Uruguay national football team

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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Celeste (The Sky Blue One)
Los Charruas
Association Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol (AUF)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Óscar Tabárez
Captain Diego Godín
Most caps Maxi Pereira (121)
Top scorer Luis Suárez (47)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
FIFA code URU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Increase 1 (14 September 2017)
Highest 2 (July 2011)
Lowest 55 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 18 Steady (19 June 2017)
Highest 1 (Various dates 1920–31)
Lowest 46 (March 1980)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[1]
Biggest win
 Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia 
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances 12 (first in 1930)
Best result Champions, 1930 and 1950
Copa America
Appearances 45 (first in 1916)
Best result Champions, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2011
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1997)
Best result Fourth Place, 1997 and 2013

The Uruguay national football team represents Uruguay in international association 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). The Uruguayan team recently won the 2011 Copa América, they have won the Copa América 15 times, being the team that has won the tournament on most occasions. 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 the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928 recognized by FIFA as World Championship, before the creation of the World Cup. 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.

Another unique achievement of Uruguay is that it´s the only nation in world football to organize multiple major international tournaments in own country and win them all. La Celeste won 7 Copa América tournaments, 1 World Cup and Mundialito, all staged in Uruguay.[citation needed]

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 five nations with a currently smaller population than Uruguay's have ever participated in any World Cup: Northern Ireland (three times), Slovenia (twice), Wales, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

History[edit]

Uruguay before its second official match (vs. Argentina), in 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; in contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[3] 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 would be recognized as World Championships. It only happened twice (1924/1928 Summer Olympics Games) until the creation of its own FIFA World Championship, the FIFA World Cup, in 1930.[4]

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 half-time 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.[5]

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. Ghana nearly scored a winning goal but, to the outrage of the Ghanaians, Suárez purposely blocked the ball with his hand in the penalty area, earning him a red card. 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 semifinals 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.[6][7][8] 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).[6][7][9] 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.

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.[10] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[11] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition. 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.

Kits[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 matches, including solid green and white tops, and even a shirt modeled from the Flag of Artigas, on April 10, 1910, now-defunct River Plate F.C. defeated Argentine team Alumni by 2–1, being the first time an Uruguayan team beat legendary Alumni. 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.[12]

The red jersey that is used in today's away strip 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[13]) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.

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.[4]

1901 (a)
1901–1910 (b)
1901–10 (b)
1901–10 (b)
1901–10 (b)(c)
1901–10 (b)
1910–present [12]
1992–2010 (away) (d)

Current team status[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Brazil (Q) 16 11 4 1 38 11 +27 37 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 2–1 3–0 3–0 MD18 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–1
2  Uruguay 16 8 3 5 28 18 +10 27 1–4 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 MD18 3–0
3  Colombia 16 7 5 4 19 16 +3 26 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 MD17 3–1 1–0 2–0
4  Peru 16 7 3 6 26 25 +1 24 0–2 2–1 MD18 2–2 3–4 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2
5  Argentina 16 6 6 4 16 15 +1 24 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 1–1 1–0 3–0 MD17 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1
6  Chile 16 7 2 7 24 23 +1 23 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–3 MD17 3–0[a] 3–1
7  Paraguay 16 6 3 7 17 23 −6 21 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–4 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 MD18
8  Ecuador 16 6 2 8 24 24 0 20 0–3 2–1 0–2 1–2 MD18 3–0 2–2 2–0 3–0
9  Bolivia (E) 16 4 1 11 14 34 −20 13 MD17 0–2 2–3 0–3[a] 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 4–2
10  Venezuela (E) 16 1 5 10 18 35 −17 8 0–2 MD17 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–4 0–1 1–3 5–0
Updated to match(es) played on 5 September 2017. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b FIFA awarded Peru and Chile 3–0 wins as a result of Bolivia fielding the ineligible player Nelson Cabrera. Originally Bolivia had defeated Peru 2–0 and drawn 0–0 with Chile. Nelson Cabrera had previously represented Paraguay and did not meet eligibility rules.[15]
2016 Copa América Centenario

Group Stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Venezuela 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
3  Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4  Jamaica 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0
Source: CONMEBOL & CONCACAF
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

5 June 2016 (2016-06-05)
20:00
Mexico  3–1  Uruguay
Report (CONMEBOL)
Report (CONCACAF)


13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
22:00
Uruguay  3–0  Jamaica
Report (CONMEBOL)
Report (CONCACAF)
Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara
Attendance: 40,166[18]
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (Colombia)

Recent games

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players were called up for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against  Venezuela on October 5 and  Bolivia on October 10, 2017.[19]
Caps and goals correct as of September 5, 2017, subsequent to the match against Paraguay.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) June 16, 1986 (age 31) 92 0 Turkey Galatasaray
1GK Martín Silva (1983-03-23) March 23, 1983 (age 34) 9 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama
1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) May 29, 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Argentina Independiente

2DF Maxi Pereira (1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 33) 121 3 Portugal Porto
2DF Diego Godín Captain sports.svg (1986-02-16) February 16, 1986 (age 31) 110 8 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) April 7, 1987 (age 30) 73 3 Italy Verona
2DF José María Giménez (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 22) 35 4 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) October 7, 1990 (age 26) 29 1 Portugal Sporting CP
2DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) March 5, 1994 (age 23) 13 0 Argentina Independiente
2DF Federico Ricca (1994-12-01) December 1, 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Málaga
2DF Mauricio Lemos (1995-12-28) December 28, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Las Palmas

3MF Egidio Arévalo Ríos (1982-01-01) January 1, 1982 (age 35) 90 0 Argentina Racing
3MF Nicolás Lodeiro (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 28) 51 4 United States Seattle Sounders
3MF Carlos Sánchez (1984-12-02) December 2, 1984 (age 32) 32 1 Mexico Monterrey
3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 26) 15 1 Italy Internazionale
3MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-05-01) May 1, 1994 (age 23) 8 1 Brazil Cruzeiro
3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) December 28, 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
3MF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Italy Genoa
3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) July 22, 1998 (age 19) 1 1 Spain Deportivo La Coruña
3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-05) June 5, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Juventus

4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 30) 94 38 France Paris Saint-Germain
4FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) January 24, 1987 (age 30) 93 47 Spain Barcelona
4FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 30) 37 5 Spain Girona
4FW Jonathan Urretaviscaya (1990-03-19) March 19, 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Mexico Pachuca
4FW Maximiliano Gómez (1996-08-14) August 14, 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Celta
4FW Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands PSV

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 Esteban Conde (1983-03-04) March 4, 1983 (age 34) 1 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Italy, June 7, 2017
GK Gastón Guruceaga (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Italy, June 7, 2017

DF Alejandro Silva (1989-09-04) September 4, 1989 (age 28) 4 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Italy, June 7, 2017
DF Jorge Fucile (1984-11-19) November 19, 1984 (age 32) 49 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Peru, March 28, 2017
DF Álvaro Pereira (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 31) 84 7 Paraguay Cerro Porteño v.  Brazil, March 23, 2017 INJ

MF Cristian Rodríguez (1985-09-30) September 30, 1985 (age 31) 99 11 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Paraguay, September 5, 2017
MF Álvaro González (1984-10-29) October 29, 1984 (age 32) 71 3 Uruguay Nacional v.  Paraguay, September 5, 2017
MF Mathías Corujo (1986-05-08) May 8, 1986 (age 31) 22 1 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Paraguay, September 5, 2017
MF Gastón Ramírez (1990-12-02) December 2, 1990 (age 26) 42 0 Italy Sampdoria v.  Brazil, March 23, 2017

FW Sebastián Fernández (1985-05-23) May 23, 1985 (age 32) 14 2 Uruguay Nacional v.  Paraguay, September 5, 2017
FW Diego Rolán (1993-03-24) March 24, 1993 (age 24) 25 4 Spain Málaga v.  Argentina, August 31, 2017 INJ
FW Abel Hernández (1990-08-08) August 8, 1990 (age 27) 29 11 England Hull City v.  Argentina, August 31, 2017 INJ

PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from international football.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld Won Drawn* Lost GF GA Pld Won Drawn Lost GF GA Pos
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Qualified as Hosts
Italy 1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 Qualified automatically***
Switzerland 1954 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9 Qualified as defending champions
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 4 6 2/3
Chile 1962 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6 2 1 1 0 3 2 1/2
England 1966 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5 4 4 0 0 11 2 1/2
Mexico 1970 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 4 3 1 0 5 0 1/3
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 4 2 1 1 6 2 1/3
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify 4 1 2 1 5 4 2/3
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 4 1 2 1 5 5 2/3
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8 4 3 0 1 6 4 1/3
Italy 1990 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5 4 3 0 1 7 2 1/3
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify 8 4 2 2 10 7 3/5
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 16 6 3 7 18 21 7/9
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 18 7 6 5 19 13 5/10
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify 18 6 7 5 23 28 5/10
South Africa 2010 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2(1*) 2 11 8 18 6 6 6 28 20 5/10
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6 16 7 4 5 25 25 5/9
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 2 titles 12/22 51 20 12 19 80 71 128 56 36 36 175 141 5/10

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification Games[edit]

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification Games Record
Year Against Pld Won Drawn* Lost GF GA Dif Result
South Korea Japan 2002  Australia 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 Q
Germany 2006  Australia 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 NQ
South Africa 2010  Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 Q
Brazil 2014  Jordan 2 1 1 0 5 0 5 Q
Total Various 8 4 2 2 11 3 8 3/4
All Time Totals Various 136 60 38 38 186 144 42 9/15
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. Darker color indicates win, normal color indicates lost.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
***Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay qualified automatically after the withdrawal of Argentina, Ecuador and Peru by default.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld Won Drawn * Lost 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
Qatar 2021 To Be Determined
Total Fourth Place 2/11 10 5 1 4 22 13 -

South American Championship[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

South American Championship
Year Round Position GP Won Drawn* Lost GS GA
Argentina 1916 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 06 01
Uruguay 1917 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 09 00
Brazil 1919 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 1 0 07 04
Chile 1920 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 09 02
Argentina 1921 Third Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 03 04
Brazil 1922 Third Place 3rd 4 2 1 1 03 01
Uruguay 1923 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 06 01
Uruguay 1924 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 08 01
Argentina 1925 Withdrew
Chile 1926 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 17 02
Peru 1927 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 15 03
Argentina 1929 Third Place 3rd 3 1 0 2 04 06
Peru 1935 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 06 01
Argentina 1937 Third Place 3rd 5 2 0 3 11 14
Peru 1939 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 13 05
Chile 1941 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 10 01
Uruguay 1942 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 21 02
Chile 1945 Fourth Place 4th 6 3 0 3 14 06
Argentina 1946 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 0 3 11 09
Ecuador 1947 Third Place 3rd 7 5 0 2 21 08
Brazil 1949 Sixth Place 6th 7 2 1 4 14 20
Peru 1953 Third Place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 06
Chile 1955 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 12 12
Uruguay 1956 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 09 03
Peru 1957 Third Place 3rd 6 4 0 2 15 12
Argentina 1959 Sixth Place 6th 6 2 0 4 15 14
Ecuador 1959 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 13 01
Bolivia 1963 Withdrew
Uruguay 1967 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 02
Total 11 Titles 27/29 119 75 11 33 300 141

Copa América[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

Copa América
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
South America 1975 Fourth Place 4th 2 1 0 1 1 3
South America 1979 Group Stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5
South America 1983 Champions 1st 8 5 2 1 12 6
Argentina 1987 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 2 0
Brazil 1989 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 0 3 11 3
Chile 1991 Group Stage 5th 4 1 3 0 4 3
Ecuador 1993 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Uruguay 1995 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4
Bolivia 1997 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 2
Paraguay 1999 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 2 3 4 9
Colombia 2001 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 7 7
Peru 2004 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 10
Venezuela 2007 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 8 9
Argentina 2011 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 3
Chile 2015 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 2 3
United States 2016 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4
Brazil 2019 Qualified
Ecuador 2023
Total 4 Titles 16/16 77 33 23 21 99 76

Olympics record[edit]

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

Olympics record
Year Round Position GP Won Drawn* Lost GS GA
United Kingdom 1908 Did not participate
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924 Gold medal 1st 5 5 0 0 20 2
Netherlands 1928 Gold medal 1st 5 4 1 0 12 5
Nazi Germany 1936 Withdrew[20]
1948 to 1972 Did not Qualify
Canada 1976 Withdrew[21]
1980 to 2008 Did not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 4
Brazil 2016 Did not Qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total 2 Gold Medal 3/25 13 10 1 2 34 11

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1951 to 1959 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Brazil 1963 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 4 6
1967 to 1971 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Mexico 1975 Preliminary Round 11th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Venezuela 1983 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 5 1
1987 to 1995 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Canada 1999 Preliminary Round 9th 4 0 1 3 2 9
2003 to 2007 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Mexico 2011 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 6 8
Canada 2015 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 2
Total 2 Titles 6/16 24 11 3 10 26 28

Honours[edit]

Note: The list above is for Senior and Olympic teams.

Minor tournaments[edit]

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

FIFA World Cup matches[edit]

World Cup matches (By team)
Total: 51 games played – 20 Wins – 12 Draws – 19 Losses – 80 Goals for – 71 Goals against
Team GP W D L GF GA Team GP W D L GF GA Team GP W D L GF GA
 France 3 1 2 0 2 1  Soviet Union 2 1 0 1 2 2  Colombia 2 1 0 1 2 3
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 3 6  Spain 2 0 2 0 2 2  Peru 1 1 0 0 1 0
 West Germany 3 0 1 2 3 6  Italy 3 1 1 1 1 2  Senegal 1 0 1 0 3 3
 England 3 2 1 0 6 3  Netherlands 2 0 0 2 2 5  Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 1 1
 South Korea 2 2 0 0 3 1  Bolivia 1 1 0 0 8 0  Germany 1 0 0 1 2 3
 Scotland 2 1 1 0 7 0  Denmark 2 0 0 2 2 8  Ghana 1 0 1 0 1 1
 Mexico 2 1 1 0 1 0  Romania 1 1 0 0 4 0  Hungary 1 0 0 1 2 4
 Argentina 2 1 0 1 4 3  South Africa 1 1 0 0 3 0  Austria 1 0 0 1 1 3
 Brazil 2 1 0 1 3 4  Israel 1 1 0 0 2 0  Belgium 1 0 0 1 1 3
 Yugoslavia 2 1 0 1 7 4  Czechoslovakia 1 1 0 0 2 0  Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 1 3

Official matches[edit]

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams[22]

Updated as June 14, 2016

Records[edit]

As of September 5, 2017.[23]

World Cup winning captains[edit]

Year Name Caps Goals
1930 José Nasazzi 41 0
1950 Obdulio Varela 45 9

Most participations in the World Cups[edit]

Name Participations World Cups
Pedro Rocha 4 1962–1974
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 3 1966–1974
Julio César Cortés 3 1962–1970
William Martínez 3 1950–1954, 1962
Víctor Espárrago 3 1966–1974
Luis Cubilla 3 1962,1970–1974
Diego Forlán 3 2002, 2010–2014

Most goals scored in the World Cups[edit]

Name Goals World Cups
Oscar Míguez 8 (5–3) 1950–1954
Diego Forlán 6 (1–5–0) 2002, 2010–2014
Pedro Cea 5 1930
Juan Schiaffino 5 (3–2) 1950–1954
Luis Suárez 5 (3–2) 2010–2014
Carlos Borges 4 1954
Alcides Ghiggia 4 1950
Peregrino Anselmo 3 1930
Juan Hohberg 3 1954

Most games played in the World Cups[edit]

Name Games World Cups
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 13 (4–6–3) 1966–1974
Egidio Arévalo Ríos 11 (7–4) 2010–2014
Fernando Muslera 11 (7–4) 2010–2014
Julio César Cortés 11 (1–4–6) 1962-1966-1970
Edinson Cavani 10 (6–4) 2010–2014
Diego Forlán 10 (1–7–2) 2002, 2010–2014
Maximiliano Pereira 10 (7–3) 2010–2014
Pedro Rocha 10 (2–4–1–3) 1962–1974
Luis Ubina 10 (4–6) 1966–1970

Previous squads[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Competitive matches only as of June 14, 2016

Emblem[edit]

Uruguay have 4 stars in the emblem, 2 stars from the Gold medals earned in the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games (recognized by FIFA as World Championships in accordance with the IOC) and 2 stars from the two World Cups from 1930 and 1950.[24]

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.

Notes[edit]

1.^ The match between Uruguay and Argentina on 16 May 1901 was organized by Uruguayan club Albion, from whom the team, reinforced with players from rival club Nacional, was selected. The match ended 2–3 in favor of the Argentines. However, since clubs are not allowed to organize official international matches, the match is not considered official.[25]
  1. ^ Extra edition

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelayes, Héctor Darío (24 September 2010). "ARGENTINA-URUGUAY Matches 1902–2009". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Football's debt to Uruguay". BBC Sport. 8 April 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived 11 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Football, football, football". UruguayNow. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b De Menezes, Jack (26 June 2014). "Luis Suarez banned: Fifa hand striker record nine-game ban AND a four month football ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini in biggest ever World Cup suspension". The Independent. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Luis Suárez banned for four months for biting in World Cup game". The Guardian. 26 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "FIFA Suspends and Fines Suarez for 9 Games and 4 Months After Biting Player". ABC News. 26 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Luis Suárez suspended for nine matches and banned for four months from any football-related activity". FIFA. 26 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ David Goldblatt (2008). The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer. Penguin. p. 249. ISBN 1-59448-296-9. 
  11. ^ FIFA World Cup Origin, FIFA Media Release. Retrieved on 16 October 2006.
  12. ^ a b "La historia de la Celeste" at Montevideo Wanderers website
  13. ^ "Historical football kits: 1962 World Cup" at Historical Kits website
  14. ^ "Camisetas alternativas", La Selección website
  15. ^ "Bolivia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 1 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Mexico look like favorites in win over Uruguay". CONMEBOL. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  17. ^ McCarthy, Erin (10 June 2016). "Suarez is helpless as Uruguay is eliminated in Copa America play". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Uruguay se despide con triunfo 3-0 ante Jamaica" [Uruguay says goodbye with 3–0 win against Jamaica] (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Reservados vs. Venezuela y Bolivia". AUF's official website (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Southamerican Championship 1935". Rsssf.com. 2007-11-23. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  21. ^ "Games of the XXI. Olympiad – Football Qualifying Tournament". Rsssf.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  22. ^ "Head-to-Head Search". 
  23. ^ Uruguay – Record International Players
  24. ^ Orígenes de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA (PDF). 
  25. ^ "FIFA/IFFHS: Reasons for excluding or including full A internationals (1901–1910)". IFFHS. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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