Diego Alonso, who became Uruguay coach in 2021 after 15 years of Oscar Tabarez’ stewardship, has named his squad for Qatar 2022™. Having won the tournament in 1930 and 1950, it has been a long time since the South American nation last ruled world football.
However, a mini renaissance has formed over the past 12 years, and the five players who remain in Uruguay’s squad from those tournaments will be out to secure their place in history.
Fernando Muslera, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez will all appear at their fourth World Cup, although half of Alonso’s squad will be making their World Cup debut in Qatar. Breakthrough stars such as Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez will be looking to add youth and hunger to veteran experience.
There are also places for familiar names Jose Maria Gimenez, Lucas Torreira and Rodrigo Bentancur. Both Cavani and Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo made the cut despite concerns over injury.
Uruguay commence their campaign in Group H when they face Korea Republic on 24 November, before playing Portugal and Ghana.
Uruguay’s Qatar 2022 squad
Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray)
Sebastian Sosa (Independiente)
Sergio Rochet (Nacional)
Diego Godin (Velez Sarsfield)
Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico de Madrid)
Sebastián Coates (Sporting)
Guillermo Varela (Flamengo)
Marten Caceres (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jose Luis Rodreguez (Nacional)
Ronald Araujo (Barcelona)
Mathias Olivera (Napoli)
Matias Vina (Roma)
Matias Vecino (Lazio)
Lucas Torreira (Galatasaray)
Manuel Ugarte (Sporting)
Federico Valverde (Real Madrid)
Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham Hotspur)
Nicolas de la Cruz (River Plate)
Agustin Canobbio (Athletico Paranaense)
Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Flamengo)
Facundo Pellistri (Manchester United)
Luis Suarez (Nacional)
Darwin Nunez (Liverpool)
Edinson Cavani (Valencia)
Facundo Torres (Orlando City)
Maximiliano Gomez (Trabzonspor)
All squads are provisional until the final list of 26 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 15 November.
Uruguay’s Qatar 2022 games
Uruguay v Korea Republic
24 November, 16:00 Doha time