World Cup 2022 Team Guides Part 32: Uruguay | Uruguay

This article is part of the Guardian’s World Cup 2022 Experts’ Network, a collaboration between some of the top media organizations from the 32 countries that qualified. theguardian.com will be showing daily previews from two countries ahead of the tournament, which begins on November 20th.

The plan

This is an exciting time to be a Uruguay fan. The team travel to Qatar with an excellent mix of youth and experience. It will be their fourth World Cup for players like Fernando Muslera, Diego Godín, Martín Cáceres, Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani, but on the other hand Sergio Rochet, Mathías Olivera, Federico Valverde, Nicolás de la Cruz, Facundo Pellistri and Darwin Núñez. everyone in the starting XI is preparing for their first tournament.

Coach Diego Alonso hasn’t had much time to find the right balance in the side and that has caused some unrest ahead of the start of the World Cup, but one thing is clear: there is enough talent in this squad to shock the world.

quick start Guide

Group games of Uruguay

Demonstrate

against South Korea Thu, Nov 24, 1 p.m Education City Stadium

against Portugal Mon, November 28, 7 p.m Lusail Stadium

against Ghana Fri Dec 2, 3 p.m Al Janoub Stadium

All times GMT

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Alonso, meanwhile, has not held back when it comes to pre-tournament predictions. “The players and I want to be world champions,” he said in May, causing great anticipation among the fans. “We want to go there to win. And if you want to win, you have to prepare to win. We are a team that has a lot of hope. We believe in ourselves. I believe very much in these footballers and believe that Uruguay will win the World Cup.”

Can Uruguay really become world champions for the third time? Anything is possible and individual performances suggest that most of the squad is in good form and that makes the manager dream big. However, Alonso led Uruguay for just nine games and suffered a major setback ahead of the World Cup, the injury to Ronald Araújo. However, the Barcelona defender was still included in the squad.