The relationship between Spanish and Uruguayan football is often difficult to describe. Both countries have left an undeniable mark in the history of the game (and each other), but they have rarely ever met in official high profile matches. I suppose that this can also be attributed to Argentina and Brazil too, who have rarely, if ever, played Spain in official competitions. Yet, a historic bond does remain.
Over the century, Uruguay/Argentina/Brazil have fostered a deep connection (through players, clubs, friendships, contractors, similar playing styles, similar ideologies, a shared history, common ancestry etc) with Spanish, as well as Italian football. Almost to a tee, whenever I meet a Spanish football fan (old or young), they always express deep admiration and a sense of compatibility with Uruguayan football and its history.
Below, you can take a walk through memory lane and rediscover the famous high profile clashes that were mentioned in the introduction. Some of these matches are rightly legendary and were key in forming the modern bond between the European and South American game.
#1. 1950 FIFA World Cup: Final Group-
Uruguay 2 Spain 2
#2. 1960 Intercontinental/World Club Championship Final-
Leg 1: Peñarol v. Real Madrid: 0-0
Leg 2: Real Madrid v. Peñarol: 5-1
Agg: Real Madrid wins: 5-1
#3. 1966 Intercontinental/World Club Championship Final-
Leg 1: Peñarol v. Real Madrid: 2-0
Leg 2: Real Madrid v. Peñarol: 0-2
Agg: Peñarol wins 4-0
#4. 1990 FIFA World Cup- Group Stage:
Uruguay 0 Spain 0
*Note: This comparison will only include competition that both Spain and Uruguay are eligible to compete in. No: UEFA or CONMEBOL only tournaments.
Uruguay (Population 3.3 million)
- 4x FIFA World Champions: 1924, 1928, 1930, 1950
- 5x FIFA World Cup Semi Finalists: 1930, 1950, 1954, 1970, 2010
- 6x FIFA Intercontinental/Club World Cups: 1961, 1966, 1971, 1980, 1982, 1988.
Spain (Population 47 million)
- 1x FIFA World Champions: 2010
- 2x FIFA World Cup Semi Finalists: 1950, 2010
- 6x FIFA Intercontinental/Club World Cups: 1960, 1974, 1998, 2002, 2009, 2011