Uruguay’s national football team players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies

Uruguay’s national football team players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies

Sospeter Itolondo

Slated as one of the most hated teams in Africa, Ghana, to be specific, Uruguay's national football team is one of the best teams in the world. They have some of the world's best players in their team. So, who is the best player in Uruguay? Has Uruguay won a World Cup? Is Uruguay good at football? Come with us as we answer these and more.

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Uruguay national football team, players, and world rankings. Photo: Stockdevil (modified by author)
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With two World Cups in their cabinet, Uruguay's national football team is not one to write off. They have star players such as Luiz Suarez, who come up in handy in demanding situations like the one against Ghana in the World Cup quarter finals in 2010, which denied them entry into the semi final.

Profile summary

  • Team Name: Uruguay National Football Team
  • Nickname: La Celeste
  • Founded: 1901
  • Most caps: Diego Godin
  • Captain: Diego Godin
  • Coach: Diego Alonso
  • Top Scorer: Luis Suarez (68)
  • Biggest win: Beat Bolivia 9-0 (1927)
  • Biggest loss: Lost to Argentina 6-0 (1902)

Uruguay's national football team: players

The side has been able to produce top talents in World Football constantly. From Luiz Suarez to Edinson Cavani, Uruguay is never short of elite players. Here is Uruguay's national football team roster:

Luis Suarez celebrates a goal
Luis Suarez celebrates scoring a goal in the 2022 World Cup qualification match against Chile. Photo: Alberto Valdez
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  • Fernando Muslera
  • Martin Campana
  • Gaston Olveira
  • Martin Silva


  • Erick Cabaco
  • Matias Vina
  • Bruno Mendez
  • Diego Godin
  • Mauricio Lemos
  • Sebastian Coates
  • Marcelo Saracchi
  • Jose Maria Gimenez
  • Mathias Suarez
  • Gaston Silva
  • Maxi Pereira
  • Emiliano Velazquez
  • Omar Hawsawi
  • Martin Caceres
  • Guillermo Varela


  • Federico Valverde
  • Giovanni Gonzalez
  • Walter Gargano
  • Rodrigo Bentancur
  • Brian Lozano
  • Diego Laxalt
  • Cristian Rodriguez
  • Giorgian de Arrascaeta
  • Carlos Sanchez
  • Nahitan Nandez
  • Lucas Torreira
  • Matias Vecino
  • Brian Rodriguez
  • Gaston Pereiro
  • Nicolas Lodeiro
  • Gastoon Ramirez


  • Darwin Nunez
  • Jonathan Rodriguez
  • Luiz Suarez
  • Christian Stuani
  • Maximiliano Gomez Gonzalez
  • Jonathan Urretaviscaya
  • Edinson Cavani

Uruguay's national football team captain is Diego Godin. He plays for Atletico Mineiro as a centre back. He has also had stints with Atletico Madrid, Villareal and Inter Milan.

Uruguay’s captain Diego Godin
Diego Godin(L) celebrates a win alongside Suarez(L) in a match against Chile. Photo: Alberto Valdes
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Uruguay's national football team coach is Diego Alonso. He was hired as their coach with hopes of rescuing their World Cup qualifying condition. In an interview, he said,

"I truly believe that by doing things right, Uruguay will be in the World Cup. The players have my complete trust. What they have done and what they can do is infinite."

He is a former Atletico Madrid striker and also played for Valencia and the Uruguay national team. He is keen on making sure Uruguay's national football team's World Cup dreams are fulfilled.

Uruguay's national football team: world ranking

The team has been outstanding in previous versions of the World Cup. So, what is the rank of Uruguay in FIFA? Uruguay's national football team's world ranking stands at 13 as of May 2022. Their highest ever ranking was second, with the lowest at seventy sixth.

Uruguay’s national football team coach
Uruguay’s coach Diego Alonso celebrates after Cavani scored a goal against Venezuela in a World Cup qualifying match. Photo: Mariana Greif
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Uruguay's national football team: trophies

The side is one of the best in history, having won nearly every trophy locally and internationally. How many trophies has Uruguay won? Here is a comprehensive list of all the trophies the team has won:

  • The Copa America 15 times in 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1935, 1942, 1956, 1959, 1967, 1983, 1987, 1995 and 2011
  • The World Cup in 1930 and 1950
  • The Olympics in 1924 and 1928

So, why does Uruguay have 4 stars? Two of the stars stand for the two World Cups the team has won, while the other two represent the times they won the Olympics.

Does Uruguay's national football team have a nickname?

The team's nickname is La Celeste which translates to "sky blue". This is because the team wears sky blue uniforms, which is also a big part of their jersey.

Uruguay’s national football team with the Copa America
Uruguay’s national football team players celebrate winning the Copa America in 2011. Photo: Antonio Scorza
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Uruguay's national football team comprises hardworking and talented players who have represented the country very well internationally. Some of their best players have competed in the most significant leagues in the world, winning trophies and accolades. Despite a rough start and a change of coach, they intend to perform well in the upcoming World Cup competition.

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