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Uruguay National Football Team, World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 15 Jun, 2018

Synopsis

The Uruguay National Team has won two World Cups, including first World Cup in 1930 as hosts having a 4-2 victory over Argentina. They won their second title in 1950 in the final match against Brazil (2-1).

CAPTION: Uruguay national team, Logo SOURCE: AliExpress.com

Representing Uruguay in international association football, the national team is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association. The national squad is commonly referred to as La Celeste meaning, The Sky Blue.

The Uruguayan squad has won 15 Copa América titles including their recent title in 2011. The most capped player on the team is Maxi Pereira with 124 caps and the top scorer is Luis Suárez with 50 goals.

Óscar Tabárez, The Coach

Óscar Tabárez is currently the manager of the Uruguayan national team. He first coached for the team from 1988-1990. He made return taking charge of the team in 2006.

CAPTION: Oscar Tabarez SOURCE: El Universo

Tabarez led the team to victory in the 2011 Copa América and to fourth place in 2010 World Cup. Uruguay qualified for three FIFA Cups with Tabarez.

As of September 2016, Tabárez is currently the first football manager on the list with most games that have managed one national team.

Diego Godín

Diego Godín is the captain of the national team. He plays as a central defender for the Uruguay national team and Spanish club Atlético Madrid. He spent most of his professional career representing Spanish clubs, Villarreal and Atlético Madrid.

CAPTION: Diego Godin SOURCE: Sportskeeda.com

Godin made his debut in 2005, in a friendly defeat against Mexico in Guadalajara. He has earned 115 caps and scored 8 goals for the team. 

Honours

Club

Atlético Madrid

  • La Liga: 2013–14
  • Copa del Rey: 2012–13
  • Supercopa de España: 2014; Runner-up 2013
  • UEFA Europa League: 2011–12
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2010, 2012
  • UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2013–14, 2015–16

International

  • Copa América: 2011

Individual

  • La Liga Player of the Month: April 2014, May 2014
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2014
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015
  • La Liga Best Defender: 2015–16
  • UEFA La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2015–16
  • FIFPro World XI: Third Team 2016; Fourth Team 2014, 2017; Fifth Team 2015
  • Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez, The Star

Luis Suárez, an Uruguayan professional, currently plays as a striker for the Uruguay national team and Spanish club Barcelona. Suarez has won 14 trophies in his career, including four league titles.

CAPTION: Luis Suarez SOURCE: FC Barcelona

Suarez has won two European Golden Shoes, an Eredivisie, and a Premier League Golden Boot. Also, he won La Liga's Pichichi Trophy in 2016 ending the six-year dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Suarez notched his 300th senior career goal for club and country in October 2015. He recorded his 400th goal in December 2017.

Achievements

Club

Nacional

  • Primera División: 2005–06
  • Ajax
  • Eredivisie: 2010–11
  • KNVB Cup: 2009–10
  • Liverpool
  • League Cup: 2011–12

Barcelona

  • La Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Copa del Rey: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Supercopa de España: 2016
  • UEFA Champions League: 2014–15
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2015
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2015

International

  • Uruguay
  • Copa América: 2011

Individual

  • Ajax Player of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Ajax Top Goalscorer: 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 2009–10
  • Eredivisie Golden Boot: 2009–10
  • KNVB Cup top goalscorer: 2009–10
  • IFFHS World's Best Top Division Goalscorer: 2010, 2014, 2016
  • Copa América Player of the Tournament: 2011
  • FIFA Ballon d'Or: 6th place 2011, 5th place 2015
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Liverpool Player of the Year: 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Liverpool Top Goalscorer: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Premier League Player of the Month: December 2013, March 2014
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2013–14
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2013–14
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 2013–14
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 2013–14
  • FSF Player of the Year: 2013–14
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • European Golden Shoe: 2013–14, 2015–16
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) Top Goalscorer
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2014 (8th place), 2015 (2nd place), 2016 (4th place)
  • Trofeo EFE: 2014–15
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2015
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2015
  • FIFA Club World Cup MVP of the Final Match Trophy: 2015
  • La Liga Pichichi Trophy: 2015–16
  • La Liga World Player of the Year: 2015–16
  • La Liga top assist provider: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Barcelona Player of the Season (Trofeo Aldo Rovira): 2015–16
  • Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 2015–16
  • UEFA La Liga Team of The Season: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2016
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team: 2014, 2015, 2017
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2013
  • La Liga Player of the Month: May 2016, December 2017

Here's the list of Uruguay's 23-man squad for World Cup 2018.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Strikers
Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela Nahitan NandezLucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez

World Cup 2018

Uruguay has made 12 FIFA appearances and has won two titles to date. The national squad has secured their place in World Cup 2018, Russia, and will be playing against Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia in the second edition of the tournament.

Also look at this World Cup schedule for more details about the matches.