Uruguay national football team

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 current head coach is Óscar Tabárez. The Uruguayan team is commonly referred to as La Celeste (The Sky Blue).

Uruguay
Nickname(s)La Celeste (The Sky Blue)
AssociationAUF
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachÓscar Tabárez
CaptainDiego Godín
Most capsDiego Godín (139)
Top scorerLuis Suárez (63)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
FIFA codeURU
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 9 (27 May 2021)[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; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeat
 Uruguay 0–6 Argentina 
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
World Cup
Appearances13 (first in 1930)
Best resultChampions (1930, 1950)
Copa América
Appearances44 (first in 1916)
Best resultChampions (1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011)
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultFourth place (1997, 2013)
Medal record
Olympic medal record
Men's football[6]
Olympic games[6]
1924 ParisTeam
1928 AmsterdamTeam

They have won the Copa América 15 times, the most successful national team in the tournament, the most recent title being the 2011 edition. 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. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting host Brazil 2–1 in the final match, which received an attendance higher than any football match ever.

They have won gold medals at the Olympic football tournament twice, in 1924 and 1928, which are regarded as equivalent to World Cups. The world federation indeed considers Uruguay 4 times FIFA world champion.[7][8] La Celeste also won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament among former World Cup champions. In total, Uruguay have won 20 official titles, a world record for the most international titles held by any country.

Their success is amplified by the fact that the nation has a very small population of around 3.4 million inhabitants (2011 est.). Uruguay is by far the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup in terms of population, 1.75 million inhabitants in 1930. The second-smallest country, by population, to have won the World Cup is Argentina with a population of nearly 28 million people in 1978. Uruguay is also the smallest country ever to win any World Cup medals; only six FIFA member nations with a currently smaller population than Uruguay's have ever qualified to any World Cup: Northern Ireland (three times), Slovenia (twice), Wales, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Iceland.

History

Uruguay before its first official match v Argentina, 20 July 1902
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 was not organized by Uruguay's Football Association but 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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.

In 1924, the Uruguay team traveled to Paris to become the first South American team to compete in the Olympic Games – this football tournament is the first recognized by FIFA as a world championship.[7][8] In contrast to the physical style of the European teams of the era, Uruguay played a style based around short passes,[12] 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). FIFA assumed the responsibility of the organization of the Football Games to be played by FIFA rules and the tournaments are recognized as World Championships.[7][8] It only happened twice (1924/1928 Summer Olympic Games) until the creation of its own FIFA World Championship, the FIFA World Cup, in 1930.[13]

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.

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.[14]

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.

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

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.[15][16][17] 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).[15][16][18] 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.[19][20] However, they were eliminated 2–0 in the quarter-finals by the eventual champions France.

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.[21] The stadium hosted several matches in the 1930 World Cup, including the final, which was watched by a crowd of 93,000.[22] Crowds for Uruguay's home matches vary greatly depending on the importance of the match and the quality of the opposition. 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.

Team image

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.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25] The light blue (Celeste) jersey debuted in a Copa Lipton match v Argentina on August 15, 1910. Uruguay won 3–1.[26]

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[27]) until 1991, when it was officially adopted as the away jersey.[28]

Four stars appear above the team logo on the jersey. Two represent Uruguay's 1930 and 1950 World Cup victories, and the other two represent the gold medals received at the 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics and recognised by FIFA as World Championships.[7][8][13]

1901 [kit 1]
1902–03 [kit 2]
1905–07 [kit 3]
1908–10 [kit 4]
1910–present [kit 5]
Notes
  1. 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]
  2. Shirt worn in the first official match ever,[29] v Argentina in Montevideo in 1902,[23] also worn in a second game in Buenos Aires, 1903.[30]
  3. Model based on the flag of Artigas. This uniform was worn (at least) by a Uruguay representatives (Liga Uruguaya v South Africa[23] and Copa Lipton matches 1905–07).[30]
  4. Worn (at least) in the Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo in 1910.
  5. Worn by first time in a Copa Lipton match on August 15, 1910.[25][24]

Kit sponsorship

Kit supplier Period
Adidas 1974–1982
Le Coq Sportif 1983–1986
Puma 1987–1991
Enerre 1992–1998
Meta 1999–2001
L-Sporto 2002–2004
Uhlsport 2004–2006
Puma 2006–present

Emblem

Uruguay national team fans at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Uruguay displays four stars in its emblem – uniquely in world football, it includes their two gold medals in the 1924 Olympics and 1928 Olympics, which are regarded as FIFA world championships by the governing body.[7][8]

The 1924 FIFA Congress ruled, “on condition that the Olympic Football Tournament takes place in accordance with the Regulations of FIFA, the latter shall recognize this as a world football championship”,[7][8] and the 1924 and 1928 championships are regarded as equivalent to World Cups in the 1984 Official History of FIFA.[7][8]

Hence Uruguay has two stars for 1924 and 1928 (recognized by FIFA as World Championships in accordance with the IOC) and 2 stars from the two World Cups from 1930 and 1950.[31]

Argentina

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

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

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020

8 October 2020 (2020-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  2–1  Chile Montevideo, Uruguay
19:45 UTC−3
Report
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Éber Aquino (Paraguay)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Ecuador  4–2  Uruguay Quito, Ecuador
16:00 UTC−5
  • Caicedo  14'
  • Estrada  45+3', 52'
  • Plata  75'
Report
Stadium: Estadio Rodrigo Paz Delgado
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
13 November 2020 (2020-11-13) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Colombia  0–3  Uruguay Barranquilla, Colombia
15:30 UTC−5 Report
Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (Argentina)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  0–2  Brazil Montevideo, Uruguay
20:00 UTC−3 Report
  • Arthur  33'
  • Richarlison  45'
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Roberto Tobar (Chile)

2021

TBD (TBD) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Argentina  v  Uruguay Santiago del Estero, Argentina
Report Stadium: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades
TBD (TBD) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Bolivia Montevideo, Uruguay
Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
3 June 2021 (2021-06-03) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Paraguay Montevideo, Uruguay
19:00 UTC−3 Report Stadium: Estadio Centenario
8 June 2021 (2021-06-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Venezuela  v  Uruguay Caracas, Venezuela
18:30 UTC−4 Report Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de la UCV
17 June 2021 (2021-06-17) 2021 Copa América Argentina  v  Uruguay Córdoba, Argentina
21:00 UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
20 June 2021 (2021-06-20) 2021 Copa América Uruguay  v  Chile Mendoza, Argentina
17:00 UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
23 June 2021 (2021-06-23) 2021 Copa América Bolivia  v  Uruguay Córdoba, Argentina
18:00 UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes
27 June 2021 (2021-06-27) 2021 Copa América Uruguay  v  Paraguay Santiago del Estero, Argentina
18:00 UTC−3 Stadium: Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Peru  v  Uruguay Lima, Peru
Stadium: Estadio Nacional
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Ecuador Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Colombia Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
12 October 2021 (2021-10-12) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Brazil  v  Uruguay Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
11 November 2021 (2021-11-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Argentina Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Bolivia  v  Uruguay La Paz, Bolivia
Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles

2022

27 January 2022 (2022-01-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Paraguay  v  Uruguay Asunción, Paraguay
Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
1 February 2022 (2022-02-01) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Venezuela Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
24 March 2022 (2022-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Uruguay  v  Peru Montevideo, Uruguay
Stadium: Estadio Centenario
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Chile  v  Uruguay Santiago, Chile
Stadium: Estadio Nacional

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up to the squad for World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Venezuela on 3 and 8 June 2021.[32][33][34]
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2020, subsequent to the match against Brazil.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fernando Muslera (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 116 0 Galatasaray
1GK Martín Campaña (1989-05-29) 29 May 1989 9 0 Al-Batin
1GK Sergio Rochet (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 0 0 Nacional

2DF Diego Godín (captain) (1986-02-16) 16 February 1986 139 8 Cagliari
2DF Martín Cáceres (1987-04-07) 7 April 1987 102 4 Fiorentina
2DF José María Giménez (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 60 8 Atlético Madrid
2DF Sebastián Coates (1990-10-07) 7 October 1990 40 1 Sporting CP
2DF Matías Viña (1997-11-09) 9 November 1997 9 0 Palmeiras
2DF Giovanni González (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 8 0 Peñarol
2DF Ronald Araújo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 1 0 Barcelona
2DF Camilo Cándido (1995-06-02) 2 June 1995 0 0 Nacional

3MF Matías Vecino (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 41 3 Internazionale
3MF Nahitan Nández (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 35 0 Cagliari
3MF Rodrigo Bentancur (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 33 0 Juventus
3MF Lucas Torreira (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 26 0 Atlético Madrid
3MF Federico Valverde (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 22 2 Real Madrid
3MF Nicolás De La Cruz (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 4 0 River Plate
3MF Fernando Gorriarán (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 0 0 Santos Laguna

4FW Luis Suárez (1987-01-24) 24 January 1987 116 63 Atlético Madrid
4FW Jonathan Rodríguez (1993-07-06) 6 July 1993 24 3 Cruz Azul
4FW Brian Rodríguez (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 9 3 Almería
4FW Brian Ocampo (1999-06-25) 25 June 1999 0 0 Nacional
4FW Ignacio Ramírez (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 0 0 Liverpool Montevideo
4FW Facundo Torres (2000-04-13) 13 April 2000 0 0 Peñarol

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Uruguay squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kevin Dawson (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 0 0 Peñarol v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
GK Rodrigo Muñoz (1982-01-22) 22 January 1982 0 0 Cerro Porteño v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
GK Yonatan Irrazábal (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 0 0 Rentistas v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020
GK Gastón Olveira (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 0 0 Olimpia v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020
GK Martín Silva (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 11 0 Libertad v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020 INJ

DF Joaquín Piquerez (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 0 0 Peñarol v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 INJ
DF Damián Suárez (1988-04-27) 27 April 1988 0 0 Getafe v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 PRE
DF Agustín Oliveros (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 1 0 Nacional v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
DF Maximiliano Falcón (1997-05-01) 1 May 1997 0 0 Colo-Colo v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
DF Federico Pereira (2000-02-24) 24 February 2000 0 0 Liverpool Montevideo v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
DF Franco Pizzichillo (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 0 0 Montevideo City Torque v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
DF Alexis Rolín (1989-02-07) 7 February 1989 0 0 Rentistas v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020
DF Diego Laxalt (1993-02-07) 7 February 1993 24 0 Celtic v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2020 PRE
DF Marcelo Saracchi (1998-04-23) 23 April 1998 4 0 Galatasaray v.  Ecuador, 13 October 2020 PRE

MF Giorgian De Arrascaeta (1994-06-01) 1 June 1994 26 3 Flamengo v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 COV
MF Mauro Arambarri (1995-09-30) 30 September 1995 4 0 Getafe v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 PRE
MF Gastón Pereiro (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 10 4 Cagliari v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
MF Manuel Ugarte (2001-04-11) 11 April 2001 0 0 Famalicão v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
MF Gabriel Neves (1997-08-11) 11 August 1997 1 0 Nacional v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020

FW Cristhian Stuani (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 50 8 Girona v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 PRE
FW Maxi Gómez (1996-08-14) 14 August 1996 19 3 Valencia v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 PRE
FW Darwin Núñez (1999-06-24) 24 June 1999 4 2 Benfica v.  Venezuela, 8 June 2021 PRE
FW Diego Rossi (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 0 0 Los Angeles v.  Bolivia, 30 March 2021 PRE
FW Edinson Cavani (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 118 51 Manchester United v.  Brazil, 17 November 2020

COV Tested positive for COVID-19
PRE Preliminary squad
INJ Injured
RET Retired from international football

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Óscar Tabárez
Assistant coach Mario Rebollo
Assistant coach

Goalkeeping coach

Celso Otero
Fitness coach José Oscar Herrera

Player records

As of 17 November 2020, subsequent to the match against Brazil.[35]
Players in bold are still active with Uruguay.

Competitive record

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
1930 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 15 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
1934 Refused to participate Qualified as defending champions
1938 Refused to participate
1950 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 15 5 Squad Qualified automatically
1954 Fourth place 4th 5 3 0 2 16 9 Squad Qualified as defending champions
1958 Did not qualify 2nd 4 2 1 1 4 6
1962 Group stage 13th 3 1 0 2 4 6 Squad 1st 2 1 1 0 3 2
1966 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 2 5 Squad 1st 4 4 0 0 11 2
1970 Fourth place 4th 6 2 1 3 4 5 Squad 1st 4 3 1 0 5 0
1974 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 6 Squad 1st 4 2 1 1 6 2
1978 Did not qualify 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 4
1982 2nd 4 1 2 1 5 5
1986 Round of 16 16th 4 0 2 2 2 8 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 6 4
1990 16th 4 1 1 2 2 5 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 7 2
1994 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 2 2 10 7
1998 7th 16 6 3 7 18 21
2002 Group stage 26th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad 5th 20 8 6 6 22 14
2006 Did not qualify 5th 20 7 7 6 24 29
2010 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 11 8 Squad 5th 20 7 7 6 30 21
2014 Round of 16 12th 4 2 0 2 4 6 Squad 5th 18 8 5 5 30 25
2018 Quarter-finals 5th 5 4 0 1 7 3 Squad 2nd 18 9 4 5 32 20
2022 To be determined In progress
2026 To be determined
Total 2 Titles 13/21 56 24 12 20 87 74 154 69 42 43 218 164
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Copa América

South American Championship / Copa América record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1916Champions1st321061 Squad
1917Champions1st330090 Squad
1919Runners-up2nd321074 Squad
1920Champions1st321092 Squad
1921Third place3rd310234 Squad
1922Third place3rd421131 Squad
1923Champions1st330061 Squad
1924Champions1st321081 Squad
1925Withdrew
1926Champions1st4400172 Squad
1927Runners-up2nd3201153 Squad
1929Third place3rd310246 Squad
1935Champions1st330061 Squad
1937Third place3rd52031114 Squad
1939Runners-up2nd4301135 Squad
1941Runners-up2nd4301101 Squad
1942Champions1st6600212 Squad
1945Fourth place4th6303146 Squad
1946Fourth place4th5203119 Squad
1947Third place3rd7502218 Squad
1949Sixth place6th72141420 Squad
1953Third place3rd6312156 Squad
1955Fourth place4th52121212 Squad
1956Champions1st541093 Squad
1957Third place3rd64021512 Squad
1959Sixth place6th62041514 Squad
1959Champions1st4310131 Squad
1963Withdrew
1967Champions1st5410132 Squad
1975Fourth place4th210113 Squad
1979Group stage6th412155 Squad
1983Champions1st8521126 Squad
1987Champions1st220020 Squad
1989Runners-up2nd7403113 Squad
1991Group stage5th413043 Squad
1993Quarter-finals6th412155 Squad
1995Champions1st6420114 Squad
1997Group stage9th310222 Squad
1999Runners-up2nd612349 Squad
2001Fourth place4th622277 Squad
2004Third place3rd63211210 Squad
2007Fourth place4th622289 Squad
2011Champions1st633093 Squad
2015Quarter-finals7th411223 Squad
2016Group stage11th310244 Squad
2019Quarter-finals6th422072 Squad
2021Qualified
2024Qualified
Total15 Titles44/462001103654406219

FIFA Confederations Cup

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

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
1900Did not participate
1904
1908
1912
1920
1924Gold medal1st5500202 Squad
1928Gold medal1st5410125 Squad
1936Withdrew[36]
1948Did not qualify
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1972
1976Withdrew[37]
1980Did not qualify
1984
1988
Since 1992See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total2 Gold medals3/1910910327

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1951Did not participate
1955
1959
1963Fourth place4th410346
1967Did not participate
1971
1975Preliminary round11th201112
1979Did not enter
1983Gold medal1st440051
1987Did not participate
1991
1995
Since 1999See Uruguay national under-23 football team
Total1 Gold medal3/1210514109

Minor tournament records

†played consecutively with Taça do Atlantica in 1976

All-time head-to-head record

Below is a list of all matches Uruguay have played against FIFA recognised teams.[38] Updated as of 17 November 2020.

  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.

World Cup records

Record against teams in the World Cup

As of 6 July 2018 after the quarter-finals match against France.
  1. Includes matches against  West Germany.
  2. Includes matches against  Soviet Union.
  3. Includes matches against  Yugoslavia.
  4. Includes matches against  Czechoslovakia.

Management history

Competitive matches only as of 14 June 2016

  • 1946–1955: Juan López
  • 1955: Juan Carlos Corazzo
  • 1955–1957: Hugo Bagnulo
  • 1957–1959: Juan López
  • 1959: Héctor Castro
  • 1959–1961: Juan Carlos Corazzo
  • 1961–1962: Enrique Fernández
  • 1962–1964: Juan Carlos Corazzo
  • 1964–1965: Rafael Milans
  • 1965–1967: Ondino Viera
  • 1967–1969: Enrique Fernández
  • 1969–1970: Juan Hohberg
  • 1970–1973: Hugo Bagnulo
  • 1974: Roberto Porta
  • 1974–1975: Juan Alberto Schiaffino
  • 1975–1977: José María Rodríguez
  • 1977: Juan Hohberg
  • 1977–1979: Raúl Bentancor
  • 1979–1982: Roque Máspoli
  • 1982–1987: Omar Borrás
  • 1987–1988: Roberto Fleitas
  • 1988–1990: Óscar Tabárez
  • 1990–1993: Luis Cubilla
  • 1993–1994: Ildo Maneiro
  • 1994–1996: Héctor Núñez
  • 1996–1997: Juan Ahuntchaín
  • 1997–1998: Roque Máspoli
  • 1998–2000: Víctor Púa
  • 2000–2001: Daniel Passarella
  • 2001–2003: Víctor Púa
  • 2003: Gustavo Ferrín
  • 2003–2004: Juan Ramón Carrasco
  • 2004–2006: Jorge Fossati
  • 2006: Gustavo Ferrín
  • 2006–present: Óscar Tabárez

Honours

Note: Below is a list of achievements by the senior national team

  • FIFA World Cup:
  • South American Championship / Copa América:
    • Champions (15): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942,[note 2] 1956, 1959 (Ecuador), 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011 (record)
    • Runners-up: 1919, 1927, 1939, 1941, 1989, 1999
    • Third place: 1921, 1922, 1929, 1937, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1975, 2004
    • Fourth place: 1945, 1946, 1955, 2001, 2007
  • FIFA Confederations Cup:
    • Fourth place: 1997, 2013
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy:
    • Runners-up: 1985
  • Summer Olympics:
    • Gold medal (2): 1924, 1928
  • Pan American Games
    • Gold medal (1): 1983
    • Fourth place: 1963
  • 1980 Mundialito
    • Gold medal (1): 1981

See also

  • Uruguay national under-23 football team
  • Uruguay national under-20 football team
  • Uruguay national under-17 football team
  • Uruguay national futsal team

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. Extra edition

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  4. Argentina national team archive on the RSSSF
  5. 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.
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