Previous
Juventus
Malmo FF
2
0
FT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Atletico Madrid
3
2
FT
Game Details
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad
2
1
FT
Game Details
Real Madrid
FC Basel
5
1
FT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen
1
0
FT
Game Details
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
0
2
FT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal
2
0
FT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
1
1
FT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Leeds United
1
3
FT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday
0
2
FT
Game Details
Blackpool
Watford
0
1
FT
Game Details
Brentford
Norwich City
0
3
FT
Game Details
Cardiff City
Middlesbrough
0
1
FT
Game Details
Charlton Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Huddersfield Town
Wigan Athletic
0
0
FT
Game Details
Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion
2
0
FT
Game Details
Bolton Wanderers
Rotherham United
3
2
FT
Game Details
Reading
Millwall
3
2
FT
Game Details
Colchester United
Sheffield United
2
3
FT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Crawley Town
0
0
FT
Game Details
Gillingham
Peterborough United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Bradford City
1
2
FT
Game Details
Notts County
Leyton Orient
1
1
FT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bristol City
0
3
FT
Game Details
Preston North End
Chesterfield
3
3
FT
Game Details
Rochdale
Walsall
4
0
FT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Coventry City
2
1
FT
Game Details
Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic
2
2
FT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Crewe Alexandra
1
1
FT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Burton Albion
3
0
FT
Game Details
Bury
Stevenage
2
1
FT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Exeter City
1
2
FT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Southend United
0
1
FT
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Morecambe
1
0
FT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Hartlepool United
5
1
FT
Game Details
Oxford United
Accrington Stanley
3
1
FT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers
0
1
FT
Game Details
Portsmouth
Dagenham & Redbridge
3
0
FT
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Carlisle United
1
0
FT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Newport County
0
0
FT
Game Details
York City
Luton Town
0
0
FT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Braintree Town
1
3
FT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
AFC Telford United
3
2
FT
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Nuneaton Town
3
1
FT
Game Details
Chester City
Southport
2
0
FT
Game Details
Dartford
Dover
2
1
FT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Forest Green Rovers
2
2
FT
Game Details
Halifax
Grimsby Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Altrincham
4
0
FT
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Gateshead
1
1
FT
Game Details
Torquay United
Woking
1
0
FT
Game Details
Welling
Lincoln City
2
0
FT
Game Details
Barnet
Wrexham
0
1
FT
Game Details
Rangers
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
1
0
FT
Game Details
Waterhouse
DC United
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruz Azul
Chorrillo FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Portland Timbers
Olimpia
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente Terán
Cerro Porteño
1
0
LIVE 84'
Leg 1
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Gimnasia La Plata
1
0
LIVE 76'
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Caracas F.C.
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Deportivo Cali
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Guadalajara
Tijuana
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Atlante
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Morelia
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Necaxa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Zacatepec
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Dorados de Sinaloa
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Monterrey
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
UNAM
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América Mineiro
Bragantino
0
1
LIVE 53'
Game Details
Avaí
Sampaio Correa-MA
1
1
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Goianiense
América RN
1
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Náutico
Joinville
1
2
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Ceará
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Boa MG
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
ABC
AA Ponte Preta
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Icasa
Vila Nova-GO
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Luverdense
Santa Cruz FC
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
CR Vasco da Gama
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Al Hilal
Al-Ain
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Amazulu
Postp
Game Details
Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg Utd
Postp
Game Details
Next
May 27, 2014

32 Teams in 32 Days: Uruguay

Following a fourth place finish in the 2010 World Cup, Uruguay will look to Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to guide them to another South American triumph.

Group D | England | Costa Rica | Italy


Team DNA

Uruguay have always proved themselves on what they call garra charrua -- literally, their native "claw," but, more naturally, their fighting spirit. This side will be no different.

Manager Oscar Washington Tabarez may be able to call on two of the most sought-after attacking players in football, but he will send his side out to defend, battle, defy and, when possible, catch their opponents on the counterattack.

It is an approach that is rooted in the nation's size (Uruguay's population is 3 million people), which means, as Tabarez says, they rarely have a team "to take the game to bigger countries." It has worked wonderfully in the past, and has brought this generation some considerable success, most notably in the 2010 World Cup and the Copa America the following year.

This group is still very much that team: a back line marshaled by Diego Godin and Diego Lugano, and a bank of three fiercely tenacious defensive midfielders, with Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez up front. The only question mark -- apart from whether Suarez will be fit -- is whether Cristian Rodriguez can be as creative as Diego Forlan behind that front pairing.

Starting scenario

History

Uruguay won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and again the next time they entered the tournament in 1950. They reached the semifinals three additional times, most recently in 2010 in South Africa.

How they reached Brazil

Uruguay entered the arduous South American qualification process as 2010 World Cup semifinalists and reigning champions of their continent. They looked to be safe bets to secure one of the four automatic spots for a trip to Brazil; but after a bright start, their form did not so much as falter as vanish.

They were hammered in Colombia and Argentina and dropped points at home against Ecuador and Venezuela. Then, with five games to go, Uruguay looked like they would not even manage to squeeze into fifth, which would be enough to guarantee a playoff.

Tabarez turned to his stars for deliverance. Cavani's goal secured a win in Venezuela and set Uruguay on their way to another victory against Colombia in Montevideo. Suarez scored two as they beat Peru in Lima, and he and Cavani each struck again in Uruguay's crucial win against archrivals Argentina in their final game. That 3-2 win meant a place in a playoff against Jordan, a tie they won easily after a 5-0 victory in Amman and a goalless draw in Montevideo.

The numbers never lie

Calculating a nation's passion for the game based on how well it pays its manager, attends its games and gets out to play:

Key battles

Argentina, of course, are the old rivals, dating all the way back to the first World Cup final, where Uruguay's victory in Montevideo led to riots on the other side of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires.

History also makes the prospect of meeting their other looming neighbour an enticing one. It was in 1950 when Alcides Ghiggia & Co. won Uruguay their second World Cup, beating Brazil in the final game of the competition's second group stage in the Maracana to deliver what became known as the Maracanazo.

This generation of Uruguayan players would relish the chance to deliver another upset of the hosts in Brazil. Their chance is more likely to come in Fortaleza in the quarterfinals than Rio in the final.

Long before that, the group clash against England should provide at least one Uruguayan, Suarez, with a game that he would dearly love to win.

Most important player

The two stars are Cavani and Suarez, but with the latter potentially being injured for at least a portion of the group stage (he is recovering from knee surgery) and the former frequently not as effective at the international level as he is for his club, Uruguay are likely to rely heavily on their defence if they are to make the knockout rounds.

That means Godin, fresh off a remarkable campaign for Atletico Madrid, will have to keep up the extraordinarily high standards he set in helping Diego Simeone's side win the La Liga title and reach the Champions League final.

Godin is not especially quick, he is not toweringly tall and not freakishly strong. He is, though, one of the most robust, committed and intelligent defenders in football, as his performance for the first 110 minutes of the Champions League final proved. At his best, he represents an almost insurmountable barrier; the threat he poses from set pieces also gives Tabarez's side another valuable weapon as they seek to find alternative attacking options in Suarez's possible absence.

Definition of success

The distant and recent past both serve to increase the pressure on Uruguay. It is a country intensely conscious of its status as world football's "little nation that could," a team that has a long and proud history of punching above their weight.

It is probably a stretch to say that Uruguayans expect to win the World Cup; they know, though, thanks to the exploits of 1930 and 1950, that it is definitely possible.

- Video: Uruguay odds in World Cup (Australia only)

That sense has only been heightened after their heroics in 2010; they might have gone further, too, had Suarez not been suspended for that game against Netherlands. Throw in the fact that they are the reigning South American champions and the pressure is on Tabarez to deliver another adventure into the latter stages. There is a danger that anything less than the quarterfinals will be considered a disappointment.

But that may be a little harsh, especially given the group draw and Uruguay's difficulties in qualifying. Reaching the round of 16 should be considered a par finish; anything after that would be a bonus.

How far will Uruguay go?

A tough Group D makes a repeat of 2010 unlikely. If they get past the group, they may have enough for a quarterfinal spot.

ESPN FC Analyst's take: Mario Kempes

Uruguay has played the same way since winning it all in 1930: relentlessly, with lots of aggressiveness. This side has always had great defenders, so it's hard to score against them. But now they have added strength in the strikers they have.

You get the best and the worst from Uruguay. They have a very hard time getting started, especially in a tournament like this. You saw it in qualification. In the World Cup, if they reach the round of 16, they'll start transforming themselves into a contender.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.