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Uruguay: Suarez's shame

Team Assessment Jul 1, 2014

Bite-Gate revisited

Men in Blazers Jun 28, 2014
 By Tim Vickery
Oct 15, 2014

Reviewing the results of CONMEBOL teams since the World Cup

With his comeback from suspension close, Luis Suarez has come to terms with his actions, which saw him sent home from the World Cup in disgrace.

After the FIFA dates of September and October, how have the South American national teams progressed as they warm up for next year's Copa America followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers?

ARGENTINA: Won 4-2 away to Germany, lost 2-0 to Brazil and beat Hong Kong 7-0

New coach Gerardo Martino has built on the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella but has also made a tweak. The base formation remains 4-3-3 (which Sabella's Argentina abandoned in the World Cup due to injuries), but with a difference.


 By Tim Vickery
Oct 13, 2014

Luis Suarez's return brings another dynamic for Uruguay's offense

Luis Suarez improved the versatility of Uruguay's offense in his two friendly appearances for the team.

Playing for Uruguay for the first time since the infamous biting incident against Italy in the World Cup may have proved a little too much for Luis Suarez.

Just over half an hour into Friday's match against Saudi Arabia, he had to leave the field for a quick toilet break. Once he had relieved himself, he soon showed why Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez was so keen to have him back. Suarez showed few signs of ring rust against the Saudis or in Monday's meeting with Oman.

He could not claim...

 By Tim Vickery
Sep 8, 2014

Friendlies allow Uruguay's next generation a chance to shine

Uruguay fly home on Tuesday from their Far East jaunt to Japan and South Korea. Next month, they head to the Middle East to take on Saudi Arabia and Oman.

These fixtures reveal that, for South American national teams, we are in the silly season. For the first year after a World Cup, there are no competitive fixtures. The serious stuff doesn't get going until next June with the Copa America in Chile -- a title worth fighting for and also a preparation ground for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which...

 By Tim Vickery
Sep 2, 2014

Oscar Tabarez's vision for Uruguay must now begin to bear fruit

Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez's team wrap up their World Cup preparation versus Slovenia.
Oscar Tabarez has always insisted his plan for Uruguay is a long-term one.

Uruguay coach Oscar Washington Tabarez is not with the team as they travel to the Far East to take on Japan and then South Korea. He is recovering from a spinal problem, and also his permanence in charge of the national team, though very close to being defined, is still not 100 percent confirmed.

But he has selected the squad, and, in one sense, the real value of his work with Uruguay might be judged from now on.

That might seem an extraordinary statement given the success Uruguay have enjoyed since...

 By Sam Kelly
Aug 28, 2014

Obdulio Varela: The wise champion

The ESPN FC team give their take on 1950 World Cup winner and former Uruguay captain, Obdulio Varela.

Who is the greatest captain of all time? From Aug. 18-29, ESPN FC will reveal its 10-man shortlist of the finest skippers to have graced the game before conducting a vote for the winner. The result will be revealed on Sept. 1.

"When we walk out onto the pitch, don't look up at the stands. On the pitch, it's 11 against 11." Reports claim that about 200,000 people were in the stands of the Maracana for the decisive match of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, but Obdulio Varela wasn't going...

Jul 1, 2014

Assessment: Suarez's shame

Luis Suarez was sent home in disgrace after FIFA banned him for nine Uruguay matches as well as worldwide for four months following the biting incident with Giorgio Chiellini.

Uruguay bowed out of the World Cup at the Last 16 and Luis Suarez's biting shame overshadowed their tournament. ESPNFC blogger Felipe Miguel looks back at an eventful campaign.

One sentence, World Cup recap

A bumpy yet exhilarating ride with some moments of ecstasy interspersed with grief.

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany

Star Man

A tough decision but Diego Godin takes the prize over Egidio Arevalo Rios. The defender was one of the few players who stood out from the rest. Physically and mentally ready for everything, Godin proved...