Uruguay national football team
The Uruguay national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in international men's football, and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The national team is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue).
Regarded to be one of the greatest footballing nations of all time, Uruguay has won the Copa América 15 times being tied with Argentina for the most titles in the history of the tournament. Uruguay won their most recent title in 2011. Additionally, Uruguay are holders of four FIFA recognized World Championships. The team has won the FIFA World Cup twice, including when they hosted the first World Cup in 1930, defeating in the final Argentina, 4–2. Their second title came in 1950, upsetting in the final match host Brazil 2–1, which had the highest attendance for a football match ever. Uruguay has also won gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928.
The golden era
Although the first match ever recorded by an Uruguayan side was played on 16 May 1901 against Argentina, this is not considered an official game due to the match not having been organized by Uruguay's Football Association but rather by Albion F.C. in its home field in Paso del Molino. The Uruguayan side had nine players from that club and the remainder from Nacional. The match considered the first official game played by Uruguay was held in the same venue, on 20 July 1902 against Argentina. Argentina defeated the Uruguayan side by 6–0 in front of 8,000 spectators. Uruguay line-up was: Enrique Sardeson; Carlos Carve Urioste, Germán Arímalo; Miguel Nebel (c), Alberto Peixoto, Luis Carbone; Bolívar Céspedes, Gonzalo Rincón, Juan Sardeson, Ernesto Boutón Reyes, Carlos Céspedes. 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.
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, 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).
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.
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.
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.
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. 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). 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. However, they were eliminated 2–0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.
At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Uruguay was drawn into Group H with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea. They started the tournament with a 0–0 draw against South Korea, before they fell to a 2–0 defeat to Portugal. Although despite a 0–2 victory against Ghana in their final group game, Uruguay was knocked out of the tournament in the group stages for the first time since 2002, on goals scored following South Korea’s shock 2–1 win against Portugal.
Kits and crest
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. It was followed by a variety of shirts, including a solid green one and even a shirt with the colours 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. 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. The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on 15 August 1910. Uruguay won 3–1.
The red shirt 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) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.
Uruguay displays four stars in its emblem. This is unique in world football as two of the stars represent the gold medals received at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics, which are the only editions recognised by FIFA as senior World Championships. In 2021, after a FIFA employee contacted PUMA about modifying the team's crest, FIFA reconfirmed and approved once again the use of all four stars on the shirt.
|Le Coq Sportif||1983–1986|
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. The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.
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.
Uruguay has an old rivalry with their South American neighbors. Their best known match was played at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil where Uruguay won 2–1 in front of almost 200,000 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium, thus winning the competition and earning their second World Cup title.
Results and fixtures
The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss
|24 March 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Uruguay||1–0||Peru||Montevideo, Uruguay|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
|29 March 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification||Chile||0–2||Uruguay||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo|
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
|2 June 2022 Friendly||Mexico||0–3||Uruguay||Glendale, United States|
|19:00 UTC−7||Report||Stadium: State Farm Stadium|
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
|5 June 2022 Friendly||United States||0–0||Uruguay||Kansas City, United States|
|17:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Children's Mercy Park|
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
|11 June 2022 Friendly||Uruguay||5–0||Panama||Montevideo, Uruguay|
||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
Referee: Cristián Garay (Chile)
|23 September 2022 Friendly||Iran||1–0||Uruguay||Sankt Pölten, Austria|
||Report||Stadium: NV Arena|
Referee: Walter Altmann (Austria)
|27 September 2022 Friendly||Canada||0–2||Uruguay||Bratislava, Slovakia|
||Stadium: Tehelné pole|
Referee: Peter Kráľovič (Slovakia)
|24 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup||Uruguay||0–0||South Korea||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|16:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|28 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup||Portugal||2–0||Uruguay||Lusail, Qatar|
|22:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|2 December 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup||Ghana||0–2||Uruguay||Al Wakrah, Qatar|
|18:00 AST (UTC+3)||Report||
||Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium|
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
|24 March 2023 2023 Kirin Challenge Cup||Japan||1–1||Uruguay||Tokyo, Japan|
||Stadium: Japan National Stadium|
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
|28 March 2023 Friendly||South Korea||1–2||Uruguay||Seoul, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Yusuke Araki (Japan)
|September 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Uruguay||v||Chile||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|--:-- UTC−3||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
|September 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Ecuador||v||Uruguay||Ecuador|
|October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Colombia||v||Uruguay||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|--:-- UTC−5||Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez|
|October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Uruguay||v||Brazil||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|--:-- UTC−3||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
|November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Uruguay||v||Paraguay||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|--:-- UTC−3||Stadium: Estadio Centenario|
|November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification||Venezuela||v||Uruguay||Venezuela|
- As of 28 March 2023
|Head coach||Marcelo Broli (interim)|
|Assistant coach||Diego Pérez|
|Goalkeeping coach||Carlos Nicola|
|Fitness coaches|| Santiago Ferro|
- Juan López (1946–1955)
- Juan Carlos Corazzo (1955)
- Hugo Bagnulo (1955–1957)
- Juan López (1957–1959)
- Héctor Castro (1959)
- Juan Carlos Corazzo (1959–1961)
- Enrique Fernández (1961–1962)
- Juan Carlos Corazzo (1962–1964)
- Rafael Milans (1964–1965)
- Ondino Viera (1965–1967)
- Enrique Fernández (1967–1969)
- Juan Hohberg (1969–1970)
- Hugo Bagnulo (1970–1973)
- Roberto Porta (1974)
- Juan Alberto Schiaffino (1974–1975)
- José María Rodríguez (1975–1977)
- Juan Hohberg (1977)
- Raúl Bentancor (1977–1979)
- Roque Máspoli (1979–1982)
- Omar Borrás (1982–1987)
- Roberto Fleitas (1987–1988)
- Óscar Tabárez (1988–1990)
- Luis Cubilla (1990–1993)
- Ildo Maneiro (1993–1994)
- Héctor Núñez (1994–1996)
- Juan Ahuntchaín (1996–1997)
- Roque Máspoli (1997–1998)
- Víctor Púa (1998–2000)
- Daniel Passarella (2000–2001)
- Víctor Púa (2001–2003)
- Gustavo Ferrín (2003)
- Juan Ramón Carrasco (2003–2004)
- Jorge Fossati (2004–2006)
- Gustavo Ferrín (2006)
- Óscar Tabárez (2006–2021)
- Diego Alonso (2021–2022)
The following 23 players were called up to the squad for friendly matches against Japan and South Korea on 24 and 28 March 2023, respectively.
Caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2023, after the match against South Korea.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Sergio Rochet||23 March 1993||12||0||Nacional|
|12||GK||Gastón Olveira||21 April 1993||0||0||Olimpia|
|23||GK||Santiago Mele||6 September 1997||1||0||Unión Santa Fe|
|2||DF||Santiago Bueno||9 November 1998||2||0||Girona|
|3||DF||Giovanni González||20 September 1994||17||0||Mallorca|
|4||DF||Sebastián Cáceres||18 August 1999||2||0||América|
|13||DF||José Luis Rodríguez||14 March 1997||1||0||Vasco da Gama|
|16||DF||Mathías Olivera||31 October 1997||12||0||Napoli|
|17||DF||Matías Viña||9 November 1997||29||0||Bournemouth|
|19||DF||Sebastián Coates||7 October 1990||51||2||Sporting CP|
|22||DF||Joaquín Piquerez||24 August 1998||8||0||Palmeiras|
|5||MF||Matías Vecino||24 August 1991||67||5||Lazio|
|6||MF||Manuel Ugarte||11 April 2001||8||0||Sporting CP|
|7||MF||Felipe Carballo||4 October 1996||2||0||Grêmio|
|10||MF||Diego Hernández||22 June 2000||0||0||Montevideo Wanderers|
|15||MF||Federico Valverde||22 July 1998||49||5||Real Madrid|
|8||FW||Facundo Pellistri||20 December 2001||11||0||Manchester United|
|9||FW||Diego Rossi||5 March 1998||5||1||Fenerbahçe|
|11||FW||Jonathan Rodríguez||6 July 1993||31||3||América|
|14||FW||Agustín Canobbio||1 October 1998||6||0||Athletico Paranaense|
|18||FW||Maxi Gómez||14 August 1996||31||4||Trabzonspor|
|20||FW||Facundo Torres||13 April 2000||12||0||Orlando City|
|21||FW||Matías Arezo||21 November 2002||1||0||Peñarol|
The following players have also been called up to the Uruguay squad in the past twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Guillermo de Amores||19 October 1994||0||0||Sporting Gijón||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|GK||Fernando Muslera||16 June 1986||133||0||Galatasaray||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|GK||Sebastián Sosa||19 August 1986||1||0||UNAM||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Ronald Araújo||7 March 1999||12||0||Barcelona||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 INJ|
|DF||Guillermo Varela||24 March 1993||12||0||Flamengo||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|DF||Agustín Rogel||17 October 1997||1||0||Hertha BSC||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|DF||Federico Pereira||24 February 2000||0||0||Liverpool Montevideo||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|DF||Diego Godín (captain)||16 February 1986||161||8||Vélez Sarsfield||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Martín Cáceres||7 April 1987||116||4||LA Galaxy||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||José Giménez||20 January 1995||81||8||Atlético Madrid||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Damián Suárez||27 April 1988||7||0||Getafe||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Bruno Méndez||10 September 1999||2||0||Corinthians||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Gastón Álvarez||24 March 2000||0||0||Getafe||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Leandro Cabrera||17 June 1991||0||0||Espanyol||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Alfonso Espino||5 January 1992||0||0||Cádiz||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Lucas Olaza||21 July 1994||0||0||Real Valladolid||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Giorgian de Arrascaeta||1 June 1994||42||10||Flamengo||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 INJ|
|MF||Lucas Torreira||11 February 1996||40||0||Galatasaray||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|MF||Nicolás de la Cruz||1 June 1997||19||2||River Plate||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|MF||Rodrigo Bentancur||25 June 1997||54||1||Tottenham Hotspur||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|MF||Mauro Arambarri||30 September 1995||12||0||Getafe||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Fernando Gorriarán||27 November 1994||7||0||UANL||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||César Araújo||2 April 2001||0||0||Orlando City||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Maximiliano Araújo||15 February 2000||0||0||Toluca||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Fabricio Díaz||3 February 2003||0||0||Liverpool Montevideo||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|MF||Rodrigo Zalazar||12 August 1999||0||0||Schalke 04||v. Canada, 27 September 2022 PRE|
|FW||Darwin Núñez||24 June 1999||16||3||Liverpool||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 INJ|
|FW||Brian Rodríguez||20 May 2000||17||3||América||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|FW||Brian Ocampo||25 June 1999||1||0||Cádiz||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|FW||Thiago Borbas||7 April 2002||0||0||Red Bull Bragantino||v. South Korea, 28 March 2023 PRE|
|FW||Luis Suárez||24 January 1987||137||68||Grêmio||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Edinson Cavani||14 February 1987||136||58||Valencia||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Agustín Álvarez||19 May 2001||4||1||Sassuolo||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||David Terans||11 June 1994||2||0||Athletico Paranaense||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Martín Satriano||20 February 2001||1||0||Empoli||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Nicolás López||1 October 1993||0||0||UANL||2022 FIFA World Cup PRE|
PRE Preliminary squad
- As of 2 December 2022, after the match against Ghana
- Players in bold are still active with Uruguay.
|1||Luis Suárez (list)||68||137||0.5||2007–present|
FIFA World Cup
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Tournament played fully or partially on home soil
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Champions||1st||4||4||0||0||15||3||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1934||Refused to participate||Qualified as defending champions|
|1938||Refused to participate|
|1954||Fourth place||4th||5||3||0||2||16||9||Squad||Qualified as defending champions|
|1958||Did not qualify||2nd||4||2||1||1||4||6|
|1978||Did not qualify||2nd||4||1||2||1||5||4|
|1986||Round of 16||16th||4||0||2||2||2||8||Squad||1st||4||3||0||1||6||4|
|1994||Did not qualify||3rd||8||4||2||2||10||7|
|2006||Did not qualify||5th||20||7||7||6||24||29|
|2014||Round of 16||12th||4||2||0||2||4||6||Squad||5th||18||8||5||5||30||25|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
|South American Championship / Copa América record|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|1999||Did not qualify|
|2017||Did not qualify|
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
|CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record|
|1993||Did not qualify|
|Olympic Games record|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1948||Did not qualify|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|Since 1992||See Uruguay national under-23 football team|
|Total||2 Gold medals||3/19||10||9||1||0||32||7||—|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1951||Did not participate|
|1967||Did not participate|
|1979||Did not enter|
|1987||Did not participate|
|Since 1999||See Uruguay national under-23 football team|
|Total||1 Gold medal||3/12||10||5||1||4||10||9|
Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams. Updated as of 28 March 2023.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Algeria||1||0||0||1||0||1||−1|| Algeria 1 – 0 Uruguay |
(Algiers, Algeria; 12 August 2009)
|Angola||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2|| Angola 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Lisbon, Portugal; 11 August 2010)
|Argentina||202||59||49||94||234||325||−91|| Uruguay 5 – 0 Argentina |
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 16 December 1959)
|Australia||9||4||1||4||8||6||+2|| Uruguay 3 – 0 Australia |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 25 November 2001)
|Austria||4||1||1||2||5||6||-1|| Austria 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Vienna, Austria; 14 May 1964)
|Belgium||2||0||0||2||1||5||−4|| Belgium 3 – 1 Uruguay |
(Verona, Italy; 17 June 1990)
|Bolivia||46||30||8||8||110||35||+75|| Uruguay 9 – 0 Bolivia |
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||0||1||2||3||−1|| Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 – 2 Uruguay |
(Cochin, India; 18 January 2001)
|Brazil||78||20||20||38||98||142||−44|| Uruguay 6 – 0 Brazil |
(Valparaíso, Chile; 18 September 1920)
|Bulgaria||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|| Bulgaria 1 – 1 Uruguay |
(Hanover, West Germany; 19 June 1974)
|Cameroon||1||1||0||0||4||0||+4|| Uruguay 4 – 0 Cameroon |
(Tehran, Iran; 13 August 2003)
|Canada||2||2||0||0||5||1||+4|| Canada 1 – 3 Uruguay |
(Miami, United States; 2 February 1986)
|Chile||85||48||19||18||147||86||+61|| Uruguay 6 – 0 Chile |
(Guayaquil, Ecuador; 6 December 1947)
|China||6||3||2||1||9||2||+7|| China 0 – 4 Uruguay |
(Wuhan, China; 12 October 2010)
|Colombia||45||21||12||12||64||47||+17|| Uruguay 7 – 0 Colombia |
(Santiago, Chile; 28 January 1945)
|Costa Rica||14||8||4||2||25||19||+6|| Uruguay 2 – 0 Costa Rica |
(Miami, United States; 4 February 1990)
|Czech Republic[a]||6||4||0||2||9||6||+3|| Czech Republic 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Bern, Switzerland; 16 June 1954)
(Nanning, China; 23 March 2018)
|Denmark||2||0||0||2||2||8||−6|| Uruguay 1 – 2 Denmark |
(Ulsan, South Korea; 1 June 2002)
|East Germany||6||1||2||3||4||7||−3|| Uruguay 3 – 0 East Germany |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 29 January 1985)
|Ecuador||48||31||10||7||114||44||+70|| Uruguay 7 – 0 Ecuador |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 18 January 1942)
|Egypt||2||2||0||0||3||0||+3|| Egypt 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Cairo, Egypt; 16 August 2006)
|England||11||5||3||3||15||11||+4|| Uruguay 4 – 2 England |
(Basel, Switzerland; 26 June 1954)
|Estonia||2||1||0||1||3||2||+1|| Uruguay 3 – 0 Estonia |
(Rivera, Uruguay; 23 June 2011)
|France||10||3||4||3||8||7||+1|| France 1 – 5 Uruguay |
(Colombes, France; 1 June 1924)
|Finland||2||2||0||0||8||1||+7|| Uruguay 6 – 0 Finland |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 8 December 1984)
|Georgia||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2|| Georgia 2 – 0 Uruguay |
(Tbilisi, Georgia; 15 November 2006)
|Germany[b]||11||1||2||8||12||29||−17|| Germany 1 – 4 Uruguay |
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 3 June 1928)
|Ghana||2||1||1||0||3||1||+2|| Ghana 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Al Wakrah, Qatar; 2 December 2022)
|Guatemala||3||2||1||0||8||3||+5|| Uruguay 5 – 1 Guatemala |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 6 June 2015)
|Haiti||3||1||2||0||1||0||+1|| Haiti 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 23 March 1974)
|Honduras||2||0||1||1||2||3||−1|| Uruguay 2 – 2 Honduras |
(Bogotá, Colombia; 29 July 2001)
|Hong Kong||2||2||0||0||4||1||+3|| Hong Kong 1 – 3 Uruguay |
(Hong Kong ; 9 January 2000)
|Hungary||6||3||2||1||10||8||+2|| Uruguay 2 – 0 Hungary |
(Maldonado, Uruguay; 17 February 2000)
|Iceland||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|| Uruguay 2 – 1 Iceland |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 10 January 2001)
|India||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|| India 1 – 3 Uruguay |
(Kolkata, India; 25 February 1982)
|Indonesia||3||2||0||1||11||5||+6|| Indonesia 1 – 7 Uruguay |
(Jakarta, Indonesia; 8 October 2010)
|Iran||2||0||1||1||1||2||−1|| Uruguay 1 – 1 Iran |
(Hong Kong ; 4 February 2003)
|Iraq||1||1||0||0||5||2||+3|| Iraq 2 – 5 Uruguay |
(Tehran, Iran; 15 August 2003)
|Israel||6||4||1||1||15||6||+9|| Uruguay 4 – 1 Israel |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 26 May 2010)
|Italy||11||4||4||3||11||12||−1|| Uruguay 2 – 0 Italy |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 3 January 1981)
|Jamaica||5||4||0||1||9||2||+7|| Jamaica 0 – 3 Uruguay |
(Kingston, Jamaica; 28 March 1974)
|Japan||9||4||3||2||24||18||+6|| Japan 1 – 4 Uruguay |
(Tokyo, Japan; 26 May 1985)
|Jordan||2||1||1||0||5||0||+5|| Jordan 0 – 5 Uruguay |
(Amman, Jordan; 13 November 2011)
|Libya||2||2||0||0||5||3||+2|| Libya 2 – 3 Uruguay |
(Tripoli, Libya; 11 February 2009)
|Luxembourg||1||1||0||0||1||0||+1|| Luxembourg 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; 26 March 1980)
|Malaysia||1||1||0||0||6||0||+6|| Malaysia 0 – 6 Uruguay |
(Osaka, Japan; 1 June 1985)
|Mexico||22||7||7||8||31||29||+2|| Mexico 1 – 4 Uruguay |
(Houston, United States; 7 September 2018)
|Morocco||2||2||0||0||2||0||+2|| Morocco 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(Casablanca, Morocco; 25 April 1964)
|Netherlands||6||3||1||2||9||7||+2|| Uruguay 2 – 0 Netherlands |
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 30 May 1928)
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 30 December 1980)
|New Zealand||2||1||1||0||9||2||+7|| Uruguay 7 – 0 New Zealand |
(Paysandú, Uruguay; 25 June 1995)
|Nigeria||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|| Nigeria 1 – 2 Uruguay |
(Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; 20 June 2013)
|Northern Ireland||4||2||0||2||2||4||−2|| Northern Ireland 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States; 21 May 2006)
|Norway||2||1||1||0||3||2||+1|| Norway 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(Oslo, Norway; 14 June 1972)
|Oman||1||1||0||0||3||0||+3|| Oman 0 – 3 Uruguay |
(Muscat, Oman; 13 October 2014)
|Panama||4||4||0||0||15||1||+14|| Uruguay 6 – 1 Panama |
(Santiago, Chile; 6 April 1952)
|Paraguay||77||33||19||25||116||94||+22|| Uruguay 6 – 1 Paraguay |
(Santiago, Chile; 1 November 1926)
|Peru||70||38||16||16||113||64||+49|| Uruguay 6 – 0 Peru |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 18 June 2008)
|Poland||4||1||2||1||5||4||+1|| Poland 1 – 3 Uruguay |
(Gdańsk, Poland; 14 November 2012)
|Portugal||4||1||1||2||3||7||−4|| Portugal 1 – 2 Uruguay |
(Sochi, Russia; 30 June 2018)
|Republic of Ireland||4||2||1||1||7||6||+1|| Uruguay 2 – 0 Republic of Ireland |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 8 May 1974)
|Romania||5||2||2||1||8||3||+5|| Uruguay 4 – 0 Romania |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 21 July 1930)
|Russia[c]||9||2||1||6||8||15||−7|| Uruguay 3 – 0 Russia |
(Samara, Russia; 25 June 2018)
|Saar||1||1||0||0||7||1||+6|| Saar 1 – 7 Uruguay |
(Saarbrücken, Germany; 5 June 1954)
|Saudi Arabia||3||1||1||1||4||4||0|| Saudi Arabia 0 – 1 Uruguay |
(Rostov, Russia; 20 June 2018)
|Scotland||4||2||1||1||10||4||+6|| Uruguay 7 – 0 Scotland |
(Basel, Switzerland; 19 June 1954)
|Senegal||1||0||1||0||3||3||0|| Senegal 3 – 3 Uruguay |
(Suwon, South Korea; 11 June 2002)
|Serbia[d]||7||3||1||3||17||8||+9|| Yugoslavia 0 – 7 Uruguay |
(Colombes, France; 26 May 1924)
|Singapore||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1|| Singapore 1 – 2 Uruguay |
(Singapore City, Singapore; 21 May 2002)
|Slovenia||2||2||0||0||4||0||+4|| Slovenia 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Koper, Slovenia; 28 February 2001)
|South Africa||3||2||1||0||7||3||+4|| South Africa 0 – 3 Uruguay |
(Pretoria, South Africa; 16 June 2010)
|South Korea||10||7||2||1||15||7||+8|| South Korea 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Seoul, South Korea; 24 March 2007)
|Spain||10||0||5||5||8||16||−8|| Spain 0 – 0 Uruguay |
(São Paulo, Brazil; 9 July 1950)
(A Coruña, Spain; 18 January 1995)
|Sweden||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3|| Uruguay 3 – 2 Sweden |
(São Paulo, Brazil; 13 July 1950)
|Switzerland||4||3||1||0||13||4||+9|| Uruguay 4 – 0 Switzerland |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 18 December 1980)
|Tahiti||1||1||0||0||8||0||+8|| Tahiti 0 – 8 Uruguay |
(Recife, Brazil; 23 June 2013)
|Thailand||1||1||0||0||4||0||+4|| Uruguay 4 – 0 Thailand |
(Nanning, China; 25 March 2019)
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||1||0||0||3||1||+2|| Uruguay 3 – 1 Trinidad and Tobago |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 28 May 2016)
|Tunisia||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|| Tunisia 0 – 0 Uruguay |
(Radès, Tunisia; 2 June 2006)
|Turkey||1||1||0||0||3||2||+1|| Turkey 2 – 3 Uruguay |
(Bochum, Germany; 25 May 2008)
|Ukraine||1||1||0||0||3||2||+1|| Ukraine 2 – 3 Uruguay |
(Kharkiv, Ukraine; 2 September 2011)
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2|| United Arab Emirates 0 – 2 Uruguay |
(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 13 December 1997)
|United States||8||2||4||2||9||7||+2|| Uruguay 3 – 0 United States |
(Colombes, France; 29 May 1924)
|Uzbekistan||2||2||0||0||6||0||+6|| Uruguay 3 – 0 Uzbekistan |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 7 June 2018)
(Nanning, China; 22 March 2019)
|Venezuela||33||19||9||5||64||23||+41|| Uruguay 5 – 0 Venezuela |
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 23 May 1975)
|Wales||2||1||1||0||1||0||+1|| Uruguay 1 – 0 Wales |
(Nanning, China; 26 March 2018)
|Total (85)||980||437||235||308||1527||1195||+332|| Uruguay 9 – 0 Bolivia |
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
- ^ Includes matches against Czechoslovakia.
- ^ Includes matches against West Germany.
- ^ Includes matches against Soviet Union.
- ^ Includes matches against Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.
- FIFA World Cup:
- Olympic Games:
- South American Championship / Copa América:
- FIFA Confederations Cup:
- Panamerican Championship:
- Third place (1): 1952
- CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions:
- Runners-up: 1985
- Copa América Fair Play Trophy:
- Winners: 2011
South American Tournaments
- Copa Lipton (vs Argentina):
- Winners (12): 1905, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1929, 1957, 1973
- Copa Newton (vs Argentina):
- Winners (11): 1912, 1913, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1968
- Copa Premier Honor Argentino (vs Argentina):
- Winners (3): 1908, 1910, 1912
- Copa Premier Honor Uruguayo (vs Argentina):
- Winners (8): 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922
- Copa Héctor Rivadavia Gómez (vs Argentina):
- Winners (2): 1936, 1940
- Copa Círculo de la Prensa (vs Argentina):
- Winners: 1919
- Copa Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores (vs Argentina):
- Winners: 1923
- Copa Confraternidad Rioplatense (vs Argentina):
- Winners: 1924
- Copa Río Branco (vs Brazil):
- Winners (3): 1940, 1946, 1967 (shared)
- Copa Artigas (vs Paraguay):
- Winners (6): 1965, 1966, 1975 (shared), 1977, 1983, 1985
- Copa Juan Pinto Durán (vs Chile):
- Winners (5): 1963, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1988
- Copa Parra del Riego: (vs Peru):
- Winners: 1994
- Copa Ministerio de Vivienda: (vs Peru):
- Winners: 1998
- Winners (1): 1980
- Nehru Cup:
- Copa William Poole (vs England):
- Winners: 1984
- Miami Cup:
- Winners: 1986
- Marlboro Cup:
- Winners: 1990
- Tiger Beer Challenge Trophy (vs Singapore):
- Winners: 2002
- Lunar New Year Cup:
- Winners: 2003
- LG Cup:
- Copa Confraternidad Antel (vs Netherlands):
- Winners: 2011
- Copa 100 Años del Banco de Seguros del Estado (vs Estonia):
- Winners: 2011
- Kirin Challenge Cup (vs Japan):
- Winners: 2014
- China Cup:
Pan American Team
- Pan American Games:
|Artemio Franchi Trophy||0||1||0||1|
- Uruguay national under-23 football team
- Uruguay national under-20 football team
- Uruguay national under-17 football team
- Uruguay national futsal team
- ^ 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 in Paso del Molino.
- ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Shirt worn in the first official match ever, v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902, also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903.
- ^ Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07).
- ^ Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
- ^ Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on 15 August 1910.
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