Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup

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Uruguay fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

This is a record of Uruguay's results at the FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay have won four FIFA-organized World Football Championships. They won the first World Championship organized by FIFA under the Olympic Committee umbrella with true representation from all continents; before then, football in the Olympics comprised only European teams). Uruguay then won the next two World Championships (Jules Rimet Trophy) in which they participated; these tournaments, the 1930 and 1950 FIFA World Cups, were fully independent from the Olympics and employed clear rules distinguishing professional and amateur football players. Since 1924 marked the beginning of true international football competition, organized by FIFA, FIFA recognizes Uruguay as four-time world champions and allows the team to wear four stars on their uniforms during official international football competitions. (Before 1974, the FIFA World Cup was referred to as the Football World Championship, and the nine champions from 1930 to 1970 received replicas of the Jules Rimet Trophy. Uruguay hosted and won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, beating Argentina 4–2 in the final. They won their fourth and last title in 1950, upsetting host Brazil 2–1 in the final match. The team have qualified for twelve World Cups, reaching the second round in all but three, the semifinals five times, and the finals twice. They also won the gold medal in Olympic football twice, in 1924 and 1928, before the creation of the World Cup. Uruguay won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament comprising former World Cup champions hosted in Uruguay to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first World Championship. Uruguay is one of the most successful teams in the world, having won 19 FIFA official titles: 2 World Championships, 2 Olympic Games, and 15 Copa América championships.

Uruguay refused to participate in 1934 and defend their title because many European nations declined to take part in 1930 held in Uruguay. They also refused to enter in 1938 because FIFA's decision to hold the tournament in France caused outrage in South America where it was believed that the venue would alternate between the two continents.

Performance history[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3
Italy 1934 Did not enter
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Champions[1] 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5
Switzerland 1954 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify
Chile 1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6
England 1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5
Mexico 1970 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5
West Germany 1974 Group stage 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 Group stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5
Germany 2006 Did not qualify
South Africa 2010 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6
Russia 2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3
Total 13/21 2 titles 56 24 12 20 87 74

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Record by opponent[edit]

Against Wins Draws Losses Total GS GA GD
 Argentina 1 0 1 2 4 3 +1
 Austria 0 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 Belgium 0 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 Bolivia 1 0 0 1 8 0 +8
 Brazil 1 0 1 2 3 4 -1
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Colombia 1 0 1 2 2 3 -1
 Costa Rica 0 0 1 1 1 3 -2
 Czechoslovakia 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 Denmark 0 0 2 2 2 8 -6
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 1 0 +1
 England 2 1 0 3 6 3 +3
 France 1 2 1 4 2 3 -1
 Germany 0 1 3 4 3 9 -6
 Ghana 0 1 0 1 1 1 0
 Hungary 0 0 1 1 2 4 -2
 Israel 1 0 0 1 2 0 +2
 Italy 1 1 1 3 1 2 -1
 South Korea 2 0 0 2 3 1 +2
 Mexico 1 1 0 2 1 0 +1
 Netherlands 0 0 2 2 2 5 -3
 Peru 1 0 0 1 1 0 +1
 Portugal 1 0 0 1 2 1 +1
 Romania 1 0 0 1 4 0 +4
 Russia 1 0 0 1 3 0 +3
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 1 0 +1
 Senegal 0 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Scotland 1 1 0 2 7 0 +7
 South Africa 1 0 0 1 3 0 +3
 Soviet Union 1 0 1 2 2 2 0
 Spain 0 2 0 2 2 2 0
 Sweden 1 0 2 3 3 6 -3
 Yugoslavia 1 0 1 2 7 4 +3

Uruguay 1930[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 4
 Romania 2 1 0 1 3 5 –2 2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 4 –3 0
Uruguay 1–0 Peru
Castro Goal 65' Report
Attendance: 70,000

Uruguay 4–0 Romania
Dorado Goal 7'
Scarone Goal 26'[2]
Anselmo Goal 31'
Cea Goal 35'[2]
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

Uruguay 6–1 Yugoslavia
Cea Goal 18'67'72'[2]
Anselmo Goal 20'31'[2]
Iriarte Goal 61'[2]
Report Sekulić Goal 4'[2]

Final[edit]

Uruguay 4–2 Argentina
Dorado Goal 12'
Cea Goal 57'[2]
Iriarte Goal 68'
Castro Goal 89'
Report Peucelle Goal 20'
Stábile Goal 37'[2]

Brazil 1950[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 8 0 2
 Bolivia 1 0 0 1 0 8 0
 Scotland withdrew
 Turkey withdrew
Uruguay 8–0 Bolivia
Míguez Goal 14'40'51'
Schiaffino Goal 17'53'
Vidal Goal 18'
Pérez Goal 83'
Ghiggia Goal 87'
Report

Final Round[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 7 5 5
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 14 4 4
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 6 11 2
 Spain 3 0 1 2 4 11 1
Uruguay 2–2 Spain
Ghiggia Goal 27'
Varela Goal 72'
Report Basora Goal 39'41'

Uruguay 3–2 Sweden
Ghiggia Goal 39'
Míguez Goal 77'84'
Report Palmér Goal 4'
Sundqvist Goal 41'

Uruguay 2–1 Brazil
Schiaffino Goal 66'
Ghiggia Goal 79'
Report Friaça Goal 47'

Switzerland 1954[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 9 0 4
 Austria 2 2 0 0 6 0 4
 Czechoslovakia 2 0 0 2 0 7 0
 Scotland 2 0 0 2 0 8 0
Uruguay 2–0 Czechoslovakia
Míguez Goal 72'
Schiaffino Goal 81'
Report
Attendance: 20,500

Uruguay 7–0 Scotland
Borges Goal 17'47'57'
Míguez Goal 30'83'
Abbadie Goal 54'85'
Report
Attendance: 43,000

Quarter-Final[edit]

Uruguay 4–2 England
Borges Goal 5'
Varela Goal 39'
Schiaffino Goal 46'
Ambrois Goal 78'
Report Lofthouse Goal 16'
Finney Goal 67'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)

Semi-Final[edit]

Uruguay 2–4 (a.e.t.) Hungary
Hohberg Goal 75'86' Report Czibor Goal 13'
Hidegkuti Goal 46'
Kocsis Goal 111'116'

Bronze Final[edit]

Uruguay 1–3 Austria
Hohberg Goal 22' Report Stojaspal Goal 16' (pen.)
Cruz Goal 59' (o.g.)
Ocwirk Goal 89'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Raymon Wyssling (Switzerland)

Chile 1962[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 8 5 1.60 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 8 3 2.67 4
 Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 6 0.67 2
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 5 11 0.45 1
Uruguay 2–1 Colombia
Sasía Goal 56'
Cubilla Goal 75'
Report Zuluaga Goal 19' (pen.)

Uruguay 1–3 Yugoslavia
Cabrera Goal 19' Report Skoblar Goal 25' (pen.)
Galić Goal 29'
Jerković Goal 49'

Uruguay 1–2 Soviet Union
Sasía Goal 54' Report Mamykin Goal 38'
Ivanov Goal 89'
Attendance: 9,973
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

England 1966[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 England 3 2 1 0 4 0 5
 Uruguay 3 1 2 0 2 1 2.00 4
 Mexico 3 0 2 1 1 3 0.33 2
 France 3 0 1 2 2 5 0.40 1
Uruguay 0–0 England
Report
Attendance: 87,000

Uruguay 2–1 France
Rocha Goal 26'
Cortés Goal 31'
Report De Bourgoing Goal 15' (pen.)

Uruguay 0–0 Mexico
Report
Attendance: 61,000

Quarter-Final[edit]

Uruguay 0–4 West Germany
Report Haller Goal 11'83'
Beckenbauer Goal 70'
Seeler Goal 75'
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Jim Finney (England)

Mexico 1970[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 3
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
 Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 –2 2
Uruguay 2–0 Israel
Maneiro Goal 23'
Mujica Goal 50'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Uruguay 0–0 Italy
Report

Uruguay 0–1 Sweden
Report Grahn Goal 90'

Quarter-Final[edit]

Uruguay 1–0 (a.e.t.) Soviet Union
Espárrago Goal 116' Report

Semi-Final[edit]

Uruguay 1–3 Brazil
Cubilla Goal 19' Report Clodoaldo Goal 44'
Jairzinho Goal 76'
Rivelino Goal 89'

Bronze Final[edit]

Uruguay 0–1 West Germany
Report Overath Goal 26'
Attendance: 104,403

West Germany 1974[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 5 –3 2
 Uruguay 3 0 1 2 1 6 –5 1
Uruguay 0–2 Netherlands
Report Rep Goal 16'86'

Uruguay 1–1 Bulgaria
Pavoni Goal 87' Report Bonev Goal 75'
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)

Uruguay 0–3 Sweden
Report Edström Goal 46'77'
Sandberg Goal 74'
Attendance: 27,100

Mexico 1986[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 3 0 0 9 1 +8 6
 West Germany 3 1 1 1 3 4 –1 3
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 2 7 –5 2
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 1 3 –2 1
Uruguay 1–1 West Germany
Alzamendi Goal 4' Report Allofs Goal 84'

Uruguay 1–6 Denmark
Francescoli Goal 45' (pen.) Report Elkjær Larsen Goal 11'67'80'
Lerby Goal 41'
Laudrup Goal 52'
J. Olsen Goal 88'

Uruguay 0–0 Scotland
Report

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay 0–1 Argentina
Report Pasculli Goal 42'
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)

Italy 1990[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 –1 3
 South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 6 –5 0
Uruguay 0–0 Spain
Report
Attendance: 35,713
Referee: Helmut Kohl (Austria)

Uruguay 1–3 Belgium
Bengoechea Goal 74' Report Clijsters Goal 16'
Scifo Goal 22'
Ceulemans Goal 48'

Uruguay 1–0 South Korea
Fonseca Goal 90' Report
Attendance: 29,039
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay 0–2 Italy
Report Schillaci Goal 65'
Serena Goal 85'
Attendance: 73,303

South Korea/Japan 2002[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 Senegal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2
 France 3 0 1 2 0 3 –3 1
Uruguay 1–2 Denmark
Rodríguez Goal 47' Report Tomasson Goal 45' Goal 83'
Attendance: 30,157
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Uruguay 0–0 France
Report
Attendance: 38,289
Referee: Felipe Ramos (Mexico)

Uruguay 3–3 Senegal
Morales Goal 46'
Forlán Goal 69'
Recoba Goal 88' (pen.)
Report Fadiga Goal 20' (pen.)
Bouba Diop Goal 26' Goal 38'

South Africa 2010[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 3 5 –2 4
 France 3 0 1 2 1 5 –4 1
Uruguay 0–0 France
Report
Attendance: 64,100

Uruguay 3–0 South Africa
Forlán Goal 24'80' (pen.)
Á. Pereira Goal 90+5'
Report

Uruguay 1–0 Mexico
Suárez Goal 43' Report

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay 2–1 South Korea
Suárez Goal 8'80' Report Lee Chung-Yong Goal 68'

Quarter-Final[edit]


Semi-Final[edit]

Uruguay 2–3 Netherlands
Forlán Goal 41'
M. Pereira Goal 90+2'
Report Van Bronckhorst Goal 18'
Sneijder Goal 70'
Robben Goal 73'

Bronze Final[edit]

Uruguay 2–3 Germany
Cavani Goal 28'
Forlán Goal 51'
Report Müller Goal 19'
Jansen Goal 56'
Khedira Goal 82'

Brazil 2014[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
 Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 3
 England 3 0 1 2 2 4 –2 1
Uruguay 1–3 Costa Rica
Cavani Goal 24' (pen.) Report Joel Campbell Goal 54'
Duarte Goal 57'
Ureña Goal 84'
Attendance: 58,679
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Uruguay 2–1 England
Report

Uruguay 1–0 Italy
Godín Goal 81' Report
Attendance: 39,706

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay 0–2 Colombia
Report Rodríguez Goal 28'50'

Russia 2018[edit]


Egypt 0–1 Uruguay
Giménez Goal 89'
Uruguay 1–0 Saudi Arabia
Suárez Goal 23'
Attendance: 42,678
Uruguay 3–0 Russia
Suárez Goal 10'
Cheryshev Goal 23' (o.g.)
Cavani Goal 90'
Attendance: 41,970

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay 2–1 Portugal
Cavani Goal 7', Goal 62' Pepe Goal 55'

Quarter-final[edit]

Uruguay 0–2 France
Varane Goal 41'
Griezmann Goal 60'

Most appearances[edit]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Fernando Muslera 16 2010, 2014 and 2018
2 Edinson Cavani 14 2010, 2014 and 2018
Diego Godín 14 2010, 2014 and 2018
4 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 13 1966, 1970 and 1974
Luis Suárez 13 2010, 2014 and 2018
6 Julio César Cortés 11 1962, 1966 and 1970
Egidio Arévalo Ríos 11 2010 and 2014
Martín Cáceres 11 2010, 2014 and 2018
9 Pedro Rocha 10 1962, 1966, 1970 and 1974
Luis Ubiña 10 1966 and 1970
Diego Forlán 10 2002, 2010 and 2014
Maxi Pereira 10 2010 and 2014

Top goalscorers[edit]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Oscar Míguez 8 1950 (5) and 1954 (3)
2 Luis Suárez 7 2010 (3), 2014 (2) and 2018 (2)
3 Diego Forlán 6 2002 (1) and 2010 (5)
4 Pedro Cea 5 1930
Juan Alberto Schiaffino 5 1950 (3) and 1954 (2)
Edinson Cavani 5 2010 (1), 2014 (1), and 2018 (3)
7 Alcides Ghiggia 4 1950
Carlos Borges 4 1954
9 Peregrino Anselmo 3 1930
Juan Hohberg 3 1954

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 "WC Finals 1950" (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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h This is one of several goals for which the statistical details are disputed. The goalscorers and timings used here are those of FIFA, the official record. Some other sources, such as RSSSF, state a different scorer and/or timing. See "World Cup 1930 finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF).
  3. ^ "FIFA World Cup Origin" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 2009-11-17.

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