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World Cup: Uruguay Is Always There

World Cup: Uruguay Is Always There

Posted by Juan Gavasa on May 10, 2014

Uruguay's World Cup exploits in Brazil 64 years ago hold great memories for Uruguay but bad memories for Brazilian fans old enough to remember the pain of losing the decider at the 1950 finals - the only other time Brazil has hosted the soccer extravaganza.

Their 2-1 victory over Brazil on July 16, 1950, known as the "Maracanazo", gave Uruguay their second title and might even give the team an added boost in a tight group that includes former champions Italy and England as well as Central American outsiders Costa Rica.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez believes his team has two key advantages in Brazil: their Confederations Cup experience there last year and the near-perfect footballing age of key players.

Uruguay is more than the sum of its parts even if it boasts one of the world's best players in Luis Suarez, who is having an exceptional season with Liverpool in England with all the attributes of a match-winner.

Suarez will be partnered up front by the awesome talents of Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Continuity is the key for this Uruguayan generation, benefitting from a stable set-up under Tabarez. Uruguay game will be based on a 4-4-2 formation, similar to that which took them to the semi-finals in South Africa four years ago and reminiscent of classic Italian teams.

Cristian "Cebolla" (The Onion) Rodriguez, who was suspended from the 2010 tournament, is the usual starter in the role behind the strikers, occupied by Diego Forlan at the previous finals.

The mid-field trio will include two or three defensive players chosen from Egidio Arevalo Rios, Walter Gargano, Diego Perez and Alvaro Gonzalez, all South Africa veterans.

The reliable Fernando Muslera is still in goal and the defence is still built around captain Diego Lugano partnered in the centre by a maturing Diego Godin with Maxi Pereira at right back and Martin Caceres on the left, which points to a settled if not hugely gifted side.

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