Uruguay 2022 World Cup squad: Roster, outlook, players to watch

With 15 Copa América trophies and two World Cup titles, including the first World Cup in 1930, Uruguay are international soccer royalty. But it may not be fully appreciated given that Uruguay have only won one major trophy (the 2011 Copa América) since the turn of the century. La Celeste have qualified for the knockout stage at each of the last three World Cups, but their run to the 2010 semi-finals remains their greatest recent achievement.

Óscar Tabárez, the architect of that 2010 team and manager of Uruguay’s last three World Cup races, was fired in December due to the country’s poor form in the World Cup qualifiers, which included just two wins in the first seven qualifiers as well as four straight losses. at the time of his departure. Former Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso led the team to four consecutive qualifying victories and a ticket to Qatar.

La Celeste have lost just once under Alonso – a 1-0 friendly loss to Iran in September – in nine matches, including seven wins. But Alonso will face some challenges in Qatar and features an attack that still relies on aging superstars like Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez, who have already appeared at three World Cups.

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