In the Uruguay preview for this summer’s Copa America Centenario tournament, we’ve got their schedule of upcoming games, the team’s roster, prediction of how far Uruguay will advance in the competition and more.
Manager: Oscar Tabarez
Captain: Luis Suarez
Uruguay preview: Squad:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Martín Campaña (Independiente, ARG), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray, TUR), Martín Silva (Vasco da Gama, BRA)
DEFENDERS (6): Jorge Fucile (Nacional, URU), Jose Giménez (Atlético Madrid, ESP), Diego Godín, (Atlético Madrid, ESP), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto, POR), Gastón Silva (Torino, ITA), Mauricio Victorino (Nacional, URU)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Egidio Arévalo Rios (Atlas, MEX), Matías Corujo (Universidad de Chile, CHI), Álvaro González (Atlas, MEX), Alvaro Pereira (Getafe, ESP), Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough, ENG), Diego Laxalt (Genoa, ITA), Carlos Sánchez (Monterrey, MEX), Matías Vecino (Fiorentina, ITA)
FORWARDS (6): Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-German, FRA), Abel Hernández (Hull City, ENG), Nicolás Lodeiro (Boca Juniors, ARG), Diego Rolán (Bordeaux, FRA), Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough, ENG), Luis Suárez (Barcelona, ESP)
Uruguay preview: Overview:
When it comes to the Copa America, if there’s one team opponents don’t look forward to facing it’s Uruguay. And La Celeste are looking primed to reclaim the title they won so memorably in 2011.
Last summer’s edition wasn’t one to remember for Tabarez’s troops. Not only were they unable to call upon star forward Luis Suarez following his misdemeanors at the World Cup in 2014, they lost their composure at key points in the heat of battle; Edinson Cavani’s red card in the defeat to Chile summed up a poor tournament.
Things are looking up as they gear up for the Centenario in the United States, though. Suarez is back and in exceptional form, Cavani has enjoyed another prosperous term with Paris Saint-Germain, while the defensive pairing of Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez—both of Atletico Madrid—is arguably the finest anywhere in world football.
Results have also been positive. Boosted by the return of Suarez, they fought back from two goals down to draw against Brazil at the Maracana. Additionally, they’ve also secured emphatic 3-0 wins over both Chile and Colombia at home in World Cup qualifying.
Indeed, while a lot of the South American giants seem to be in a spell of transition, Uruguay are building momentum on the cusp of the Copa. Suarez’s return has been a huge boost to everyone in the set-up, while their potential passage through to the final looks a lot easier than most of the elite names involved.