Uruguay national football team

In this article, we will explore the topic of Uruguay national football team and its impact on contemporary society. From its emergence to its current evolution, Uruguay national football team has played a crucial role in various aspects of daily life. Throughout this analysis, we will examine the different aspects that make up Uruguay national football team, as well as its influence on culture, economy, and technology. Furthermore, we will also address the ethical and social implications associated with Uruguay national football team, as well as possible future perspectives. With a multidisciplinary approach, this article seeks to offer a comprehensive view on Uruguay national football team and its importance in the modern world.

Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
Los Charrúas (The Charrúas)
AssociationAsociación Uruguaya de Fútbol (AUF)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachMarcelo Bielsa
CaptainJosé María Giménez
Most capsDiego Godín (161)
Top scorerLuis Suárez (68)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
FIFA codeURU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 15 Decrease 4 (4 April 2024)
Highest2 (June 2012)
Lowest76 (December 1998)
First international
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 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 men's football, and is administered by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The national team is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue).

Regarded amongst the greatest footballing nations of all time, Uruguay has won the Copa América 15 times, being tied with Argentina for the most titles in the tournament's history, winning their most recent title in 2011. Additionally, Uruguay are holders of four FIFA recognized World Championships. Their first two senior world titles came at the Olympic tournaments of Paris 1924 and Amsterdam 1928, two events that were directly organized by FIFA as open tournaments that included professionals. In 1924, La Celeste beat Switzerland 3-0 in the final. Then, in 1928, Uruguay repeated as world champions by beating Argentina 2-1. They would then secure a third consecutive title at the inaugural FIFA World Cup in Montevideo, where they beat Argentina 4-2 in the decisive match. Uruguay's fourth title came in 1950 after beating hosts Brazil in the final match 2–1; a match that still holds the record for the highest official attendance for a football match ever (173,850 people at the gate).

History

Uruguay’s rise to prominence on the global stage

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 first official match played by Uruguay was held at the Paso del Molino on July 20th, 1902 against Argentina. In that match, Argentina beat the Uruguayan side 6–0 in front of 8,000 spectators. Prior to 1916, Uruguay played more than 30 matches, of which all but one were against Argentina. The inaugural Copa America of 1916 saw Uruguay win against Chile and Brazil, along with a draw against Argentina, to win their first major tournament. At the 1917 South American Championship, Uruguay hosted the competition and retained the title by winning every match. The 1919 Copa América saw Uruguay's first loss 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.

After winning the 1924 South American Championship, Uruguay traveled to Paris as the first South American team to compete in the Olympic Games. The 1924 Olympic Football tournament also had the distinction of being the first ever "open" championship for professionals, as well as directly being organized by FIFA. Hence, the tournament would be recognize at the time (and posteriorly) as equivalent in value to the FIFA World Cup. Uruguay would eliminate Yugoslavia, United States, France, Netherlands and finally Switzerland to become football's first senior professional world champions. Moreover, after winning the final, Uruguay inadvertently invented the tradition of the lap of honour to thank the fans in Paris. In the 1928 Olympic football tournament, Uruguay would retain their world title after beating Netherlands, Germany, Italy and lastly 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

Following the double Olympic triumph, Uruguay was chosen as the host nation for the inaugural FIFA World Cup held in 1930, the centenary of Uruguay's first constitution. During this tournament, Uruguay won all its matches against Peru, Romania and Yugoslavia. In the final, La Celeste overturned a 1–2 halftime deficit to a 4–2 victory against neighbours Argentina at the Estadio Centenario to capture their consecutive third world title. After this tournament, Uruguay would boycott the World Cup of 1934 due to the refusal of some European teams to participate in the 1930 edition.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.

Uruguay's golden generation retired after winning the 1935 South American Championship, beating Argentina 3-0 in the final. This was this generation's overall 7th title, which is still the record for most major titles in international football history, counting the 4 South American (1917, '23, '24, '26) and three world titles (1924, '28, 30).

1940s–1960s

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

In the 1940s, Uruguay achieved early success in a decade largely dominated by Argentina by winning their 8th South American Championship in 1942. As the World Cup was not being played, this championship became the priority.

In 1950, Uruguay re-entered the World Cup for the first time since 1930. This time, La Celeste would enter a final-group where they would tie Spain 2-2 and beat Sweden 3-2 on route to the final match against hosts Brazil. On July 16, 1950, Uruguay claimed their second FIFA World Cup and fourth senior world title when they beat Brazil 2-1 from behind in an iconic match known as the Maracanazo in front of a record paying crowd of 173,850. Though, historical estimates indicate that the crowd reached well over 200,000. This feat became an integral part of Uruguay's football identity and a source of inspiration for upcoming footballers with each passing generation.

In the 1954 World Cup, Uruguay reached the semi-final for the fourth time after a notable campaign beating Czechoslovakia, Scotland and England. The semi-final vs. Hungary is still considered one of the best matches in World Cup history, as La Celeste dramatically tied the match 2-2 late after trailing 2-0 at half time. Uruguay would finally lose 4-2 in extra-time in what was their first-ever loss at the global stage, a thirty year record that started in 1924.

Rodolfo Rodríguez raises the Mundialito trophy won in January 1981.

Afterwards, Uruguay would fail to qualify to the World Cup for the first time in the 1958 CONMEBOL Qualifiers after losing 5-0 to Paraguay in Asuncion. From there, Uruguay maintained a competitive generation through the 1960s and into the early 1970s with players from Nacional and Peñarol, who had won several continental and club world titles during that time. In 1962, Uruguay had a relatively poor World Cup, being eliminated in the group stage after a dramatic last match against the Soviet Union. In 1966, Uruguay reached the top 8 after drawing hosts England beating France in the group stage. A controversial quarter-final loss against West Germany marred what had been seen as a positive campaign. La Celeste would end the decade winning their 11th South American Championship in 1967 by beating Argentina 1-0 in Montevideo.

1970s–1980s

In 1970, Uruguay established themselves again as one of the world's best teams when they advanced to their fourth World Cup semi-final in Mexico 1970, losing to eventual winners Brazil. After that came the biggest downturn in the country's footballing history as they were eliminated in the group stage of the 1974 World Cup, and failed to qualify to Argentina 1978. It wasn't until the late 1970s that Uruguayan football began to see hope as their U20 team won four consecutive South American titles from 1975-1981, as well as reaching the U20 World Cup semi-final in 1979.

The success of this young generation would bare fruit in the 1980s, which began with Uruguay winning the 1980 World Champions' Gold Cup, a tournament that pitted past World Cup winners together in celebration of the tournament's 50th anniversary. Afterwards, La Celeste went on to win the 1983 and 1987 Copa Americas back-to-back, only losing 1-0 to hosts Brazil in 1989's decisive title match. Conversely, there is the bittersweet sensation that this generation unreformed this decade when it came to the World Cup. Firstly, Uruguay failed to qualify for Spain 1982, and in Mexico 1986, Uruguay were eliminated in the Round of 16 against eventual champions Argentina after an underwhelming group stage that included West Germany, Denmark and Wales.

1990s–2000s

In Italy 1990, Uruguay were eliminated in the Round of 16 vs. hosts Italy 2-0 in Rome. Afterwards, Uruguay would fail to qualify for USA 1994 after losing 2-0 to Brazil in decisive match at Maracana Stadium. La Celeste would win their next big encounter against the Brazilians when they beat the reigning world champions to win the 1995 Copa America in Montevide. Later, Uruguay were eliminated from the 1998 World Cup as they finished in 7th place the first time qualifying had been done in one group.

For the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, Uruguay managed to advance to a final playoff round against Australia to reach Korea and Japan. La Celeste would win the decisive match 3-0 in Montevideo to qualify to their first World Cup since 1990. The campaign itself proved a frustrating affair, as Uruguay were narrowly eliminated in the last group match against Senegal after drawing them 3-3, despite being down 3-0 at half-time. The comeback was nearly completed, but Uruguay missed a clear chance at the end of the match.

The 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign brought even more ups and downs as Uruguay finished in the position for another international playoff against Australia. This time, La Celeste were eliminated on penalties in Sydney. This loss led to a profound paradigm shift with the hiring of Oscar Tabarez as manager. From there, Uruguay would finish semi finalists of the 2007 Copa America, and successfully qualified to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, an event that greatly impacted Uruguayan football's trajectory.

2010s–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 vs 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. 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). 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. However, they were eliminated 2–0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.

At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Uruguay was drawn into Group H with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea. They started the tournament with a 0–0 draw against South Korea, before they fell to a 2–0 defeat to Portugal. Although despite a 0–2 victory against Ghana in their final group game, Uruguay was knocked out of the tournament in the group stages for the first time since 2002, on goals scored following South Korea’s shock 2–1 win against Portugal.

In 2023 Uruguay had arguably one of the best years in football ever, beating both Brazil and Argentina back to back for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Team image

Kits and crest

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. It was followed by a variety of shirts, including a solid green one and even a shirt with the colours 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. 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. The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on 15 August 1910. Uruguay won 3–1.

The red shirt 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) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.

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. In 2021, after a FIFA employee contacted PUMA about modifying the team's crest, FIFA reconfirmed and approved once again the use of all four stars on the shirt.

1902–03 [note 4]
1905–07 [note 5]
1908–10 [note 6]
1910–present [note 7]

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1974–1982
France Le Coq Sportif 1983–1986
Germany Puma 1987–1991
Italy Ennerre 1992–1998
Uruguay Covadonga 1999–2001
Italy L-Sporto 2002–2004
Germany Uhlsport 2004–2006
Germany Puma 2006–2023
Uruguay In-House 2024
United States Nike 2024–

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. The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.

Rivalries

Argentina

First played in 1902, the "Clasico de Rio de la Plata" with Argentina is the oldest international derby in world football outside of the UK. Both teams have played in historically significant matches, such as the two world finals of 1928 and the inaugural World Cup final in 1930. They also disputed 8 South American Championship title deciders between 1916-1967. Although Argentina has an overall better head to head record, Uruguay have a better tally when it comes to international title deciders with 10 wins and 1 loss.

Brazil

Uruguay vs. Brazil dates back to the 1916 South American Championship. Both teams have since competed in several Copa America title deciders and the iconic 1950 World Cup final match, where Uruguay lifted their second FIFA World Cup in front of a world record crowd in Maracana. The only other time they met in a World Cup was the 1970 World Cup semi-final where Brazil won 3-1 in Guadalajara. Since the 1980s, the two sides met in several title deciders, such as: the 1980 World Champions' Gold Cup final (won by Uruguay), and 1983, 1989, 1995 and 1999 Copa America finals. Uruguay would win the 1983 and 1995 editions, while Brazil won in 1989 and 1999. The 1990s also saw a decisive World Cup qualifier that saw Brazil eliminate Uruguay in Maracana from going to USA 1994. Since the 2000s, they have both mostly met in Copa America semi finals, as well as the regularly scheduled World Cup qualifiers.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2023

14 June 2023 (2023-06-14) Friendly Uruguay  4–1  Nicaragua Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Wagner do Nascimento Magalhães (Brazil)
20 June 2023 (2023-06-20) Friendly Uruguay  2–0  Cuba Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Bráulio da Silva Machado (Brazil)
8 September 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Uruguay  3–1  Chile Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Attendance: 49,713
Referee: Darío Herrera (Argentina)
12 September 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Ecuador  2–1  Uruguay Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Attendance: 35,613
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
12 October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Colombia  2–2  Uruguay Barranquilla, Colombia
15:30 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Attendance: 43,915
Referee: Piero Maza (Chile)
17 October 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Uruguay  2–0  Brazil Montevideo, Uruguay
21:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Attendance: 52,477
Referee: Alexis Herrera (Venezuela)
16 November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Argentina  0–2  Uruguay Buenos Aires, Argentina
21:00 UTC−3 Report
Stadium: La Bombonera
Attendance: 51,900
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
21 November 2023 2026 World Cup qualification Uruguay  3–0  Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
20:30 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Attendance: 46,100
Referee: Kevin Ortega (Peru)

2024

26 March 2024 Friendly Ivory Coast  2–1  Uruguay Lens, France
20:30 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
5 June 2024 Friendly Mexico  v  Uruguay Denver, United States
19:00 UTC−6 Report Stadium: Empower Field at Mile High
23 June 2024 2024 Copa América Uruguay  v  Panama Miami Gardens, United States
21:00 UTC−4 Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium
27 June 2024 2024 Copa América Uruguay  v  Bolivia East Rutherford, United States
21:00 UTC−4 Stadium: MetLife Stadium
7 September 2024 2026 World Cup qualification Venezuela  v  Uruguay Venezuela
--:-- UTC−4 Report
9 October 2024 2026 World Cup qualification Peru  v  Uruguay Lima, Peru
--:-- UTC−5 Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
16 November 2024 2026 World Cup qualification Brazil  v  Uruguay Brazil
--:-- UTC−3 Report

Coaching staff

Current personnel

As of 14 June 2023.
Position Name
Head coach Argentina Marcelo Bielsa
Assistant coaches Argentina Lucas Ouviña
Argentina Pablo Quiroga
Chile Diego Reyes
Goalkeeping coach Uruguay Carlos Nicola
Fitness coach Uruguay Marco Mansulino
Analyst Spain Diego Bermúdez
Logistics Spain Sara Bouzas
Argentina Magalí Conde

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following 21 players were called up to the squad for friendlies against Basque Country and Ivory Coast on 23 and 26 March 2024 respectively. Six players from the initial squad were released after the match against Basque Country.

Caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2024, after the match against Ivory Coast.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Randall Rodríguez (2003-11-29) 29 November 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Uruguay Peñarol
12 1GK Franco Israel (2000-04-22) 22 April 2000 (age 24) 2 0 Portugal Sporting CP
23 1GK Santiago Mele (1997-09-06) 6 September 1997 (age 26) 4 0 Colombia Atlético Junior

2 2DF Nicolás Marichal (2001-03-17) 17 March 2001 (age 23) 1 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3 2DF Sebastián Cáceres (1999-08-18) 18 August 1999 (age 24) 11 0 Mexico América
16 2DF Mathías Olivera (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 26) 17 1 Italy Napoli
17 2DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 (age 26) 36 0 Brazil Flamengo
22 2DF Lucas Olaza (1994-07-21) 21 July 1994 (age 29) 2 0 Russia Krasnodar

5 3MF Nicolás Fonseca (1998-10-19) 19 October 1998 (age 25) 1 0 Argentina River Plate
6 3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 26) 58 1 England Tottenham Hotspur
7 3MF Nicolás de la Cruz (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 26) 26 5 Brazil Flamengo
8 3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 28) 55 0 Italy Cagliari
10 3MF Giorgian de Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 (age 29) 46 10 Brazil Flamengo
15 3MF Federico Valverde (vice-captain) (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 25) 56 6 Spain Real Madrid
20 3MF Manuel Ugarte (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 (age 23) 15 0 France Paris Saint-Germain

9 4FW Federico Viñas (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 25) 2 1 Mexico León
11 4FW Facundo Pellistri (2001-12-20) 20 December 2001 (age 22) 19 0 Spain Granada
14 4FW Agustín Canobbio (1998-10-01) 1 October 1998 (age 25) 12 1 Brazil Athletico Paranaense
18 4FW Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 23) 22 4 Mexico América
19 4FW Luciano Rodríguez (2003-07-16) 16 July 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Uruguay Liverpool Montevideo
21 4FW Ignacio Laquintana (1999-02-01) 1 February 1999 (age 25) 0 0 Brazil Red Bull Bragantino

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 Sergio Rochet (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 31) 18 0 Brazil Internacional v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023

DF Ronald Araújo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 25) 16 1 Spain Barcelona v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
DF Guillermo Varela (1993-03-24) 24 March 1993 (age 31) 15 0 Brazil Flamengo v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
DF Bruno Méndez (1999-09-10) 10 September 1999 (age 24) 7 0 Spain Granada v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
DF José María Giménez (captain) (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 29) 83 8 Spain Atlético Madrid v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
DF Joaquín Piquerez (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 25) 13 0 Brazil Palmeiras v.  Brazil, 17 October 2023
DF Santiago Bueno (1998-11-09) 9 November 1998 (age 25) 2 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Brazil, 17 October 2023
DF José Luis Rodríguez (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 27) 2 0 Brazil Vasco da Gama v.  Ecuador, 12 September 2023
DF Mauricio Lemos (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 28) 3 0 Brazil Atlético Mineiro v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
DF Sebastián Boselli (2003-12-04) 4 December 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Argentina River Plate v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
DF Facundo González (2003-07-06) 6 July 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Italy Sampdoria v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
DF Santiago Mouriño (2002-09-13) 13 September 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Spain Zaragoza v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
DF Mateo Ponte (2003-05-24) 24 May 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Brazil Botafogo v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023

MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 32) 70 6 Italy Lazio v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
MF Rodrigo Zalazar (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 24) 2 2 Portugal Braga v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
MF Maximiliano Araújo (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 24) 7 1 Mexico Toluca v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
MF Felipe Carballo (1996-10-04) 4 October 1996 (age 27) 7 0 Brazil Grêmio v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
MF Emiliano Martínez (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Denmark Midtjylland v.  Ecuador, 12 September 2023
MF Fabricio Díaz (2003-02-03) 3 February 2003 (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023

FW Facundo Torres (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 (age 24) 16 1 United States Orlando City v.  Basque Country, 23 March 2024
FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 (age 37) 138 68 United States Inter Miami v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 (age 24) 22 8 England Liverpool v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
FW Cristian Olivera (2002-04-17) 17 April 2002 (age 22) 3 0 United States Los Angeles v.  Bolivia, 21 November 2023
FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 (age 27) 32 4 Spain Cádiz v.  Ecuador, 12 September 2023
FW Diego Rossi (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 26) 7 1 United States Columbus Crew v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
FW Matías Arezo (2002-11-21) 21 November 2002 (age 21) 3 1 Spain Granada v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
FW Thiago Borbas (2002-04-07) 7 April 2002 (age 22) 2 0 Brazil Red Bull Bragantino v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023
FW Anderson Duarte (2004-03-23) 23 March 2004 (age 20) 0 0 Uruguay Defensor Sporting v.  Cuba, 20 June 2023

PRE Preliminary squad
INJ Injured

Player records

As of 21 November 2023, after the match against Bolivia.
Players in bold are still active with Uruguay.

Most appearances

Diego Godín is Uruguay's most capped player with 161 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Diego Godín 161 8 2005–2022
2 Luis Suárez 138 68 2007–present
3 Edinson Cavani 136 58 2008–present
4 Fernando Muslera 133 0 2009–2022
5 Maxi Pereira 125 3 2005–2018
6 Martín Cáceres 116 4 2007–present
7 Diego Forlán 112 36 2002–2014
8 Cristian Rodríguez 110 11 2003–2018
9 Diego Lugano 95 9 2003–2014
10 Egidio Arévalo 90 0 2006–2017

Top goalscorers

Luis Suárez is Uruguay's top scorer with 68 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Luis Suárez (list) 68 138 0.49 2007–present
2 Edinson Cavani 58 136 0.43 2008–present
3 Diego Forlán 36 112 0.32 2002–2014
4 Héctor Scarone 31 51 0.61 1917–1930
5 Ángel Romano 28 69 0.41 1913–1927
6 Óscar Míguez 27 39 0.69 1950–1958
7 Sebastián Abreu 26 70 0.37 1996–2012
8 Pedro Petrone 24 28 0.86 1923–1930
9 Fernando Morena 22 53 0.42 1971–1983
Carlos Aguilera 22 64 0.34 1982–1997

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place     Fourth place      Tournament played fully or partially on home soil  

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 Group stage 20th 3 1 1 1 2 2 Squad 3rd 18 8 4 6 22 22
Canada Mexico United States 2026 Qualification in progress TBD 6 4 1 1 13 5
Morocco Portugal Spain 2030 Qualified as commemorative match hosts Qualified as commemorative match hosts
Saudi Arabia 2034 To be determined To be determined
Total 2 Titles 14/22 59 25 13 21 89 76 178 81 47 50 253 191
*Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

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
1975 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 1 3 Squad
1979 Group stage 6th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad
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 5th 5 2 2 1 4 2 Squad
United States 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
United Kingdom 1948 Did not qualify
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976 Withdrew
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984
South 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. Updated as of 26 March 2024.

  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

Major 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
Olympic Games 2 0 0 2
Copa América 15 6 9 30
Panamerican Championship 0 0 1 1
CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Shirt worn in the first official match ever, v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902, also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903.
  5. ^ Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07).
  6. ^ Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  7. ^ Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on 15 August 1910.
  8. ^ Extra edition

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