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Uruguay National Football Team (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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Association Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol
Confederation CONSNAF
FIFA ranking 3
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (1936)
Lowest FIFA ranking 6 (1928)
First international
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 2-3 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina
(Montevideo, Uruguay; 16 May 1901)
Biggest win
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay 10-0 Flag of Bolivia Bolivia
(Lima, Peru; 9 November 1927)
FIFA World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1906)
Best result Champions, (1906, 1926)
Copa América
Appearances 11 (First in 1920)
Best result Champions, (1923, 1925, 1927, 1941)

Olympic medal record
Men's Football
Gold medal blank 1924 Paris Team
Silver medal blank 1928 Amsterdam Team

The Uruguay national football team represents Uruguay is international association football. It is controlled by the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol.

Uruguay is one of six nations that have won the FIFA World Cup with them winning the first World Cup in 1906 where they defeated Austria 4-0 in the final before being the first nation to win twice after taking home the 1926 trophy against the Netherlands in extra time.


Beginnings and Civil War

Uruguay first match was against Argentina which they lost 3-2 but heading into the 1906 FIFA World Cup, they were considered underdogs from European reporters at the World Cup. But with the help of Carlos Cespedes, they shook the footballing world by taking the trophy when they defeated Austria 3-0 in the final.

But that was the last that we would see the team as two years later, the nation was in the war and was that way until 1913. But the return of the nation on the football field was much longer with the team returning in 1920, just in time to compete at the second Copa América held at Argentina. For the team, they would struggle with them not getting a single win from their three games.

1920s Success

After failing to make an impact in 1922, they took home their first Copa America trophy which would become the first of three titles in a row. This gave the team confidence as headed over to Paris for the 1924 Summer Olympics as the only South American team. Despite having to start in Round 1, the team took the gold medal as they defeated Italy 1-0 in the final at Colombes. After taking the 1926 FIFA World Cup held in Spain defeating the Netherlands in extra time.

All of the teams were expecting to see another gold medal hanging round the Uruguayan necks in Amsterdam. After defeating Switzerland and Portugal easy, they took on Italy in a replay of the previous Olympic final. But unlike the first time that these two teams met, it wouldn't be a happy ending with Uruguay losing in the final 2-0 with Elvio Banchero being the scorer for Italy.

Trouble at home

Coming into their home World Cup, the team only had four matches between 1929 and 1930 with all of them being against Argentina. This though didn't determine them in the group stage with them finishing top of the group. But in the quarterfinals, they had a shock loss to Czechoslovakia at Montevideo. After not entering the 1931 South American Championship, they only just scraped through to the 1934 FIFA World Cup when they defeated Peru in a play-off.

In Italy, the team struggle to gel and after losing to Sweden and then their rivals Argentina as they were eliminated in the group stage. For Uruguay, this was the first time they hadn't made the knockout stage in Europe. They did better, the next year in Peru with the team finishing 2nd in the South American Championship. From there, it went downhill with a 5th place finish at the next South American Championship in Argentina before being bundled out of the opening round in the 1938 FIFA World Cup losing to Hungary.


Main article: Argentina-Uruguay football rivalry
The rivalries between Argentina and Uruguay is one of the main rivalries that is in the sport of football with Argentina currently leading this battle after they won the previous encounter between these two nations.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

     Gold       Silver       Bronze  

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
France 1906 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 7 1
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy 1910 Civil War
England 1914

Netherlands 1922

Did Not Compete
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931) 1926 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 12 3
Uruguay 1930 Quarter Finalist 5th 4 3 0 1 9 4
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned 1934 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 4
Flag of Argentina 1938 Round 1 10th 1 0 0 1 2 3
Total Champions 5/8 18 11 3 4 34 15

Copa América

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

South American Championship
Year Round Position GP Won Drawn* Lost GS GA
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) 1918Did Not Compete
Flag of Argentina (alternative) 1920Fourth Place4th3003011
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) 1922Fourth Place4th411222
Uruguay 1923Champions1st330041
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) 1925Champions1st330071
Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) 1927Champions1st3300172
Flag of Argentina 1931Did Not Compete
Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) 1935Runner Up2nd320153
Flag of Argentina 1937Fifth Place5th51131012
Flag of Peru (1825 - 1950) 1939Third Place3rd412195
Flag of Chile 1941Champions1st430171
Flag of Argentina 1945Third Place3rd6321144


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