Julian Delicata

STORIES BY Julian Delicata


/ 65 days ago

VAR fails Uruguay after late penalty appeal dismissed

Uruguay left it late to join the party in Qatar, producing its only noteworthy performance in the final group game. On the back of the miserable loss against Portugal, Diego Alonso ditched his oversized hipster white trainers and three man defense. In its place, he opted for an old fashioned pair of formal brown leather […]


/ 69 days ago

Portugal-Uruguay penalty decision ends in controversy

The Portugal-Uruguay penalty controversy was one of many talking points out of Monday's World Cup game, but there were other issues for Uruguay to worry about. No width and no wits. That pretty much sums up Uruguay's performance against Portugal in the first 60 minutes. Despite the security of an experienced three man central defense […]


/ 73 days ago

Uruguay fails to inspire against South Korea

It was not a great match. Uruguay and South Korea locked horns for Group H's first match, and it was a dull affair. Well done if you managed to sit through it all. Uruguay lined up with a strong midfield of Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Valverde but lacked pace and width. Starting Martin […]


/ 82 days ago

Valverde and Bentancur: Uruguay's star duo in midfield

The elegance and talent of Alvaro Recoba and Enzo Francescoli. The nastiness and pragmatism of Paulo Montero and Diego Godin. The ruthlessness and dynamism of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani. This is how Uruguay have been portrayed in recent decades. The back line and the forward line – that's were Uruguay have been […]


/ 86 days ago

Uruguay name experienced World Cup squad

Experience is very much the name of the game in the Uruguay World Cup squad. Manager Diego Alonso named six players aged 35 years or over for the FIFA World Cup 2022. The squad contains both Uruguay's most capped player and top scorer. The former is Diego Godín with 159 caps. The nation's top scorer […]


/ 86 days ago

Why are soccer players having cardiac arrests?

As an eleven-year-old, I was shocked when Marc Vivien Foe collapsed in the midst of an intense soccer match between Cameroon, the darlings of the 2003 Confederations Cup, and Colombia. Foe had the physique of a titan and was arguably one of the best African midfielders of the time. He was just 28 years old. […]