How they qualified: A terrible start left Uruguay with just two points from a possible 12, and cast doubts over the future of head coach Tabarez. They did improve, though, enough to earn a play-off tie with Jordan. A 5-0 first-leg win in Jordan did the damage, before a goalless draw in Montevideo sealed their qualification.
World Cup pedigree: A grand old team of world football, Uruguay have two World Cup wins to their name, in 1930 (the inaugural tournament), and – an omen? – in Brazil in 1950. There's not a lot to report between 1950 and 2006, but in 2010 they made it to the last four, thanks mostly to the shooting boots of Diego Forlan.
Main men: How about a pair of world-class strikers? Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are amazingly talented but both work incredibly hard to carve out chances – and they take them too. No other team at the 2014 World Cup can boast such a fearsome strike partnership. England, beware.
One to watch: Creative midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro is a special player. He proved as much during Uruguay's successful 2011 Copa America campaign, even if he didn't do the business during his time at Ajax.
What are their chances? All hopes rest at the feet of Cavani and Suarez. That's not a bad position to be in. Will believe they can match 2010's achievement of a semi-final berth. Discipline – or lack of it – might be their undoing, though.