Uruguay national football team

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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
AssociationAUF
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachÓscar Tabárez
CaptainDiego Godín
Most capsDiego Godín (137)
Top scorerLuis Suárez (62)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
FIFA codeURU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 7 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest2 (June 2012)
Lowest76 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 12 Decrease 4 (26 October 2020)[2]
Highest1 (Various dates 1920–29)
Lowest48 (5 September 1979)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1][5]
Biggest win
 Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia 
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1930, 1950)
Copa América
Appearances44 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultFourth place (1997, 2013)

The Uruguay national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in international football, and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The current head coach is Óscar Tabárez. The Uruguayan team is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue).

They have won the Copa América 15 times, the most successful national team in the tournament, the most recent title being the 2011 edition. The team has won the FIFA World Cup twice, including the first World Cup in 1930 as hosts, defeating Argentina 4–2 in the final. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting host Brazil 2–1 in the final match, which received an attendance higher than any football match ever.

They have won Gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928, which are regarded as equivalent to World Cups, including by FIFA.[7][8] Uruguay also won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament among former World Cup champions. In total, Uruguay have won 20 official titles, a world record for the most international titles held by any country.

Their success is amplified by the fact that the nation has a very small population of around 3.4 million inhabitants (2011 est.). Uruguay is by far the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup in terms of population, 1.75 million inhabitants in 1930. The second-smallest country, by population, to have won the World Cup is Argentina with a population of nearly 28 million people in 1978. Uruguay is also the smallest country ever to win any World Cup medals; only six FIFA member nations with a currently smaller population than Uruguay's have ever qualified to any World Cup: Northern Ireland (three times), Slovenia (twice), Wales, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland.

History[edit]

Uruguay before its first match (official) v Argentina, July 1902
The team that won its second Gold Medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics

In 1901, Uruguay played against Argentina in their first ever match, a close contest won by Argentina 3–2. 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 América 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 América match in history.[citation needed]

In 1924, the Uruguay team traveled to Paris to become the first South American team to compete in the Olympic Games – this football tournament is the first recognized by FIFA as a world championship.[7][8] In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[9] 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 replay of the final (the first match was a draw after extra time). FIFA assumed the responsibility of the organization of the Football Games to be played by FIFA rules and the tournaments are recognized as World Championships.[7][8] It only happened twice (1924/1928 Summer Olympic Games) until the creation of its own FIFA World Championship, the FIFA World Cup, in 1930.[10]

The team that beat Argentina in the final match of the 1930 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's first FIFA World Cup

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 first constitution. During the World Cup, Uruguay won all its matches, and converted a 1–2 halftime 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.

The team that beat Brazil in the decisive match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's second FIFA World Cup

Uruguay again won the World Cup in 1950, beating hosts Brazil in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. The decisive match was at the Maracanã Stadium in Brazil. Uruguay came from behind to beat the host nation in a match which would become known as the Maracanazo. Many Brazilians had to be treated for shock after the event, such was the surprise of Uruguay's victory.[11]

Rodolfo Rodríguez raises the Mundialito trophy won in January 1981

After their fourth-place finish in the 1954 World Cup, the team had mixed performances and after the fourth-place finish in 1970, their dominance, quality and performance dropped. They were no longer a world football power and failed to qualify for the World Cup on five occasions in the last nine competitions. They reached an all-time low and at one time ranked 76th in the FIFA World Rankings.

In 2010, however, a new generation of footballers, led by Luis Suárez, Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani, formed a team considered to be Uruguay's best in the last four decades, catching international attention after finishing fourth in the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay opened the tournament with a goalless draw against France, followed by defeats of South Africa (3–0) in and Mexico (1–0) respectively, finishing at the top of their group with seven points. In the second round, they played South Korea, defeating them 2–1 with star striker Luis Suárez scoring a brace and earning Uruguay a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970. Against Ghana, the match finished 1–1, forcing the game into extra-time. Both sides had their chances at extra time but Suárez blocked the ball with his hand in the penalty area, earning Suárez a red card and earning Uruguay universal scorn. Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty, forcing the game to go into penalties where Uruguay would win 4–2, sending them into the last four. They played the Netherlands in the semi-finals but were beaten 3–2. For the third-place match, they played Germany, again losing 3–2. This placed Uruguay in fourth place for the tournament, their best result in 40 years. Diego Forlan was awarded the Player of The Tournament.

Uruguay - Saudi Arabia match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

A year later, they won the Copa America for the first time in 16 years and broke the record for the most successful team in South America. Luis Suárez ended up as the Player of The Tournament. In the 2014 World Cup Uruguay was placed in Group D alongside Costa Rica, England, and Italy. They were upset by Costa Rica in the opening match, losing 3–1 despite taking the lead in the first half. They rebounded with a 2–1 victory over England, in which Suárez scored a brace right after coming back from an injury, and a 1–0 victory over Italy, placing them second in their group and earning a spot in the last 16. During the match against Italy, forward Luis Suárez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on his left shoulder. Two days after the match, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee banned Suárez for nine international matches, the longest such ban in World Cup history, exceeding the eight-match ban handed to Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain's Luis Enrique in 1994.[12][13][14] Suárez was also banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months and fined CHF100,000 (approx. £65,700/82,000/US$119,000).[12][13][15] In the round of 16, Uruguay played Colombia but were beaten 2–0, eliminating them from the tournament.

At the 2015 and 2016 Copa América, Uruguay, missing banned striker Luis Suárez, were eliminated in the quarter-finals and group stages respectively. After a successful World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing second, Uruguay made it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Uruguay won its group after three victories, and advanced to the quarter-finals after a 2-1 win over Portugal.[16][17] However, they were eliminated 2-0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.

Home stadium[edit]

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 the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution, and had a capacity of 90,000 when first fully opened.[18] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[19] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition.[clarification needed] World Cup qualifying matches often attract crowds of between 50,000 and 73,000.

Uruguay's stadium Estadio Centenario is one of the biggest stadiums in the world over 100m wide and 100m long.

Team image[edit]

Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, wearing the light blue shirt they have worn since 1910

Between 1901 and 1910, Uruguay wore a variety of different shirts during its matches. The first shirt worn was the Albion F.C. one, in the unofficial debut of the national team v Argentina in 1901.[20] Then Uruguay worn a variety of shirts, including a solid green one and even a shirt with the colors of the flag of Artigas.

On 10 April 1910, now-defunct club River Plate defeated Argentine side Alumni 2–1, being the first time an Uruguayan team beat that legendary team. That day River Plate wore its alternate jersey, a light blue one due to the home jersey was similar to Alumni's.[21] Ricardo LeBas proposed Uruguay to wear a light blue jersey as a tribute to the victory of River Plate over Alumni. This was approved by president of the Uruguayan Association, Héctor Gómez.[22] The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on August 15, 1910. Uruguay won 3–1.[23]

The red jersey that was used in some previous away strips was first used at the 1935 Copa América, held in Santa Beatriz in Peru, which Uruguay won. It was not worn again (except for a 1962 FIFA World Cup match, against Colombia[24]) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.[25]

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 and recognised by FIFA as World Championships.[7][8][10]

1902–03 [note 3]
1905–07 [note 4]
1908–10 [note 5]
1910–present [note 6]
Notes
  1. ^ Although the first match ever recorded by both, Argentina and Uruguay sides, was played on 16 May 1901, this is not considered an official game due to the match not being organized by Uruguay's Football Association but by Albion FC in its home field, "Paso del Molino". The Uruguayan team had nine players from that club and the remainder from Nacional.[3] Argentina won the match 3–2.[4]
  2. ^ Shirt of Albion F.C., worn in the first match (unofficial) v Argentina due to the most part of the players were from that club.[3]
  3. ^ Shirt worn in the first official match ever,[26] v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902,[20] also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903.[27]
  4. ^ Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa[20] and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07).[27]
  5. ^ Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  6. ^ Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on August 15, 1910.[22][21]

Kit sponsorship[edit]

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1974–1982
France Le Coq Sportif 1983–1986
Germany Puma 1987–1991
Italy Enerre 1992–1998
Uruguay Meta 1999–2001
Italy L-Sporto 2002–2004
Germany Uhlsport 2004–2006
Germany Puma 2006–present

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third Place    Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Italy 1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
France 1938 Refused to participate
Brazil 1950 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 Squad Qualified automatically
Switzerland 1954 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 6
Chile 1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad 1st 2 1 1 0 3 2
England 1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5 Squad 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2
Mexico 1970 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 Squad 1st 4 3 1 0 5 0
West Germany 1974 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 1st 4 2 1 1 6 2
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 4
Spain 1982 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 5
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4
Italy 1990 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 7 2
United States 1994 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 2 2 10 7
France 1998 7th 16 6 3 7 18 21
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad 5th 20 8 6 6 22 14
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 5th 20 7 7 6 24 29
South Africa 2010 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8 Squad 5th 20 7 7 6 30 21
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 5th 18 8 5 5 30 25
Russia 2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3 Squad 2nd 18 9 4 5 32 20
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 2 Titles 13/21 56 24 12 20 87 74 154 69 42 43 218 164
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América[edit]

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Argentina 1916 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 6 1 Squad
Uruguay 1917 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 0 Squad
Brazil 1919 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 1 0 7 4 Squad
Chile 1920 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 9 2 Squad
Argentina 1921 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad
Brazil 1922 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 3 1 Squad
Uruguay 1923 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1 Squad
Uruguay 1924 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 8 1 Squad
Argentina 1925 Withdrew
Chile 1926 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 17 2 Squad
Peru 1927 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 15 3 Squad
Argentina 1929 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad
Peru 1935 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1 Squad
Argentina 1937 Third place 3rd 5 2 0 3 11 14 Squad
Peru 1939 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 13 5 Squad
Chile 1941 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 10 1 Squad
Uruguay 1942 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 21 2 Squad
Chile 1945 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 14 6 Squad
Argentina 1946 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 11 9 Squad
Ecuador 1947 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 21 8 Squad
Brazil 1949 Sixth place 6th 7 2 1 4 14 20 Squad
Peru 1953 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 6 Squad
Chile 1955 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 12 12 Squad
Uruguay 1956 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 3 Squad
Peru 1957 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 15 12 Squad
Argentina 1959 Sixth place 6th 6 2 0 4 15 14 Squad
Ecuador 1959 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 13 1 Squad
Bolivia 1963 Withdrew
Uruguay 1967 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad
South America 1975 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 1 3 Squad
South America 1979 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad
South America 1983 Champions 1st 8 5 2 1 12 6 Squad
Argentina 1987 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 2 0 Squad
Brazil 1989 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 0 3 11 3 Squad
Chile 1991 Group stage 5th 4 1 3 0 4 3 Squad
Ecuador 1993 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad
Uruguay 1995 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4 Squad
Bolivia 1997 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 2 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 2 3 4 9 Squad
Colombia 2001 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 7 7 Squad
Peru 2004 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 10 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 8 9 Squad
Argentina 2011 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 3 Squad
Chile 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 2 3 Squad
United States 2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad
Brazil 2019 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 2 0 7 2 Squad
Argentina Colombia 2021 Qualified
Ecuador 2024 Qualified
Total 15 Titles 44/46 200 110 36 54 406 219

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 6 Squad
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 14 7 Squad
Russia 2017 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 2/10 10 5 1 4 22 13

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
France 1900 Did not participate
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924 Gold medal 1st 5 5 0 0 20 2 Squad
Netherlands 1928 Gold medal 1st 5 4 1 0 12 5 Squad
Nazi Germany 1936 Withdrew[28]
United Kingdom 1948 Did not qualify
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976 Withdrew[29]
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984
Korea 1988
Since 1992 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total 2 Gold medals 3/19 10 9 1 0 32 7

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not participate
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 4 6
Canada 1967 Did not participate
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Preliminary round 11th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter
Venezuela 1983 Gold medal 1st 4 4 0 0 5 1
United States 1987 Did not participate
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995
Since 1999 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total 1 Gold medal 3/12 10 5 1 4 10 9

All-time head-to-head record[edit]

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams.[30] Updated as of 13 October 2020.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019[edit]

15 November 2019 FriendlyHungary 1–2 UruguayBudapest, Hungary
19:00 CET Szalai Goal 24' Report Cavani Goal 15'
B. Rodríguez Goal 21'
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
18 November 2019 FriendlyArgentina 2–2 UruguayTel Aviv, Israel
21:00 (UTC+2) Agüero Goal 63'
Messi Goal 90+1' (pen.)
Report Cavani Goal 34'
L. Suárez Goal 68'
Stadium: Bloomfield Stadium
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (Israel)

2020[edit]

8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationUruguay 2–1 ChileMontevideo, Uruguay
19:45 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Éber Aquino (Paraguay)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEcuador 4–2 UruguayQuito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifcationColombia v Uruguay
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationUruguay v BrazilMontevideo, Uruguay
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario

2021[edit]

31 March 2021 (2021-03-31) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationUruguay v Bolivia
Report
18 June 2021 (2021-06-18) 2021 Copa AméricaUruguay v ChileMendoza, Argentina
Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
22 June 2021 (2021-06-22) 2021 Copa AméricaBolivia v UruguayLa Plata, Argentina
Stadium: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata
27 June 2021 (2021-06-27) 2021 Copa AméricaUruguay v ParaguaySantiago del Estero, Argentina
Stadium: Estadio Único

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were called up to the preliminary squad for World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Brazil on 13 and 17 November respectively.[31]
Caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2020, subsequent to the match against Ecuador.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 37) 11 0 Paraguay Libertad
1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 31) 7 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin
1GK Rodrigo Muñoz (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 38) 0 0 Paraguay Cerro Porteño

2DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 34) 137 8 Italy Cagliari
2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 33) 100 4 Italy Fiorentina
2DF José Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25) 58 8 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 30) 40 1 Portugal Sporting CP
2DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 22) 8 0 Brazil Palmeiras
2DF Ronald Araújo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Spain Barcelona
2DF Damián Suárez (1988-04-27) 27 April 1988 (age 32) 0 0 Spain Getafe

3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 24) 33 0 Italy Cagliari
3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 23) 31 0 Italy Juventus
3MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 26) 26 3 Brazil Flamengo
3MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 24) 24 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22) 22 2 Spain Real Madrid
3MF Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 20) 8 3 United States Los Angeles
3MF Mauro Arambarri (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Spain Getafe
3MF Nicolás De La Cruz (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Argentina River Plate

4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 33) 116 50 England Manchester United
4FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 33) 115 62 Spain Atlético Madrid
4FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 34) 50 8 Spain Girona
4FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 27) 22 3 Mexico Cruz Azul
4FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 24) 19 3 Spain Valencia
4FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 21) 2 1 Portugal Benfica
4FW Diego Rossi (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 22) 0 0 United States Los Angeles

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 34) 116 0 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019

DF Agustín Oliveros (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22) 0 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2020
DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 27) 24 0 Scotland Celtic v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2020 PRE
DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 22) 4 0 Turkey Galatasaray v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2020 PRE
DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 26) 19 0 Spain Huesca v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019
DF Giovanni González (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019
DF Mathías Suárez (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019
DF Bruno Méndez (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Brazil Corinthians v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019

MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 29) 41 3 Italy Internazionale v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019
MF Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 25) 10 4 Italy Cagliari v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019
MF Brian Lozano (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Mexico Santos Laguna v.  Argentina, 18 November 2019

WIT Withdrew from final squad
PRE Preliminary squad
INJ Injured
RET Retired from international football

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Uruguay Óscar Tabárez
Assistant coach Uruguay Mario Rebollo
Assistant coach

Goalkeeping coach

Uruguay Celso Otero
Fitness coach Uruguay José Oscar Herrera

Records[edit]

As of 13 October 2020, subsequent to the match against Ecuador.[32]

Record against teams in the World Cup[edit]

As of 6 July 2018 after the quarter-finals match against France.
  1. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.

Friendlies[edit]

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

Management[edit]

Competitive matches only as of 14 June 2016

Emblem[edit]

Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay displays four stars in its emblem – uniquely in world football, it includes their two gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and 1928 Olympics, which are regarded as FIFA world championships by the governing body.[7][8]

The 1924 FIFA Congress ruled, “on condition that the Olympic Football Tournament takes place in accordance with the Regulations of FIFA, the latter shall recognize this as a world football championship”,[7][8] and the 1924 and 1928 championships are regarded as equivalent to World Cups in the 1984 Official History of FIFA.[7][8]

Hence Uruguay has two stars for 1924 and 1928 (recognized by FIFA as World Championships in accordance with the IOC) and 2 stars from the two World Cups from 1930 and 1950.[33]

Rivalries[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Uruguay has a long-standing rivalry with Argentina, that came into existence when they beat their South American neighbors 4–2 in the first World Cup final, held in Montevideo in 1930. As a response, the following day saw an angry mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

Brazil[edit]

Uruguay has an old rivalry with their South American neighbors. Their best known match was played at the 1950 World Cup which was held in Brazil where they defeated the host with the result 2–1 in front of almost 200,000 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium, thus winning the competition and earning their second World Cup title.

Honours[edit]

Note: Below is a list of achievements by the senior national team

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Extra edition

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay
  4. ^ "Historias, curiosidades y estadísticas de la Selección, tras sus "primeros" 900 partidos", El Gráfico, 4 July 2012
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