Penpix of Uruguay's squad for World Cup finals

Penpix of Uruguay's squad for World Cup finals
Uruguay's national soccer team players (right to left) Martin Silva, Alvaro Pereira, Fernando Muslera, Alejandro Silva and Diego Perez jog with a member of the staff during a team training session at the team's headquarters in the outskirts of Montevideo.

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguay's squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:


Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray) Age 27; 56 caps. Secured his first-team place in the final four qualifiers for the 2010 finals, ending a three-way competition among three predecessors, and has not looked back. Brings four more years' experience to the position including his part in Uruguay's Copa America victory in Argentina in 2011.

Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama) Age 31; 4 caps. Stood in for the injured Muslera in both legs of the intercontinental playoff against Jordan in November which Uruguay won 5-0 on aggregate to secure their place at the finals. Had a huge part in Paraguayan club Olimpia reaching the Libertadores Cup final last year before his move this year to Rio-based Vasco.

Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad). Age 32; 0 caps. Another Asuncion-based player who has edged 2010 veteran Juan Castillo out of the third choice goalkeeper's slot.


Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion). Age 33; 92 caps. The team's long-standing captain represents the traditional Uruguayan style of play based more on temperament and strength than refined technique. He fights hard for every ball, making his presence felt at the back and pushing forward when the team are down. Has nine international goals.

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid). Age 28; 75 caps. Belongs to a select group of about a dozen players who have been with Tabarez from the start of the coach's second tenure which began in 2006. Keeps a low profile but is a physical defender with good control.

Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid). Age 19; 4 Caps. Earns the nod over former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates who has only just come back from a long injury absence.

Sebastian Coates (Liverpool). Age 23; 14 caps. Tall centre back with very good positional sense who recovered from a knee ligament injury in August to play his way back into the squad in the final weeks of the Uruguayan Clausura championship on loan at his first club Nacional of Montevideo.

Martin Caceres (Juventus) Age 27; 56 caps. Long-haired central defender or stopper nicknamed "Pelado" (Long Hair) who plays mainly at left back for Uruguay, clinching the starting place at the 2011 Copa America. Played for Barcelona and Sevilla before joining Juve in 2012.

Jorge Fucile (Porto). Age 29; 40 caps. Fast, versatile full back who can play on either flank, a member of the strong South American contingent at Porto who had a loan spell at Brazil's Santos in 2012.

Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica). Age 30; 88 caps. Veteran of the 2010 semi-final and 2011 Copa America sides nicknamed "Mono" (Monkey), a good marker who has steadily improved over the last four years as an attacking back. Has been at Benfica since 2007 and helped them reach last year's Europa League final.

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