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Uruguay national football team

Uruguay national football team
National Football Team
NameUruguay
Nickname   (The Sky Blue [One])
  (The Olympic Sky Blue)
  
AssociationUruguayan Football Association
(Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol)
ConfederationCONMEBOL (South America)
Head coachÓscar Tabárez
Asst coachCelso Otero
CaptainDiego Lugano
Most capsDiego Forlán (82)
Top scorerHéctor Scarone
Diego Forlán
(31 each)
Home stadiumEstadio Centenario
FIFA codeURU
FIFA ranking4
Highest FIFA ranking4 (September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking54 (December 1998)
Elo ranking5
Highest Elo ranking1 (Various dates 1920 31)
Lowest Elo ranking46 (March 1980)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalUruguay 0 6 Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
Biggest winUruguay 9 0 Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
Biggest defeatUruguay 0 6 Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 July 1902)
Appearances11|World cup first=1930
First World Cup1930
Best resultWinners, 1930 and 1950
Regional cup statistics
Copa América
Appearances41
First apps.1916
Best resultWinners, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2011
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances1
First apps.1997
Best result4th place, 1997

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The Uruguayan national football team represents Uruguay in international association football and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The current head coach is Óscar Tabárez. The Uruguayan side is commonly referred to as 'La Celeste' (The Sky Blue [One]) or 'Los Charrúas'.

Uruguay are the current reigning South American champions, having won the 2011 Copa América. Uruguay have won the Copa América a record 15 times. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, including the first World Cup in 1930 as hosts, defeating Argentina 4 2 in the final. They won their second title in 1950, upsetting hosts Brazil 2 1 in the final match. They have won the Gold Medals in football at the Summer Olympics twice, in 1924 and 1928, before the creation of the World Cup. They also won the 1980 Mundialito, a tournament among former World Cup champions. In total, Uruguay have won 20 official titles, an international record for the most international titles held by a country.

Their success is amplified by the fact that the nation has a very small population of around 3.5 million inhabitants. Uruguay is by far the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup. (The second smallest country, by population, to have won the World Cup is Argentina with a total population of over 40 million people.) Uruguay is also the smallest country ever to win any World Cup medals; only six nations with a currently smaller population than Uruguay's have ever participated in any World Cup: Northern Ireland (3 times), Slovenia (twice), Wales, Kuwait, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Uruguay is also the smallest nation to win Olympic gold medals in any team sport.


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