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Uruguay Chase Third WC Crown

With the World Cup just a month or so away, Soccer Laduma will bring you profiles of each of the teams that will be participating in this year's competition. This time we feature Group D teams England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Group D - Uruguay

World Cup history                                                                                                                                                                                   Uruguay have won the World Cup twice in 1930 and 1950. However, they perhaps haven't enjoyed as much success in the modern era of the game. With that said, the team finished fourth at the 2010 tournament in Mzansi and were a real threat throughout. The Sky Blue One could be real contenders in Brazil this time around.

How they qualified:
Uruguay surprisingly struggled in the qualifying stages and needed to come through the playoffs to make it to Brazil. This was a poor showing for the Oscar Tabarez-coached outfit, however they managed to make it through in the end. 

2010 World Cup campaign:
Uruguay had an excellent fourth place finish after narrowly losing out in the semi-finals to the Netherlands. It was so nearly a dream tournament for the relatively small South American nation.

Key players:
Uruguay have some experienced performers in the midfield and at the back, with the likes of Diego Godin, Walter Gargano and Diego Lugano standing out. Further forward Uruguay's world class strikers will be expected to do the business. Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Luis Cavani are all stand out performers.  

Coach:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oscar Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay since 2006. During this time he's led the team to a fourth place finish at the 2010 World Cup, as well as to the Copa America championship in 2011. He will no doubt be seeking to go all the way again in Brazil! 

Uruguay's Group D Fixtures:

Date        Match                                   Venue
14/6         Uruguay v Costa Rica       Estadio Castelao (Fortaleza) 
19/6         Uruguay v England            Arena da Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo)
24/6         Uruguay v Italy                    Arena das Dunas (Natal)  

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