Uruguay national football team

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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 (134)
Top scorer Luis Suárez (58)
Home stadium Estadio Centenario
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 5 Increase2.svg 1 (24 October 2019) [1]
Highest2 (June 2012)
Lowest55 (December 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 8 Increase2.svg 2 (18 October 2019) [2]
Highest1 (Various dates 1920–29)
Lowest48 (5 September 1979)
First international
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2–3 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901) [note 1] [5]
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
Appearances45 (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)

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.

Uruguay South American country

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It borders Argentina to its west and Brazil to its north and east, with the Río de la Plata to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the southeast. Uruguay is home to an estimated 3.45 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the metropolitan area of its capital and largest city, Montevideo. With an area of approximately 176,000 square kilometers (68,000 sq mi), Uruguay is geographically the second-smallest nation in South America, after Suriname.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

The Uruguayan Football Association is the governing body of football in Uruguay. It was founded in 1900, as The Uruguayan Association Football League, and affiliated to FIFA in 1923. It is a founding member of CONMEBOL and is in charge of the Uruguay national football team and the Campeonato Uruguayo de Fútbol, including the Uruguayan Primera División.


They have won the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928 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.

Football at the Summer Olympics football competition

Football at the Summer Olympics, commonly known as football or soccer, has been included in every Summer Olympic Games as a men's competition sport, except 1896 and 1932. Women's football was added to the official program at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Football at the 1924 Summer Olympics was the sixth edition of the football tournament at the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris.

Football at the 1928 Summer Olympics 1928 edition of the association football torunament during the Olympic Summer Games

Football was one of the tournaments at the 1928 Summer Olympics. It was won by Uruguay against Argentina, and was the last Olympic football tournament before the inception of the FIFA World Cup, which was held for the first time in 1930.

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.

1930 FIFA World Cup 1930 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the inaugural FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Uruguay from 13 to 30 July 1930. FIFA, football's international governing body, selected Uruguay as host nation, as the country would be celebrating the centenary of its first constitution, and the Uruguay national football team had successfully retained their football title at the 1928 Summer Olympics. All matches were played in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament.

Argentina Federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the second largest in South America after Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

1978 FIFA World Cup 1978 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.


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Uruguay before its first match (official) v Argentina, July 1902
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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 ]

Argentina national football team mens national association football team representing Argentina

The Argentina national football team represents Argentine Football Association in tournaments CONMEBOL/FIFA. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires.

The 1916 South American Championship of Nations was the first continental championship for national teams in South America. It was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2 July to 17 July during Argentina's Independence Centenary commemorations. The tournament was won by Uruguay, who drew with Argentina in the last match of the tournament at Racing Club Stadium.

Chile national football team mens national association football team representing Chile

The Chile men's national football team(Selección masculina de fútbol de Chile) represents Chile in major international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. The team is commonly referred to as La Roja. They have appeared in nine World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they finished in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the World Cup.

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, [7] 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. [8]

Paris Capital of France

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of 105 square kilometres and an official estimated population of 2,140,526 residents as of 1 January 2019. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe's major centres of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts. The City of Paris is the centre and seat of government of the Île-de-France, or Paris Region, which has an estimated official 2019 population of 12,213,364, or about 18 percent of the population of France. The Paris Region had a GDP of €709 billion in 2017. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey in 2018, Paris was the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, and ahead of Zürich, Hong Kong, Oslo and Geneva. Another source ranked Paris as most expensive, on a par with Singapore and Hong Kong, in 2018.

1924 Summer Olympics games of the VIII Olympiad, celebrated in Paris, France in 1924

The 1924 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the VIII Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1924 in Paris, France.

Switzerland national football team mens national association football team representing Switzerland

The Switzerland national football team represents Switzerland in international football. The national team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.

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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 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.

1930 FIFA World Cup Final association football match

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match contested by Uruguay and Argentina to determine the champion of the 1930 FIFA World Cup. The final was a rematch of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay.

Estadio Centenario football stadium

Estadio Centenario is a stadium in the Parque Batlle neighborhood of Montevideo, Uruguay, used primarily for football. The stadium was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, as well as to commemorate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world's classic stadiums. On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of World Football, the only building of its kind worldwide.

1934 FIFA World Cup 1934 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1934 FIFA World Cup was the second FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in Italy from 27 May to 10 June 1934.

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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. [9]

Rodolfo Rodriguez raises the Mundialito trophy won in January 1981 RodolfoRodriguez-Mundialito1980.jpg
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.

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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. [10] [11] [12] 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). [10] [11] [13] 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 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. They were eliminated by future champions France.

At the 2019 Copa America Uruguay was eliminated by Peru after a penalty shootout. Luis Suarez’s missed penalty was the only one missed in the shootout against Peru. [14]


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. [15] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000. [16] 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.


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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. [17] 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. [18] 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. [19] The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on August 15, 1910. Uruguay won 3–1. [20]

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 [21] ) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey. [22]

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. [8]

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1910–present [note 6]
  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. [3] Argentina won the match 3–2. [4]
  2. 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. [3]
  3. Shirt worn in the first official match ever, [23] v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902, [17] also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903. [24]
  4. Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa [17] and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07). [24]
  5. Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  6. Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on August 15, 1910. [19] [18]

Kit sponsorship

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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 Japan.svg L-Sporto2002–2004
Flag of Germany.svg Uhlsport 2004–2006
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Recent results and fixtures



Coaching staff

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


Current squad

The following 22 players were called up for friendlies against Hungary and Argentina on 15 and 18 November respectively. [25] [26]
Caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019, subsequent to the match against Hungary.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 33)1160 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray
121 GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 30)40 Flag of Argentina.svg Independiente

22 DF Bruno Méndez (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 20)20 Flag of Brazil.svg Corinthians
32 DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 33)1348 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
42 DF Giovanni González (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 25)70 Flag of Uruguay.svg Peñarol
132 DF Gastón Silva (1994-03-05) 5 March 1994 (age 25)190 Flag of Argentina.svg Independiente
172 DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 (age 26)230 Flag of Italy.svg Torino
192 DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 29)381 Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP
222 DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 22)50 Flag of Uruguay.svg Nacional
232 DF Mathías Suárez (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 23)30 Flag of France.svg Montpellier
202 DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 32)974 Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina

53 MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 28)403 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
63 MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 22)280 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
73 MF Brian Lozano (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 25)70 Flag of Mexico.svg Santos Laguna
83 MF Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 24)104 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
143 MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 23)220 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
153 MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 21)192 Flag of Spain.svg Real Madrid

94 FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 32)11258 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
114 FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 33)508 Flag of Spain.svg Girona
164 FW Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 19)53 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles
184 FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 23)172 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
214 FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 32)11549 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain

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 Gastón Olveira (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 26)00 Flag of Uruguay.svg River Plate v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 16 October 2019
GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 36)110 Flag of Paraguay.svg Libertad 2019 Copa América

DF José Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 24)588 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 16 October 2019
DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 (age 21)40 Flag of Germany.svg RB Leipzig v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 16 October 2019 PRE

MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 23)310 Flag of Italy.svg Cagliari v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 18 November 2019 INJ
MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 25)253 Flag of Brazil.svg Flamengo v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 18 November 2019 PRE
MF Nicolás Lodeiro (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 30)605 Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Sounders v. Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru , 16 October 2019 PRE
MF Carlos Sánchez (1984-12-02) 2 December 1984 (age 34)381 Flag of Brazil.svg Santos 2019 China Cup PRE
MF Camilo Mayada (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 28)80 Flag of Mexico.svg Atlético San Luis 2019 China Cup PRE

FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 26)203 Flag of Mexico.svg Cruz Azul v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 18 November 2019 INJ
FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 20)11 Flag of Spain.svg Almería v. Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina , 18 November 2019 PRE

WIT Withdrew from final squad
PRE Preliminary squad
INJ Injured
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
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Champions 1st4400153Qualified 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 1st4310155Qualified automatically
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Fourth place4th5302169Qualified as defending champions
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not qualify Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 4211462/3
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Group stage13th310246 Flag of Chile.svg 1962 2110321/2
Flag of England.svg 1966 Quarter-finals7th412125 Flag of England.svg 1966 44001121/3
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Fourth place4th621345 Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 4310501/3
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Group stage13th301216 Flag of Germany.svg 1974 4211621/3
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Did not qualify Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 4121542/3
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Flag of Spain.svg 1982 4121552/3
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 Round of 1616th402228 Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 4301641/3
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 16th411225 Flag of Italy.svg 1990 4301721/3
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Did not qualify Flag of the United States.svg 1994 84221073/5
Flag of France.svg 1998 Flag of France.svg 1998 1663718217/9
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Group stage26th302145 Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 2086622145/10
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Did not qualify Flag of Germany.svg 2006 2077624295/10
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Fourth place4th7322118 Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 2077630215/10
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Round of 1612th420246 Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 1885530255/9
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Quarter-finals5th540173 Flag of Russia.svg 2018 1894532202/10
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined Flag of Qatar.svg 2022
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
Total2 Titles13/21562412208774Total1546942432181645/10
*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

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FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearRoundPositionPldWonDrawn *LostGFGASquad
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 place2/11105142213-

South American Championship

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South American Championship
Flag of Argentina.svg 1916 Champions 1st321061
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1917 Champions 1st330090
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1919 Runners-up 2nd321074
Flag of Chile.svg 1920 Champions 1st321092
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1921 Third place 3rd310234
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1922 Third place 3rd421131
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1923 Champions 1st330061
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1924 Champions 1st321081
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1925 Withdrew
Flag of Chile.svg 1926 Champions 1st4400172
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1927 Runners-up 2nd3201153
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1929 Third place 3rd310246
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1935 Champions 1st330061
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1937 Third place 3rd52031114
Flag of Peru (1825-1950).svg 1939 Runners-up 2nd4301135
Flag of Chile.svg 1941 Runners-up 2nd4301101
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1942 Champions 1st6600212
Flag of Chile.svg 1945 Fourth place 4th6303146
Flag of Argentina.svg 1946 Fourth place 4th5203119
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1947 Third place 3rd7502218
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1949 Sixth place 6th72141420
Flag of Peru.svg 1953 Third place 3rd6312156
Flag of Chile.svg 1955 Fourth place 4th52121212
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1956 Champions 1st541093
Flag of Peru.svg 1957 Third place 3rd64021512
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg 1959 Sixth place 6th62041514
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1959 Champions 1st4310131
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1963 Withdrew
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1967 Champions 1st5410132
Total11 Titles27/29119751133300141

Copa América

    Champions      Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place  

Copa América
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1975 Fourth place4th210113
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1979 Group stage6th412155
Flag of UNASUR.svg 1983 Champions 1st8521126
Flag of Argentina.svg 1987 Champions 1st220020
Flag of Brazil.svg 1989 Runners-up 2nd7403113
Flag of Chile.svg 1991 Group stage5th413043
Flag of Ecuador.svg 1993 Quarter-finals6th412155
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1995 Champions 1st6420114
Flag of Bolivia.svg 1997 Group stage9th310222
Flag of Paraguay.svg 1999 Runners-up 2nd612349
Flag of Colombia.svg 2001 Fourth place4th622277
Flag of Peru.svg 2004 Third place3rd63211210
Flag of Venezuela.svg 2007 Fourth place4th622289
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Champions 1st633093
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Quarter-finals7th411223
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 Group stage11th310244
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Quarter-finals6th422072
Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Colombia.svg 2020 Qualified
Flag of Ecuador.svg 2024
Total4 Titles17/178135252110678

Olympics record

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

Olympics record
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908 Did not participate
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Gold medalists 1st5500202
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 Gold medalists 1st5410125
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Withdrew [27]
1948 to 1972 Did not qualify
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976 Withdrew [28]
1980 to 1988 Did not qualify
Since 1992 See Uruguay Olympic football team
Total2 Gold medals3/1910910327

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
1951 to 1959 Did not enter
Flag of Brazil (1960-1968).svg 1963 Fourth place 4th410346
1967 to 1971 Did not enter
Flag of Mexico.svg 1975 Preliminary Round 11th201112
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg 1979 Did not enter
Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).svg 1983 Gold medalists 1st440051
1987 to 1995 Did not enter
Since 1999 See Uruguay Olympic football team
Total1 Gold medals3/1110514109


Note: The list above is for Senior teams.


†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
Flag of France.svg  France 412123Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 210122Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia 110080
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 310236Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 202022Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 110010
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 301236Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 220031Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal 101033
Flag of England.svg  England 321063Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 200225Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 101011
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 311112Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 110021Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 101011
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 211070Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 110010Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 100123
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 211010Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 110040Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 100124
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 210143Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 110030Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 100113
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 210134Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 110020Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 100113
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 210174Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 110020Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 100113
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 200228Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 110010Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 110030
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 210123

Official matches

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams [29]

Updated as of 7 September 2018.