The start of Uruguay’s busy 2014 calendar year kicks off this upcoming Wednesday when Austria hosts Uruguay at Klagenfurt.
Uruguay’s national team will play against a team that is also conveniently outfitted by “Puma” … what this means is that either Puma intervened on Uruguay’s behalf or not too many teams were interested in playing against Uruguay. Regardless of how “La AUF” went about in arranging this friendly, the Sky Blue will use this friendly match to prepare for the World Cup tournament. That being said the real warm-up matches begin in late May. After this match is played Uruguay will have a 2 month break which on paper seems a bit long.
The team Uruguay will field will probably resemble what we’ve seen from Uruguay in the months of October and November. Cavani who is still injured gets to sit this one out while Forlán who recently joined Japan’s J-League may start this match.
The complete list of players Washington Tabárez is taking to Klagenfurt are as follows:
- Goalkeepers: Muslera & Martín Silva
- Defenders: Lugano, Godín, José María Giménez, Cáceres, Fucile, Alejandro Silva, & Maxi Pereira
- Midfielders: Gargano, Diego Pérez, Arévalo-Ríos, Álvaro González, Álvaro Pereira, Cristian Rodríguez, Lodeiro & Gastón Ramírez.
- Strikers: Forlán, Suárez, Stuani & Abel Hernández.
Austria capped the following 23 players for this game:
- Goalkeepers: Robert Almer, Heinz Lindner, Ramazan Özcan
- Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic, Christian Fuchs, György Garics , Martin Hinteregger, Florian Klein, Emanuel Pogatetz, Sebastian Prödl, Markus Suttner
- Midfielders: David Alaba, Marko Arnautovic, Guido Burgstaller, Martin Harnik, Andreas Ivanschitz, Zlatko Junuzovic, Veli Kavlak, Christoph Leitgeb, Marcel Sabitzer
- Strikers: Marc Janko, Andreas Weimann, Lukas Hinterseer
Enjoy yer weekend.