South American heavyweight Uruguay take on Italy for the first time since the 2014 World Cup where the game was known for all the wrong reasons.
Luis Suarez had bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder, only to deny that he had fallen on the centre-back while chasing the ball.
Footage later showed that Suarez was guilty of committing the offence, and he was charged with a four-month ban across all competitions during the 2014/15 season. Uruguay and Italy have now clashed since the 1-0 victory on that day, but the nations will meet in an international friendly this weekend.
Surprisingly, both Suarez and Chiellini could miss the clash due to respective reasons, and the focus will be on the playing field rather than distractions between the two players. Suarez suffered a hamstring niggle prior to Barcelona’s Copa del Rey triumph over Alaves, and this has ruled him out for the international friendlies during the season break.
Meanwhile, Chiellini only recently completed the full 90 minutes for Juventus in the 4-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, and he could be offered a rest alongside partner Leonardo Bonucci with coachGian Piero Ventura likely to opt for an experimental squad.
Both Uruguay and Italy have shined in the previous editions of the World Cup finals with the Azzurri winning the showpiece event back in 2006 while Uruguay controversially reached the semi-final stage of the tournament four years later.
Italy are currently placed in their World Cup qualifier group behind Spain, and they may have to contend with the playoffs unless they bag a surprise win over the former champions. Meanwhile, Uruguay are not fully assured of automatic qualification with just two points separating them from Argentina, who are occupying the inter-confederation playoff. The likes of Luis Suarez and Cavani will be key towards Uruguay’s World Cup hopes when they restart their campaign next season.
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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has revealed that the team was hurt following their heavy defeat against Brazil.
He said that this was a major disappointment as they were expecting a much better performance from the team especially given the fact that they were playing at home.
The coach said that football could be a funny game as you may be expecting a kind of result and get exactly the opposite.
He said that it was a damaging result morally as they were expecting a much better performance from the team. However, he admitted that the players picked themselves up remarkably and managed to get back to winning ways.
Oscar Tabarez said sometimes such defeat are blessings in disguise as it allows you to gauge yourself as a team and to find out where you need strengthening. Continue reading “Uruguay hurt after defeat”
The President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez has said that he hopes the national team meet the hosts Russia in the World Cup final.
Russia are hosting the biggest football tournaments in the world next year. President Vazquez is dreaming of a near impossible – Uruguay vs Russia at the final.
“The World Cup will be held here next year and I hope that the final match will see the national teams of Uruguay and Russia,” the president said in Moscow during his visit to President Vladimir Putin.
In response, Putin said: “Uruguay is not a very big country but it was the first to become the world champion. I have no clue what your secret is about, but perhaps it can be rooted in the quality of Uruguayan meat and milk, which your footballers are nourished with.” Continue reading “URUGUAY PRESIDENT HOPE THEY PLAY RUSSIA IN WC FINAL”
La Liga champion Barcelona are reportedly seeking to sign another Uruguayan Diego Nicolas De La Cruz.
Their gamble with Luis Suarez has turned out to be an amazing one. The Nou Camp outfit might take another gamble on Diego as the 19-year old keeps making headlines.
De La Cruz is currently one of the most promising youngsters in the football-rich nations. He is not tall but makes up for it in his technical capacities and pace. There are reports that the Catalan giants might spend as much as €8 million to lure the player during the summer.
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There are scenarios where two parties come together and leave us wondering if they are going to end up well.
Most of Italy international Mario Ballotelli’s transfers throughout his career so far have left fans with such thoughts. The moves to Milan and Liverpool after a glaringly poor personality records at Inter Milan and Manchester City triggered bewilderments, puzzles and mouthing of “what the hell?”
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The Uruguayan football national side suffered their 2nd defeat of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on September 1st of the ongoing year as Uruguay faced off with Argentina and a lonely goal from Messi was enough for the Argentinean team to win the game.
Despite losing to Argentina, the head coach of the Uruguayan national side Oscar Tabarez still flattered Lionel Messi as his performance was once again sublime and this was a player that had announced his decision to retire from the international stage but 2 months later he regretted his initial choice s Messi returned to Argentina.
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Atletico Madrid star player Diego Godin has sprained his ligaments in his left ankle in Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
The Uruguay international was at the centre of the defence on the night where the La Liga side defeated their German opposition.
Robert Lewandowski was restrained throughout the game by the watertight defence in which Godin was part of. Godin finished the game with an injury. It is unknown if the player would feature in the clash against Valencia in the La Liga on Sunday. Uruguay might miss out on the defender when they play Columbia and Venezuela next month in the World Cup qualifiers.
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Uruguay has so far been going through an impressive run in their FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualification campaign after only losing 2 qualifying matches from their 8 opening matches.
The Uruguayan national side is currently pitted at the top of the CONMEBOL group after having collected 16 points from 8 games which is surprisingly more points than any other national side that is competing in the group.
The CONMEBOL group consists of: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
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English Premier League top side Liverpool are reportedly set to fend off attempts by Barcelona to lure Philippe Coutinho to Spain, and follow in the footsteps of Luis Suarez.
The Reds are ready to offer the Brazilian a bumper contract, effectively tying his future to Anfield, according to reports. Coutinho has played a huge role at Liverpool since joining the club. His performances have attracted serious interests from top clubs, with the Blaugrana being among.
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The footballers in Uruguay have united to force the Football Association to agree to a deal from Nike instead of the one offered by their close rival Puma.
The players are threatening strike action ahead of the qualifier against Argentina and Paraguay next month, reports in the local media claim.
El Paris, Uruguayan news outlet confirm that several players threaten to boycott the game if the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF)refuse to sign the multimillion dollar sponsorship deal with popular sportswear company Nike.
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