Uruguay's World Cup squad 2022: Which players represented Uruguay in this World Cup?

Uruguay's World Cup squad 2022: Which players represented Uruguay in this World Cup?

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:19 PM

Numerous well-known players and faces travelled to Qatar with the Uruguay World Cup 2022 squad. Uruguay placed third in the CONMEBOL qualifying matches, behind Argentina and Brazil, and earned a spot in the 2022 World Cup. They have a long history in the competition, having hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930, and taking home the trophy after defeating Argentina.

Uruguay's World Cup squad
Uruguay players look on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, at Education City Stadium on November 24, 2022, in Al Rayyan, Qatar. Photo: Matteo Ciambelli
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In 1950, they pulled off a stunning victory over Brazil at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium to win their second Jules Rimet trophy. After losing in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tournament to eventual winners France, Diego Alonso and his men were knocked out from the 2022 tournament's Group stage after drawing with Ghana, but finished at position 3 in the group. They competed in Group H against South Korea, Portugal, and Ghana.

A throwback design inspired by Uruguay's international success since 1924 informs the Uruguay 2022 Home Jersey, which is a nod to the country's initial Golden Generation. The four stars represent two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup victories.

Uruguay's 26-man World Cup squad 2022

Uruguay's World Cup squad 2022
Uruguay's squad poses ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha, on December 2nd, 2022. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula
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Provisional teams of 35-55 players were due on Friday, October 21, and new manager Diego Alonso, who took over in January 2022, announced an entire 55-man extended preliminary squad at the last moment. Then, on November 10, he picked the final lineup for Qatar from that pool of 55, which comprised of 26 players.

Facundo Torres, who currently plays for MLS club Orlando City, and Ronald Araujo, who had been injured, were both healthy enough to play. Here's Uruguay's final World Cup roster of 26 players who represented the country:


What Uruguay players went to the World Cup?
Fernando Muslera, the #1 of Uruguay during a game between Uruguay and USMNT at Children's Mercy Park on June 5, 2022, in Kansas City, Kansas. Photo: Robin Alam
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Fernando Muslera, a veteran goalkeeper, was started for Uruguay at the 2022 World Cup. In goal, he is unrivalled since he plays for Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray and has earned more than 130 national team caps.

The position of Sergio Rochet is that of second in command. The 29-year-old played for Nacional and filled in for Muslera in the World Cup qualifiers while Muslera rested with a ligament ailment.

Keeper Name


Fernando Muslera


Sergio Rochet


Sebastian Sosa



Who was picked for the Uruguay squad?
Sebastian Coates of Uruguay attempts to block the ball during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H match against Ghana at Al Janoub Stadium on December 2nd, 2022, in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Photo: David Ramos
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Under the leadership of captain Diego Godin, Uruguay boasted a stellar defensive unit. The current Atletico Madrid centre-back for Diego Simeone is Jose Maria Gimenez. Uruguay played a competent Sebastian Coates and Martin Caceres. For the left-back spot, Alonso started Mathias Olivera of Napoli and placed Mathias Vina of Roma as a substitute in a similar position.

Player Name


Martin Caceres

LA Galaxy

Matias Vina


Ronald Araujo


Guillermo Varela


Mathias Olivera


Jose Jimenez

Atletico Madrid

Diego Godin

Velez Sarsfield

Jose Luis Rodriguez


Sebastian Coates

Sporting CP


Uruguay's World Cup 2022 jersey
Bruno Fernandes of Portugal gets his shirt pulled by Federico Valverde of Uruguay during the FIFA World Cup 2022 match at Lusail Stadium on November 28, 2022, in Qatar. Photo: Sebastian Frej.
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Alonso typically deploys a 5-man midfield with two double pivots or a flat 4-man formation in the heart of the field. Typically, Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Torreira played as the defensive midfielders.

Since Federico Valverde has been in such fine form for Real Madrid, he contributed more in the forward role more than his usual deep-lying midfield position. The 24-year-old played alongside midfielders Matthias Vecino and Nicolas De La Cruz. Facundo Pellistri of Manchester United also played alongside Matthias.

Player Name


Mathias Vecino


Rodrigo Bentancur


Federico Valverde

Real Madrid

Lucas Torreira


Facundo Pellistri

Manchester United

Nicolas de La Cruz

River Plate

Manuel Ugarte

Sporting CP


Is Suarez playing in the 2022 World Cup?
Luis Suarez of Uruguay during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Ghana and Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium on December 2nd, 2022, in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Photo: Visionhaus
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It is no surprise that Uruguay played one of the best forward lines at the 2022 World Cup. Luis Suarez, at age 35, may be on the downside of his career, but he still possesses the kind of flair that makes him a defender's worst nightmare.

Under Jurgen Klopp's tutelage in Liverpool, the promising forward Darwin Nunez has emerged as a future star.

Player Name


Luis Suarez


Darwin Nunez


Giorgian De Arrascaeta


Facundo Torres

Orlando City

Agustin Canobbio

Athletico Paranaense

Edinson Cavani


Maxi Gomez


Strongest XI

Did Edison Cavani go to the World Cup?
Edinson Cavani of Uruguay during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium on November 28, 2022, in Lusail City, Qatar. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside
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The starting defence consisted of Godin and Jimenez, with Araujo on the right and Vina on the left. The back four were screened by Torreira and Bentancur, while Valverde and Vecino played significantly higher up the field on the wings.

Nunez and Suarez were at the head of the solid lineup. Uruguay's starting XI (4-4-2): Muslera; Araujo, Godin, Jimenez, Vina; Valverde, Bentancur, Torreira, Vecino; Nunez, Suarez.

Even though they are well into their late 30s, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, and Diego Godin hoped for one last lucky streak. Click here to learn more about Uruguay's national football team players, FIFA rankings, and trophies it has won.

Did Edison Cavani go to the World Cup?

Uruguay was represented by four veterans, including strikers Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani, at the World Cup for the fourth time in their careers.

Who did not make the Uruguay squad in 2022?

Who didn't make the Uruguay squad 2022?
Ronald Araujo of Uruguay U20 during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 group C match vs Norway U20 at Lodz Stadium on May 24, 2019, in Lodz, Poland. Photo: VI Images via Getty Images
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Although Felipe Carballo has been brilliant for Nacional at the local level, he was left off the roster. Espanyol's captain, Leandro Cabrera, did not get his first international cap despite his leadership on the pitch.

Did Suarez play in the 2022 World Cup?

Luis Suarez, at age 35, is at the end of his career, but he still possessed the kind of flair that makes him a defender's worst nightmare, and had quite a good game in Qatar.

Uruguay exits World Cup

Despite Ghana's triumph, Luis Suarez's side was eliminated after South Korea's victory. The Uruguayan team led by Diego Alonso won their final group stage game against Ghana, but did not advance to the knockout stage of the 2022 World Cup.

With a thrilling last-second goal, South Korea eliminated Uruguay from World Cup contention. Due to the comeback victory by South Korea over Portugal, Uruguay was eliminated from the World Cup.

Once the final 26-man roster was set, the participating Uruguay World Cup team only made changes before the opening match and under highly unusual circumstances. For example, "a player on the final list may only be replaced in case of a significant illness or injury up to 24 hours before starting the team's first match," according to the tournament's official rules.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.