5 Reasons Why Uruguay Could Hoist the World Cup in 2014

5 Reasons Why Uruguay Could Hoist the World Cup in 2014

Alcides Ghiggia
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Uruguay is a nation created for soccer. In fact, despite barely only having a little over three million people within its borders, it has played a valuable role in the history of the sport. Not only it will forever remain as the very first World Cup-winning country in 1930; but it will always be remembered as the nation that completely destroyed Brazil in 1950. Here are five reasons why Uruguay can dream of a third title.

5. The Famous Garra

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5. The Famous Garra

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Italy is well known for the Catenaccio, Spain for the Tiki-Taka, and Brazil for the Joga Bonito. Uruguay is mostly known for the famous Garra spirit that its players live according by both on and off the field. The word, Spanish for grit, represents the country's strongest asset and has been the main reason for every single achievement the team has ever accomplished.

4. (Almost) Home Advantage

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4. (Almost) Home Advantage

Uruguay Starting XI
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Just like for Brazil, Argentina, and the rest of the South American participants in the World Cup, the Celestes will be greatly benefited from the geographical advantage of playing in their own continent and climate. They will have the cards in their favors in respect to the European giants, especially their group stage contenders Italy and England, who have never done particularly too well outside of Europe.

3. A Strong Offensive Partnership

Luis Suarez - Edinson Cavani
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3. A Strong Offensive Partnership

Luis Suarez - Edinson Cavani
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Just saying their names is enough to choose Uruguay as one of the main contenders for the World Cup title. Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez make up for one of the most potent attacking partnerships a coach can ever dream for. As a matter of fact, not only are they world-class strikers, but they are also well known for their hardworking spirit when it comes to defending.

2. No Pressure

Sebastian Abreu
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2. No Pressure

Sebastian Abreu
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The pressure of having to win at all costs will mostly fall on the home team Brazil and on Argentina. While still having the geographical benefit, Uruguay will not have the same pressure as quite honestly, nobody will be expecting them to repeat the magic of 2010 nor the one of 1950.

1. History Can Always Repeat Itself

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1. History Can Always Repeat Itself

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Though no one is really expecting it, there is always a little chance for history to repeat itself. Perhaps Diego Forlan could become the fourth person in silencing the Brazilian crowd.

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