“Home team advantage” typically refers to the enthusiastic roar of a home team’s fans and a comfortable familiarity with weather and field conditions. The debate surrounding the Copa América, unfortunately, asks whether home team advantage also includes referee favoritism.



Uruguay’s Repeat–Copa aspirations were hacked by Chile – so starved for a tournament win of any kind, they would do anything to win… anything – and now out of the tournament all together Uruguay’s NT get to sit back and fume about what could have been and what actually happened.

In the aftermath of their team’s exit from a major tournament, football fans tend to spend the next couple of days in depression… before in some cases, scrabbling around for someone else to follow for the rest of the event. Last year, following Uruguay’s elimination, I infuriated most people I know here by switching to Argentina. I was always going to do that: the sheer comedy factor of them winning […]

Football has never, ever been about justice. If you want justice, go to the law courts. The reason for its extraordinary, enduring, ever-growing appeal all over the world is that it’s about stories, controversy… and above all, drama. Well, we got ourselves plenty of drama in Santiago last night. Where Uruguay defended admirably, missed a glorious chance to take a shock lead… only to be undone by that other key […]

Usually, in the Get to Know A Uruguayan series, I introduce readers to current Uruguayans who will impact whatever current tournament is happening in the world (in this case, the 2015 Copa América). This time, however, I decided to take a more historical approach to the series. As Uruguay attempts to win its record 16th Copa América, let’s take a look back at one of the men who helped them win […]


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