Star players:Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray); Edinson Cavani (Napoli); Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Recent form:L, W, W
Uruguay are thought by many to be among the best football nations of all time.
When you consider that they have a national population of just over three million people, the success they have had over time, and the number of quality players they have produced, is simply astounding.
Oscar Tabarez’s team are defending South American champions, having stormed to the Copa America title in 2011, beating hosts Argentina along the way.
Their international pedigree is of the highest order, and they have won the World Cup and Olympic gold medal two times apiece.
Contemporary Uruguay is a star-studded outfit that wowed the world with their run to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2010, and they will be considered joint favourites to progress from Group B with Spain at the Confederations Cup, despite their recent patchy form.
The spine of Uruguay’s starting line-up is impressive, with street fighting mettle and flair from back to front.
Goalkeeper Muslera is tough to beat, and is supported by world class defenders like Italian club champion Martin Caceres, who plays for Juventus, and veteran Diegos- Lugano and Godin- who play in La Liga for Malaga and Atletico Madrid.
In midfield La Celeste have eye-catching talent like Botafogo ace Nicolas Lodeiro, barnstorming box-to-box man Alvaro Pereira from Inter Milan, and Southampton’s classy playmaker Gaston Ramirez.
But it is upfront where Uruguay are hard to match, with a front-two that is the envy of almost every team in world football, Spanish giants Real Madrid included.
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez may be the player the world loves to hate, and group rivals, Nigeria, would love to gain continental revenge for his role in Ghana’s elimination from the quarter-finals of the last World Cup.
But on the basis of his last two seasons’ form, goal hungry Suarez is one of the best five players on the planet, and he will be licking his lips (and smacking his notorious teeth) at the prospect of coming up against Tahiti’s defenders!
Alongside Suarez in attack is Edinson Cavani- one of European club football’s most sought-after players. A prolific scorer for Napoli, Cavani is a traditional centre-forward with the grace to match his power.
In tandem, Cavani and Suarez make South American champions Uruguay an outside bet to lift the Confederations Cup.