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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Uruguay Men's National Soccer Team News

September 18, 2015 - roster named for Bolivia and Colombia matches
  • Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/TUR), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama/BRA), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad/PAR)
  • Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Porto/POR), Gaston Silva (Torino/ITA), Martin Caceres (Juventus/ITA), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland/ENG), Emiliano Velazquez (Getafe/ESP), Alvaro Pereira (Independiente/ARG), Mathias Corujo (Universidad de Chile/CHI)
  • Midfielders: Camilo Mayada (River Plate/ARG), Alvaro Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX), Carlos Sanchez (River Plate/ARG), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Tigres/MEX), Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors/ARG), Cristian Rodriguez (Independiente/ARG)
  • Forwards: Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro/BRA), Diego Rolan (Bordeaux/FRA), Jonathan Rodriguez (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough/ENG), Abel Hernandez (Hull City/ENG)
September 4, 2015 - Christian Stuani scores in win over Panama
"A late goal from Christian Stuani has seen Uruguay register their first win in four matches, prevailing 1-0 over Panama on Friday. Stuani rose highest at the back post to nod Jonathan Rodriguez's cross into the net in the 82nd minute, with the Middlesbrough striker previously having been one of the more profligate of the Uruguayans as they struggled to break down Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez Gutierrez." - FourFourtwo

June 20, 2015 -  José María Gimémez scores in advancing draw with Paraguay
"Paraguay and Uruguay played out a 1-1 draw at Estadio La Portada on Saturday that ultimately suited the needs of both sides. La Celeste required at least a point to confirm their presence in the quarter-finals, while La Albirroja – who were already guaranteed of their place in the knock-out stages – ensured they finished above their Group B opponents with the result. It was José María Gimémez who put Uruguay ahead just before the half-hour mark, the Atletico Madrid centre-back getting up well to forcefully head home a right-wing corner. But Paraguay responded in kind a minute before half-time, Lucas Barrios shaking off the attentions of Giménez to power Edgar Benitez’s delivery into the roof of the net with an emphatic header of his own." - Copa America

June 13, 2015 - Cristian Rodríguez scores in win over Jamaica
"Uruguay got the defence of their Copa América title off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over debutants Jamaica on Saturday. A solitary goal from veteran midfielder Cristian Rodríguez ensured La Celeste emerged triumphant at Estadio Regional Calvo y Bascuñán in Antofagasta.... Following a stop-start beginning to the second half, Uruguay hit the front on 51 minutes after Hector was penalised for a foul on Diego Rolan. From the subsequent free-kick floated in by Lodeiro, Giménez got up well to nod back across the box and Rodríguez guided home a low left-footed shot into the bottom corner for his ninth international goal." - Copa America

June 6, 2015 - Edinson Cavani scores brace in win over Guatemala
"Uruguay handed Guatemala a 5-1 roasting in a friendly on Saturday that augurs well for their defence of the Copa America in the absence of suspended striker Luis Suarez.... While Suarez was helping Barcelona win the Champions league title in Berlin, his young understudy Diego Rolan put Uruguay one up after four minutes from Alvaro Pereira's cross in Montevideo. Edinson Cavani then added a brace, his first a tap-in after Rolan had hit the post, then a penalty on the half-hour to put the home side 3-0 up at halftime. Substitutes Giorgian De Arrascaeta and Abel Hernandez increased Uruguay's lead before Guatemala pulled one back through defender Wilson Lalin at a corner 12 minutes from time." - Yahoo

May 23, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray, Turkey), Martin Silva (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil) and Rodrigo Muñoz (Libertad, Paraguay)
  • Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica, Portugal), José Giménez and Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool England), Gaston Silva (Torino, Italy). 
  • Midfielders: Alvaro Pereira (Estudiantes de la Plata, Argentina), Mathias Corujo and Guzmán Pereira (Universidad de Chile, Chile), Jorge Fucile (Nacional, Uruguay), Alvaro Gonzalez (Torino, Italy), Carlos Sánchez (River Plate, Argentina) , Egidio Arévalo (Tigres, Mexico), Nicolas Lodeiro (Boca Juniors, Argentina), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico de Madrid)
  • Forwards: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro, Brazil), Cristhian Stuani (Espanyol, Spain), Abel Hernandez (Hull, England), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain, France), Diego Rolan (Girondins, France), Jonathan Rodriguez (Benfica , Portugal). (Reporting by Patrick Abusleme)
March 28, 2015 - Edinson Cavani score in win over Morocco
"Edinson Cavani converted a second-half penalty to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over Morocco in a friendly on Saturday. The spot-kick was awarded after Diego Rolan was brought down by home goalkeeper Munir Mohand." - Daily Mail

March 12, 2015 - Diego Forlan retires
"Uruguay's most-capped player Diego Forlan, so often his country's talisman, announced his retirement from international football on Thursday. The 35-year-old striker played 112 games for Uruguay and scored 36 goals, representing the South Americans at three FIFA World Cups™ and helping them lift the Copa America in 2011. 'This was an extremely difficult decision,' Forlan told a news conference at his Japanese club Cerezo Osaka. 'But I felt it was time. Everything has a beginning and an end - I felt it was time to make way for a new generation of players. It's time for the national team to go in a new direction'." - FIFA

March 9, 2015 - roster updates
"Head coach Oscar Tabárez has revealed his 27-man squad to play Morocco on March 28. La Celeste continue their preparations for this summer’s Copa América in Chile, where the defending champions will face Argentina, Paraguay and Jamaica in Group B. Uruguay will have plenty of representation from La Liga, with Atletico Madrid defenders Diego Godín and José Giménez among four players hailing from the Spanish top flight. However, Barcelona forward Luis Suárez will play no part in the friendly, having already committed to a charity match organized by the Liverpool FC Foundation. Long-serving Benfica right-back Maxi Pereira is set for his 100th cap should he make an appearance at Stade d’Agadir." - Copa America

November 18, 2014 - Diego Rolan & Alvaro Gonzalez score in win over Chile
"Uruguay proved they can cope without Luis Suarez with a 2-1 victory over fellow World Cup side Chile in an entertaining friendly in Santiago. Coach Oscar Tabarez has spoken of the need to find new options ahead of next year's Copa America, which Suarez will miss through his ban, and he fielded 21-year-old Diego Rolan alongside Edinson Cavani at the Estadio Monumental. Rolan repaid his manager's faith with an excellent all-round performance, scoring one and having a hand in the other.... Alexis Sanchez translated his excellent domestic form for Arsenal to the international stage by scoring the opener but Uruguay equalised against the run of play through Rolan just before half-time.... Cavani was eventually taken off but with him off the field Uruguay managed to steal a winner, Alvaro Gonzalez capitalising on some shoddy Chilean defensive work with just nine minutes remaining to ensure his side ended the year on a winning note." - Yahoo

October 29, 2014 - roster updates
Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain were the spearhead of the Uruguay squad called up Wednesday by coach Oscar Tabarez for friendlies with Costa Rica and Chile in November. Suarez is currently serving a nine-match ban from official international matches but he is able to appear in friendlies." - FIFA

October 13, 2014 - Luis Suarez scores brace in win over Oman
"Luis Suarez rounded off his preparations for his long-awaited El Clasico return with a brace in Uruguay's 3-0 win over Oman.The Barcelona forward started Monday's international friendly in Muscat, and looked typically sharp in front of goal with a quickfire second-half brace that put Oscar Tabarez's side on course for a comfortable victory. Suarez's first goal came after 57 minutes, when he latched onto a Diego Rolan pass before directing a scuffed left-footed effort past Ali Al Habsi. His second, which came just 10 minutes later, was vintage Suarez. The former Liverpool man outpaced an Omani defender before lofting a deft chip over the stranded Al Habsi from just inside the penalty area following a searching pass from Gaston Ramirez.... Uruguay substitute Jonathan Rodriguez then got in on the act with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box to round off the visitors' win. " - Sportal

September 25, 2014 - Luis Suarez on provisional roster
"Luis Suarez is one of 29 players who was placed on a provisional roster for two Uruguay friendlies in October, the Uruguay Football Association announced. Uruguay travels to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 10 and Oman on Oct. 13. Suarez is currently serving a four-month ban given by FIFA after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on June 24. Suarez was also banned for nine of Uruguay's competitive matches, but is allowed to play in friendlies. On Wednesday, he scored two goals for Barcelona's B side in a friendly against Indonesia's under-19 team." - Sports Illustrated

September 8, 2014 - Jose Gimenez scores in win over South Korea
"Jose Gimenez headed in a second-half free kick Monday to give Uruguay a 1-0 win over South Korea in a friendly. It was Uruguay's second straight win after defeating Japan 2-0 on Friday. South Korea had a chance to equalize but Ki Seung-yeung hit the crossbar with a header." - News Tribune

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September 5, 2014 - Cavani & Hernandez score in win over Japan
"Uruguay spoiled Javier Aguirre's debut as Japan coach, beating the Asian champions 2-0 Friday in a friendly. Edinson Cavani gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute, taking advantage of poor defending by Tatsuya Sakai and beating goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with a sliding kick. Another weak clearing attempt allowed Abel Hernandez to make it 2-0 in the 71st with a close-range effort through the legs of Kawashima." - Coast Reporter

June 26, 2014 - Luis Suarez banned for four months
"On Thursday, FIFA banned the Uruguayan striker Luís Suárez for the remainder of the World Cup and beyond for having bitten the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in the teams' last group stage match. Suarez was fined for four months for the bite and fined the Liverpool striker 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000). The incident took place in the 80th minute of the game. Television replays showed the two jostling for position near the Italian goal, when Suárez brought his head down near Chiellini’s left shoulder. "Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup, when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field," Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, said in a statement." - FOX

June 24, 2014 - Suarez bite, Godin header, Uruguay advances
"Then came the 80th minute -- and perhaps the biggest talking point of the World Cup so far. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez, maybe the best player in Europe this past season, was involved in an altercation in the Italy penalty box with defender Giorgio Chiellini. On replay, it showed that Suarez appeared to bite Chiellini on the shoulder, and still photos of Chiellini's shoulder seemed to confirm it. Suarez was not discplined on the pitch, and was able to stay on. On the ensuing corner kick, Uruguay defender Diego Godin finished a header into the back of the net to give them a 1-0 lead over Italy. The last 15 minutes were filled with Italy bombing forward, Uruguay counterattacks -- and discussion of the Suarez incident. After five additional minutes, Uruguay was victorious, and advanced to the knockout stage. Meanwhile, we might have seen the last of Suarez in this year's World Cup." - CBS

June 19, 2014 - Luis Suarez doubles in win over England
"Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has spent the past season terrorizing English club defenses. Today, in Sao Paulo, he struck twice on the international stage to defeat England, 2-1, in a Group D clash. Before the game, the question was whether Suarez was 100 percent fit. It took 39 minutes to get an answer. Edinson Cavani floated a beautiful cross that was just too high for England defender Phil Jagielka. Suarez was lurking just behind to place a low header past keeper Joe Hart. England equalized in the 75th minute, when Wayne Rooney tapped in Glen Johnson’s cross from close range, but it was Uruguay and Suarez who took all three points when Fernando Muslera’s booming clearance was knocked on by the colliding figures of Cavani and Steven Gerrard. The loose ball fell kindly for Suarez who raced in alone on goal and lashed a shot past a helpless Hart." - New York Times

June 13, 2014 - Luis Suarez out for World Cup opener
Luis Suarez will sit out Uruguay’s World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Saturday, although the Liverpool forward’s recovery from knee surgery remains on track. Suarez damaged the meniscus in his left knee in training in the build-up to the Brazil showpiece and was always facing a race against time to be fit for the game in Fortaleza. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez confirmed on Friday his star striker would not make it even if 'all goes well' in training. He added:  The doctor said he wasn’t ruled out for the World Cup, that was his first report. That’s why he’s in the squad. We are increasing his pace of recovery and up until now there have been no glitches.  Yesterday afternoon he trained fully, and actually played football. There are no problems at all. But, obviously, he’s not at the level demanded in a full match'.” - Goal

June 4, 2014 - Cavani & Stuani score in win over Slovenia
"Striker Edinson Cavani and substitute Christian Stuani scored to help Uruguay to a 2-0 win over Slovenia in their final World Cup warm-up at the Centenario on Wednesday. Cavani nipped between the centre-backs to head home a fine cross into the box from the left by Diego Forlan and Stuani scored his second goal in two games in the 75th minute following his effort in Friday's 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. 'I wasn't too convinced by our attack in the first half, in the second the team looked more compact,' the Uruguay coach, Oscar Tabarez, said. 'The 'Master' [Tabarez] asked me to work on the right wing and get into the box whenever I could ... I hope at the World Cup I can carry on like this,' Stuani said." - Guardian

May 31, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)
  • Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
  • Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)
  • Martin Caceres (Juventus)
  • Sebastian Coates (Liverpool)
  • Jorge Fucile (Porto)
  • Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
  • Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
  • Diego Lugano (West Brom)
  • Alvaro Pereira (Inter)
  • Maxi Pereira (Benfica)
  • Egidio Arevalo (Tigres UANL)
  • Walter Gargano (Parma)
  • Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio)
  • Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)
  • Diego Perez (Bologna)
  • Gaston Ramirez (Southampton)
  • Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
  • Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka)
  • Abel Hernandez (Palermo)
  • Cristhian Stuani (Espanyol)
  • Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

May 30, 2014 - Stuani scores in win over Northern Ireland
"Christian Stuani was the hero as Uruguay battled their way to a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in a friendly at Estadio Centenario on Friday. Substitute Stuani netted the decisive goal on the hour-mark to lift Uruguay to victory against an under-strength Northern Ireland team in Montevideo. The Espanyol man replaced veteran striker Diego Forlan at half-time and his introduction worked wonders as the sixth-ranked nation stepped up preparations for the World Cup in Brazil, where they will come up against Italy, England and Costa Rica in Group D." - Goal

May 26, 2014 - Luiz Suarez recovering
"Star striker Luiz Suarez is "evolving well," the national team's doctor said on Monday following knee surgery last week. Suarez is believed to have picked up the knock in Liverpool's last league game of the season and had an operation last Thursday. Doctor Alberto Pan refused to rule the striker out of the World Cup but couldn't give the assurances that he would be fit to play in Brazil. 'Luis is evolving very well, but it's still premature to give out times for his return to training,' Pan said at a news conference held at the team's complex in Montevideo. 'Today, Luis is not feeling any pain; he's working on his muscles and putting only the essential pressure on his leg.' For now, Suarez will work on his recovery from his home in Montevideo and he will later continue therapy at a sports complex, Pan said. 'The first week is all observation, rest and working on muscles. After that, it will be more demanding'." - USA Today

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