World Cup Preview: Uruguay


2010 put Uruguay back on the map, the two time winners (1930 and 1950) had dropped off since their latest win, the last time the World Cup was hosted in Brazil.

The South Americans were fantastic in South Africa four years ago, first getting past a group that included France and hosts South Africa, as well as Mexico before going as far as the Semi Finals where they were dumped out by Holland. Germany defeated the Sky Blues in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Uruguay didn’t make any friends in South Africa after Luis Suarez’s handball against Ghana with the Liverpool man saying afterwards “The hand of God now belongs to me”.

This summer, Uruguay are tipped for more great things but there is more than a little bit of doubt in thecamp.

La Celeste only made it to Brazil thanks to a play-off win against Jordan after finishing fifth in qualifying behind the likes of Ecuador, Chile and Colombia as well as Argentina.

Star man Suarez is also unfit while Edinson Cavani can be largely wasteful at times, something he cannot afford to be with the limited chances that traditionally fall to strikers on the International stage.

Defence is also a problem with Captain Diego Lugano recently released by West Brom, a club who only survived in the Premier League in the latter stages.

 

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