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Ultimate Uruguay dream team - Suarez & Forlan in, Lugano out

09:00 SAST 2022/11/28
Uruguay's all time Dream Team
Some all-time greats have played for Uruguay, but only the best of the best can make this dream XI!

Uruguay might often find themselves in the shadow of the likes of Brazil and Argentina somewhat, but there's no denying they are up there as one of the most successful international teams ever.

La Celeste are not only 15-time Copa America champions - a joint record held with Argentina - but they have also won two World Cups, one in 1930 and another in 1950.

Some absolute superstars have featured for Uruguay throughout their rich history, with names such as Enzo Francescoli, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani familiar to fans across the world.

But who would make their all-time Dream Team?

Let's have a look!

  • Muslera Uruguay Paraguay Copa América 20062015

    GK: Fernando Muslera

    The all-time greatest goalkeeper in Uruguay's history is without doubt Fernando Muslera.

    Since making his international debut in 2009, he has made over 130 appearances for his country, appearing in three World Cups ahead of Qatar 2022 and five Copa America competitions.

    Muslera helped Uruguay finish fourth at the 2010 World Cup with a string of impressive performances.

    Another legendary Uruguayan goalkeeper who deserves a mention is Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, but Muslera is simply in a league of his own and there's no looking past him.

  • Diego Godin Uruguay 2018

    CB: Diego Godin

    Regarded as one of the toughest defenders of his generation, Godin is Uruguay's most-capped player of all time.

    The legendary centre-back has made over 150 appearances since making his debut in 2005 and has appeared at numerous major tournaments.

    Godin was part of La Celeste's squad for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, while also heading into the 2022 edition as his country's captain.

    The highlight of his international career came when the lifted the Copa America in 2011 following Uruguay's win over Paraguay in the final, even if he only featured a couple of minutes at the tournament due to health issues.

  • Jose Nasazzi, Uruguay, World Cup 1930

    CB: Jose Nasazzi

    Captain of the legendary Uruguay team that won the first official World Cup in 1930, Nasazzi was a rock at centre-back throughout that tournament.

    The defender also went on to feature and win four South American Championship crowns for the great Uruguayan sides of 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1935.

    After making 41 appearances during a 13-year spell with the national team, Nasazzi retired from the game in 1937.

  • Paolo Montero featuring for Uruguay

    CB: Paolo Montero

    An important member of the national team between 1991 to 2005, Montero was a key figure for Uruguay around the turn of the century.

    He represented them at the 1997 Confederations Cup as they finished fourth and helped Uruguay qualify for the 2002 World Cup, where they were knocked out at the group stage.

    At the 2004 Copa America, Montero was one of the senior figures in Uruguay's run to the semi-final.

    He suffered a heartbreaking injury in Uruguay's bid to qualify for the 2006 World Cup as they eventually narrowly lost out to Australia on penalties.

    The defender made 61 appearances for Uruguay.

  • Obdulio Varela

    CM: Obdulio Varela

    The most iconic central midfielder in Uruguay history, Varela captained his country to glory at the 1950 World Cup where they beat Brazil in the final.

    Varela was a versatile midfielder who could also feature at centre-back for his team whenever needed and he was renowned for his leadership skills and never-give-up attitude.

    To this day, he remains Uruguay's greatest sporting hero and pips Pablo Bengoechea to a spot in midfield.

  • Enzo Francescoli Uruguay World Cup 1990

    LM: Enzo Francescoli

    An elite playmaker for Uruguay between 1982 and 1997, Francescoli represented them at two World Cups, in 1986 and 1990 and led them to glory in three Copa America tournaments, in 1983, 1987 and 1995.

    The attacking midfielder made 73 appearances during his 15-year spell with the national team, scoring 17 goals, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest South Americans ever.

  • Alvaro Recoba

    RM: Alvaro Recoba

    Nicknamed 'El Chino', Recoba was one of the pioneers of Uruguay's resurgence in the 1990s and 2000s.

    The Inter legend made his debut in January 1995 against Spain, replacing Francescoli as a substitute, and featured in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, scoring one goal at each tournament.

    The versatile midfielder, who also featured in attack regularly, then put in a string of decent performances at the 2007 Copa America, where he helped his country finish fourth.

    Recoba made 68 appearances for Uruguay, scoring 10 goals between 1995 and 2007.


    AM: Juan Alberto Schiaffino

    Attacking midfielders held great value in the 1950s and Schiaffino was exactly the type of player Uruguay needed when they won the World Cup in 1950.

    He scored the all-important goal in the final, beating Brazil on their home turf at the Maracana.

    A highly skilful playmaker, Schiaffino also played at the 1954 edition of the tournament, helping them finish fourth at the tournament.

    After 21 appearances for Uruguay between 1946 and 1954, he changed nationality to Italy and went on to make four appearances for their senior team.

  • HD Luis Suarez Uruguay 2010

    FW: Luis Suarez

    Uruguay's all-time leading goal scorer, Suarez has represented his country at four World Cups and four Copa America tournaments.

    After impressing at the 2010 World Cup, where he was named in the tournament's All-Star team, Suarez helped Uruguay win the 2011 Copa America, being awarded the Best Player of the Tournament trophy in the process.

  • Edinson Cavani Uruguay 2022

    FW: Edinson Cavani

    Regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, Cavani is one of the few players who scored for Uruguay on debut against Colombia in 2008.

    Since then, Cavani has gone on to make over 130 appearances for his national team and he sits second in their all-time goalscoring charts, just behind Suarez.

    The forward has participated in multiple major international tournaments, the World Cup in 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022, Copa America in 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013.

    Cavani just beats the legendary Hector Scarone to a place in attack, with the Nacional legend leading Uruguay's goal-scoring charts until 2011.

  • Diego Forlan Uruguay Copa America 2011

    FW: Diego Forlan

    Forlan became an instant Uruguay hero when he won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup, scoring the best goal of the tournament, a superb long-range effort against South Africa.

    The Atletico Madrid legend scored 36 goals in 112 appearances for his country, including a total of six World Cup goals, having featured at the tournament in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

    Forlan also won the 2011 Copa America, the 15th such trophy for Uruguay, thus paying tribute to his family's legacy considering his father and grandfather were also Copa America champions in their playing days.