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The small, yet powerful South American soccer mainstay makes its 12th World Cup appearance in Russia 2018.

Manager Óscar Tabárez will be behind the helm for his fourth World Cup, having coached La Celeste in 1990, 2010, and 2014.

Favorites in their group after qualifying second behind Brazil in the South American qualifiers, Uruguay is looking to have another strong showing in 2018.

Most expect them to make it to the final 16, if not further. Should La Celeste's heavy hitters show up to play, look for Uruguay to recapture some of the magic it showed in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Uruguay’s World Cup History

Uruguay's soccer history is unlike any other country. This nation of roughly 3.4 million has won two World Cups (1930 and 1950) and 15 Copa America tournaments, most recently in 2011.

They are the smallest country ever to win a World Cup, boasting a population of only 1.75 million inhabitants when they won in 1930. The next smallest country to win was Argentina in 1978 with a population of around 28 million.

Uruguay also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1924 and 1928, before the World Cup existed. Since 1950, success has been much more hard to come by, with increased competition throughout the world.

Nevertheless, this small, soccer-mad country's ability to remains relevant in a sport that has rule over all ends of the globe is remarkable, to say the least.

Uruguay’s Road To The 2018 World Cup

The journey to the 2018 World Cup was fairly easy for a country in a conference full of soccer superpowers. Uruguay finished second only behind Brazil in qualifying, compiling a 9-4-5 record through 18 matches with only a +3 goal differential.

They officially qualified on October 10 of 2017 with a 4-2 win over Bolivia. Edinson Cavani led all players with 10 goals through the qualifiers and 12 different Uruguayans contributed goals in the effort.

After qualifying, Uruguay struggled a bit, losing one November friendly to Austria and drawing another with Poland 0-0, but bounced back by winning the China Cup, a four-team tournament in March of this year.

How Does The Uruguay World Cup 2018 Team Stack Up?

For the World Cup, Uruguay will continue to look to Cavani as its main source of scoring but will have plenty of secondary and tertiary options with their ranks chock-full of offensive talent.

With Tabárez employing a striker-friendly 4-4-2 formation, look for heavy contributions from Suarez along with youngsters Federico Valverde, Mathias Vecino, Natian Nandez and Rodrigo Bentancur.

Uruguay Odds To Win World Cup 2018

Uruguay is by far the best bet to come out of Group A. They should have an easy time with each of the teams in the group.

Their match against Russia in the final game of group play should be their toughest challenge, but the odds are still in their favor to come out victorious and by that time they will most likely already be leading the group in points.

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Uruguay World Cup 2018

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