2014 World Cup: Predicting Uruguay’s Starting XI

2014 World Cup Uruguay Starting XI Prediction

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Head coach Oscar Tabarez named a 28-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil, but he can be fairly certain of the 11 he will field on June 14. There is one battle in the midfield and one concern on the back line. This stability will add to Uruguay's confidence. They should advance out of the group, but the most pivotal match could be their last in group play when they face Italy on June 24.

GK - Fernando Muslera

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GK - Fernando Muslera

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The Galatasaray keeper has 60 appearances for his national team. He made his debut in 2009 and played in the 2010 World Cup.

LB - Martin Caceres

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LB - Martin Caceres

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As with many, Caceres is the target of a Manchester United transfer rumor after falling out of favor with his club team. He is a versatile player who has been playing at center back. He played in 32 matches across all competitions this year.

CB - Diego Godin

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CB - Diego Godin

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Godin's header was enough for Atletico Madrid to win the championship of La Liga. After the celebration he will head to training as the No. 1 center back. He made his debut in 2007 as a 19-year-old.

CB - Diego Lugano

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CB - Diego Lugano

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Lugano is known for his smart play but has never had pace. As he gets older and his legs have more trouble sustaining strength over a 90-minute match, he becomes the weak link in the back. Lugano only played nine matches this season for West Brom. If Lugano stumbles then Cacares moves in and Alvaro Pereira goes to the left.

RB - Maxi Pereira

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RB - Maxi Pereira

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Pereira made a name for himself at the 2010 World Cup and may be the most animated of the back four for Uruguay. He was part of the Benfica team that made it to this year's Europa League final.

CDM - Sebastian Eguren

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CDM - Sebastian Eguren

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Eguren is in the one true position battle prior to heading across the continent to Brazil. Eguren was playing in Scandinavia when he earned his playing time at the 2010 World Cup. It is that experience that will give him the edge over Egidio Arevalo Rios. Arevalo could easily be a constant sub in this situation.

CDM - Nicolas Lodeiro

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CDM - Nicolas Lodeiro

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The Botafago midfielder came up through the Uruguayan youth system playing for the under-20 team in 2009. He made his debut with the senior team the following year and was selected to the 2010 World Cup squad. He has the unfortunate distinction of being the first player to receive a red card at the tournament.

CAM - Cristian Rodriguez

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CAM - Cristian Rodriguez

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The best talent for Uruguay is in the attack, and Rodriguez will be part of a four-man push that will interchange near the box. However, he will have a big role in getting the ball into space and transforming defense into offense. It has been shown in a couple friendlies that if an opponent can man mark Rodriguez they will have success.

CAM - Christian Stuani

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CAM - Christian Stuani

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Stuani is the least known of the attacking players partially because he plays for Espanyol. However, he has spend much of his professional career bouncing from team to team, playing on seven teams since 2004. He recorded 23 goals for Danubio in just 36 appearances to burst onto the scene. He has kept a good goal-scoring record, tallying 63 over the last nine years. He has two goals in eight appearances for Uruguay.

F - Edinson Cavani

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F - Edinson Cavani

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Cavani was a big acquisition for PSG and helped lead them to the title. His transfer was the sixth largest transfer in history and the largest into the French league. However, there is some sentiment that his 16 goals in 30 appearances were not enough to justify the cost. He will be asked to form a strike partnership with perhaps the footballer of the year.

F - Luis Suarez

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F - Luis Suarez

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Suarez can turn the match around when you least expect it. He has so many brilliant finishes this year for Liverpool and didn't need a lot of space to convert. He will float around the box in what should be a two-forward formation, but also look to find late runs by the two attacking midfield players. Suarez may play every minute in Brazil unless Uruguay gets a commanding lead.

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