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Uruguay national football team

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). 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.

Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blues)
“Los Charrúas”
AssociationAUF
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachÓscar Tabárez
CaptainDiego Godín
Most capsDiego Godín &
Maxi Pereira (125)
Top scorerLuis Suárez (55)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario, Montevideo
FIFA codeURU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 7 Decrease 1 (29 November 2018)[1]
Highest2 (July 2011)
Lowest55 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 11 Increase 2 (6 December 2018)[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
Appearances45 (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)

They have won the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928 recognized by FIFA as World Championships, 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.

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.

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HistoryEdit

 
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. In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[7] 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 Olympic Games) until the creation of its own FIFA World Championship, the FIFA World Cup, in 1930.[8]

 
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.[9]

 
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 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.

 
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.[10][11][12] 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).[10][11][13] 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 successfull qualification on Conmebol,finishing second, Uruguay made it to the World Cup in Russia. Uruguay won its group after three victorys and advanced to the quarterfinals after a victory over Portugal. Being eliminated by future champions France.

StadiumEdit

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.[14] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[15] 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.

KitsEdit

 
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 10 April 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.[16]

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[17]) 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.[8]

 
 
 
 
 
 
1901 (a)
 
 
 
 
 
 
1901–1910 (b)
 
 
 
 
 
1901–10 (b)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1901–10 (b)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1901–10 (b)(c)
 
 
 
 
 
1901–10 (b)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1910–present [16]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992–2010 (away) (d)

Kit sponsorshipEdit

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

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2017Edit

2018Edit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Óscar Tabárez
Head Coach (Interim)   Fabián Coito
Assistant Coach   Mario Rebollo
Assistant Coach

Goalkeeping Coach

  Celso Otero
Fitness Coach   José Oscar Herrera

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 21 players were named in the squad for the friendly matches against Brazil on 16 November and France on 20 November 2018.[19]
Caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018, subsequent to the match against France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 35) 11 0   Vasco da Gama
12 1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 29) 3 0   Independiente

22 2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 31) 86 4   Lazio
17 2DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 25) 15 0   Milan
4 2DF Mauricio Lemos (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 2 0   Sassuolo
3 2DF Bruno Méndez (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Montevideo Wanderers
13 2DF Mathías Suárez (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 22) 2 0   Defensor Sporting
19 2DF Emiliano Velázquez (1994-04-30) 30 April 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Rayo Vallecano
2 2DF Erick Cabaco (1995-04-19) 19 April 1995 (age 23) 0 0   Levante

7 3MF Nicolás Lodeiro (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29) 54 4   Seattle Sounders
8 3MF Carlos Sánchez (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 34) 38 1   Santos
15 3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 31 2   Internazionale
10 3MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 24) 18 2   Cruzeiro
6 3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 21) 17 0   Juventus
14 3MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 22) 13 0   Arsenal
5 3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 20) 8 1   Real Madrid

21 4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 31) 109 46   Paris Saint-Germain
9 4FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 31) 106 55   Barcelona
20 4FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 25) 12 2   Santos Laguna
18 4FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 22) 9 0   Celta
16 4FW Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 5 2   PSV

Recent call-upsEdit

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 32) 105 0   Galatasaray v.   France, 20 November 2018 INJ

DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 32) 125 8   Atlético Madrid v.   France, 20 November 2018 INJ
DF José Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 23) 47 7   Atlético Madrid v.   France, 20 November 2018 PRE
DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 28) 33 1   Sporting CP v.   France, 20 November 2018 INJ
DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 24) 19 0   Independiente v.   France, 20 November 2018 PRE
DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 20) 2 0   RB Leipzig v.   France, 20 November 2018 INJ
DF Guillermo Varela (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 25) 5 0   Peñarol v.   Mexico, 7 September 2018
DF Maxi Pereira (1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 34) 125 3   Porto 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Federico Ricca (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 24) 1 0   Málaga 2018 China Cup PRE

MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 20 0   Boca Juniors v.   Japan, 16 October 2018
MF Camilo Mayada (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 27) 8 0   River Plate v.   Japan, 16 October 2018
MF Cristian Rodríguez (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 33) 109 11   Peñarol v.   Mexico, 7 September 2018
MF Gastón Ramírez (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 28) 43 0   Sampdoria v.   Mexico, 7 September 2018 PRE

FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 32) 46 5   Girona v.   France, 20 November 2018 INJ
FW Jonathan Urretaviscaya (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 28) 6 0   Monterrey v.   Mexico, 7 September 2018

INJ Withdrew due to injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from international football.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

     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 WCQP Pld Won Drawn Lost GF GA Pos
  1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Qualified as Hosts
  1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
  1938 Refused to participate
  1950 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 Qualified automatically
  1954 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9 Qualified as defending champions
  1958 Did not qualify   1958 4 2 1 1 4 6 2/3
  1962 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6   1962 2 1 1 0 3 2 1/2
  1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5   1966 4 4 0 0 11 2 1/2
  1970 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5   1970 4 3 1 0 5 0 1/3
  1974 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6   1974 4 2 1 1 6 2 1/3
  1978 Did not qualify   1978 4 1 2 1 5 4 2/3
  1982  1982 4 1 2 1 5 5 2/3
  1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8   1986 4 3 0 1 6 4 1/3
  1990 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5   1990 4 3 0 1 7 2 1/3
  1994 Did not qualify   1994 8 4 2 2 10 7 3/5
  1998   1998 16 6 3 7 18 21 7/9
    2002 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5     2002 20 8 6 6 22 14 5/10
  2006 Did not qualify   2006 20 7 7 6 24 29 5/10
  2010 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8   2010 20 7 7 6 30 21 5/10
  2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6   2014 18 8 5 5 30 25 5/9
  2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3   2018 18 9 4 5 32 20 2/10
  2022 To be determined   2022
      2026       2026
Total 2 Titles 13/23 56 24 12 20 87 74 Total 154 69 42 43 218 164 5/10

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification GamesEdit

FIFA World Cup Interconfederations Qualification Games Record
Year Against Pld Won Drawn* Lost GF GA Dif Result
    2002   Australia 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 Q
  2006   Australia 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 NQ
  2010   Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 Q
  2014   Jordan 2 1 1 0 5 0 5 Q
Total Various 8 4 2 2 11 3 8 3/4
Totals Various 154 69 42 43 218 164 54 10/16
*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 CupEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld Won Drawn * Lost GF GA Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995
  1997 Fourth Place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 6 Squad
  1999 Did not qualify
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 1 2 14 7 Squad
  2017 Did not qualify
  2021 To be determined
Total Fourth Place 2/11 10 5 1 4 22 13 -

South American ChampionshipEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

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

Copa AméricaEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

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

Olympics recordEdit

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

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

Pan American GamesEdit

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

HonoursEdit

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

FriendliesEdit

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

FIFA World Cup matchesEdit

World Cup matches (By team)
Total: 56 games played – 24 Wins – 12 Draws – 20 Losses – 87 Goals for – 74 Goals against
Team GP W D L GF GA Team GP W D L GF GA Team GP W D L GF GA
  France 4 1 2 1 2 3   Soviet Union 2 1 0 1 2 2   Bolivia 1 1 0 0 8 0
  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   South Korea 2 2 0 0 3 1   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
  Italy 3 1 1 1 1 2   Portugal 1 1 0 0 2 1   Ghana 1 0 1 0 1 1
  Scotland 2 1 1 0 7 0   Egypt 1 1 0 0 1 0   Germany 1 0 0 1 2 3
  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
  Denmark 2 0 0 2 2 8   Saudi Arabia 1 1 0 0 1 0   Russia 1 1 0 0 3 0
  Colombia 2 1 0 1 2 3

Official matchesEdit

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

Updated as of 7 September 2018.

RecordsEdit

As of 16 November 2018.[23]

World Cup winning captainsEdit

Year Name Career Caps Goals
1930 José Nasazzi 1923–1937 41 0
1950 Obdulio Varela 1939–1954 45 9

Most participations in the World CupsEdit

Name Participations World Cups
Pedro Rocha 4 1962–1974
William Martínez 3 1950–1954, 1962
Julio César Cortés 3 1962–1970
Víctor Espárrago 3 1966–1974
Luis Cubilla 3 1962,1970–1974
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 3 1966–1974
Diego Forlán 3 2002, 2010–2014
Martín Cáceres 3 2010–2018
Edinson Cavani 3 2010–2018
Diego Godín 3 2010–2018
Fernando Muslera 3 2010–2018
Maxi Pereira 3 2010–2018
Martín Silva 3 2010–2018
Luis Suárez 3 2010–2018

Most goals scored in the World CupsEdit

Name Goals World Cups
Oscar Míguez 8 (5–3) 1950–1954
Luis Suárez 7 (3–2–2) 2010–2018
Diego Forlán 6 (1–5–0) 2002, 2010–2014
Edinson Cavani 5 (1–1–3) 2010–2018
Pedro Cea 5 1930
Juan Schiaffino 5 (3–2) 1950–1954
Carlos Borges 4 1954
Alcides Ghiggia 4 1950
Peregrino Anselmo 3 1930
Juan Hohberg 3 1954

Most games played in the World CupsEdit

Name Games World Cups
Fernando Muslera 16 (7–4–5) 2010–2018
Edinson Cavani 14 (6–4–4) 2010–2018
Diego Godín 14 (5–4–5) 2010–2018
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz 13 (4–6–3) 1966–1974
Luis Suárez 13 (6–2–5) 2010–2018
Egidio Arévalo Ríos 11 (7–4) 2010–2014
Julio César Cortés 11 (1–4–6) 1962–1970
Martín Cáceres 11 (2–4–5) 2010–2018
Diego Forlán 10 (1–7–2) 2002, 2010–2014
Maxi Pereira 10 (7–3–0) 2010–2018
Pedro Rocha 10 (2–4–1–3) 1962–1974
Luis Ubina 10 (4–6) 1966–1970

Previous squadsEdit

ManagementEdit

Competitive matches only as of 14 June 2016