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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Group A - Uruguay

Nickname – CHARRÚAS / La Celeste

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING

After finishing 5th in the South America Region with 6 wins, 6 draws, 6 loses meaning 24 points, they had to settle for a intercontinental play-off against Costa Rica that they won 2-1 on aggregate with away goals rule.

H2H

Jun 11 Cape Town Uruguay v France - Uruguay have not lost in their last 2 matches against France. Overall they have won once each other and drew twice. France has scored 3 times against South American fellows that scored twice. How interesting will be this match!

Jun 16 Pretoria South Africa v Uruguay - Uruguay has defeated 4-3 the Bafana Bafana in their last face-2-face. That’s the only win by any of both teams having tied once as well.

Jun 22 Rustenburg Mexico v Uruguay Mexico won 7 times against Uruguay, losing only 3 times. They have 7 draws. (25-21 Goals Scored) – Uruguai was defeated in their last meeting 1-3.

BEST PLAYERS; MANAGER; FORMATION; SWOT ANALYSIS

Oscar Tabaréz has choosen a 23 squad:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Juan Castillo (Deportivo Cali), Martín Silva (Defensor Sporting)

Defenders: Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godín (Villarreal), Andrés Scotti (Colo Colo), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Martín Cáceres (Juventus), Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica)

Midfielders: Walter Gargano (Napoli), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Peñarol), Sebastián Eguren (AIK Stockholm), Diego Pérez (Monaco), Alvaro Pereira (Porto), Ignacio González (Valencia), Nicolás Lodeiro (Ajax), Alvaro Fernández (Universidad de Chile)

Forwards: Luis Suárez (Ajax), Diego Forlán (Atlático Madrid), Sebastián Abreu (Botafogo), Edinson Cavani (Palermo), Sebastián Fernández (Banfield Argentina)

FORMATION

Oscar Tabaréz plays on a 4-3-3 but as he is a versatile coach tends to change formation depending on opponents’ approach, so easily you can see him changing to a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 formations.

BEST PLAYERS

Diego Forlán from Atletico Madrid has not only been the top goal scorer in Spain but as well the European Golden boot twice. Adding to this impact of the once player from Manchester United is his potential move next summer to Liverpool, a team that got destroyed by Forlán’s goal in the semi-final of Europa League of this season.

You talk about Ajax Amsterdam then you gotta talk about Luis Suarez. The dynamic striker has had an amazing season scoring 49 goals in all competitions and has been named Dutch Footballer of the Year. A player that has 2 years of Ajax and scores 91 goals out of 106 matches and gets as well the captaincy of the squad must mean something… He will be deadly this summer case Tabaréz produces a direct football.

Diego Lugano and Diego Godin will represent safety at the last third of Uruguay’s formation providing high-temper and willingness defending as well as the possibility of centre back overlap.

SURPRISE

Cristian Rodriguez from Porto.

STATEMENT

“We had to work hard to qualify, especially in the games in Montevideo. Luckily for us, though, the World Cup’s taking place far away from home! I know we have to improve a lot if we are to perform well in South Africa but we do have a lot of strong points and we hope to be able to show them.”Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez

- OSCAR TABAREZ -

1 Copa Libertadores at Peñarol; 1 Argentine Primera Division with Boca Juniors.

302 Matches – 39% Win, 30% Draw & Losses. GS 1,33; GA 1,12.

SWOT ANALYSIS

Strength – Diego Forlán & Luis Suarez, the biggest duo threat of this group.

Hot-blooded, humbleness and Garra Charrúa brought into their essence since the 50s.

Weaknesses – They are a “do or die” team. If they play a direct football ordered by Tabarez, then they might take advantage of their prolific attack, otherwise they can turn into an ordinary team.

Opportunities –Head-to-head for the match of their lives against France bearing in mind they haven’t lost against Les Bleus for the last two occasions that both nations met. If Uruguay try and take advantage of South Africa’s weak last third, they will reach the knockout stages.

Threats – They create a lot of chances, but often they waste it. Can France bring it on? If so, they can be a powerful threat. The presence of Javier Aguirre’s coaching skills.

Being inside of a group that belongs to a all-time qualified host (yet we are to know if South Africa can deliver, but Korea has done that in 2002 and no one was expecting).

FIFA WORLD RANKINGS

Uruguay is currently in the position number 18 of the World Ranking ahead of Cameroon and behind their group A challenger Mexico.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Uruguay will be heading for its World Cup number 11.

They have won twice the World Cup back in 1930 and 1950 as well 2 gold Olympic medals. Staggering 14 Copa América.

CASTROL INDEX

Castrol states that Uruguay is 61,5% guaranteed the progress to the next stage and 34,4% to finish top of the group. I wonder.

WORLD CUP RECORDS

Most consecutive matches scoring at least two goals

11, Uruguay (1930–1954)

Most consecutive matches scoring at least three / four goals

4, Uruguay (1930–1950)

Uruguayan striker Ricardo Olivera struck after 2.8 seconds for his side Rio Negro against Soriano in 1998 – the fastest strike in professional match.

While the fastest goal in World cups belong to Hakan Sukur against South Korea in the 2002 World Cup, with a elapsed time of 11 seconds.

Scoring in every match of a World Cup

Alcides Ghiggia ( Uruguay), 4 goals in 4 matches (1950)

Largest deficit overcome in a draw

3 goals, Uruguay, 2002 (coming from 0–3 down to draw 3–3 vs Senegal).

Fastest sending off

56 seconds, José Batista ( Uruguay), vs Scotland, 1986.

Highest match attendance in a World Cup final tournament

Staggering 199,854, Uruguay vs Brazil, 16 July 1950, Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, World Cup 1950.


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