Uruguay national football team

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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Celeste (The Sky Blues)
“Los Charrúas”
Association AUF
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Óscar Tabárez
Captain Diego Godín
Most caps Maxi Pereira (125)
Top scorer Luis Suárez (55)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario, Montevideo
FIFA code URU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 5 Steady (20 September 2018)
Highest 2 (July 2011)
Lowest 55 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 10 Increase 2 (16 October 2018)
Highest 1 (Various dates 1920–29)
Lowest 48 (5 September 1979)
First international
 Uruguay 2–3 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)[note 1][3]
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, 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, 2011)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1997)
Best result Fourth Place (1997, 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). 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.

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.

History

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,[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9][10][11] 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).[9][10][12] 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.

Stadium

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

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.[15]

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[16]) 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.[7]

1901 (a)
1901–1910 (b)
1901–10 (b)
1901–10 (b)
1901–10 (b)(c)
1901–10 (b)
1910–present [15]
1992–2010 (away) (d)

Kit sponsorship

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

Recent results and fixtures

2017

2018

Coaching staff

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

Goalkeeping Coach

Uruguay Celso Otero
Fitness Coach Uruguay José Oscar Herrera

Players

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly match against South Korea on 12 October and Japan on October 16, 2018.[18]
Caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2018, subsequent to the match against Japan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 32) 105 0 Turkey Galatasaray
23 1GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 35) 11 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama
12 1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Argentina Independiente

3 2DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 32) 125 8 Spain Atlético Madrid
22 2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 31) 84 4 Italy Lazio
19 2DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 28) 33 1 Portugal Sporting CP
13 2DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 24) 19 0 Argentina Independiente
17 2DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 25) 13 0 Italy Milan
4 2DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Germany RB Leipzig

7 3MF Nicolás Lodeiro (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29) 54 4 United States Seattle Sounders
15 3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 27) 29 2 Italy Internazionale
10 3MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 24) 17 2 Brazil Cruzeiro
8 3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 20 0 Argentina Boca Juniors
6 3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 21) 15 0 Italy Juventus
14 3MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 22) 11 0 England Arsenal
20 3MF Camilo Mayada (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 27) 8 0 Argentina River Plate
5 3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 20) 6 1 Spain Real Madrid

21 4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 31) 107 46 France Paris Saint-Germain
11 4FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 32) 46 5 Spain Girona
9 4FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 25) 10 2 Mexico Santos Laguna
18 4FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 22) 9 0 Spain Celta
16 4FW Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 4 2 Netherlands PSV

Recent call-ups

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

DF José Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 23) 47 7 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  South Korea, 12 October 2018 INJ
DF Guillermo Varela (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Mexico, 7 September 2018
DF Mauricio Lemos (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo v.  Mexico, 7 September 2018 PRE
DF Maxi Pereira (1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 34) 125 3 Portugal Porto 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Federico Ricca (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Spain Málaga 2018 China Cup PRE

MF Carlos Sánchez (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 33) 38 1 Brazil Santos v.  South Korea, 12 October 2018 PRE
MF Cristian Rodríguez (1985-09-30) 30 September 1985 (age 33) 109 11 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Mexico, 7 September 2018
MF Gastón Ramírez (1990-12-02) 2 December 1990 (age 27) 43 0 Italy Sampdoria v.  Mexico, 7 September 2018 PRE
MF Álvaro González (1984-10-29) 29 October 1984 (age 33) 73 3 Uruguay Nacional v.  Austria, 17 November 2017

FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 31) 104 55 Spain Barcelona v.  South Korea, 12 October 2018 PRE
FW Jonathan Urretaviscaya (1990-03-19) 19 March 1990 (age 28) 6 0 Mexico Monterrey v.  Mexico, 7 September 2018

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

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

     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
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Qualified as Hosts
Italy 1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
France 1938 Refused to participate
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 Sweden 1958 4 2 1 1 4 6 2/3
Chile 1962 Group Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Chile 1962 2 1 1 0 3 2 1/2
England 1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5 England 1966 4 4 0 0 11 2 1/2
Mexico 1970 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 Mexico 1970 4 3 1 0 5 0 1/3
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 West Germany 1974 4 2 1 1 6 2 1/3
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify Argentina 1978 4 1 2 1 5 4 2/3
Spain 1982 Spain1982 4 1 2 1 5 5 2/3
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8 Mexico 1986 4 3 0 1 6 4 1/3
Italy 1990 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5 Italy 1990 4 3 0 1 7 2 1/3
United States 1994 Did not qualify United States 1994 8 4 2 2 10 7 3/5
France 1998 France 1998 16 6 3 7 18 21 7/9
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 South Korea Japan 2002 20 8 6 6 22 14 5/10
Germany 2006 Did not qualify Germany 2006 20 7 7 6 24 29 5/10
South Africa 2010 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8 South Africa 2010 20 7 7 6 30 21 5/10
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Brazil 2014 18 8 5 5 30 25 5/9
Russia 2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3 Russia 2018 18 9 4 5 32 20 2/10
Qatar 2022 To be determined Qatar 2022
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Canada Mexico United States 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 Games

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
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 Cup

     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

     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

     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

     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[19]
1948 to 1972 Did not qualify
Canada 1976 Withdrew[20]
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

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

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

Friendlies

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

FIFA World Cup matches

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 matches

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams[21]

Updated as of 7 September 2018.

Records

As of 16 October 2018.[22]

World Cup winning captains

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

Most participations in the World Cups

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 Cups

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 Cups

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 squads

Management

Competitive matches only as of 14 June 2016

Emblem

Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup

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.[23]

Rivalries

Argentina

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

Uruguay has an old rivalry with their South American neighbors. Their best known match was played at the 1950 World Cup which was held in Brazil where they defeated the host with the result 2-1 in front of almost 200 000 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium, thus winning the competition and earning their second World Cup title.

Notes

  1. ^ Although the first match ever recorded by both, Argentina and Uruguay sides, was played on 16 May 1901, this is not considered an official game due to the match not being organized by Uruguay's Football Association but by Albion FC in its home field, "Paso del Molino". The Uruguayan team had nine players from that club and the remainder from Nacional.[1] Argentina won the match by 3-2.[2]
  2. ^ Extra edition

References

  1. ^ "Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay
  2. ^ "Historias, curiosidades y estadísticas de la Selección, tras sus "primeros" 900 partidos", El Gráfico, 4 July 2012
  3. ^ Pelayes, Héctor Darío (24 September 2010). "ARGENTINA-URUGUAY Matches 1902–2009". RSSSF. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Football's debt to Uruguay". BBC Sport. 8 April 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
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