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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). 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.

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 (123)
Top scorer Luis Suárez (49)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
FIFA code URU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 17 Decrease 1 (16 October 2017)
Highest 2 (July 2011)
Lowest 55 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 13 (15 November 2017)
Highest 1 (Various dates 1920–31)
Lowest 48 (5 September 1979)
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 13 (first in 1930)
Best result Champions, 1930 and 1950
Copa América
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

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 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 as an independent FIFA member country), Wales, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland.

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HistoryEdit

 
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.

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.[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.

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 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 statusEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification                    
1   Brazil 18 12 5 1 41 11 +30 41 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 5–0 3–1
2   Uruguay 18 9 4 5 32 20 +12 31 1–4 0–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–1 4–2 3–0
3   Argentina 18 7 7 4 19 16 +3 28 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–1
4   Colombia 18 7 6 5 21 19 +2 27 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–0
5   Peru 18 7 5 6 27 26 +1 26 Advance to inter-confederation play-offs 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–4 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–2
6   Chile 18 8 2 8 26 27 −1 26 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 3–0[a] 3–1
7   Paraguay 18 7 3 8 19 25 −6 24 2–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1
8   Ecuador 18 6 2 10 26 29 −3 20 0–3 2–1 1–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–2 2–0 3–0
9   Bolivia 18 4 2 12 16 38 −22 14 0–0 0–2 2–0 2–3 0–3[a] 1–0 1–0 2–2 4–2
10   Venezuela 18 2 6 10 19 35 −16 12 0–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 1–4 0–1 1–3 5–0
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
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 StageEdit

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)

9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
19:30
Uruguay   0–1   Venezuela
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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 22 players were called up for the Friendly matches against   Poland on November 10 and   Austria on November 14, 2017.[19]
Caps and goals correct as of November 14, 2017, subsequent to the match against Austria.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Martín Silva (1983-03-23) March 23, 1983 (age 34) 11 0   Vasco da Gama
12 1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) May 29, 1989 (age 28) 1 0   Independiente

16 2DF Maxi Pereira (1984-06-08) June 8, 1984 (age 33) 124 3   Porto
3 2DF Diego Godín   (1986-02-16) February 16, 1986 (age 31) 113 8   Atlético Madrid
2 2DF José María Giménez (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 22) 39 4   Atlético Madrid
13 2DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) March 5, 1994 (age 23) 16 0   Independiente
19 2DF Mauricio Lemos (1995-12-28) December 28, 1995 (age 21) 1 0   Las Palmas
24 2DF Guillermo Varela (1993-03-24) March 24, 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Peñarol

7 3MF Cristian Rodríguez (1985-09-30) September 30, 1985 (age 32) 102 11   Peñarol
20 3MF Álvaro González (1984-10-29) October 29, 1984 (age 33) 73 3   Nacional
14 3MF Nicolás Lodeiro (1989-03-21) March 21, 1989 (age 28) 53 4   Seattle Sounders
5 3MF Carlos Sánchez (1984-12-02) December 2, 1984 (age 32) 34 1   Monterrey
15 3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 26) 19 1   Internazionale
10 3MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-05-01) May 1, 1994 (age 23) 12 1   Cruzeiro
8 3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) December 28, 1995 (age 21) 9 0   Boca Juniors
4 3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) July 22, 1998 (age 19) 4 1   Deportivo La Coruña
6 3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-05) June 5, 1997 (age 20) 4 0   Juventus

21 4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) February 14, 1987 (age 30) 98 40   Paris Saint-Germain
11 4FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 30) 38 5   Girona
17 4FW Jonathan Urretaviscaya (1990-03-19) March 19, 1990 (age 27) 4 0   Pachuca
18 4FW Maximiliano Gómez (1996-08-14) August 14, 1996 (age 21) 2 0   Celta
9 4FW Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) June 11, 1995 (age 22) 1 0   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) June 16, 1986 (age 31) 94 0   Galatasaray v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
GK Esteban Conde (1983-03-04) March 4, 1983 (age 34) 1 0   Nacional v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
GK Gastón Guruceaga (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 22) 0 0   Peñarol v.   Italy, June 7, 2017

DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) April 7, 1987 (age 30) 75 4   Hellas Verona v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) October 7, 1990 (age 27) 29 1   Sporting CP v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
DF Federico Ricca (1994-12-01) December 1, 1994 (age 22) 1 0   Málaga v.   Venezuela, October 5, 2017
DF Alejandro Silva (1989-09-04) September 4, 1989 (age 28) 4 0   Lanús v.   Italy, June 7, 2017
DF Jorge Fucile (1984-11-19) November 19, 1984 (age 32) 49 0   Nacional v.   Peru, March 28, 2017
DF Álvaro Pereira (1985-11-28) November 28, 1985 (age 31) 84 7   Cerro Porteño v.   Brazil, March 23, 2017 INJ

MF Egidio Arévalo Ríos (1982-01-01) January 1, 1982 (age 35) 90 0   Racing v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
MF Mathías Corujo (1986-05-08) May 8, 1986 (age 31) 22 1   Peñarol v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
MF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 24) 3 0   Genoa v.   Venezuela, October 5, 2017
MF Gastón Ramírez (1990-12-02) December 2, 1990 (age 26) 42 0   Sampdoria v.   Brazil, March 23, 2017

FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) January 24, 1987 (age 30) 95 49   Barcelona v.   Bolivia, October 10, 2017
FW Sebastián Fernández (1985-05-23) May 23, 1985 (age 32) 14 2   Nacional v.   Paraguay, September 5, 2017
FW Abel Hernández (1990-08-08) August 8, 1990 (age 27) 29 11   Hull City v.   Argentina, August 31, 2017 INJ
FW Diego Rolán (1993-03-24) March 24, 1993 (age 24) 25 4   Málaga v.   Argentina, August 31, 2017 INJ

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
  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 Did Not Qualify  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 Round of 16 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 Did Not Qualify  1998 16 6 3 7 18 21 7/9
    2002 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5    2002 18 7 6 5 19 13 5/10
  2006 Did Not Qualify   2006 18 6 7 5 23 28 5/10
  2010 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2(1*) 2 11 8   2010 18 6 6 6 28 20 5/10
  2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6   2014 16 7 4 5 25 25 5/9
  2018 Qualified   2018 18 9 4 5 32 20 2/10
  2022 To be determined   2022
Total 2 titles 13/21 51 20 12 19 80 71 Total 146 65 40 41 207 161 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
All Time 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.

Minor tournamentsEdit

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

FIFA World Cup matchesEdit

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 matchesEdit

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

Updated as June 14, 2016

RecordsEdit

As of November 15, 2017.[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
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 CupsEdit

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 CupsEdit

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 squadsEdit

CoachesEdit

Competitive matches only as of June 14, 2016

EmblemEdit

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]

RivalriesEdit

ArgentinaEdit

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.

BrazilEdit

Uruguay has an old rivalry with their South American neighbors.

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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).