In Uruguay lies the historic Estadio Centenario built in 1930 that was the very same stadium used for the first FIFA World Cup. It is no great coincidence to be the first world champion winning 4-2 over Argentina.
In addition to that Uruguay had won two Olympic gold medals in 1924 and 1928. This reflects that football must be their professional sport from then on. Rugby, however, is their traditional sport introduced to the country by the early British settlers, but was only popularized after they qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and the subsequent 2003 RWC.
Uruguay also had produced great players like Luis Suárez. Regarded, not only Uruguay's best goal scorer in the World Cup but he is considered Uruguay's all-time record goal scorer and believed to be the most expensive player.
The Uruguay national rugby union team (Los Teros) also has made quite a mark in the rugby stage winning over perennial powerhouses like Paraguay and Chile.
As far as the Olympics are concerned, the Uruguayans have not performed very well but have had their share of medals. Milton Wynants won silver in Sydney (2000) for cycling and their last gold medals came from their football team in the early 20’th century.
Many of us may not notice the country itself but Uruguayans have proven their conviction and pride that they were among the first of the world achievers in sports.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Uruguay.
Popular sports of Uruguay
- Football (Soccer), Rugby
Uruguay Sporting Success
Great athletes from Uruguay
- Luis Suárez (football)
Uruguay Sports trivia
Uruguay at major events
- Uruguay at the Summer Olympics
- Uruguay at the Winter Olympics
- Uruguay at the FIFA World Cup
- Uruguay at the Rugby World Cup
Past sporting events hosted in Uruguay
- 1930 FIFA World Cup was hosted in Uruguay
Upcoming sporting events in Uruguay
Annual sporting events held in Uruguay
Sporting Facilities in Uruguay
- Estadio Centenario in Montevideo
- Estadio Campeón del Siglo
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