A smooth qualifying campaign spearheaded by their strikers and marked by emergence of youth has given former champions Uruguay reasons to be optimistic about their chances at the World Cup in Russia..
URUGUAY FIFA Ranking : 17
Coach : Oscar Tabarez
Key Players : Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani
Luis Suarez, the mercurial striker will hope for a controversy-free event after he was handed a lengthy ban from soccer for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chillini during a group-stage encounter in Brazil four years ago..
Edinson Cavani was the top scorer for Uruguay during their World Cup qualifying campaign with 10 goals and finished ahead of players such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who had seven and Brazil’s Neymar, who had six..
Coach Oscar Tabarez took charge of Uruguay for second spell in 2006. He is fondly known as ‘El Maestro (which translates to Teacher in Spanish)‘ will lead the national team into their third consecutive World Cup since they failed to qualify in the year of his appointment – (2006)..
Previous Tournaments :
Uruguay have played in 12 World Cups and have won the tournament twice, as hosts in the inaugural edition in 1930 and again in 1950 in Brazil. After that failing to qualify for the 2006 edition in Germany. Four years later, In the 2010 edition in South Africa they surprised everyone by reaching the semifinals.. Uruguay reached the round 16 in Brazil in 2014 where they lost to Colombia..
Uruguay have never failed to get out of the group stages under coach Oscar Tabarez and the former champions will consider themselves firm favourites to advance from Group A.. However, Uruguay could face a tough test in the round of 16 with Spain or Portugal their likely opponents..
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