WC 2018: Uruguay

Group A

Uruguay are 2-time football WC Champions and will be looking to improve their performance from 2014. They are ranked at 17th and were slotted into Group A

Team Members

  • Fernando Muslera - GK
  • Martín Silva - GK
  • Martín Campaña - GK
  • Federico Ricca - Defender
  • Guillermo Varela - Defender
  • Gastón Silva - Defender
  • Sebastián Coates - Defender
  • José María Giménez - Defender
  • Martín Cáceres - Defender
  • Diego Godín - Defender
  • Maxi Pereira - Defender
  • Matías Vecino - Midfielder
  • Nahitan Nández - Midfielder
  • Rodrigo Bentancur - Midfielder
  • Gastón Pereiro - Midfielder
  • Nicolás Lodeiro - Midfielder
  • Gastón Ramírez - Midfielder
  • Cristian Rodríguez - Midfielder
  • Edinson Cavani - Forward
  • Luis Suarez - Forward
  • Abel Hernández - Forward
  • Maxi Gómez - Forward

Coach

Oscar Washington Tabarez

Tabarez is something of a national hero in Uruguay. Known for his heavy attacking strategies and fatherly approach to coaching, Taberez guided the Uruguayan national team to their epic title win at the 2011 Copa America. With years of WC experience, Oscar coached the team at the 1990 WC tournament held in Italy, South Africa in 2010, and Brazil in 2014.

Past WC History

Uruguay is the second most experienced South American side in the tournament, next to Brazil. They started their campaign in 1930 and were crowned Champions on their debut. They chose not to enter in 1934 and 1934, but were back again in 1950 where they took the Championship title yet again. 4 years later, they took 4th place and have never achieved a better position since. They have failed to qualify 3 times since 1958, and matched their 4th place achievement in 2010. At the last WC in Brazil, they exited at the round of 16.

Stats

  • Made their first Cup appearance in 1930.
  • 5 Semi-finals
  • 2 Finals
  • 2 Championships
  • Best Achievement – Champions in 1930 and 1950

Kit

Designed by Puma, the Uruguay home jersey features a predominantly sky-blue colour with black trimmings and minimalistic look. A graphic inspired by the Sol de Atlántida monument blends into the background with the Puma icon on the right front chest. The away kit is predominantly white with a gold Puma logo and a blue trimming on the collar. This will be completed with classic sky-blue shorts and socks.