Uruguay could be a dark-horse in South Africa. They are one of only five nations to have won multiple World Cups and have a very talented attack.

Uruguay has been very successful in the years they qualified for the World Cup. They won the first ever World Cup in 1930 and would go two for two in their second World Cup in 1950. Although they had to wait 20 years, the Uruguains shocked the Brazilains in the final and took their second World Cup.

A semi-final finish in '54 was another highlight and the country has seen fairly inconsistant qualifying since then.

This year's team is totally unpredictable. The team came out strong in qualifying, only losing one of their first six games. They then went on a skid in which they only got 2 points in 4 games. They ended up losing their final match at home to Argentina, forcing them to win a play-off with Costa Rica.

The team will be led by Coach Oscar Tabarez. Tabarez led the team to the second round of the 1990 tournament in Italy and will try to bring the same success to this squad.

Uruguay will surely be tested by the group they have drawn. They will enjoy the winter like climate in South Africa that they will be use to but a lack of depth may cost a chance to advance.


Oscar Tabarez

After leading the team to the knockout phase in Italia '90, Tabarez is back in 2010 to try and do the same with this squad.

Key Players-

Diego Lugano

The typical Uruguyan defender, steady on the ground and tough in the air.

Diego Perez

Will take some pressure off of the back line from the midfield position with his hard work ethic.

Nicolas Lodeiro

Earned his first cap in the Costa Rica play-off, Lodeiro has since become the creative midfielder the team has been looking for.

2010 World Cup Schedule:

Uruguay vs. France, Cape Town, South Africa, June 11th

Uruguay vs. South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, June 16th

Uruguay vs. Mexico, Rustenburg, South Africa, June 22nd

Next Up:

United States