June 29, 2010

2010 World Cup: Uruguay, 23-man roster.

Filed under: FIFA World Cup, 2010,Uruguay — admin @ 2:09 pm

Uruguay World Cup squad.

The map shows the Uruguay national football team which competed in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
At the bottom, left on the map page are photos of all the players on the Uruguay team that have seen action in Uruguay’s first 6 matches in the 2010 World Cup (21 player photos, all in the gear of their professional clubs). International appearances (aka caps) and international goals are listed and are up to date as of 6th July, 2010.

13 players in the squad were born in Montevideo. Montevideo is Uruguay’s sole city of over 100,000 inhabitants. Montevideo’s population is around 1.3 million {2004 figure}. Two of the three players who have scored for Uruguay in their first 4 games in this World Cup come from Montevideo…FW Diego Forlán and MF Alváro Pereira. Forlán, who scored the winning goal for Atlético Madrid in their Europa League finals win over Fulham in May, scored two goals in the 16th June match v. South Africa (which ended 3-0). Attacking midfielder Alváro Pereira, who plays for FC Porto in Portugal, also scored in the match versus South Africa, in extra time, heading in a cross from Luis Suarez (see below).

Salto and Paysandú which produced 2 and 3 players in the squad, respectively, both have populations in the upper 90,000s (Salto is slightly larger). Both these cities are in the west of the country, on the east bank of the Uruguay River, which borders Argentina’s Entre Rios Province. Prolific goal scoring striker Luis Suárez, who plays professionally for Ajax of the Netherlands, is from Salto. In this World Cup, Suárez has maintained his amazing production rate (he has scored 89 goals in 131 games in the Dutch Eredivisie). Suárez scored the winner in Uruguay’s 1-0 defeat of Mexico, then scored both goals in Uruguay’s victory over South Korea.

Uruguay itself has a population of only around 3.4 million (2009 estimate}.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, Uruguay national football team. Thanks to UK Soccer Shop, for the photos of the Uruguay jerseys.

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