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Uruguay arrives in Brazil hopeful of a third title

World Cup 2014: Uruguay profile, roster, matches, live stream and TV info

June 4, 2014 By Mike Goncalves
The availability of Luis Suarez is an obvious concern for Oscar Tabarez, but that will not stop him from dreaming big. Uruguay could be without their star striker, but they will need a full effort from everyone.

Oscar Tabarez’s side had to work hard in order to book their place in Brazil, but they head into the World Cup with a serious concern.

Luis Suarez had surgery on his knee, and he looks set to possibly miss the first match of the tournament. In his absence, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani will have to pick up the slack.

The 6th ranked nation has already enjoyed success in the World Cup, having claimed the title in 1930 and 1950. While that was over 50 years ago, Tabarez has reason to dream. His country will be taking part in their 12 tournament, and playing in South America, Uruguay could be a serious threat in Brazil.

After they started their qualification stage in positive fashion with a 4-2 victory over Bolivia, Los Charruas struggled at times. A heavy 4-0 defeat the hands of Colombia was followed by a one-goal draw against Ecuador, and a 3-0 defeat against Argentina.

Uruguay went six matches without a victory, which had their presence in the World Cup up in the air. Four victories in their final five matches earned them the fifth spot in the CONMEBOL qualification, which would force them to play a playoff against Jordan.

La Celeste made quick work of the AFC side, winning 0-5 at the Amman International Stadium. Both sides played to a scoreless draw in the second leg, but it would have taken a miracle to see Uruguay miss out on the World Cup. They now look to rally their troops in order to get through a group that features Costa Rica, England and Italy.

El Pistolero to be the difference maker

Luis Suarez had a fantastic year at the club level. At the age of 27, he has 77 caps for his country, and he is already the all-time leading scorer for Uruguay with 38 goals. If La Celeste are to make a late run in the tournament, they will need Suarez to continue his rampant form, that nearly led Liverpool to the Premier League title.

His experience will be vital for the squad, as will his ability to put the ball in the back of the net. When he is on the pitch, defenders are constantly having to track his movements. Whether he has to defend in his own half, or he is hassling defenders, Suarez is an absolute handful.

After winning four individual titles this season, the Liverpool striker would like nothing more than to raise a third World Cup title for his country.

23-man squad for Tabarez

On paper, Oscar Tabarez has a lot to work with when it comes to his options. From his squad selection, he has a lot of experience and talent. At the back, Fernando Muslera is used to the big stage, having already contributed over 55 caps for his country.

The experience of their captain Diego Lugano will also be important, while players like Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani will try to add to their combined 56 goals at the international level.

Third World Cup for the manager

At the age of 67, Oscar Washington Tabarez Sclavo has already managed over 10 clubs. In his second stint with La Celeste, Tabarez will also be taking part in his third World Cup as a manager. He first managed his country from 1988 to 1990, but he then moved on to manage Boca Juniors.

He returned to the national team in 2006, where he has been since. Uruguay claimed the 2011 Copa America with Tabarez, and he will be looking to add to his managerial honors this summer in Brazil.

Where to watch La Celeste

For all the latest information surround the Uruguay National Team from live scores, fixture lists, broadcast info and more, be sure to visit the Uruguay profile page.

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