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Uruguay take last World Cup spot

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Uruguay secured the final place at the 2010 World Cup by drawing 1-1 with Costa Rica to seal a 2-1 aggregate win.

The Charruas, who claimed a crucial 1-0 win in San Jose on Saturday, went ahead in Montevideo as Sebastian Abreu headed Diego Scotti's cross past Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica levelled when Walter Centeno fired in after Fernando Muslera failed to hold Alvaro Saborio's effort.

But despite seven minutes of stoppage time - after the match was stopped for around five minutes when members of the media got involved in a scuffle with the Costa Rica substitutes - the Ticos failed to find a winner and it was Uruguay who progressed.

What are your thoughts on the result and how much are you looking forward to seeing two-time World Cup winners Uruguay in South Africa?

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posted Nov 19, 2009

hope Uruguay face wee england in SA and will see how weak is it

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posted Nov 19, 2009

Well at least one thing Uruguay will "bring to the table" is their pedigree! Having won two world cups says plenty.

The great thing about them grabbing that last spot is that now all past World Cup winners are playing in South Africa 2010.

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posted Nov 19, 2009

They might not bring much, but it is always good to have as many former winners as possible in the main draw - especially seeing as there are only seven to start with.

Uruguay made a half-decent account of themselves in 2002, almost qualifying with a late comeback against Senegal, but they had Recoba back then. I think they'll need a kind group to progress this year, but good luck to them anyway.

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posted Nov 19, 2009

*My mistake, I thought Recoba was older than he is and would have retired by now. I guess if he's in good form they might have a chance of reaching the second round or quarters, but again, they may need a kind draw.

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posted Nov 19, 2009

I also agree that is great to have yet another champion in the cup, in fact, the first champion in history (1930 in Uruguay and 1950 in Brazil).

The team has the Spanish League's player Diego Forlan and the "Loco" Abreu.
The country is having a great moment in all aspects and uruguayans are hopefull and will do their best in world cup! They deserve to go.

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posted Nov 19, 2009

Uruguay a class when they are attacking (Forlan, Cavani and Suarez) but passing the group stage will be as far as they can go.

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posted Nov 20, 2009

We had always be what is called the 'culture of football', a small country where the sport is revered and where since born we start kicking the ball. May be at this time the the National Team has been in an irregular campaign, not because we don't have the team players or play badly, no we wasted to many opportunities, and that's why we had to be in the play-offs. But beware those arrogant comments saying we are won't adding much to the excitement in the world cup, we have a tradition of bringing surprises to the table, even though the results didn't reflect what was shown on the field, and some of our rivals got lucky and our team had lack of scoring, that is something that it will be worked out, and remember, we fight to the last minute, and those who think we are mediocre will find out how wrong they are.

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comment by Ricter (U1780354)

posted Nov 20, 2009

Most certainly Uruguay bring more to the WC than Switzerland, Slovakia, Serbia, Greece, Algeria, Slovenia, Australia and most all of the teams from Asia. I'm looking forward to seeing them play. Costa Rica have at least shown that they are as good as most these teams mentioned.

As players from Africa and the Americas are getting experience from playing club football in Europe, it appears that the balance of power is shifting. Could be that 2018 will see a few less European teams. Aside from Italy, Germany, France, England, Spain, Holland and Portugal....UEFA does not have any other serious contenders and typically half of their alloted places go to teams that are no better and possibly worse than Costa Rica, Columbia, Ecuador, Iran, Morocco and others around the world that won't be going to SA.

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posted Nov 21, 2009

I find it incredible that some "football fans" are downplaying uruguay. they have been the trump card in so many world cups. the tiny giants have more international titles than any other country in history. 8 copa libertadores is incredible. 6 world club championships!
the fact that a uruguayan can go up to an english man and say they have more titles and history says it all.

uruguay deserves to be there for their history. 4 world championships (1924 and 1928 were organized by fifa and are officially considered as world titles, thus 4 stars). i myself am so glad they are here. the world cup is not the same without them.

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posted Nov 21, 2009



To be fair what a small country like Uruguay have achieved in football over time is remarkable.

I spent some time there when I was living in the south of Brazil and have an affection for the place and the people.

A great place to visit. Montevideo and Punta del Este in particular, unless you are a vegetarian!

I wish them luck in South Africa as I feel they will need it.

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