvaro González 29 October 1984 (1984-10-29) (age 25) 11 0 Uruguay Nacional v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)
MF Diego de Souza 14 July 1984 (1984-07-14) (age 25) 0 0 Uruguay Defensor Sporting v. Argentina Argentina, October 14, 2009 (WCQ2010)
MF Cristian Rodríguez 30 September 1985 (1985-09-30) (age 24) 36 3 Portugal Porto v. Argentina Argentina, October 14, 2009 (WCQ2010)
MF Diego Arismendi 25 January 1988 (1988-01-25) (age 22) 2 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion v. Venezuela Venezuela, June 10, 2009 (WCQ2010)
MF Juan Albín 17 July 1986 (1986-07-17) (age 23) 0 0 Spain Getafe v. Chile Chile, April 1, 2009 (WCQ2010)
FW Hernán Rodrigo López 21 January 1978 (1978-01-21) (age 32) 2 0 Argentina Vélez Sársfield v. Costa Rica Costa Rica, November 18, 2010 (WCQ2010)

Player records

Most caps

# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Rodolfo Rodríguez 1976–1986 79 0
2 Fabián Carini 1999– 74 0
3 Enzo Francescoli 1982–1997 72 15
4 Álvaro Recoba 1995–2007 69 14
=5 Ángel Romano 1911–1927 68 28
=5 Pablo Gabriel García 1997–2008 68 3
7 Carlos Aguilera 1982–1997 65 23
=8 Diego Forlán 2002– 61 23
=8 Paolo Montero 1991–2005 61 5
=8 Jorge Barrios 1980–1992 61 4

Top Goalscorers

# Player Career Goals (Caps) Goals per game
1 Héctor Scarone 1917–1930 31 (52) 0.60
=2 Ángel Romano 1911–1927 28 (68) 0.41
=2 Sebastián Abreu 1997– 28 (56) 0.50
4 Óscar Míguez 1950–1958 27 (39) 0.69
5 Pedro Petrone 1924–1930 24 (29) 0.83
=6 Diego Forlán 2002– 23 (63) 0.38
=6 Carlos Aguilera 1983–1997 23 (65) 0.35
7 Fernando Morena 1971–1983 22 (54) 0.41
9 José Piendibene 1909–1923 20 (40) 0.50
10 Héctor Castro 1926–1935 18 (25) 0.72

World Cup Winning Captains

# Name Caps Goals
1930 José Nasazzi 51 0
1950 Obdulio Varela 45 9

Coaches

  • 1916: Jorge Pacheco
  • 1916: Alfredo Foglino
  • 1917 - 1918: Julián Bértola
  • 1919 - 1920: Severino Castillo
  • 1920 - 1922: Ernesto Fígoli
  • 1922 - 1923: Pedro Olivieri
  • 1923 - 1924: Leonardo De Lucca
  • 1924 - 1926: Ernesto Meliante
  • 1926: Andrés Mazzali
  • 1926: Ernesto Fígoli
  • 1927 - 1928: Luis Grecco
  • 1928 - 1932: Alberto Suppici
  • 1932 - 1933: Raúl Blanco
  • 1933 - 1941: Alberto Suppici
  • 1941 - 1942: Pedro Cea
  • 1942 - 1945: José Nasazzi
  • 1945 - 1946: Aníbal Tejada
  • 1946: Guzmán Vila Gomensoro

Trivia

  • Uruguay and Argentina hold the record for the most international matches played between two countries.[5] The two teams have faced each other 161 times since 1901. The first match against Argentina was the first official international match to be played outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.[6]

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Football's debt to Uruguay". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/worldcup2002/hi/team_pages/uruguay/newsid_1907000/1907148.stm. Retrieved 15 October 2006. 
  2. ^ FIFA World Cup Origin, FIFA Media Release. Retrieved on 16 October 2006.
  3. ^ There was no official World Cup final match in 1950. The tournament winner was decided by a final round-robin group contested by four teams (Uruguay, Brazil, Sweden, and Spain). However, Uruguay's 2-1 victory over Brazil (a match known as Maracanazo) was the decisive match (and also coincidentally one of the last two matches of the tournament) which put them ahead on points and ensured that they finished top of the group as world champions. Therefore, this match is often considered the "final" of the 1950 World Cup [1]PDF (150 KiB). Likewise, Sweden's 3-1 victory over Spain (played at the same time as Uruguay vs Brazil) ensured that they finished third.
  4. ^ "First winners hold on". ESPN. 2009-11-18. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=284579&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  5. ^ Argentina-Uruguay Matches 1901-2001. RSSSF.
  6. ^ Although Canada and the United States played two internationals in 1885 and 1889, neither match is considered official; Canada did not play an official international until 1904 and the USA did not play one until 1916.

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Squads

Titles

Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
Champions of the World
1930 (1st title)
Succeeded by
1934 Italy 
Preceded by
1938 Italy 
Champions of the World
1950 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
1954 West Germany 
Preceded by
1920 Belgium 
Olympic Football
1924 (1st title)
1928 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
1936 Italy 
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
Champions of South America
1916 (1st title)
1917 (2nd title)
Succeeded by
1919 Brazil 
Preceded by
1919 Brazil 
Champions of South America
1920 (3rd title)
Succeeded by
1921 Argentina 
Preceded by
1922 Brazil 
Champions of South America
1923 (4th title)
1924 (5th title)
Succeeded by
1925 Argentina 
Preceded by
1925 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1926 (6th title)
Succeeded by
1927 Argentina 
Preceded by
1929 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1935 (7th title)
Succeeded by
1937 Argentina 
Preceded by
1941 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1942 (8th title)
Succeeded by
1945 Argentina 
Preceded by
1955 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1956 (9th title)
Succeeded by
1957 Argentina 
Preceded by
1959 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1959 (10th title)
Succeeded by
1963 Bolivia 
Preceded by
1963 Bolivia 
Champions of South America
1967 (11th title)
Succeeded by
1975 Peru 
Preceded by
1979 Paraguay 
Champions of South America
1983 (12th title)
1987 (13th title)
Succeeded by
1989 Brazil 
Preceded by
1993 Argentina 
Champions of South America
1995 (14th title)
Succeeded by
1997 Brazil 

Simple English

Uruguay
Association Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol
Confederation CONMEBOL
Coach Oscar Tabarez
Most caps Rodolfo Rodríguez (78)
Top scorer Héctor Scarone (31)
FIFA ranking 22
First game 16 May 1901
Uruguay (3-2)
Largest win 9 November 1927
Bolivia (9-0)
Largest loss 20 July 1902
Argentina (0-6)
World Cup
Appearances 11
First Apps 1930
Best result Champions (1930, 1950)

Uruguay national football team is the national football team of Uruguay.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Rodolfo Rodríguez7801976-1986
2Fabian Carini7401999-present
3Enzo Francescoli73171982-1997
4Ángel Romano69281911-1927
4Álvaro Recoba69111995-2007
6Pablo García6621997-2007
7Carlos Aguilera64221982-1997
8Paolo Montero6151991-2005
9Jorge Barrios6031980-1992
9José Oscar Herrera5741988-1997

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Hector Scarone31521917-1930
2Ángel Romano28691911-1927
3Oscar Míguez27391950-1958
4Pedro Petrone24291923-1930
5Sebastián Abreu23451996-present
6Carlos Aguilera22641982-1997
6Fernando Morena22531971-1983
8José Piendibene20401909-1921
9Diego Forlán19512002-present
9Severino Varela19241935-1942


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