Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament. The team is not an All-Star team. I try to be as realistic as possible.
GK: Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
He is considered one of the greatest keepers from South America. He led Uruguay to the semifinal of the World Cup in 1970. He was voted the best keeper at the tournament. He played with Peñarol at home before moving to Brazil, Spain, Chile and Colombia.
GK Roque Maspoli
Maspoli began playing in the youth ranks of Club Nacional de Football. He would make his Uruguayan Primera División debut with Liverpool de Montevideo in 1939. After one season with Liverpool, he joined C.A. Peñarol. He would spend the rest of his playing career with Peñarol, winning six Primera titles with the club.He was Uruguay's keeper at the World Cup in 1950, where they won it by breaking the hearts of the Brazilians.
GK: Andrés Mazali
He won two Olympic Gold Medals in 1924 and 1928, but he was banned playing in the 1930 World Cup Finals after breaking the team's curfew.
RB/DM; Jose Leandro Andrade
His nickname was "the Black Marvel' (maravilla negra). He was a wing-half at the WC 1930. He was regarded as the best player at that World Cup and perhaps, in the world at the time. As a teenager Andrade played for Montevideo club Misiones. In the early 1920s Andrade was signed by Bella Vista, where he played 71 matches and scored seven goals. It was at Bella Vista that he was first selected for the national team. Andrade later moved to Nacional where he won four Uruguayan Championships and three national cups.
Andrade transferred to Peñarol in 1930 where he played 88 matches over the next few years. He had as a teenager trained with Peñarol but had not been accepted.
|Jose Leandro Andrade|
RB/CB: Jose Nasazzi
He was the captain of Uruguay's legendary team that won the World Cup in 1930. He is regarded by many as Uruguay's greatest ever football player. He was known as "El Gran Mariscal" (The Great Marshal) and had already won the gold medal at the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, as well as the South American Championship in 1923, 1924 and 1926, by the time of the first World Cup.
CB: Jose Santamaria
Jose Santamaria was a member of Real Madrid's all-conquering team of the late 1950's. He spent his 18-year career with Nacional and Real Madrid, winning 17 major titles the two teams combined, including four European Cups with the latter. He was considered one of the best ever center-backs.
One of the best center-backs ever to play in the Brazilian league. He was best remembered for his career with Sao Paulo between 1977 and 1988. He was also at one point the second most expensive player in the league.
CB: Diego Godin
He reached the WC semifinal in 2010 and won a Copa America in 2011. He was a key player for Atletico Madrid when they upset Real Madrid and Barcelona for the La Liga title in 2013-2014.
CB: Paolo Montero
He was a member of Juventus in the mid-1990's, spending 9 seasons there. He won 4 scudetti's, but failed to win a Champions League despite playing in 3 Finals. With La Celeste, he went to Korea/Japan 2002.
LB/LM: Victor Rodriguez Andrade
Jose Leandro Andrade's nephew. He won the 1950 WC in Brazil . He was Uruguay's greatest left midfielder(or leftback). He played mainly with Peñarol at home. Rodríguez Andrade also played at the 1954 World Cup and won the 1956 South American Championship with Uruguay, and at the club level, he won two Uruguayan First Division titles with C.A. Peñarol.
LB: Ricardo Pavoni
Affectionately known as "el Chivo", he was considered one of Uruguay's top left backs. He was a part of the great Independiente of the 1970's that won 5 Copa Libertadores. In Uruguay, he played Defensor. He was capped 13 times and was a member of the 1974 WC team in West Germany.
DM: Obdulio Varela
Known as the "Black Chief". He was the captain of the 1950 World Cup team. His leadership was credited with helping Uruguay to come from behind to beat Brazil. He is considered one of the best players ever from Uruguay. He played mainly with Peñarol and Montevideo Wanderers.
DM: Michele Andreolo
He was best remembered for his time in Italy. He won 4 scudettos with Bologna. He was capped by Uruguay, but won the World Cup with Italy in 1938.
RW: Alcides Ghiggia
He scored the winning goal against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup Finals that sealed the WC for Uruguay. The match was known as
the "Maracanazo". He played for the national sides of both Uruguay and Italy during his career. He also played for the club sides of the Peñarol and Danubio in Uruguay and A.S. Roma and A.C. Milan in Italy.
RM: Luis Cubilla
He was a part of Penarol that won two Copa Libertadores in the 1960 and 1961, and he won one more with Nacional in 1971. He also played for Barcelona, River Plate of Argentiona, Santiago Morning of Chile and Defensor Sporting of Uruguay where he helped the club to win their first league championship and break the complete dominance of the league by Peñarol and Nacional. For Uruguay, he played in three WC Finals: 1966, 1970 and 1974.
LW/SS: Pedro Rocha
Pedro Rocha won 8 Uruguayan league titles and 3 Copa Libertadores with Penarol from 1959 to 1970. He moved to São Paulo in 1970. He spent 7 successful seasons with the club. He was the league's top scorer in 1972.
AM: Enzo Francescoli
Known as "the Prince", he was Uruguay's most capped outfield player. He was a big fan favorite in River Plate where he won Copa Libertadores in 1996. He also played in France and Italy. With Uruguay, he won three Copa America's in 1983, 1987 and 1995, where he was voted the best player in two of the tournaments. He was also South America Player of the Year in 1984 and 1995.
SS: Juan Schiaffino
He was a key player in Uruguay's WC winning team in 1950. He later played in Italy with Milan and Roma. He was considered one of the greatest Uruguayan players in history.
SS: Walter Gomez
He joined River Plate at the end of La Maquina. Later, he formed a famous partnership with Omar Sivori there. So he was a connection between the two generations of Argentine club football. His national team appearance was very limited because he moved to Argentina.
FW: Hector Scarone
Scarone was known to be Uruguay's greatest players during the 1930's. He was a Double Olympic Gold medalist and won the 1930 World Cup Finals. He scored 31 goals for Uruguay. He was Uruguay's all-time leading scorer until 2011. At club level, Scarone spent most of his career with Nacional, with whom he won the Uruguayan championship eight times. He scored a total of 301 goals for the club in 369 appearances. He also played for Spanish side FC Barcelona, and Inter Milan and Palermo in Italy.
ST: Diego Forlan
His career in Europe started slowly. He played poorly for Manchester United, but his career took off after heading to Spain in 2004. He was two-time European Golden Shoe winner in 2004-2005 and then, 2008-2009. He won the Golden Ball at South Africa 2010, where Uruguay finished 4th. His best years were with Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
At the time of writing, he is the third most expensive player in the world. He won both the 2013-2014 FWA and the PFA Player of the Year while playing for Liverpool in England. He was also the European Golden Shoe winner that year. Unfortunately, he was known for biting an opponent at a few occasions.
ST: Pedro Petrone
Throughout his career, Petrone played for Nacional, where he won two National Tournaments (1924, 1934), and in Italy with Fiorentina, where he was the top goalscorer in Serie A during the 1931–32 season). Whilst in Italy, Petrone was said to be the fastest player in the League. He was a double Olympic Gold medalist in 1924 and 1928, where he was the top scorer in 1924. He also won the WC in 1930.
Rodolfo Rodríguez, Diego Lugano, Alvaro Recoba, Roberto Matosas, Ruben Sosa, Ángel Romano and Edinson Cavani, Omar Miguez.
I carried most of the bigger names, but I also included three newer players, Diego Godin and Luis Suarez. Ghiggia scored the most imporatnt goal in Uruguay's history. So I rewarded him with a spot here.
Victor Andrade and Jose Leandro Andrade were more of a box-to-box midfielder in the modern era. So I used them in the midfield.