mardi 4 octobre 2016

Uruguay "La Celeste" - Lineups 1916-2011

Here is a selection of 21 lineups of the Uruguayan National Team know as "La Celeste". This presentation of different Uruguayan National Team XI through its history will give prominence to the South American Championships and Copa America winning teams. Is that the Uruguayan team won no less than 15 continental titles up to now (11 championships and 4 Cups, Campeonato Sudamericano and Copa America) and has definitively left its mark on the international football South American competition. In bold within the caption of the XI, the World Cup teams. Two times World Champion (1930 and 1950) after two Olympic gold medals (1924, 1928), Uruguay also knew several times the last four of the World tournament through the decades (for the last time in 2010) and all of these teams are naturally also presented.

Let start this. We are in 1916.

The Uruguayan Team Winner of the first South-American Championship ever (in Argentina and Chile, 'Final of group', against Argentina, in Avallaneda, Chile, 0-0 but Argentina could not beat Brazil, Uruguay did) in 1916 :

La Celeste 1916

Winner of the 1917 South-American Championship (tournament held in Montevideo, Uruguay)  :

La Celeste 1917

Winner of the 1920 South-American Championship (tournament held in Viña del Mar, Chile) :

La Celeste 1920

Winner of the 1923 South-American Championship (held in Montevideo, Uruguay) :

La Celeste 1923

Olympic gold at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris :

La Celeste 1924 ("Jeux" de Paris)

Winner of the 1924 South-American Championship (held in Montevideo, Oct. 12 to Nov. 2) :

La Celeste 1924 (Campeonato Sudamericano)

Winner of the 1926 South-American Championship (held in Santiago de Chile) :

La Celeste 1926

Olympic gold at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam :

La Celeste 1928 (Olympiade 1928)
Final replayed : player 1/ player 2 for match 1/ match 2.

Winner of the first World Cup ever, in 1930 in Montevideo :

La Celeste 1930

Winner of the 1935 South-American Championship (held in Lima, Peru) :

La Celeste 1935

Winner of the 1942 South-American Championship (held in Montevideo) :

La Celeste 1942

Winner of the 1950 World Cup in Brazil (with the famous decisive match with Brazil played at the Maracaña) :

La Celeste 1950

Semi-finalist and 4th at the 1954 World Cup (held in Switzerland) :

La Celeste 1954
Between brackets : they played instead of the usual starters in the semi-final against Hungary.

Winner of the 1956 South-American Championship (held in Montevideo) :

La Celeste 1956

Winner of the 1967 South-American Championship (held in Montevideo) :

La Celeste 1967
Martinez and Mujica replaced Baeza and Caetano, the starters in the 11 at the beginning of the competition. Attack line as in the "Final" against Argentina and in the penultimate match against Paraguay. Before that, during the championship, Oyarbide was the inside right and Vera the centre forward (Rocha inside left). Salva could play right winger instead of Pérez. Vera replaced Oyarbide for the second half of the last match against Argentina. Also entered during the "Final" for Salva, around the hour of play : Ruben Techera (3 appearances as a substitute).

Semi-finalist and 4th at the 1970 World Cup (held in Mexico) :

La Celeste 1970
Attention! If Cubilla was acting like a RM/ RW, on the opposite side of the pitch Maneiro was an AM or more generally MF so with different caracteristics. He was even assigned to the marking of Gérson in the semi-finals against Brazil. Morales was the number 11.

Winner of the first Copa America ever, in 1983 (2 matches in Montevideo and 1 match away in the group stage then 2 legs venues, home and away venues for the semis and the Final :

La Celeste 1983
Venancio Ramos entered in the two games of the Final, each time for Acosta (75' at home then 46' away).

Winner of the Second Copa America ever, in 1987 (in Argentina) :

La Celeste 1987
Uruguay directly qualified for the semis as holders and played its two games at Monumental, Buenos Aires.

Winner of the 1995 Copa America (at home) :

La Celeste 1995
As in the Final with substitutions (Adinolfi 35', Martinez and Bengoechea 46').

Semi-finalist and 4th at the 2010 World Cup (held in South Africa) :

La Celeste 2010
 Presented here in its most offensive form with its trio of attack (in a 4-3-1-2), Uruguay could also play in a "classic 4-4-2" which is actually more classic from them. Like against The Netherlands in the semis (as Suarez was suspended) with both of Arévalo and Gargano in the 11 (with Pérez as DM but on the right side and A.Pereira, on the left, as usual in a role of piston). Earlier in the competition, this 4th midfielder once was A.Fernadez, on the right, in a a role of attacking midfielder. It was against Ghana and in the first half only. It was I.Gonzales, but on the left, against France, also once, during one hour. Finally, here is presented a "typical 11" which was not that typical but which was the one aligned against the hosts South Africa as well as against Mexico in the first round and also against South Korea in the round of 16. Kind of an ideal 11 here (but actually used, against supposed lesser oppositions as just seen).
3rd CD and 5th defender in the 23-men squad" Victorino played the semis instead of Lugano. He had already played in the quarter-finals instead of Godin and also RB in the group stage against France. South American star Sebastian Abreu (FWD) appeared on the pitches for the last 15 minutes in three occasions - it was in the matches against France, Ghana and Holland - but did not bring anything to the team.

Winner of the 2011 Copa America (in Argentina) :

La Celeste 2011
As in the Final with substitutions (Cavani 63', Eguren 69', Godin 88').
Before the entry of Cavani on the left side of the attack, Suarez could drift on the right or on the left side.

This is the last truely outstanding Uruguyan team until today.

An all-time La Celeste Dream Team?
Let's try this!

Uruguay All-time XI
FYT's version on this day. Only one thing to say to the players now that the team is composed :  "you're on your own from now on, get on with it!".

Edit : At the World Cup 2018, after a decent to good start in the tournament, Uruguay was eliminated in the quarter-finals by France.

La Celeste 2018
Without Cavani, injured. This true all-timer, though he doesn't appear in the all-time XI above (like other strikers as Petrone), was certainly a massive loss and it made the game much easier for France to win. Uruguay had spent much forces in the round of 16 against Portugal too.
At last, one player that can be cited is the former PSG player Cristian Rodriguez. The 32 years old offensive midfielder regularly came in from the bench during this competition.

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