Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
AssociationUruguayan Football Association
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachDiego Alonso
CaptainDiego Godín
Most capsDiego Godín (159)
Top scorerLuis Suárez (68)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
FIFA codeURU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 13 Steady (23 June 2022)[1]
Highest2 (June 2012)
Lowest76 (December 1998)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 Jul 1902)[note 1]
Biggest win
 Uruguay 9–0 Bolivia 
(Lima, Peru; 6 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1930, 1950)
Copa América
Appearances45 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011)
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions
Appearances1 (first in 1985)
Best resultRunners-up (1985)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultFourth place (1997, 2013)

The Uruguay national football team (Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in international football, and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The Uruguayan team is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue).

Uruguay has won the Copa América 15 times. They are tied with Argentina for the most titles in the history of the tournament. Uruguay won their most recent title in 2011. Additionally, Uruguay are the holders of four FIFA World Championships: The team has won the FIFA World Cup twice, including the first World Cup in 1930 as hosts, defeating Argentina 4–2 in the final. Their second title came in 1950, upsetting host Brazil 2–1 in the final match, which had the highest attendance for a football match ever. Uruguay has also won gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928. The gold medals received at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics are recognized by FIFA as senior FIFA World Championships.

History

The golden era

Uruguay before its first official match v Argentina, 20 July 1902
Uruguay before its first official match v Argentina, 20 July 1902
The team that won its second gold medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics
The team that won its second gold medal at the 1928 Summer Olympics

Although the first match ever recorded by an Uruguayan side was played on 16 May 1901 against Argentina, this is not considered an official game due to the match not having been organized by Uruguay's Football Association but rather by Albion F.C. in its home field in Paso del Molino. The Uruguayan side had nine players from that club and the remainder from Nacional.[8] The match considered the first official game played by Uruguay was held in the same venue, on 20 July 1902 against Argentina.[3] Argentina defeated the Uruguayan side by 6–0 in front of 8,000 spectators.[4][5] Uruguay line-up was: Enrique Sardeson; Carlos Carve Urioste, Germán Arímalo; Miguel Nebel (c), Alberto Peixoto, Luis Carbone; Bolívar Céspedes, Gonzalo Rincón, Juan Sardeson, Ernesto Boutón Reyes, Carlos Céspedes.[9][10] Prior to 1916, Uruguay played more than 30 matches, of which all but one were against Argentina. The inaugural Copa America provided Uruguay with more varied opposition. Victories over Chile and Brazil, along with a tie against Argentina, enabled 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 defeat in the tournament, a 1–0 defeat in a playoff with Brazil which went to two periods of extra time, the longest Copa América match in history.[citation needed]

In 1924, the Uruguay team traveled to Paris to become the first South American team to compete in the Olympic Games. In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[11] and won every game, defeating Switzerland 3–0 in the gold medal match. In the 1928 Summer Olympics, Uruguay went to Amsterdam to defend their title, again winning the gold medal after defeating Argentina 2–1 in the replay of the final (the first match was a draw after extra time).

The team that beat Argentina in the final match of the 1930 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's first FIFA World Cup
The team that beat Argentina in the final match of the 1930 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's first FIFA World Cup

Following the double Olympic triumph, Uruguay was chosen as the host nation for the first World Cup, held in 1930, the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution. During the World Cup, Uruguay won all its matches, and converted a 1–2 halftime deficit to a 4–2 victory against Argentina at the Estadio Centenario. Due to the refusal of some European teams to participate in the first World Cup, the Uruguayan Football Association urged other countries to reciprocate by boycotting the 1934 World Cup played in Italy. For the 1938 World Cup, France was chosen as host, contrary to a previous agreement to alternate the championships between South America and Europe, so Uruguay again refused to participate.

1950–2009

The team that beat Brazil in the decisive match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's second FIFA World Cup
The team that beat Brazil in the decisive match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup to win Uruguay's second FIFA World Cup

Uruguay again won the World Cup in 1950, beating hosts Brazil in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history. The decisive match was at the Maracanã Stadium in Brazil. Uruguay came from behind to beat the host nation in a match which would become known as the Maracanazo. Many Brazilians had to be treated for shock after the event, such was the surprise of Uruguay's victory.[12]

Rodolfo Rodríguez raises the Mundialito trophy won in January 1981
Rodolfo Rodríguez raises the Mundialito trophy won in January 1981

After their fourth-place finish in the 1954 World Cup, the team had mixed performances and after the fourth-place finish in 1970, their dominance, quality and performance dropped. They were no longer a world football power and failed to qualify for the World Cup on five occasions in the last nine competitions. They reached an all-time low and at one time ranked 76th in the FIFA World Rankings.

2010–present

In 2010, however, a new generation of footballers, led by Luis Suárez, Diego Forlán and Edinson Cavani, formed a team considered to be Uruguay's best in the last four decades, catching international attention after finishing fourth in the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay opened the tournament with a goalless draw against France, followed by defeats of South Africa (3–0) in and Mexico (1–0) respectively, finishing at the top of their group with seven points. In the second round, they played South Korea, defeating them 2–1 with star striker Luis Suárez scoring a brace and earning Uruguay a spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since 1970. Against Ghana, the match finished 1–1, forcing the game into extra-time. Both sides had their chances at extra time but Suárez blocked the ball with his hand in the penalty area, earning Suárez a red card and earning Uruguay universal scorn. Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty, forcing the game to go into penalties where Uruguay would win 4–2, sending them into the last four. They played the Netherlands in the semi-finals but were beaten 3–2. For the third-place match, they played Germany, again losing 3–2. This placed Uruguay in fourth place for the tournament, their best result in 40 years. Diego Forlan was awarded the Player of The Tournament.

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

A year later, they won the Copa America for the first time in 16 years and broke the record for the most successful team in South America. Luis Suárez ended up as the Player of The Tournament. In the 2014 World Cup Uruguay was placed in Group D alongside Costa Rica, England, and Italy. They were upset by Costa Rica in the opening match, losing 3–1 despite taking the lead in the first half. They rebounded with a 2–1 victory over England, in which Suárez scored a brace right after coming back from an injury, and a 1–0 victory over Italy, placing them second in their group and earning a spot in the last 16. During the match against Italy, forward Luis Suárez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on his left shoulder. Two days after the match, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee banned Suárez for nine international matches, the longest such ban in World Cup history, exceeding the eight-match ban handed to Italy's Mauro Tassotti for breaking the nose of Spain's Luis Enrique in 1994.[13][14][15] Suárez was also banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months and fined CHF100,000 (approx. £65,700/82,000/US$119,000).[13][14][16] In the round of 16, Uruguay played Colombia but were beaten 2–0, eliminating them from the tournament.

At the 2015 and 2016 Copa América, Uruguay, missing banned striker Luis Suárez, were eliminated in the quarter-finals and group stages respectively. After a successful World Cup qualifying campaign, finishing second, Uruguay made it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Uruguay won its group after three victories, and advanced to the quarter-finals after a 2–1 win over Portugal.[17][18] However, they were eliminated 2–0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.

Team image

Kits and crest

Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, wearing the light blue shirt they have worn since 1910
Uruguay at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, wearing the light blue shirt they have worn since 1910

Between 1901 and 1910, Uruguay wore a variety of different shirts during its matches. The first shirt worn was the Albion F.C. one, in the unofficial debut of the national team v Argentina in 1901.[19] Then Uruguay worn a variety of shirts, including a solid green one and even a shirt with the colors of the flag of Artigas.

On 10 April 1910, now-defunct club River Plate defeated Argentine side Alumni 2–1, being the first time an Uruguayan team beat that legendary team. That day River Plate wore its alternate jersey, a light blue one due to the home jersey was similar to Alumni's.[20] Ricardo LeBas proposed Uruguay to wear a light blue jersey as a tribute to the victory of River Plate over Alumni. This was approved by president of the Uruguayan Association, Héctor Gómez.[21] The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on August 15, 1910. Uruguay won 3–1.[22]

The red jersey that was used in some previous away strips was first used at the 1935 Copa América, held in Santa Beatriz in Peru, which Uruguay won. It was not worn again (except for a 1962 FIFA World Cup match, against Colombia[23]) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.[24]

Uruguay displays four stars in its emblem. This is unique in world football as two of the stars represent the gold medals received at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics, which are the only editions recognised by FIFA as senior World Championships.[25][26][27] In 2021, after a FIFA employee reached out to PUMA about modifying the team's crest, FIFA reconfirmed and approved once again the use of all four stars on the shirt.[28]

1902–03 [note 3]
1905–07 [note 4]
1908–10 [note 5]
1910–present [note 6]

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1974–1982
France Le Coq Sportif 1983–1986
Germany Puma 1987–1991
Italy Ennerre 1992–1998
Uruguay Meta 1999–2001
Italy L-Sporto 2002–2004
Germany Uhlsport 2004–2006
Germany Puma 2006–present
Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup
Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Home stadium

Since 1930, Uruguay have played their home games at the Estadio Centenario 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 first fully opened.[31] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[32] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition.[clarification needed] World Cup qualifying matches often attract crowds of between 50,000 and 73,000.

Uruguay's stadium Estadio Centenario is one of the biggest stadiums in the world over 100m wide and 100m long.

Rivalries

Argentina

Main article: Argentina–Uruguay football rivalry

Uruguay has a long-standing rivalry with Argentina, that came into existence when they beat their South American neighbors 4–2 in the first World Cup final, held in Montevideo in 1930. As a response, the following day saw an angry mob threw stones at the Uruguayan consulate in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires.

Brazil

Main article: Brazil–Uruguay football rivalry

Uruguay has an old rivalry with their South American neighbors. Their best known match was played at the 1950 World Cup which was held in Brazil where they defeated the host with the result 2–1 in front of almost 200,000 spectators at the Maracanã Stadium, thus winning the competition and earning their second World Cup title.

Results and fixtures

Main article: Uruguay national football team results (2020–present)

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  1–1  Uruguay Lima, Peru
20:00 UTC−5
  • Tapia 25'
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
5 September 2021 (2021-09-05) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  4–2  Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
19:00 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Referee: Eber Aquino (Paraguay)
9 September 2021 (2021-09-09) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  1–0  Ecuador Montevideo, Uruguay
19:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  0–0  Colombia Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Gran Parque Central
Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (Venezuela)
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  3–0  Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
20:30 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)
14 October 2021 (2021-10-14) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil  4–1  Uruguay Manaus, Brazil
20:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Arena da Amazônia
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
12 November 2021 (2021-11-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  0–1  Argentina Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Campeón del Siglo
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia  3–0  Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
16:00 UTC−4
Report Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

2022

27 January 2022 (2022-01-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay  0–1  Uruguay Asunción, Paraguay
20:00 UTC−3 Report
Stadium: Estadio General Pablo Rojas
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Dario Herrera (Argentina)
1 February 2022 (2022-02-01) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  4–1  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Bruno Arleu de Araújo (Brazil)
24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  1–0  Peru Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Anderson Daronco (Brazil)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile  0–2  Uruguay Santiago, Chile
20:30 UTC−3 Report
Stadium: Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
2 June 2022 Friendly Mexico  0–3  Uruguay Glendale, United States
19:00 UTC−7 Report
Stadium: State Farm Stadium
Attendance: 57,735
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
5 June 2022 Friendly United States  0–0  Uruguay Kansas City, United States
17:00 UTC−5 Report Stadium: Children's Mercy Park
Attendance: 19,569
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (Mexico)
11 June 2022 Friendly Uruguay  5–0  Panama Montevideo, Uruguay
17:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Cristián Garay (Chile)
23 September 2022 (2022-09-23) Friendly Iran  v  Uruguay Vienna, Austria
Report Stadium: TBD
27 September 2022 (2022-09-27) Friendly Canada  v  Uruguay Vienna, Austria
Report Stadium: TBD
24 November 2022 (2022-11-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup Uruguay  v  South Korea Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
28 November 2022 (2022-11-28) 2022 FIFA World Cup Portugal  v  Uruguay Lusail, Qatar
22:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium
2 December 2022 (2022-12-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup Ghana  v  Uruguay Al Wakrah, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium

Coaching staff

Current personnel

Position Name
Head coach Uruguay Diego Alonso
Assistant coaches Uruguay Darío Rodríguez
Argentina Diego Raimondi
Goalkeeping coach Uruguay Carlos Nicola
Fitness coaches Uruguay Óscar Ortega
Uruguay Guillermo Souto
Physiologist Portugal Guilherme Rodrigues

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were named in the final squad for friendly matches against Mexico, United States and Panama on 2, 5 and 11 June 2022 respectively.[34]

Caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2022, after the match against Panama.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 36) 133 0 Turkey Galatasaray
12 1GK Sergio Rochet (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 29) 6 0 Uruguay Nacional
23 1GK Sebastián Sosa (1986-08-19) 19 August 1986 (age 35) 1 0 Argentina Independiente

2 2DF Guillermo Varela (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 29) 7 0 Brazil Flamengo
4 2DF Ronald Araújo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 23) 11 0 Spain Barcelona
13 2DF Damián Suárez (1988-04-27) 27 April 1988 (age 34) 6 0 Spain Getafe
16 2DF Mathías Olivera (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 24) 6 0 Italy Napoli
17 2DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 24) 24 0 Italy Roma
19 2DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 (age 31) 47 1 Portugal Sporting CP
22 2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 (age 35) 114 4 Unattached
2DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 (age 36) 159 8 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield
2DF José Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 27) 78 8 Spain Atlético Madrid

5 3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 30) 60 4 Italy Lazio
6 3MF Manuel Ugarte (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 21) 5 0 Portugal Sporting CP
7 3MF Nicolás de la Cruz (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 25) 15 1 Argentina River Plate
10 3MF Giorgian de Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 28) 38 8 Brazil Flamengo
11 3MF Fernando Gorriarán (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 27) 7 0 Mexico Santos Laguna
14 3MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 26) 39 0 England Arsenal
15 3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 24) 42 4 Spain Real Madrid
20 3MF Mauro Arambarri (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 (age 26) 12 0 Spain Getafe

8 4FW Facundo Pellistri (2001-12-20) 20 December 2001 (age 20) 6 0 England Manchester United
9 4FW Diego Rossi (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 24) 3 1 Turkey Fenerbahçe
18 4FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 25) 27 4 Spain Valencia
21 4FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 35) 133 58 Unattached
4FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 23) 11 2 England Liverpool
4FW Agustín Canobbio (1998-10-01) 1 October 1998 (age 23) 2 0 Brazil Athletico Paranaense

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Uruguay squad in the past twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Guillermo de Amores (1994-10-19) 19 October 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Argentina Lanús v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 (age 33) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
GK Nicolás Vikonis (1984-04-06) 6 April 1984 (age 38) 0 0 Mexico Mazatlán v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
GK Kevin Dawson (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Venezuela, 1 February 2022 PRE
GK Santiago Mele (1997-09-06) 6 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Argentina Unión v.  Venezuela, 1 February 2022 PRE
GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 39) 11 0 Paraguay Libertad v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021 PRE

DF Leandro Cabrera (1991-06-17) 17 June 1991 (age 31) 0 0 Spain Espanyol v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
DF Sebastián Cáceres (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico América v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
DF Giovanni González (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 27) 16 0 Spain Mallorca v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
DF Joaquín Piquerez (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 23) 7 0 Brazil Palmeiras v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
DF Bruno Méndez (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 22) 2 0 Brazil Corinthians v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
DF Alfonso Espino (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 30) 0 0 Spain Cádiz v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
DF Emanuel Gularte (1997-09-30) 30 September 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Mexico Puebla v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
DF Agustín Oliveros (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Mexico Necaxa v.  Venezuela, 1 February 2022 PRE
DF Maximiliano Falcón (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0 Chile Colo-Colo v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021 PRE
DF Yonatthan Rak (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021 PRE

MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 25) 49 1 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
MF Fabricio Díaz (2003-02-03) 3 February 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Uruguay Liverpool Montevideo v.  Chile, 29 March 2022
MF Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 27) 13 5 Italy Cagliari v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
MF César Araújo (2001-04-02) 2 April 2001 (age 21) 0 0 United States Orlando City v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
MF Santiago Rodríguez (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 United States New York City v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
MF Juan Manuel Sanabria (2000-03-29) 29 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Mexico Atlético San Luis v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 26) 49 0 Italy Cagliari v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021
MF Brian Lozano (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 28) 8 0 Uruguay Peñarol v.  Brazil, 14 October 2021 PRE

FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 35) 132 68 Uruguay Nacional v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
FW Facundo Torres (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 22) 10 0 United States Orlando City v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
FW Brian Ocampo (1999-06-25) 25 June 1999 (age 23) 1 0 Uruguay Nacional v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
FW Nicolás López (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Mexico UANL v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
FW Martín Satriano (2001-02-20) 20 February 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Empoli v.  Jamaica, 11 June 2022 PRE
FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 (age 29) 29 3 Mexico América v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
FW Federico Martínez (1996-02-28) 28 February 1996 (age 26) 1 0 Mexico León v.  Chile, 29 March 2022 PRE
FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 35) 50 8 Spain Girona v.  Venezuela, 1 February 2022 PRE
FW Agustín Álvarez Martínez (2001-05-19) 19 May 2001 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Sassuolo v.  Venezuela, 1 February 2022 PRE
FW Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 22) 17 3 United States Los Angeles v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021
FW David Terans (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 28) 2 0 Brazil Athletico Paranaense v.  Bolivia, 16 November 2021 PRE

PRE Preliminary squad
COV Withdrew from squad due to COVID-19
INJ Injured

Player records

Main article: List of Uruguay international footballers

As of 11 June 2022, after the match against Panama.[35]
Players in bold are still active with Uruguay.

Competitive record

Main article: Uruguay national football team records and statistics

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Italy 1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
France 1938 Refused to participate
Brazil 1950 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 Squad Qualified automatically
Switzerland 1954 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9 Squad Qualified as defending champions
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 6
Chile 1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad 1st 2 1 1 0 3 2
England 1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5 Squad 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2
Mexico 1970 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 Squad 1st 4 3 1 0 5 0
West Germany 1974 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 1st 4 2 1 1 6 2
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 4
Spain 1982 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 5
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4
Italy 1990 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 7 2
United States 1994 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 2 2 10 7
France 1998 7th 16 6 3 7 18 21
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad 5th 20 8 6 6 22 14
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 5th 20 7 7 6 24 29
South Africa 2010 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8 Squad 5th 20 7 7 6 30 21
Brazil 2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 5th 18 8 5 5 30 25
Russia 2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3 Squad 2nd 18 9 4 5 32 20
Qatar 2022 Qualified 3rd 18 8 4 6 22 22
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 2 Titles 14/22 56 24 12 20 87 74 172 77 46 49 240 186
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

Copa América

Main article: Uruguay at the Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Argentina 1916 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 6 1 Squad
Uruguay 1917 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 0 Squad
Brazil 1919 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 1 1 7 5 Squad
Chile 1920 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 9 2 Squad
Argentina 1921 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 3 4 Squad
Brazil 1922 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 3 1 Squad
Uruguay 1923 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1 Squad
Uruguay 1924 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 8 1 Squad
Argentina 1925 Withdrew
Chile 1926 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 17 2 Squad
Peru 1927 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 15 3 Squad
Argentina 1929 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad
Peru 1935 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 6 1 Squad
Argentina 1937 Third place 3rd 5 2 0 3 11 14 Squad
Peru 1939 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 13 5 Squad
Chile 1941 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 10 1 Squad
Uruguay 1942 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 21 2 Squad
Chile 1945 Fourth place 4th 6 3 0 3 14 6 Squad
Argentina 1946 Fourth place 4th 5 2 0 3 11 9 Squad
Ecuador 1947 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 21 8 Squad
Brazil 1949 Sixth place 6th 7 2 1 4 14 20 Squad
Peru 1953 Third place 3rd 6 3 1 2 15 6 Squad
Chile 1955 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 12 12 Squad
Uruguay 1956 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 9 3 Squad
Peru 1957 Third place 3rd 6 4 0 2 15 12 Squad
Argentina 1959 Sixth place 6th 6 2 0 4 15 14 Squad
Ecuador 1959 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 13 1 Squad
Bolivia 1963 Withdrew
Uruguay 1967 Champions 1st 5 4 1 0 13 2 Squad
South America 1975 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 1 3 Squad
South America 1979 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad
South America 1983 Champions 1st 8 5 2 1 12 6 Squad
Argentina 1987 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 2 0 Squad
Brazil 1989 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 0 3 11 3 Squad
Chile 1991 Group stage 5th 4 1 3 0 4 3 Squad
Ecuador 1993 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad
Uruguay 1995 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 4 Squad
Bolivia 1997 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 2 2 Squad
Paraguay 1999 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 2 3 4 9 Squad
Colombia 2001 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 7 7 Squad
Peru 2004 Third place 3rd 6 3 2 1 12 10 Squad
Venezuela 2007 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 8 9 Squad
Argentina 2011 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 9 3 Squad
Chile 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 2 3 Squad
United States 2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad
Brazil 2019 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 2 0 7 2 Squad
Brazil 2021 Quarter-finals 5th 5 2 2 1 4 2 Squad
Ecuador 2024 Qualified
Total 15 Titles 45/47 206 112 38 56 410 222

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 8 6 Squad
Mexico 1999 Did not qualify
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013 Fourth place 4th 5 2 1 2 14 7 Squad
Russia 2017 Did not qualify
Total Fourth place 2/10 10 5 1 4 22 13

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions

CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
France 1985 Runners-up 2nd 1 0 0 1 0 2
Argentina 1993 Did not qualify
England 2022
Total Runners-up 1/3 1 0 0 1 0 2

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
France 1900 Did not participate
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924 Gold medal 1st 5 5 0 0 20 2 Squad
Netherlands 1928 Gold medal 1st 5 4 1 0 12 5 Squad
Nazi Germany 1936 Withdrew[36]
United Kingdom 1948 Did not qualify
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976 Withdrew[37]
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984
Korea 1988
Since 1992 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total 2 Gold medals 3/19 10 9 1 0 32 7

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Argentina 1951 Did not participate
Mexico 1955
United States 1959
Brazil 1963 Fourth place 4th 4 1 0 3 4 6
Canada 1967 Did not participate
Colombia 1971
Mexico 1975 Preliminary round 11th 2 0 1 1 1 2
Puerto Rico 1979 Did not enter
Venezuela 1983 Gold medal 1st 4 4 0 0 5 1
United States 1987 Did not participate
Cuba 1991
Argentina 1995
Since 1999 See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total 1 Gold medal 3/12 10 5 1 4 10 9

Head-to-head record

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams.[38] Updated as of 11 June 2022.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  4. ^ Includes matches against  Yugoslavia and  Serbia and Montenegro.

Honours

Senior Team

Titles

Awards

South American Tournaments

Friendlies

Pan American Team

Senior Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 2 0 0 2
Confederations Cup 0 0 0 0
Copa América 15 6 9 30
Olympic Games 2 0 0 2
Panamerican Championship 0 0 1 1
Artemio Franchi Trophy 0 1 0 1
Total 19 7 10 36

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Although the first match ever recorded by both, Argentina and Uruguay sides, was played on 16 May 1901, this is not considered an official game due to the match not being organized by Uruguay's Football Association but by Albion FC in its home field in Paso del Molino.[2][3][4][5]
  2. ^ Shirt of Albion F.C., worn in the first match (unofficial) v Argentina due to the most part of the players were from that club.[2]
  3. ^ Shirt worn in the first official match ever,[29] v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902,[19] also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903.[30]
  4. ^ Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa[19] and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07).[30]
  5. ^ Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  6. ^ Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on August 15, 1910.[21][20]
  7. ^ Extra edition

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 23 June 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay
  3. ^ a b Historias, curiosidades y estadísticas de la Selección, tras sus "primeros" 900 partidos, El Gráfico, 4 Jul 2012
  4. ^ a b Argentina national team archive on the RSSSF
  5. ^ a b Uruguay - international results on the RSSSF
  6. ^ After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
  7. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 August 2022. Retrieved 2 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Historia del Fútbol Uruguayo" at Deportes en Uruguay
  9. ^ "Uruguay 0-6 Argentina" on Fútbol Nostalgia
  10. ^ Argentina-Uruguay: el clásico con más partidos del mundo by Oscar Barnade on Clarí