The Uruguayan Jordan handbook

Cebolla Gol
Cebolla Gol

Cristian Gabriel Rodriguez Barotti aka Cebolla (Onion) lived up to his nickname. He got his nickname during his Peñarol days for making the opposition cry. Cebolla recently turned 28 years old and is reaching the peak of his football career. Cristian is currently playing for Atletico Madrid and has come on as a sub on numerous occasions and has previously played in Portugal for Benfica and Porto.

During the last World Cup qualification campaign for 2010 Cebolla was involved in an incident in the final game against Argentina in Montevideo. When the game finished Cebolla and Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze were involved in an incident where it was alleged that Cebolla assaulted Gabriel and was suspended for 4 games. The four match suspension weighed heavily on not being selected for South Africa 2010. This would have been devastating for Cebolla who would have been an automatic selection for the World Cup.

You could feel and sense just what this game meant to Cebolla today,  his performance was outstanding and not only did he score the first goal but was instrumental in the midfield with powerful runs and a relentless attitude. Cebolla has waited 4 long years for this game and now Uruguay are just two games away from reaching the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

Golazo Cebolla
Golazo Cebolla

Uruguay have once again achieved the 5th position in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualification which means they go into a playoff against the fifth round winner of the AFC World Cup Qualification. Jordan beat Uzbekistan over two home and away legs on penalties 9-8 after the two 1-1 draws.

Jordan FA
Jordan FA

El Maestro has found the Uruguayan Jordan handbook with highly classified material. Jordan have never qualified for the World Cup, have appeared only twice in the Asian Cup reaching the quarter final stage. Jordan is two-time champion of the Pan-Arab Games, while hosting the West Asian Football Federation Championship and the Arab Nations Cup. Jordan are ranked 71 in the World with their highest ranking being 37 and their lowest ranking being 152.

Where's the Uruguayan Jordan handbook
Where’s the Uruguayan Jordan handbook

Jordan’s head coach is Hossam Hassan Hussein born in Cairo Egypt. The 47-year-old manager was a prolific goalscorer in his day and is Egypt’s all time scorer, scoring 68 goals in 176 appearances.

Talking about leading goal scorers, Uruguay also have their current leading goal scorer of all time still playing.  Luis Suarez is Uruguay’s all time leading goal scorer (39 Goals) and has also won the leading goal scorer of the 2014 CONMEBOL World Cup qualification (11 Goals). Luis Suarez edged out Lionel Messi by scoring a penalty today to put him 1 goal in front of Messi which is impressive considering Suarez was not always the penalty taker during the qualification rounds.

Suarez Leading goalscorer 2014 World Cup Qualification
Suarez Leading goalscorer 2014 World Cup Qualification

Congratulations to Argentina for winning the 2014 World Cup qualification tournament and qualifying to Brazil.

Congratulations to Colombia for reaching the World Cup Brazil after the frustration from the 2002 qualification where they ended up level on points with Uruguay (27 Points) but Uruguay had a +1 goal advantage qualifying in 5th spot and earning a playoff against Australia which Uruguay won 3-1 on aggregate to qualify for Korea/Japan 2002. Colombia also had the frustration of the 2006 World Cup qualification where they missed out by 1 point to see Uruguay secure 5th spot again and a playoff against Australia. This time Uruguay stayed with Colombia as Uruguay lost on penalties 4-2 after a 1-1 aggregate.

Congratulations to Chile for qualifying to Brazil in 3rd place.

Congratulations to Ecuador for qualifying to Brazil after the frustration of missing out on the 2010 World Cup by 1 point which secured Uruguay for a playoff against Costa Rica. Uruguay won on aggregate 2-1 to reach South Africa 2010 and come 4th in the tournament, Uruguay’s best result since 1970.

Congratulations to Uruguay for securing 5th spot when it really looked unlikely. Two games away from qualification to Brazil 2014 and because of the win today 3-2 over Argentina, Uruguay will be seeded in Pot 1 which is a fantastic achievement to maintain the FIFA ranking in the top 10 and keep all the Uruguayan’s suffering at the same time.

Gracias Cavani
Gracias Cavani

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CONMEBOL Ranking

Peñarol made the Copa Libertadores Final in 2011 against Santos and now find themselves out at the group stage for 2012. Peñarol did have to qualify for the group stage against Caracas and have never really recovered from the early loses in the group stage for the 2012 tournament.

Nacional and Defensor after some necessary wins today get to fight another day.

Considering that Peñarol had not qualified for the Libertadores for so many years compared to Nacional and Co, however Peñarol made the final in 2011 which is something that Nacional have not been able to achieve since the 1980’s.

The CONMEBOL rankings are out and Peñarol (15th) finds itself FIRST in the rankings with Nacional (17th) SECOND (which isn’t FIRST)!!

 Peñarol had to beat U de Chile who is ranked 4th and Nacional had to beat Alianza Lima ranked 50th to maintain the Libertadores dream. Peñarol had the chances to win the game against U de Chile but as Peñarol pushed for a win they ended up losing the game. Peñarol will now focus on the Clausura in an attempt to win the Uruguayan Championship and qualify directly to the Libertadores 2013.

Below is the table of the top 15 teams in CONMEBOL: 

Below is the table of the Top Goalscorers (Notice Nacional does not make the list!!): 

Now before you start thinking that I’m not supporting the other two teams still alive in the Libertadores I need to clarify the following:

In the 1980’s I was able to witness some amazing games by both Peñarol and Nacional in the Libertadores.

That amazing game that Diego Aguirre won against America de Cali in 1987 will remain in my memory for the rest of my life.

The other amazing game was Nacional against PSV Eindhoven in the 1988 Intercontinental Cup.

I will always support a Uruguayan team against any other country and I wish both Defensor and Nacional all the best in the 2012 Libertadores.

Who knows, maybe one day the Bolsos will know what it’s like to win a 4th and 5th Libertadores.