Then there's the fact that they beat Brazil at the Marcana in 1950 in what remains one of the biggest upsets ever caused in the tournament.
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Playing a traditional 4-4-2, the combination of Suarez and Cavani is spectacular. If they can continue this form into the summer there will be few defences that will be able to neutralise this potent attacking force. Despite a late-campaign blip that involved three consecutive defeats, the Sky Blue went on to qualify comfortably, having earned key points against the likes of Columbia, Chile, and Brazil in the early stages.
Saudi Arabia has been written off by many as one of weakest teams in the World Cup. By contrast, José Giménez made his competitive debut in the 2014 World Cup where he became the youngest Uruguayan to do so. They have had six different managers in the last five years, and their current boss, Juan Antonio Pizzi, will be overseeing his first competitive fixture as Saudi Arabia manager when his side lines up against Russia next week. Furthermore, this is also combined with the added pressure that comes from being the host nation in a tournament of this significance. Uruguay have never failed to get out of the group stages under Tabarez and should have too much quality and nous for their rivals.
Edinson Cavani - Cavani at his best is the perfect modern striker; not just content to finish chances inside the box, El Matador as he is commonly known is physical, sublime and clinical when shooting.
Two-time champions Uruguay are one of the most successful teams in history.
Real Madrid youngster Valverde, who spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruña, is considered one of Uruguay's brightest, young talents, but it appears this tournament has come too soon for him. The only international trophy they've won together was the 2011 Copa América so a World Cup winners medal would certainly be a welcome addition to their relatively sparse international trophy cabinet.