July 10, 2010
It shouldnâ€™t come as much of a surprise, really. Itâ€™s a sort of stock answer, though it seems to resonate a bit more when you consider the source.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez told the press Friday his team would not simply lie down against Germany in the World Cup third-place game (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. EDT, ABC) after falling to Holland in the semifinals.
July 7, 2010
We fought well. Down one of our best attackers, we took a very good Dutch side to the last minute, and made them fear at the end that we could bring them to extra time. But in the end, Forlan and Perreira's goals were not quite enough, and Uruguay went down 3-2 to Holland in our World Cup semifinal, and third place is all we have left to fight for.
July 6, 2010
Today is the day. Without our hero Suarez, but with a whole team of heroes, we can make the World Cup final with a win today. 90 minutes of football to decide whether we will go to Soccer City in Jo'burg and play for the ultimate glory. 60 years ago, we won our second World Cup, and it's been far too long since we've tasted that feeling. South America is counting on us, and the world is counting on us to break the European domination, to keep them from winning their first tournament away from Europe.
July 5, 2010
After his goal-line handball against Ghana, the goal that for better or worse, saved our World Cup, Luis Suarez has been threatened with all sorts of punishments and called all sorts of names. But the final judgement is in from FIFA, and he'll miss only one match, so whether it's the Final or the third-place game, he will play again at this World Cup.
June 30, 2010
It's almost time. It was a great group stage, and a good win in the round of 16. But that's all in the past now. Now there are eight teams left, and we are one. We are in the elite, alongside our brothers from South America: Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina, and along with European giants Germany, Holland and Spain. We're one of the big boys. And yet, we have been given a draw that has to be thought of as fairly easy.
June 23, 2010
Uruguay have done it - won Group A and advanced to the Round of 16. As was always expected, winning the group means avoiding Argentina, as the Albiceleste have comfortably won their own group. If anyone hasn't been keeping score at home, South America is dominating this World Cup so far.
June 13, 2010
You could forgive South African fans feeling slightly deflated after this game, with many even struggling to muster enough enthusiasm to blow on their vuvuzela horns come the end of the game. After such a glorious opening ceremony, with all the excitement and drama that came with it, this felt more like a Sunday league pub game, the morning after a fairly heavy stag do. And knowing Raymond Domenech that is perhaps not out of the question.
June 7, 2010
The 23 men who will have the honor of wearing the Uruguay shirt in South Africa have been announced, and are preparing for the opener against the French. Striker Jorge Martinez was hoping to impress this summer ahead of a proposed move to Lazio but coach Oscar Tabarez has left him out of the Uruguay squad all together, relying on the in form Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez instead. Surprise call ups to the provisional squad for Jorge Rodriguez and Alvaro Gonzalez also ended in disappointment as both missed out on a final 23 place.
May 25, 2010
Cristian Rodriguez was the surprise absentee in Uruguay's 26-man preliminary World Cup squad named by coach Oscar Washington Tabarez.
Porto winger Rodriguez, 24, still has to complete a two-game ban for being sent off during the last qualifier against Argentina, so Tabarez decided not to make him complete the suspension in South Africa.
Tabarez, who was expected to name 30 players instead of only 26, selected most of the players who were involved in qualifying, but midfielders Egidio Arevalo-Rios (Penarol), Alvaro Gonzalez (Nacional) and Jorge Rodriguez (River Plate of Uruguay) were the most surprising inclusions and three of the four home-based players alongside Defensor Sporting goalkeeper Martin Silva.
May 21, 2010
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