Uruguay will be playing in its 11th FIFA World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. Uruguay hosted and won the first FIFA World Cup tournament in 1930. Uruguay also won the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (beating the hosts by 2 goals to 1 in the final). Uruguay also played in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in Saudi Arabia and finished in 4th place. Uruguay is currently ranked at number 19 on the FIFA rankings. Uruguay have played in 40 Copa America tournaments. They competed in the competition for the first time in 1916 and have won the Copa America trophy 14 teams over the years.
The Uruguay national football team has 3 nicknames, “Charrúas”, “La Celeste Olímpica” (The Olympic Sky Blue) and La Celeste (The Sky Blue). The current head coach of the Uruguay national football team is Oscar Tabárez. This former player has been managing football teams in Europe and South America since 1980. He took up the Uruguay coaching position in 2006 after a spell of 4 years at Argentinian football club Boca Juniors. Rodolfo Rodríguez is the most capped Uruguayan footballer in history. He played for Uruguay in 79 matches between 1976 and 1986. He does not have a single goal behind his name because he played in the goalkeeper position. Héctor Scarone is the highest scoring Uruguayan footballer in history. He scored 31 goals for his country in 52 matches between 1917 and 1932. He was also the manager for Real Madrid (in Spain) between 1951 and 1952.
Uruguay achieved its biggest win in footballing history in 1927 when the team beat fellow South Americans Bolivia by 9 goals to 0. The country suffered its biggest loss in footballing history in 1902, losing by 6 goals to 0 against Argentina.
Uruguay will be one of the teams to watch in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in my opinion. They should not be underestimated. They should make it into the last 16 stage of the competition.
Uruguay will play in the following 3 group matches in 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa:
- 11 June 2010 – Uruguay vs France @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 20:30
- 16 June 2010 – Uruguay vs South Africa @ Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria – Kickoff at 20:30
- 22 June 2010 – Uruguay vs Mexico @ Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg – Kickoff at 16:00