World Cup 2014: Uruguay – Key Players

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Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez

Age

27

Club

Liverpool

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

76

Int. Goals

39

 

Luis Suarez is arguably the best striker in the world at the moment and is currently at the peak of his powers. The Uruguayan superstar has been in sensational form this season, scoring an amazing 31 goals for his club side Liverpool and almost leading the Reds to the Premier League title.

Suarez is equally important to his national team as well, having scored 11 goals throughout the qualification campaign to earn Uruguay a ticket to Brazil.

Suarez was a vilified figure at the last World Cup where his blatant handball cruelly denied Ghana a place in the semi finals but the striker seems to have changed his ways in recent times and tends to stay away from controversy.

If Uruguay is to replicate their feat of South Africa or even the exploits of legendary 1950 squad, they will need Suarez to be firing on all cylinders and if the Liverpool star is at his best, Tabarez’s men are more than capable of making history.

Edinson Cavani

Cavani

Age

27

Club

Paris St. Germain

Position

Striker

Int. Caps

60

Int. Goals

20

 

Edinson Cavani is another of Uruguay’s world class attacking talent, who will be crucial in their hopes of doing well in Brazil. The superstar striker made a whopping £56million move from Napoli to Paris St. Germain last summer and guided the French side to a league and cup double.

It would be fair to say that Cavani is as important as Suarez for the Uruguayan national team and although not as prolific as the Liverpool star, the 27-year old does get his fair share of goals.

The three pronged attack consisting of Cavani, Suarez and Forlan can cause havoc to any defence in the world and the trio will be absolutely crucial for Uruguay’s chances at the World Cup.

Diego Godin

Diego Godin

Age

28

Club

Atletico Madrid

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

75

Int. Goals

4

 

While Uruguay’s star studded attack may take all the plaudits, their success is built on a strong foundation in defence and the mainstay in Tabarez’s backline is Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin.

The defender has enjoyed a fine campaign with Atletico Madrid this season, guiding the Spanish club to the La Liga title – where his goal against Barcelona proved the most crucial one.

Godin is an accomplished defender who does not have many weaknesses and his partnership alongside captain Diego Lugano at the heart of the Uruguay defence is arguably one of the best in the world.

Uruguay will certainly need their strikers to fire if they are to do well at the World Cup but possessing a strong defence is also of paramount importance for any side to be successful and the presence of Godin means that the South American backline is in safe hands.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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