Uruguay announces 26-man 2018 World Cup preliminary squad, includes old favorites, rising stars
It is fascinating how a population just under three and a half million people can consistently produce very talented footballers. Uruguay has been able to do this for almost a century and just released its 26-man preliminary roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this Tuesday, May 15.
Oscar Tabarez’ list includes some world class players like PSG’s Edinson Cavani, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and most notably Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. The roster includes 16 players, who play in Europe with six players each from La Liga and the Italian Serie A, two players from the Liga Nos, Edinson Cavani from PSG in France and Fernando Muslera from Galatasaray in Turkey.
The provisional squad also includes Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Carlos Sanchez, who play with Monterrey in the Liga MX. The rest of the roster is made up of three players that play in Argentina, two players that play in Brazil, two players that play in Uruguay and Nicolas Lodeiro, who plays with the Seattle Sounders in the MLS.
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) May 15, 2018
A lot of younger players were called up by Oscar Tabarez as there are eight players on the squad that are under the age of 25. The most notable youngsters include the 19-year-old Federico Valverde, whose contract is owned by Real Madrid, Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur, Atletico Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez and Celta de Vigo’s goalscorer Maximiliano Gomez.
A small country geographically like Uruguay has been able to dominate the world on two occasions and has the talent to cause an uproar in Russia this summer.