2014 World Cup team guide: Uruguay

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Uruguay

Group D fixtures:

Uruguay v Costa Rica
June 14 Fortaleza, 2000

Uruguay v England
June 19 Sao Paulo, 2000

Italy v Uruguay
June 24 Natal, 1700

FIFA World Ranking: 6

Head coach: Oscar Tabarez

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.

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