Ghiggia predicted the 5-0 scoreline between Uruguay and Jordan and now more than ever there is reason to believe.
Here are five reasons in pictures:
I urge all the Jordanian players, coaching staff, fans and journalists to come to Montevideo to celebrate with Uruguay. It’s going to be an experience you will never forget. Everyone will be partying like it’s 1950 again. You will be playing in the stadium where the first World Cup was held and playing in the country where the first World Cup was won by Uruguay.
Don’t worry about the result as it really doesn’t mean much considering all the world’s troubles. Football for Uruguay is something more than a game and helps people forget all the daily issues that they need to deal with, it’s an escape from reality and the passion will be there.
The stadium won’t be as intimidating as it usually is, sure the people will be passionate but it’s not like it would be if it was the first game. Now with a five goal start and considering they are five away goals which count as two, everyone will be very calm and enjoying it as a spectacle.
Jordan come and enjoy the food, music, beaches, port and make sure you visit the Museum of Futbol………
Poipes offer being able to watch on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Smart TV and PC however only one connection at a time with your subscription of $US 9.99 per month. What really got my attention was their library which offers all the shows that I enjoy watching however am not always able to watch due to the time difference between Uruguay and Australia.
Poipes offer on demand the following shows:
These are the type of shows I want to watch but Adinettv don’t offer on demand. I don’t understand why they don’t as it’s very frustrating paying for a service which during our prime time in Australia, Adinettv offer tarot card readings for hours and hours. I just end up watching as much football live as possible and if I’m lucky catch Sin Limite or one of the other football shows.
Now with Poipes I can watch any time I want. I can Airplay onto my Apple TV not having to worry about connecting my HDMI cable to my TV and laptop. I have signed up (which is all in Spanish) and I payed with Paypal.
I’m testing the service and will comment from time to time to let everyone know what my experience is. I had a few buffering issues at first for a few minutes but now I have been watching for an hour without any drop outs. The quality is the same as Adinettv though that is very dependent on your own download speeds which aren’t very good in Australia.
It’s been a great experience and enjoying Pasion though not very happy watching the highlights of Fenix losing!!!
Well done Poipes for bringing Uruguayan Futbol to the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Uruguay and Argentina have a unique football history which started in 1901 when they first played each other. The game was held in Montevideo and Argentina won 3-2 which was both countries first international. This result could have set a precedent for the future however it provided an opportunity to physically, tactically and technically find a way to beat Argentina when the important games came around.
In Uruguay’s history Argentina is very prevalent as we also played them in 1902 to receive our biggest loss in the history of the Uruguayan National team… we lost 6-0 in Montevideo. Soon however the real games would be played between Uruguay and Argentina…
In 1916 the South American Championship (Copa America) were held in Argentina and was played as a round robin between; Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Uruguay beat Chile 4-0… Argentina beat Chile 6-1…. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1….. Argentina drew with Brazil 1-1… This left the last game of the round robin between Uruguay and Argentina… The First Final as such. The rest of the story will provide a glimpse of what was going to be seen between two great rivals in international football.
The final was played at the Gimnasia and Esgrima Stadium in Buenos Aires and after only 5 minutes of play the game needed to be abandoned due to a riot within the spectators which then spilled onto the field and the wooden tribunes were torched and the match was ended as the stadium was on fire. The match was re-scheduled to Racing Club Stadium and the result was 0-0 which meant Uruguay were the first South American champions having beaten Brazil and Argentina only managing a draw. Uruguay had won it in Argentina.
This tournament also provided the first opportunity for Uruguay to show just how far ahead they were in relation to racism compared to other countries not only in the region but around the world. The first game that Uruguay played against Chile in the tournament ended with a Uruguayan win but also with an official complaint from Chile regarding Uruguay selecting “Coloured” players. Uruguay fielded Isabelino Gradin and Juan Delgado who were both coloured. The complaint was dismissed by the South American Football Association.
The next South American Championship were played in Uruguay in 1917 and was once again a round robin between Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Uruguay beat Chile 4-0… Argentina beat Chile 1-0… Uruguay beat Brazil 4-0… Argentina beat Brazil 4-2…. So once again we had a final between Uruguay and Argentina however this time a draw would not be enough for either team. Uruguay won 1-0 in Montevideo at the Parque Pereira to win the first two South American Championships. We then went on to beat Argentina in the final in 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1934. The only final they beat us in the 1920’s was in 1927.
The next time Uruguay was to meet Argentina in a final that wasn’t in the South American Championship was at the 1928 Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Argentina defeated Egypt 6-0 and Uruguay beat Italy 3-2 in the Semi Finals. The final was a 1-1 draw between Uruguay and Argentina and a replay was scheduled 3 days later. The second final was won by Uruguay 2-1 over Argentina to be Gold Medal winners and as per FIFA’s announcement before the 1924 Olympic Tournament it would be classed as a World Championship and the winner of the tournament would be world champion. Uruguay won the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Tournaments and was declared World Champion in 1924 and 1928. Once again Uruguay was able to defeat Argentina in a final and be declared world champion and current South American Champion ahead of Argentina.
Then came the World Cup in 1930 and once again Uruguay were to meet Argentina in a final, a World Cup Final. The final was held in Montevideo and the result was Uruguay 4-2 in front of 93,000 fanatical fans. Uruguay were crowned first World Cup Winners of the Jules Rimet Trophy.
Now lets jump to the present. Uruguay has 15 South American Championships, one more than Argentina. Uruguay has two Gold medals in football and so has Argentina. Uruguay has two World Cups and so has Argentina. Argentina is ranked 2nd in the world and Uruguay is 7th in the world. In 2011 Uruguay once again was able to win the Copa America (South American Championship) in Argentina. The World Cup qualification head to head; 2004 Argentina 4-2 Uruguay…… 2005 Uruguay 1-0 Argentina…. 2008 Argentina 2-1 Uruguay…. 2009 Uruguay 0-1 Argentina….. 2012 Argentina 3-0 Uruguay…. 2013 Uruguay vs Argentina ????
What I can see is that Uruguay also gets the result they require depending on the game. I wouldn’t be too concerned about friendly internationals. I wouldn’t be too worried about the World Cup Qualifiers as the above results would show Argentinian superiority however we came 5th in 2005, 2009 and most likely in 2013. Uruguay have won 2 out of 3 play offs and now against Jordan Uruguay would be favourites and this could mean qualifying 3 out of 4 play offs. The objective is to reach the World Cup and then go on to win the World Cup.
The game on Wednesday (Australia time) will have the extra tension due to the recent paper mill dispute that has previously seen the bridge that links Uruguay and Argentina closed by Argentina. The Argentinian Government is not happy that the Uruguayan Government did not consult them over the 10% increase in production. The Argentinians believe that this will cause pollution to the water supply and wants the mill closed down. There had been an agreement in place the previous time (2006) that Argentina took the case to The Hague but the case was rejected by the International Criminal Court and now are not happy that Uruguay is increasing production.
The other interesting fact about the game against Argentina is in relation to the seeding at the World Cup. At the moment Uruguay and the Netherlands are battling for the final seed. If Uruguay beat Argentina they are automatically the last seed with no dependence on the Netherlands game. The Netherlands play Turkey and will be looking for a win to ensure their place as a seed and be allocated in pot 1. So far we have the following countries in pot 1: Brazil; Spain; Argentina; Germany; Italy; Colombia; Belgium. Being in Pot 1 will mean you get to avoid all those countries at the group stage. It’s definitely in Uruguay’s interest to beat Argentina and then go on and beat Jordan in the play off, qualifying for the World Cup and go into pot 1….
Uruguay have secured 5th spot in the South American World Cup qualifiers. Today’s one nil loss to Ecuador in Quito and Venezuela’s draw with Paraguay in San Cristobal was enough for Uruguay to secure 5th spot. There is a mathematical possibility that Uruguay could qualify directly to the World Cup however firstly this is only dependent on a victory over Argentina in Montevideo. Then it’s all about the result between Chile and Ecuador in Santiago and goal difference. What looks most likely is that Uruguay will end up 5th and play a home and away play off with Jordan.
The game today against Ecuador in the clouds felt much safer with the introduction of the nets to ensure no players fell to their deaths from the 2800 meters above sea level.
It’s been a while since I have written a post but we are now at the business end of the South American qualifiers. Peñarol are the current champions thanks to Tony Pacheco coming back from a broken leg that could have easily seen the end of his career. Peñarol now find themselves without a coach and at the bottom end of the table.
Nacional were the previous champions thanks to Alvaro Recoba, however now seems to be at the twilight of his career. I was in Uruguay to see Recoba win the title and thankfully the coach played him for the whole game.
Now I come to the national team who is currently sitting in 5th position fighting for automatic qualification. There are 2 games to go as Uruguay face Ecuador away and Argentina at home. This brings back all the emotions some 4 years ago when we were playing Ecuador away, losing 1-0 and out of the World Cup in South Africa only to dramatically win the game 2-1 with the last kick of the game. Enjoy the footage.
One point should secure our 5th spot and a playoff with Jordan. A win gives us the possibility of direct qualification. A loss means we need something from the Argentina game. To think we were so close to be eliminated during the last World Cup Qualifiers and the to see Uruguay in a Semi Final at a World Cup was an unforgettable experience that I will always have with me. The feeling that I had after the Ghana game and to see the Uruguayans in full song was magic. Enjoy the footage as I can here this song in my head as I get ready for the Saturday game. Lets hope both Suarez and Cavani are on fire, Lugano and Godin are rock solid and the midfield workhorse performance and Muslera catches everything in the clouds of Ecuador. Vamos Uruguay Carajo Vamos!!!
The above picture is of Harry Kewell after the 1997 (2-2) draw to Iran in Melbourne in the World Cup Qualifier for France 1998. Australia had a 1-1 draw in Iran and did not qualify to France 1998 on the away goal rule. Both Iran and Australia ended up 3-3 on aggregate however Iran scored two away goals which sent them to France.
The following qualification campaign play off was against Uruguay. Australia won the first game in Melbourne 1-0 thanks to a Muscat penalty and then Australia lost 3-0 to Uruguay in Montevideo to once again not qualify for the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup.
Australia had not qualified to the World Cup since 1974 and once again ended up having to qualify via a play off with Uruguay. The first game was in Montevideo and Uruguay won 1-0. The second game was played at Stadium Australia and Australia won the game 1-0 and as the aggregate was 1-1 the game went into extra time. Still 1-1 after extra time the game went into a penalty shootout which Australia won 4-2 to make the Germany 2006 World Cup after a 32 year absence.
For the 2010 South Africa World Cup Australia was now in the Asian Confederation and qualified first in the group who had Japan (Qualified 2nd), Bahrain, Qatar and Uzbekistan.
Now for the 2014 Brazil World Cup Australia (24th in the World) will play against Iran (48th in the World) and Iraq (84th in the World). The games will be played at the same stadium that Australia beat Uruguay to qualify for the 2006 Germany World Cup. I can understand the Football Federation using this marketing strategy as it was the greatest Australian Soccer moment. In reality there is no way you can compare Uruguay (4th in the World) to the games that Australia will play. Australia being in Asia has actually made it far more simpler to qualify for the World Cup and has made it difficult to have anybody too excited about the upcoming games. Now you have Brett Emerton offering all sorts of discounts in the hope that the stadium will be full. The reality Brett is there no comparison to the Uruguay game but I wish you all the luck in the world.
The other issue I have with the FFA (Football Federation Australia) is the current administration selection. First we had a Rugby Union man, next an AFL man and now a Rugby League man. These codes are not only learning from the inside how FIFA work but are infiltrating our game with no real benefits to Football Australia. Look at the current mess with the Western Sydney Wanderers from wanting to cover up the Legendary Ray Price Statute at Parramatta Park to bringing the team into the league in a hurry to offset the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL team.
All the FFA considers is whether there are any ethnic connections to a team. When you look at the current teams that established football in Australia it was only a few that caused issues. One team I can think of that never had any issues would be Marconi in Sydney’s west. Lets look at that team. Marconi have their own Stadium, their own Club, their own training facilities, their own parking. The FFA will say but they have the Italian colours? Italian fans? However when I look at the current A League teams they seem to be very United Kingdom in their fan base which is one of the reasons I have not renewed my Sydney FC membership. I don’t feel in any way part of Sydney FC as they have slowly distanced themselves from my support. Only now that they have competition from the West have they started offering better membership packs and offers.
Once again administrative Football in Australia works on reactive plays and not pro-active plays. FFA you don’t need to fear any of the other football codes. Rugby League, AFL, Union and Cricket will always be the number one sports in Australia. You need to respect these sports and focus only on Football. Legends like Ray Price should be respected as they represent a time when many respected Rugby League and I believe it was the best time for Rugby League before the Super League destroyed the game. No FEAR FFA as football will always BE.
When Uruguay win we say ” We Won” and when Uruguay lose we say “They Lost”. Today Uruguay lost 1-0 against Great Britain at the London Olympics which sends Uruguay out of the tournament at the group stage. To be disappointed you need to have an expectation. My disappointment happened during the UAE game as I could see that Uruguay were not playing well and both strikers of Suarez and Cavani were out of touch. This concern was never resolved by el Maestro as the pair were unable to score at London 2012. On paper Uruguay looked strong in attack but on the field Uruguay were weak in defense and out of touch in attack. The midfield was held together by el Cacha however there were no other defensive midfielders to get the ball back and maintain possession.
I did not expect Uruguay to win today as in the previous two games el Maestro could not resolve the issues with the substitutions. Today however el Maestro froze and only made one substitution which was Lodiero for Vuidez. Sure we had chances to score but for the whole of the second half we knew we needed to score two goals without conceding to progress to the next round and Tabarez did very little!
The stage was set for Suarez to silence the stadium and in return knock Great Britain out of the Olympics. I have written previous blog entries stating that the decider was going to be against Great Britain and if Suarez was there he would score and that he would be booed. What affected me the most (being Uruguayan) was hearing the crowd in Wales today boo the Uruguayan National Anthem. This is a disgrace not only for the Olympic Football Tournament but for Great Britain as hosts. It reminded me of the game against Australia back in 2005 when the Australian crowd booed the Uruguayan National Anthem.
Suarez commented after the game that booing the Uruguayan National Anthem was disrespectful to the Olympians of Uruguay. Interesting to see that the FA, FIFA and the Olympic Committee do not comment with regards to this type of unsportsmanlike behavior. If it affects me I can only imagine what it does to the players on the field.
Having said that, Uruguay did not play well and did not deserve to progress in the tournament. What Uruguay did do was give it all they had. Remember this is an under 23 team who has gained valuable experience at an international tournament. These are young players that will slowly be introduced to the National Team. They got Uruguay to the Olympics which is a great achievement considering we have to knock out either Brazil or Argentina to qualify.
Uruguay has lost it’s first ever game at the Olympics, losing 2-0 to Senegal at the London 2012 Olympics. In 1924 FIFA took over football and was planning a World Cup. One of the first steps was to use the Olympic football tournament to determine the World Champions. The 1924 Olympics were held in Paris, France the home of Jules Rimet who invented the first World Cup and who the World Cup trophy was named after.
In the Paris 1924 Olympics Uruguay beat Yugoslavia 7-0, United States 3-0, France 5-1, Netherlands 2-1 and the final Switzerland 3-0 to win the Gold Medal and become the first ever World Champions. During the Olympics the crowds were introduced to a different style of play that they had not seen in Europe with Uruguay playing a short passing game in contrast to the physical European style. This style of play was applauded by the crowds and they would cheer the Uruguayan squad for their entertaining way of playing.
In the Amsterdam 1928 Olympics Uruguay beat the Netherlands 2-0, Germany 4-1, Italy 3-2 and the final was a 1-1 draw with Argentina and a second final had to be played (the days before penalty shoot outs). Uruguay won the second final 2-1 against Argentina to win their second Gold Medal and proclaimed as World Champions once again.
The crowds were mesmerized with Uruguay’s style of play during the 1924 and 1928 Olympics and the Europeans were quite surprised as one of Uruguay’s best players was José Leandro Andrade who was recognised as being the first black international football player to play Olympic football. He was nicknamed The Black Marvel and The Black Pearl, the latter a name later used in reference to Pelé. Some countries protested that Uruguay had a coloured player, however the Olympic Committee allowed Uruguay to continue with The Black Marvel.
Now in the London 2012 Olympics I get to see Uruguay play at an Olympic tournament. Now it’s an under 23 competition allowing 3 over age players to compete. During the 1924 and 1928 Olympics Uruguay were cheered and applauded and now we have the crowds booing them. We have the Africans booing us due to the Suarez hand ball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup quarter final. Now after our first game back in the Olympics which we beat the UAE 2-1, Uruguay has lost against African opposition. During the press conference after the game a Senegalese journalist asked Uruguay’s coach about the Ghana game. I guess the Africans feel like it’s some sort of revenge that Senegal beat us.
Interesting that some countries have queried the success of the African countries at an under 23 age group. The question has been raised in relation to the physique of the African players as some look like they are over 23. Some of the points raised is that the document keeping in Africa is not as accurate as in European and American countries. Could a test be introduced and is there such a test that can say “what age you are” ? Somehow I don’t think so!!
Well the main cause of the booing is a player who is from the same birthplace as José Andrade from Salto, Uruguay. Luis Suarez is a controversial player who has had issues in the Netherlands, the World Cup 2010 and in England. Interesting to see that Edison Cavani is also from Salto, Uruguay and is at the moment one of the best strikers in the world.
Both Suarez and Cavani are not having a great tournament and seem out of touch, lacking match fitness. Uruguay is in a very difficult situation having to win it’s last group game to progress to the last eight. The last group game is not against a country but against four countries as Great Britain is made up of the best players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s quite a strange situation to be in as this would not happen at the World Cup. Imagine if Uruguay played in a team called South America 11 consisting of the best players from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay!!!
Not only are we playing against four countries but we are also playing in Wales which is a home ground advantage for Team Great Britain. Sure we beat the French and Dutch at their own Olympics but I don’t see Uruguay beating Great Britain. The stadium will be booing everything Uruguay does and sure all the players are mentally strong but to play in an atmosphere that is hostile during a tournament that proclaims it’s values of:
Respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
Excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
Friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any difference
I believe that the crowd will influence the game, the officials will influence the game and Uruguay are not playing well. The team has only had a few moments where they have played well and the team is lacking defensive midfielders. El Maestro ended up playing with 5 forwards against ten men Senegal with no players to actually get the ball back once we lost it. Great Britain only needs a draw and Uruguay need to win. This works nicely for Great Britain’s style of play as Uruguay’s defense is it’s other weakness. We will struggle when we lose the ball pushing forward as Great Britain has fast counter attacking players.
I have a bad feeling about this game and I can see it finishing ugly as Uruguay will get frustrated and lose their cool. The referee will need to be on top of his game as was shown in the Senegal game which was very physical and frustrated the Uruguayans. Uruguay with the desperation to win and all the pressure that they are under from the Uruguayan journalists and people, could easily implode. At least now the undefeated Olympic record is broken and to me it was not much of a record anyway. We have not been in the Olympic football tournament since 1928 and when we did play we were a revelation in football. Sure we are now the current South American Champions and were fourth at the World Cup 2010 but this is an under 23 team.
All the best to Uruguay as there is still hope with no need for a calculator as only a win will do. This game is the beginning of our knock out rounds where winning is the only result anyway. Vamos Uruguay Vamos Carajo!!!!
What a difference a week makes. After the draw with Venezuela I read many a negative comment about the way Uruguay played, about the state of the pitch, about the referee, about the coach and the players. Then one week later all is forgotten as Uruguay after leading 2-0 and comfortably against Peru found themselves level (2-2) in an 8 minute spell. El Maestro made some early changes introducing Gaston Ramirez and Cristian Rodriguez for Diego Forlan and Alvaro Pereira, they changed the course of the game.
A great goal by Rodriguez after a fantastic header by Coates made it 3-2 to Uruguay. Then El Maestro made another sub to close the game bringing on Sebastian Eguren on for Luis Suarez. Eguren ended up closing the game by scoring Uruguay’s fourth goal. Uruguay 4-2 Peru.
Uruguay played much better then the game against Venezuela and ended up with 3 crucial points to maintain at the top of the qualification campaign. On the other hand Venezuela played at home and lost 2-0 to Chile. That’s the difference as a team like Venezuela needs to win at home but was not able to stop the Chilean’s in a game where Venezuela could not sit back and just kick the ball out. At some stage you need to try to win a game and Venezuela was lost.
Now we turn our attention to the Final/s of the Uruguayan Championship between Defensor and Nacional. It’s a complicated system but to put it simply, Defensor needs to win on Saturday to force another 2 games. If Defensor lose on Saturday and there must be a result including penalty kicks, then Nacional will be crowned Champions of Uruguay.
It was great to be at the Uruguay vs Venezuela game and witness the 1-1 draw here in Montevideo. If you only hear the result you might find it worrying, however being at the game brings great confidence. To watch Venezuela play reminds me of watching a team play against Barcelona, not much technique or skill but really talented at kicking the ball out or defending with the whole team in your own penalty box and continually wasting time . Now I’m not saying by any means that Uruguay play like Barcelona, especially the way they played against Venezuela but I could see the Vino Tinto were parking a fleet of buses.
To see Venezuela celebrate the draw as if they have qualified for the World Cup and the way in which they played the game, clearly shows exactly what Uruguay will be up against from now on. When a team becomes the 2nd best team in the World like Uruguay, little teams like Venezuela who have never qualified for the World Cup or won a Copa America will defend for their lives. There is nothing wrong with that, as the Vino Tinto don’t have anything else. Sure they could qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history but they will only be there to participate and nothing more.
Uruguay on the other hand are there to win the World Cup and have the players to do it. Just imagine if that World Cup Semi Final against Holland in 2010 we had Lugano in defense and Suarez in the attack. What a different game it could have been. Uruguay have one game in hand and now play Peru at home. Even if we are to draw or lose, everybody has to relax as it’s a long qualification campaign. There is no crisis here. What there is, is a chance to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and we all know what happened last time the World Cup was held in Brazil.
El Maestro creates history once again with La Celeste reaching 15 games undefeated with today’s friendly result against Russia 1-1. The majority of the games have been away games and against reputable opposition, so a well deserved Congratulations to Oscar Tabarez. Another record that could easily be broken is Uruguay’s all time leading goal scorer with Diego Forlan on 32 goals and with Luis Suarez scoring today against Russia which brings him to 27 goals equaling the greatÓscar Omar Miguez Antón who was part of the 1950 World Cup winning team and played for Peñarol. Lucho will have an opportunity to score some more goals when Uruguay play Venezuela and Peru in the coming weeks.
Uruguay was in auto pilot for most parts of the game against Russia and el Maestro did not stray from the starting line up. It seemed he was not interested in trying different players but seemed to want to give players like Lugano and Forlan playing time. Uruguay seemed lazy in attack with Cavani being played out of position, Forlan out of touch and Suarez the most dangerous in the attack. The midfield was strong and the defense shaky at times.
After a long European season for most of the Uruguayan players it’s understandable that they seemed to be in tourist mode for this game. Lets hope they get it together in time for the two World Cup Qualifiers against Venezuela and Peru.