Uruguay national football team

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Uruguay
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Nickname(s) La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
Association AUF
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Óscar Tabárez
Captain Diego Godín
Most caps Diego Godín (139)
Top scorer Luis Suárez (63)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario
FIFA code URU
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First colours
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Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 9 Decrease2.svg 1 (7 April 2021) [1]
Highest2 (June 2012)
Lowest76 (December 1998)
First international
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 0–6 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902) [note 1]
Biggest win
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svg
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 0–6 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1930 )
Best resultChampions (1930, 1950)
Copa América
Appearances44 (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)
Medal record

The Uruguay national football team (Spanish : Selección de fútbol de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in international 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).

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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 gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928, which are regarded as equivalent to World Cups. The world federation indeed considers Uruguay 4 times FIFA world champion. [7] [8] La Celeste 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

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Uruguay before its first official match v Argentina, 20 July 1902
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The team that won its second gold medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Although the first match ever recorded by an Uruguayan side was played on 16 May 1901 against Argentina, this is not considered an official game due to the match was not organized by Uruguay's Football Association but by Albion F.C. in its home field in Paso del Molino. The Uruguayan side had nine players from that club and the remainder from Nacional. [9] The match considered the first official game played by Uruguay was held in the same venue, on 20 July 1902 against Argentina. [3] Argentina defeated the Uruguayan side by 6–0 in front of 8,000 spectators. [4] [5] Uruguay line-up was: Enrique Sardeson; Carlos Carve Urioste, Germán Arímalo; Miguel Nebel (c), Alberto Peixoto, Luis Carbone; Bolívar Céspedes, Gonzalo Rincón, Juan Sardeson, Ernesto Boutón Reyes, Carlos Céspedes. [10] [11] 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 – this football tournament is the first recognized by FIFA as a world championship. [7] [8] In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes, [12] 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 are recognized as World Championships. [7] [8] It only happened twice (1924/1928 Summer Olympic Games) until the creation of its own FIFA World Championship, the FIFA World Cup, in 1930. [13]

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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 halftime 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.

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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. [14]

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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 semi-finals 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.

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Uruguay v 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. [15] [16] [17] 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). [15] [16] [18] 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 successful World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing second, Uruguay made it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Uruguay won its group after three victories, and advanced to the quarter-finals after a 2–1 win over Portugal. [19] [20] However, they were eliminated 2–0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.

Home 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. [21] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000. [22] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition.[ clarification needed ] 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.

Team image

Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, wearing the light blue shirt they have worn since 1910 Go Uruguay! - Arriba Uruguay! - 140619-6398-jikatu (14307280607).jpg
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 its matches. The first shirt worn was the Albion F.C. one, in the unofficial debut of the national team v Argentina in 1901. [23] Then Uruguay worn a variety of shirts, including a solid green one and even a shirt with the colors of the flag of Artigas.

On 10 April 1910, now-defunct club River Plate defeated Argentine side Alumni 2–1, being the first time an Uruguayan team beat that legendary team. That day River Plate wore its alternate jersey, a light blue one due to the home jersey was similar to Alumni's. [24] 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. [25] The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on August 15, 1910. Uruguay won 3–1. [26]

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 [27] ) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey. [28]

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] [8] [13]

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  1. Shirt of Albion F.C., worn in the first match (unofficial) v Argentina due to the most part of the players were from that club. [2]
  2. Shirt worn in the first official match ever, [29] v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902, [23] also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903. [30]
  3. Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa [23] and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07). [30]
  4. Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  5. Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on August 15, 1910. [25] [24]

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplierPeriod
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1974–1982
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1983–1986
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 1987–1991
Flag of Italy.svg Enerre1992–1998
Flag of Uruguay.svg Meta1999–2001
Flag of Italy.svg L-Sporto2002–2004
Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport 2004–2006
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2006–present

Emblem

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Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay displays four stars in its emblem – uniquely in world football, it includes their two gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and 1928 Olympics, which are regarded as FIFA world championships by the governing body. [7] [8]

The 1924 FIFA Congress ruled, “on condition that the Olympic Football Tournament takes place in accordance with the Regulations of FIFA, the latter shall recognize this as a world football championship”, [7] [8] and the 1924 and 1928 championships are regarded as equivalent to World Cups in the 1984 Official History of FIFA. [7] [8]

Hence Uruguay has two stars for 1924 and 1928 (recognized by FIFA as World Championships in accordance with the IOC) and 2 stars from the two World Cups from 1930 and 1950. [31]

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.

Results and fixtures

  Win  Draw  Loss

2020

8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg2–1Flag of Chile.svg  Chile Montevideo, Uruguay
19:45  UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Éber Aquino (Paraguay)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg4–2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Quito, Ecuador
16:00  UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
13 November 2020 (2020-11-13) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg0–3Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Barranquilla, Colombia
15:30  UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg0–2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00  UTC−3 Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)

2021

3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Montevideo, Uruguay
19:00  UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela (state).svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Caracas, Venezuela
18:30  UTC−4 Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
17 June 2021 (2021-06-17) 2021 Copa América Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Córdoba, Argentina
21:00  UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
20 June 2021 (2021-06-20) 2021 Copa América Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Chile.svg  Chile Mendoza, Argentina
17:00  UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
23 June 2021 (2021-06-23) 2021 Copa América Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Córdoba, Argentina
18:00  UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
27 June 2021 (2021-06-27) 2021 Copa América Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Santiago del Estero, Argentina
18:00  UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  Flag of Peru (state).svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Lima, Peru
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia  Flag of Bolivia (state).svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles

2022

27 January 2022 (2022-01-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay.svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Asunción, Paraguay
Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
1 February 2022 (2022-02-01) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svgvFlag of Peru (state).svg  Peru Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile  Flag of Chile.svgvFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Santiago, Chile
Stadium: Estadio Nacional

Players

Current squad

The following 35 players were called up to preliminary squad for World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia on 26 and 30 March 2021. [32]
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020, subsequent to the match against Brazil.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 34)1160 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray
1 GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 31)90 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Batin
1 GK Kevin Dawson (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 29)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Peñarol
1 GK Rodrigo Muñoz (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 (age 39)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Cerro Porteño
1 GK Sergio Rochet (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Nacional

2 DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 35)1398 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari
2 DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 34)1024 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina
2 DF José María Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 26)608 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
2 DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 30)401 Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
2 DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 23)90 Flag of Brazil.svg Palmeiras
2 DF Ronald Araújo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 22)10 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
2 DF Agustín Oliveros (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of Uruguay.svg Nacional
2 DF Maximiliano Falcón (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Chile.svg Colo-Colo
2 DF Federico Pereira (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Liverpool Montevideo
2 DF Franco Pizzichillo (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Montevideo City Torque
2 DF Damián Suárez (1988-04-27) 27 April 1988 (age 33)00 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe

3 MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 29)413 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
3 MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 25)350 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari
3 MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 23)330 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
3 MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 26)263 Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo
3 MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 25)260 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
3 MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 22)222 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid
3 MF Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 25)104 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari
3 MF Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 20)93 Flag of Spain.svg Almería
3 MF Mauro Arambarri (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 25)40 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe
3 MF Nicolás De La Cruz (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 23)40 Flag of Argentina.svg River Plate
3 MF Fernando Gorriarán (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna
3 MF Manuel Ugarte (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 20)00 Flag of Portugal.svg Famalicão

4 FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 34)11663 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
4 FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 34)508 Flag of Spain.svg Girona
4 FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 27)243 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul
4 FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 24)193 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
4 FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 21)42 Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica
4 FW Diego Rossi (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles
4 FW Facundo Torres (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Peñarol

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Uruguay squad in the past 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Yonatan Irrazábal (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg Rentistas v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020
GK Gastón Olveira (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 28)00 Flag of Paraguay.svg Olimpia v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020
GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 38)110 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020 INJ

DF Alexis Rolín (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 (age 32)00 Flag of Colombia.svg Independiente Medellín v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020
DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 28)240 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 13 October 2020 PRE
DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 23)40 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray v. Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador , 13 October 2020 PRE

MF Gabriel Neves (1997-08-11) 11 August 1997 (age 23)10 Flag of Uruguay.svg Nacional v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020

FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 34)11851 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil , 17 November 2020

COV Tested positive for COVID-19
PRE Preliminary squad
INJ Injured
RET Retired from international football

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Uruguay.svg Óscar Tabárez
Assistant coach Flag of Uruguay.svg Mario Rebollo
Assistant coach

Goalkeeping coach

Flag of Uruguay.svg Celso Otero
Fitness coach Flag of Uruguay.svg José Oscar Herrera

Player records

As of 17 November 2020, subsequent to the match against Brazil. [33]
Players in bold are still active with Uruguay.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

 Champions   Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPosPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Champions 1st4400153 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Refused to participateQualified as defending champions
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 Refused to participate
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Champions 1st4310155 Squad Qualified automatically
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Fourth place4th5302169 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not qualify2nd421146
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage13th310246 Squad 1st211032
Flag of England.svg 1966 Quarter-finals7th412125 Squad 1st4400112
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Fourth place4th621345 Squad 1st431050
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Group stage13th301216 Squad 1st421162
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Did not qualify2nd412154
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 2nd412155
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1616th402228 Squad 1st430164
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 16th411225 Squad 1st430172
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify3rd8422107
Flag of France.svg 1998 7th166371821
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage26th302145 Squad 5th208662214
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Did not qualify5th207762429
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Fourth place4th7322118 Squad 5th207763021
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Round of 1612th420246 Squad 5th188553025
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Quarter-finals5th540173 Squad 2nd189453220
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined In progress
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
Total2 Titles13/21562412208774154694243218164
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1916 Champions1st321061 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1917 Champions1st330090 Squad
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1919 Runners-up2nd321074 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1920 Champions1st321092 Squad
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1921 Third place3rd310234 Squad
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1922 Third place3rd421131 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1923 Champions1st330061 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1924 Champions1st321081 Squad
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1925 Withdrew
Flag of Chile.svg 1926 Champions1st4400172 Squad
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1927 Runners-up2nd3201153 Squad
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1929 Third place3rd310246 Squad
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1935 Champions1st330061 Squad
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1937 Third place3rd52031114 Squad
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1939 Runners-up2nd4301135 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1941 Runners-up2nd4301101 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1942 Champions1st6600212 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1945 Fourth place4th6303146 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1946 Fourth place4th5203119 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1947 Third place3rd7502218 Squad
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1949 Sixth place6th72141420 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1953 Third place3rd6312156 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1955 Fourth place4th52121212 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1956 Champions1st541093 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 1957 Third place3rd64021512 Squad
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1959 Sixth place6th62041514 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1959 Champions1st4310131 Squad
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1963 Withdrew
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Champions1st5410132 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1975 Fourth place4th210113 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1979 Group stage6th412155 Squad
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1983 Champions 1st8521126 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 1987 Champions 1st220020 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 1989 Runners-up2nd7403113 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 1991 Group stage5th413043 Squad
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Quarter-finals6th412155 Squad
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Champions 1st6420114 Squad
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Group stage9th310222 Squad
Flag of Paraguay.svg 1999 Runners-up 2nd612349 Squad
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Fourth place4th622277 Squad
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Third place3rd63211210 Squad
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Fourth place4th622289 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Champions 1st633093 Squad
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Quarter-finals7th411223 Squad
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Group stage11th310244 Squad
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Quarter-finals6th422072 Squad
Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Colombia.svg 2021 Qualified
Flag of Ecuador.svg 2024 Qualified
Total15 Titles44/462001103654406219

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Fourth place4th530286 Squad
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001
Flag of France.svg 2003
Flag of Germany.svg 2005
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Fourth place4th5212147 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Did not qualify
TotalFourth place2/10105142213

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquad
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1900 Did not participate
Flag of the United States (1896-1908).svg 1904
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Gold medal1st5500202 Squad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Gold medal1st5410125 Squad
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Withdrew [34]
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 Did not qualify
Flag of Finland.svg 1952
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1964
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Withdrew [35]
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 1984
Flag of Korea (1899).svg 1988
Since 1992 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total2 Gold medals3/1910910327

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGA
Flag of Argentina.svg 1951 Did not participate
Flag of Mexico.svg 1955
Flag of the United States.svg 1959
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1963 Fourth place4th410346
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1967 Did not participate
Flag of Colombia.svg 1971
Flag of Mexico.svg 1975 Preliminary round11th201112
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 1979 Did not enter
Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg 1983 Gold medal1st440051
Flag of the United States.svg 1987 Did not participate
Flag of Cuba.svg 1991
Flag of Argentina.svg 1995
Since 1999 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total1 Gold medal3/1210514109

Minor tournament records

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

All-time head-to-head record

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams. [36] Updated as of 17 November 2020.

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