Uruguay finished fourth at the last World Cup and this time they want to prove that this achievement wasn’t just an accident.
How high are the chances for them to make it to the knockout stages in Brazil?
The 66-year old Oscar Tabarez is the intellectual leftist among the football coaches at the World Cup. In Uruguay they call him El Maestro because he had worked as an teacher before becoming a football coach. He called his daughter Tania after Che Guevara’s former companion and advised his players to read the books of the famous Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. He has been coaching the Charruas since 2006 and managed to win the Copa America with them in 2011.
Of course their strikers. With Luis Suarez from Liverpool and EdinsonCavani from PSG they have two of the best forwards in the world in their team. But also the defence has it's quality. There you will find players like Caceres from Juventus, Fucile from Oporto, Perreira from Benfica and of course Diego Godin from the Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid. Uruguay play a very disciplined football under their coach Tabarez and are therefore a tough opponent for any team.
The top striker Luis Suarez is still injured and there will be a big question mark behind his physical condition in Brazil. Apart from that Uruguay are lacking a high quality play maker who could feed their excellent strikers with the supply they need. Additionally the team qualified only in the play-offs and didn’t make a very strong impression during the actual qualifying group stage.
Uruaguay will be especially motivated at the World Cup in their neighbouring country. Even though their group with Italy, England and the outsiders Costa Rica is very difficult, they still have a good chance to qualify for the second round. It will depend on the direct matches against Italy and England and Uruguay will definitely need to be very focused to pass these obstacles. A fit Luis Suarez will be key.