Uruguay national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

Uruguay national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

In this article, you will get to know about Uruguay’s national football team Players, Coaches, FIFA Rankings, nicknames, and History. Uruguay’s national football team represents Uruguay in international football and the governing body of football in Uruguay is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association. The Uruguayan team is commonly known as La Celeste (Sky Blue).

Uruguay has won Copa America 15 times, with Argentina winning the most titles in the tournament’s history. Uruguay’s latest title is the 2011 edition. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, including the first World Cup as host in 1930, beating Argentina 4-2 in the final. His second title came in 1950 when he defeated hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final, with the highest attendance in a football match in history. Uruguay also won gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928. FIFA recognizes the gold medals won at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics as the FIFA Senior FIFA World Championships.

Team Profile summary

AssociationAsociación Uruguaya de Fútbol (AUF)
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blue One), Los Charruas
FIFA rank15 (30 November 2023)
Most CapsDiego Godín (157)
Top ScorerLuis Suárez (68)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
Head coachDiego Alonso

Uruguay national football team History

Although the first recorded match by an Uruguayan team was played on May 16, 1901, against Argentina, this is not considered an official match due to the fact that the match was not organized by the Uruguayan Football Association but by Albion F.C. on its field of origin in Paso del Molino. The Uruguayan team had nine players from that club and the rest from Nacional. The match considered the first official match played by Uruguay was played at the same venue, on July 20, 1902, against Argentina. Argentina defeated the Uruguayan team 6-0 in front of 8,000 spectators.

The lineup of Uruguay was: Enrique Sardeson; Carlos Carvé Urioste, Germán Arimalo; Miguel Nebel (c), Alberto Peixoto, Luis Carbone; Bolívar Céspedes, Gonzalo Rincón, Juan Sardeson, Ernesto Boutón Reyes, Carlos Céspedes. Before 1916, Uruguay played more than 30 matches, of which all but one were against Argentina. The inaugural Copa América provided Uruguay with a more varied opposition. Victories over Chile and Brazil, along with a draw against Argentina, allowed 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 loss in the tournament, a 1–0 playoff loss with Brazil that went into two extra-time periods, the longest Copa América match in history.

Uruguay national football team Home Stadium

Since 1930, Uruguay has played its home games at the Centenario Stadium 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 it first opened. The stadium hosted several matches of the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000. Crowds for Uruguay home games vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition. World Cup qualifying matches often draw crowds of between 50,000 and 73,000.

Uruguay national football team Kit

Uruguay plays four stars on its shield. It is unique in world football because the two stars represent the gold medals won at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics, the only editions recognized by FIFA as the Senior World Championships. In 2021, when a FIFA employee approached PUMA about modifying Team Crest, FIFA once again reaffirmed and approved the use of four stars on the jersey.

Who are Uruguay National Football team players?

The following 27 players were named in the squad for FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Peru and Chile on 24 and 29 March 2022 respectively. The caps and goals are correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Chile.

NoPositionPlayer NameDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKFernando Muslera16-06-1986 (35)1310Galatasaray
12GKSergio Rochet23-03-1993 (29)40Nacional
23GKGuillermo de Amores19-10-1994 (27)00Deportivo Cali
GKSebastián Sosa19-08-1986 (35)00Independiente
2DFJosé Giménez20-01-1995 (27)768Atlético Madrid
3DFDiego Godín (captain)16-02-1986 (36)1578Atlético Mineiro
4DFRonald Araújo07-03-1999 (23)90Barcelona
13DFDamián Suárez27-04-1988 (33)40Getafe
16DFLeandro Cabrera17-06-1991 (30)00Espanyol
17DFMatías Viña09-11-1997 (24)220Roma
19DFSebastián Coates07-10-1990 (31)441Sporting CP
22DFMartín Cáceres07-04-1987 (34)1124Levante
DFMathías Olivera31-10-1997 (24)30Getafe
5MFManuel Ugarte11-04-2001 (20)20Sporting CP
6MFRodrigo Bentancur25-06-1997 (24)491Tottenham Hotspur
7MFNicolás de la Cruz01-06-1997 (24)130River Plate
10MFGiorgian de Arrascaeta01-06-1994 (27)378Flamengo
14MFLucas Torreira11-02-1996 (26)370Fiorentina
15MFFederico Valverde22-07-1998 (23)394Real Madrid
MFFabricio Díaz03-02-2003 (19)00Liverpool Montevideo
8FWDiego Rossi05-03-1998 (24)10Fenerbahçe
9FWLuis Suárez24-01-1987 (35)13268Atlético Madrid
11FWDarwin Núñez24-06-1999 (22)92Liverpool
18FWMaxi Gómez14-08-1996 (25)243Valencia
20FWFacundo Torres13-04-2000 (21)100Orlando City
21FWEdinson Cavani14-02-1987 (35)13054Manchester United
FWFacundo Pellistri20-12-2001 (20)30Alavés

Who are the Uruguay national football team captain and coach?

Diego Godín is the captain of the Uruguay football national team and Diego Alonso is the coach of the team.

Uruguay national football team captain

Diego Godín is the captain of the Uruguay football national team. Have a look at the profile summary of Uruguay’s current captain.

Profile summary

  • Name: Diego Godín
  • Date of birth/Age: Feb 16, 1986 (36)
  • Place of birth: Rosario
  • Citizenship:  Uruguay
  • Height: 1,87 m
  • Position: Centre-Back
  • Current international: Uruguay
  • Caps/Goals: 157 / 8

Uruguay national football team Coach

Diego Alonso is the coach of the team. Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

  • Name: Diego Alonso
  • Date of birth/Age: Apr 16, 1975 (47)
  • Place of birth:  Montevideo
  • Citizenship:  Uruguay
  • Agent: Alessandro Lucci –
  • Avg. the term as coach: 1.09 Years
  • Preferred formation : 4-2-3-1

Uruguay national football team world rankings

Uruguay national football team’s world ranking Number is 15 as of 30 November 2023.

Uruguay’s national football team trophies

  • FIFA World Cup:
    • Winners (2): 1930, 1950
    • Fourth place (3): 1954, 1970, 2010
  • Summer Olympics:
    • Gold medalists (2): 1924, 1928
  • South American Championship / Copa América:
    • Winners (15): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011
    • Runners-up (6): 1919, 1927, 1939, 1941, 1989, 1999
    • Third place (9): 1921, 1922, 1929, 1937, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1975, 2004
    • Fourth place (5): 1945, 1946, 1955, 2001, 2007
  • FIFA Confederations Cup:
    • Fourth place (2): 1997, 2013
  • Panamerican Championship:
    • Third place (1): 1952
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy:
    • Runners-up: 1985

1. Uruguay hosted the first-ever World Cup

And both stadiums are still the premier venues for matches today.

2. Uruguay national football team has won the World Cup twice

They won the first-ever World Cup in 1930. And beat Brazil in a legendary final known as the ‘Maracanazo’ in 1950.

Source: FootballArroyo.co.uk

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