World Cup 2018 | Qualifying Team Guide | Uruguay

Uruguay are one of the dark horses of the World Cup. They may be ranked 21 in the Fifa rankings, but their qualifying performance shows how capable they are. They are spearheaded by one of the most deadly strike partnerships in world Football. With a relatively straight forward group to navigate, there is a good chance of seeing a possible Uruguay World Cup victory.

Fifa Ranking Position: 21
– Tournament Best: Champions 1930, 1950
– Uruguay World Cup Appearances: 14

Uruguay World Cup Qualifiers Overview

The CONMEBOL World Cup region is recognised as the most difficult of all the World Cup groups to qualify from. You have the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile. On top of that, you have games to play at altitude in places like Bolivia. Plus, there are only 4 automatic qualifiers.

But none of this was a worry for the Uruguay Football team. They impressively finished second in the group, one place above Argentina.

They strung together some impressive results to gain their 2018 World Cup finals place. A 3-0 victory over Colombia and Chile, as well as a 2-2 draw with Brazil were the standout results.

Just as impressive, was that they were the second highest scorers in the group. They scored 32 goals, 13 more than third placed Argentina. While their star striker Edinson Cavani topped the group stage goal chart with 10 goals.

Uruguay World Cup

Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer, left, challenges Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani, during an international friendly soccer match between Austria and Uruguay in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) @ Polfoto

Uruguay World Cup history

Uruguay won their first World Cup in 1930, a year in which they were also the host nation. This was followed up 20 years later in the 1950 World Cup where they pulled off one of the biggest World Cup shocks of all time.

They beat the hosts Brazil in the famous Maracana stadium with an astonishing 199,854 fans watching. Their victory was such a surprise that many Brazilians had to be treated for shock.

In the 20 years that followed their second World Cup win, Uruguay managed a few more semi final appearances before over 40 years where they either failed to qualify, or were unable to get past the last 16 when they did.

However in South Africa 2010, a new generation of Footballers, namely Suarez, Cavani and Forlan fired them into another Semi final appearance.

Key Players

The Uruguay World Cup 2018 squad has a few emerging stars, but it is still their two superstar strikers that carry the nation’s hopes.

Luis Suarez

His last World Cup appearance was marred by him biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and receiving a 9 match ban which saw his World Cup participation come to an end.

But he has since matured into one of the world’s best forwards, and spearheads the Barcelona attack.

This may well be his last World Cup, so he will want to put the incident in Brazil behind him, and show the World that he is only deadly with his boots these days.

Edinson Cavani

Cavani is currently one of the most lethal forwards in Europe having enjoyed a ration of almost a goal per game since the beginning of the 2016/17 season for club and country.

Again, it’s possible that this could be Cavani’s last World Cup, so he will be desperate to put on a show. A lethal finisher, with great movement, and physical attributes, the big Uruguayan will be a match for any defence.

Diego Godin

Captain fantastic for the Uruguay World Cup side, he will lead by example and look to halt any opposition attacks.

Godin is recognised as one of the best defenders in the world, thanks to his performances for Atletico Madrid. He’s a no-nonsense defender, tough in the tackle, strong in the air, with a great reading of the game.

2018 Uruguay World Cup Betting Odds

Event Selection Best Odds Brand
2018 World Cup Uruguay Win 33/1* Paddy Power logo
2018 World Cup Uruguay Win 33/1* Unibet logo
2018 World Cup Uruguay Win 33/1* Winner Logo

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.