Lucky11 | FIFA World Cup 2022 : Uruguay Full Squad Analysis
The Uruguay FIFA World Cup 2022 team will be confirmed by November 14, the deadline for FIFA to receive final list submissions. Fans of La Celeste, on the other hand, already have a fair idea of who might be engaged when Diego Alonso unveiled a 55-man preliminary list.
That will have to be reduced to a 26-man squad before the World Cup, where Uruguay has been drawn in Group H. They have a long history with the tournament, having hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930 and went on to win it after defeating Argentina in the final. They won their second World Cup in 1950, when they stunned Brazil in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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In the 2022 World Cup, veteran goalkeeper Fernando Muslera should be the first-choice goalie. He is the uncontested number one between the sticks for Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray, and he has over 130 international caps to his record.
Sergio Rochet comes in second place in the pecking order. The 29-year-old plays for Nacional and filled in for Muslera during the World Cup qualifications when his adversary was out with a ligament problem.
Uruguay has an outstanding backline led by captain Diego Godin. The former Atletico Madrid player is teamed at the back by Jose Maria Gimenez, who presently plays for Diego Simeone in Madrid. Sebastian Coates and Martin Caceres provide solid support. Despite their injuries, Gimenez and Godin should be on the trip to Qatar in November.
Ronald Araujo of Barcelona may have to settle for a spot at right-back, since the two center-back positions appear to be locked down. Guillermo Varela and Damian Suarez of Getafe should give Araujo a run for his money.
Mathias Olivera of Napoli and Mathias Vina of Roma are the two leading candidates for the left-back position, and Alonso has the option of rotating between them.
Alonso deploys a five-man midfield with two double pivots or a flat four in the center of the field. Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Torreira are the usual defensive midfielders. The other two candidates are Mauro Arrambari and Manuel Ugarte.
Federico Valverde has been in outstanding form for Real Madrid, and it will come as no surprise if he is utilised in more advanced areas of the play rather than from a deep-lying position. In midfield, Matthias Vecino and Nicolas De La Cruz might join the 24-year-old.
Fernando Gorriaran of Santos Laguna and Giorgian de Arrascaeta of Flamengo have the chance to steal the show with brilliant cameos.
As Uruguay's talisman, Luis Suarez will be listed first on Aliou Cisse's team roster for the 2022 World Cup. However, given that Liverpool attacker Darwin Nunez has developed as a significant player at the international level, he might not start alongside Edinson Cavani this time.
Edinson Cavani is another option for Alonso, as the 35-year-old hopes to secure a World Cup spot after signing as a free agent with Valencia.
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