World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: Uruguay

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews Group D: Uruguay
Team: Uruguay

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Team: Uruguay
Nickname: La Celeste
Group: D
Schedule: June 14 vs. Costa Rica, June 19 vs. England, June 24. vs. Italy
World Cup History: Winner (1930, 1950), Semifinals (1954, 1970, 2010), Quarterfinals (1966), Round of 16 (1986, 1990)
Rankings: FIFA (6), SPI (8)
Winning Odds: 33-1

Uruguay reached the 2010 World Cup semifinals. Luis Suarez just had a monster season at Liverpool. The tournament will be played in South America. Put it all together and you have…World Cup destiny?

Qualifying Form: Disappointing. Uruguay had an abysmal stretch from Sept. 2012 through March 2013. They played six matches, earned a total of two points and were outscored 15-3. They rebounded, winning four of their last five to reach the fifth-place playoff, and beat Jordan 5-0 on aggregate to qualify through the back door.

Coach: Oscar Tabarez. The 67-year-old Uruguayan has made multiple stops throughout South America and Italy. He has had two…

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