El País is a national Uruguayan daily newspaper. It is based in the capital city of Montevideo and is regarded as the newspaper with the largest circulation in the country.[2] It was first published on September 14, 1918 and previously belonged to the same media group as the television network Teledoce.

El País
Headquarters of the newspaper, in front of Plaza de Cagancha
TypeDaily newspaper
FoundedSeptember 14, 1918
Political alignmentConservative liberalism
HeadquartersMontevideo, Uruguay
Circulation65,000[1]
WebsiteEl País

History edit

El País was founded on September 14, 1918. Founded by journalists Leonel Aguirre, Eduardo Rodríguez Larreta and Washington Beltrán Barbat, in 1919 Carlos Scheck joined the group. Originally, it was related to the National Party, precisely with the Independent National Party. However it later developed into a general interest newspaper.[3]

For decades, El País has been among the leading written media in Uruguay, with a circulation of 65,000 on weekdays and 100,000 on Sundays. Its editorial focus is on the social, political and economic news of Uruguay, as well as the Mercosur regional trade alliance.[4]

Awards edit

From 1991 to 2012 El País had been awarding the prize "El País King of European Soccer" for the best footballer in Europe.

The first winner was French Jean-Pierre Papin.

Argentine football player Lionel Messi and French Zinedine Zidane were the record winners with 4 wins each.

Messi won all four awards successively (2009-12).[5]

Year Player Club
1991 Jean-Pierre Papin Olympique de Marseille
1992 Marco van Basten A.C. Milan
1993 Roberto Baggio Juventus F.C.
1994 Paolo Maldini A.C. Milan
1995 George Weah Paris Saint-Germain F.C. /  A.C. Milan
1996 Ronaldo PSV Eindhoven /  FC Barcelona
1997 Ronaldo FC Barcelona /  Inter Milan
1998 Zinedine Zidane Juventus F.C.
1999 Rivaldo FC Barcelona
2000 Luís Figo FC Barcelona /  Real Madrid C.F.
2001 Zinedine Zidane Juventus F.C. /  Real Madrid C.F.
2002 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid C.F.
2003 Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid C.F.
2004 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2005 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2006 Ronaldinho FC Barcelona
2007 Kaká A.C. Milan
2008 Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United F.C.
2009 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2010 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2011 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona
2012 Lionel Messi FC Barcelona

Most wins by player edit

Player Number of Wins
Lionel Messi 4
Zinedine Zidane 4
Ronaldinho 3
Ronaldo 2

References edit

  1. ^ IVC
  2. ^ "archive.ph". archive.ph. Archived from the original on 2019-08-11. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  3. ^ "Fundado el 14 de Setiembre de 1918", El País (2011).
  4. ^ "Source Information: El País (Uruguay)", LexisNexis (2012).
  5. ^ "Messi, 'King of Europe' for the fourth time". www.marca.com. Retrieved 2020-12-31.

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