Can rejuvenated Uruguay throw the world title?

Two-time world champion Uruguay prides itself in group A, as the absolute favourite on the group’s profit. To a possible meeting with Spain or Portugal in the second round in one piece to survive, have Uruguay not only to count on world Suarez and Cavani. A new generation that excels in aanvalslust and creativity beats stronger and stronger to the door.

Luis Suarez (L): what is the shouldered Uruguay in the state in Russia? © Belga Image

For many years, was Uruguay known as a killing team, characterized by players who are often psychologically and physically the border to look up. La Celeste joined on the defensive, waiting for the ideal moment to have the speed and talent of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan. The society was so talk seen often skipped.

With this defensive strategy and Uruguay won, among others, the Copa América in 2011 and was fourth at the South African world Cup in 2010, successes did think back to the glorious past. A defense of granite and an attack that is overflowing with individual talent formed the foundation of this succesperiode.

Anno 2018 trust coach Oscar Tabarez for about 50 percent on the selection, four years ago, the second round is reached. Still stands or falls Uruguay so in the first place with the performance of the spitsenduo Suarez-Cavani and the defensive leadership role of Diego Godin.

Twelve years

Even more than this determining the figures on the field, coach Tabarez the constant in the continuing boom of the Uruguayan football. Since 2006, he is at the helm of La Celeste, no world cup coach is doing better.

El Maestro was twelve years ago, the heavy task of not only the national team from the doldrums to attract but also the structure and youth of the Uruguayan football to refresh. From his teaching experience, he is a pragmatic course from: Uruguay was leaning to far to much on its rich history and had once again a private identity to create.

The flirtation with the Dutch 4-3-3 was short-lived because it is not suitable for the available resources of a small country. Therefore opted for years he resolutely opted for a wait-and-see countertactiek, perfectly tailored to the available talent.

Tabarez seems, therefore, provide a guarantee for continuity, but in the last years he was more than once in the eye of the storm. After the failed eeuwfeesteditie of the Copa America in 2016, the 71-year-old Tabarez is seen as too old and too conservative in terms of spelerskeuzes.

Eventually, qualified for the nation of three million inhabitants in all of lee for the world cup thanks to an easy victory against Bolivia on the last day. In contrast to previous campaign was that qualification was never really in the discussion. For the third time in a row Uruguay so present on the global ball, a performance that harks back to the ’70s.


Especially the way Uruguay in autumn, ticket veiligstelde, jumps in the eye. Tabarez, who already for some time from mental illness is struggling, has introduced a range of new players such as Diego Laxalt from Genoa and Rodrigo Bentancur of Juventus in the national team. Both young people were this year notice in the calcio, and appear as, respectively, full-and central midfielder sure of a rise.

In addition, they opened the door for further rejuvenation. In march went to El Maestro, as even tacking for the 22-year-old Lucas Torreira whose outstanding creative role at Sampdoria no longer be ignored.

On the midfield, where the new generation of the strongest profiles, Matias Vecino and veteran Cristian Rodriguez almost certainly of a rise. Vecino, who by his performance at Inter in the Serie A to the sleeve was pulled for naturalization to Italian, is seen as a more elegant version of Egidio Arevalo Rios. This footballing pitbull missed his third world cup selection through all months clubloos to stay.

Tabarez makes in short, more and more wealthy as the previous generation. The biggest victim of the rejuvenation is ex-following his departure to chelsea of Nicolas Lodeiro, one of the star players in MLS, but still disappointing in the blue shirt. The creative wealth is so vast that supertalent Federico Valverde from Real Madrid, no invitation was given for the trip to Russia.

This new source of talent was first discovered at the world cup under 20 years in 2013. Uruguay fell only in the final against France, but under more current right back Guillermo Varela decorated thanks to his performance, although failed transfer to Manchester United.

Thanks to a step back in their own country at Peñarol displaces Varela now record international Maxi Pereira on the right wing. He can be found as the duo of Godin-Gimenez, both in the sky blue of Uruguay as the red-and-white of Atlético Madrid is a guarantee for reliability.

Backup plan

Also on the attacking plane has Tabarez a lot of assets at hand in case of a possible failure of certitudes Suarez and Cavani. Maxi Gomez and Christian Stuani are obviously of a lower level, but both they have turned an excellent season in La Liga, respectively, Celta Vigo and Girona. Uruguay has in the year 2018, surprisingly enough, a back-up plan to make matches to turn his hand.

The typical sturm-und-drang-football is no evidence more. If Tabarez can count on a mentally and physically fit forefront and also opt for the footballing solution, can Uruguay under the radar by the world Cup on its head.

Nevertheless, it is still the question of who of the new generation in an emergency scenario the lead will take. Four years ago Uruguay without Suarez because of the famous bijtincident, for example, already lost in the second round against Colombia.

For decades craves Uruguay to the succesperiodes from a distant past. The two world titles are so old that the memory almost feels like a myth. If all the puzzle pieces in Russia in the fall, would be a rejuvenated Uruguay could be very close to a third wereldkroon.

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