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Uruguay have won four FIFA-organized World Football Championships, winning the first World Championship under the Olympic Committee umbrella with true representation from all continents as before then, football in the Olympics comprised only of European teams. Uruguay then won the next two World Cups in 1930 and 1950. 

1924 marked the beginning of true international football competition, organized by FIFA, FIFA recognizes Uruguay as four-time world champions and allows the national team to wear four stars on their kits.

Read on to learn more about: 

  • Uruguay’s football team FIFA World Cup history
  • Uruguay’s road to Qatar
  • Uruguay squad
  • LV BET betting tips on Uruguay

Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup

The Uruguay national team hosted and won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, beating rivals Argentina 4-2 in the final. Their last triumph was in 1950, when they managed to win against host Brazil 2-0 in the final match. In total the Uruguay National football team qualified for thirteen World Cups, reaching the second round on 10 occasions, the semifinals five times and the final twice in which they won. Uruguay is one of the most successful teams in the world, having won nineteen FIFA official titles: two World Cups, two Olympic Games, and 15 Copa America championships. 

Uruguay football team refused to participate in 1934 and defend their title because many European nations declined to take part in 1930 held in Uruguay. They also refused to enter in 1938 because FIFA’s decision to hold the tournament in France caused outrage in South America as it was believed that the venue would alternate between the two continents.

Ever since the first tournament commenced, the Uruguay national football team failed to qualify for the World Cup seven times. An interesting statistic is that Uruguay got eliminated from the group stage only four times, proving that Uruguay squad has been very competitive even when not winning the tournament. Their recent best performance was back in 2010 when they reached a semifinal but lost out to the Netherlands in a thrilling encounter ending 3-2. The 2010 campaign was Forlan’s last World Cup and he showed his quality by scoring four goals pushing his side to yet another semifinal.

Uruguay successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup

Without a doubt one of the biggest success stories in the history of Uruguay national football team is winning the World Cup at home. The road to glory in the 1930 was a bit different from what we are used to seeing in a modern FIFA World Cup tournament. The group stages consisted only two games as teams competed in groups of three, which who tops the group will go straight into a semi-final. Uruguay opened their campaign by winning 1-0 against Peru, followed by a dominant display against Romania winning 4-0. In the semi-final Uruguay lined up against Yugoslavia, where Cea scored a hattrick and putting his side into the final as the score ended 6-1. In the Final, Dorado put his side in front inside the first 12 minutes but a swift comeback from Argentina saw Uruguay go behind 2-1. In the second-half it was all about Uruguay as the team scored three times through Cea, Iriarte and Castro sealing the win and the crown of World Champions for the first time ever. 

One of the worst performances by the Uruguay national team was back in 1974 when the tournament was hosted by Germany. The Group was characterized by the Netherlands, Sweden and Bulgaria. In the opening match against the Netherlands, Uruguay lost 2-0. The only point gained throught the group stage games was earned against Bulgaria as Pavoni equalised late on to keep the Uruguay national team in contention. In the last game, Sweden stamped their authority as they netted three times against Uruguay marking their worst every performance in the World Cup. 

Uruguay’s road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup 

In the CONMEBOL qualification group Uruguay was best of the rest as they claimed third spot after Brazil and Argentina. The Uruguay national team managed to win eight of the 18 games played losing six and drawing four giving them a tally of 28 points – two more than Ecuador in fourth place. The objective for the team was to get third place as they well aware that they are not able to compete against Brazil and Argentina as they managed to complete the whole qualifying round without losing a game. 

Uruguay managed to seal their place in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar after a string of positive results in the last four games winning against Chile, Peru, Venezuela and Paraguay.

Who will Uruguay play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

The Uruguay squad will take part in Group H, comprising of South Korea, Portugal and Ghana. The outright favourites to top the group are Portugal followed by Uruguay who are tipped to finish second in the group. 

Ghana and South Korea are being given equal chance to win the Group but are likely to get knocked out after their third game. 

The fixtures for the Uruguay National team are as follows: 

  • Uruguay vs South Korea 24 November 2022 14:00 Education City Stadium
  • Portugal vs Uruguay 28 November 2022 20:00 Lusail Stadium
  • Ghana vs Uruguay 2 December 2022 16:00 AI Wakrah Sports Complex

Uruguay squad for the World Cup in Qatar

The South American side has continually produced some of the best talents around the world. To name some of the best talent that the Uruguay national team has, Edison Cavani, Luis Suarez, Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin and Federico Valverde. All of these players have played in some of the best teams around the world with Federico Valverde winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and being an instrumental players in their victory over Liverpool. 

The Uruguay national football team players will be guided by Diego Alonso who is a Uruguayan professional football head coach and former player who played as a striker. Alonso has been in charge of the national team since 2021 after he spent two years with Inter Miami. 

One of the starts that the world will be eagerly waiting to see perform on the biggest stage of World football is Darwin Nunez who recently signed with Liverpool for a whopping £85M deal from Benfica. Another player that is on the brink of setting the world alight is Facundo Pellistri who is a Manchester United player but has been loaned out to Alaves for more game time. 

Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in Uruguay?

All around Uruguay, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the Uruguay National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture, but all will be played in the late or early afternoon.

You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.

For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here

Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages

For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.

All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.

FIFA World Cup round Category I Category II Category III
Opening match 2,250 1,600 1,100
Group phase 800 600 250
1/8 final 1,000 750 350
Quarterfinal 1,550 1,050 750
Semifinal 3,480 2,400 1,300
Match for 3rd place 1,550 1,100 750
Final 5,850 3,650 2,200

Betting tips and odds on Uruguay National team

Uruguay will be playing in Group H together with South Korea, Portugal who are the outright favourites and Ghana. 

Starting off with the favourites to win the group, we have Portugal who are priced at 13/20 (1.65), whilst Uruguay at 2/1 (3.00) are close favourites. Lastly we have both South Korea and Ghana priced at 11/1 (12.00) to win the group. 

Bets on Uruguay National Football team at LV BET

Uruguay will commence their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign against South Korea on the 24th of November. We are pricing a victory for Uruguay at 5/7 (1.72) whilst a South Korea win is at 4/1 (5.00). You can also get Luis Suarez to be the top goalscorer of the competition at 40/1 (41.00)

We hope that you have enjoyed reading a detailed overview of the Uruguay national team as well as their chances going into the Qatar FIFA World Cup. Thank you for your support. 

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