Uruguay has a unique historical relationship with football, the game brought over by “los ingleses”: the first South American champions, the first World Champions, the first World Cup hosts and the first winners of the World Cup, and of course, the Maracanazo.
Ten years? Is that long enough to transform or revolutionize a country’s football tradition? Spain had the proper foundation or skill base and Aragonés was able to revolutionize their footballing tradition in four years. Belgium made a fundamental change in the development of their youth in 2002 and twelve years later was considered one of the favourites to win the World Cup. Germany is the new kid on the “Tiki-Taka” […]
Óscar Washington Tabárez will have been at the helm 10 years when Uruguay takes on Brazil in the third round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. After success at the 2010 World Cup, finishing fourth and the 2011 Copa America title, OWT and company were unable to follow-up with any kind of success at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America.
Óscar Washington Tabárez was appointed coach of the Uruguayan national team on March 6, 2006. That means that he will have been 10 years at the helm when Uruguay takes on Brazil in the third round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He took over for Ferrin and became Uruguay’s fifth coach in four years.
As the CONMEBOL teams are gearing up for the World Cup Qualifiers by participating in “meaningless” friendlies, the Uruguayan media has finally woken up and instead of extolling the virtues of Maestro’s “proceso”, they are lamenting “el mal funcionamiento” without Cavani and Suarez.
When you have been following La Celeste as long as I have, and especially through the special years that were the roller-coaster from 2007 to 2010, you develop a bond with certain players for what they bring to the team. It should be no surprise to anyone that Forlan is my all-time favourite, I have a love-hate relationship with Recoba (he didn’t seem to have the motivation to become probably […]
I am current reading the World Cup Edition of Soccernomics written by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. These guys are “disciples” of Billy Beane, who is portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie “Moneyball”. Soccernomics documents how only recently the football world has embraced statistical analysis.
Here I am in a lousy mood, sitting in a ratty economy class seat soaring over the Canadian prairies, sipping on a warm Coke, refusing to pay extra for a stale airline sandwich and my mind is thinking “que ya no rompan los huevos hablando del proceso de Tabarez”. I read the article recently referred to by Yorugua and finally found someone other than this blog that is not happy […]