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 with Tabarez (although Tenfield was quick to be critical of the political undertones).

I am extremely frustrated of yet another World Cup qualifier which sees us going into the playoff with a team that still has no creative midfield and relies heavily on the genius of one or two players.The papers are full of stories about the successful run of our U17 team and although none of them was discovered or developed by OWT (kudos to the local clubs for that), I keep reading that OWT somehow contributed to their success. At the same time, the U23 which qualified Uruguay for an Olympics after 84 years and OWT personally managed (or mis-managed) at the Olympics, their failure falls squarely on the shoulders of the kids. Never mind the coach allowed them to stand hours during the inauguration ceremonies while other teams were resting, never mind the team looked disorganized and the chemistry was missing. To me, it looks like a personal vendetta. The current NT is full of footballers who as U20s weren’t able to qualify Uruguay for the Olympics, but they are good enough to be part of the NT.



OWT is getting paid the big bucks to “perform”, so let’s look at the facts. Uruguay finished fifth in a Brazil-less Conmebol qualifiers behind Argentina, Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador, qualifying for the playoff against Jordan. Not the direct qualification which was expected after the World Cup result and the Copa America victory. In any other World Cup qualifier with Brazil in the mix, the fifth would probably have been a sixth which would have meant no playoff, no World Cup. Furthermore, if you believe the recent FIFA rumblings about Russia 2018, Conmebol will lose its half berth, which means that potentially Uruguay could be at home watching the World Cup on the TV.

Why so nervous? CONMEBOL may lose that 1/2 spot which enabled Uruguay to qualify for 2 out of 3 World Cups.  Given that the current CONMEBOL president is the Uruguayan, Eugenio Figueredo, will he fight for that half spot?

Why so nervous? CONMEBOL may lose that 1/2 spot which enabled Uruguay to qualify for 2 out of 3 World Cups. Given that the current CONMEBOL president is the Uruguayan, Eugenio Figueredo, will he fight for that half spot?

Now the coaches and players will “round the wagons” and say it does not matter how you get in, which is a smoke-screen. All those years when the best we could do for friendly competition was Algeria or Indonesia, instead of getting to choose our competition during the November FIFA dates, Uruguay is forced to play lowly Jordan in a home-and-away must-win playoff situation. The directly qualified teams like Colombia, for example, will use those dates to experiment and fine tune against tough highly ranked teams. So who will arrive better prepared at the World Cup? Which “process” makes more sense?

So maybe the standings don’t show it but perhaps there was improvement? At 25 points (7W-4D-5L, 25GF/1.56 per game, 25GA/1.56 per game), there was only a one point improvement over the past qualifiers when OWT experimented with Eguren, Fernandez and Amado in the midfield, Carini and Castillo at goalkeeper, Bueno and Abreu at the forward position until he established his equipo de memoria. Last qualifiers, having to play two extra games against Brazil (which Uruguay lost), Uruguay still finished with 24 points (6W-6D-6L, 28GF/1.56 per game, 20GA/1.1 per game). These qualifiers, Uruguay actually had an extra loss against non-Brazil sides.

Cavani, now an undisputed starter in Uruguay's NT.

Cavani, now an undisputed starter in Uruguay’s NT.

On more than one occasion, Uruguay has been saved by Conmebol’s leading scorer Suarez and more, recently, by Cavani. Cavani seems to have finally found his mojo with the national team. Due to another OWT stroke of genius of playing him as a forward! What other coach in his right mind would play one of the world’s premier strikers in the defensive role that Cavani has had to endure? To Cavani’s credit, he has always been a true team player, playing wherever OWT wants to play him and never complaining. Other coaches would never bury their best assets like that, could you imagine Messi or Falcao in a similar role. But even with Suarez and Cavani available, at 25 goals, Uruguay still scored fewer goals than Argentina (35), Chile (29) and Colombia (27). Ecuador lags behind us at 20 and we’re very, very fortunate that Venezuela has absolutely no goal scorers and are the lowest scoring Conmebol side with 14 because a goal here or there could have translated to extra wins or draws for them that could have bumped Uruguay out of fifth place.

A ghost from the past, Fabian Carini – his shoddy work in the 2010 Qualifiers contributed greatly to Uruguay's irregular qualifiers.

A ghost from the past, Fabian Carini – his shoddy work in the 2010 Qualifiers contributed greatly to Uruguay’s irregular qualifiers.

OWT’s supporters will argue that OWT has modelled his team on the “old” Italian approach to football, strong defense and counter-attack. They will argue that with the double cinco pit bull midfield, Uruguay plays a more defensive style of football than many of our rivals. But look at the ledger and you find that isn’t so, we have given up more goals at 25 than Colombia (13), Argentina (15), Ecuador (16) and even Venezuela (20)! We are tied with a Chilean side that continues with the ultra-offensive 3-4-3 that Bielsa incorporated years ago which is supposed to be a defensive liability and we are only one better than Markarian’s Peru (26). We gave up 5 more goals that the previous qualifiers despite playing two games less against Brazil! That’s difficult to understand considering that in past qualifiers, we had to endure some terrible performances from Carini and Castillo.

So, the results have been mediocre, not unlike previous coaches, who had to deal with meddling teams and agents, player disharmony, drunken players, etc, etc. Looking at the past and present WCQ,
– 2014 WCQ: 25 points (7W-4D-5L, 25GF, 25GA)
– 2010 WCQ: 24 points (6W-6D-6L, 28GF, 20GA)
– 2006 WCQ: 25 points (6W-7D-5L, 23GF, 28GA)
– 2002 WCQ: 27 points (7W-6D-5L, 19GF, 13GA)
– 1998 WCQ: 21 points (6W-3D-7L, 18GF, 21GA)
– 1994 WCQ: 10 points (4W-2D-2L, 7GF, 3GA)* – teams were split into 2 groups, wins were 2 pts.
– 1990 WCQ: 6 points (3W-0D-1L, 7GF, 2GA)* – teams were split into 3 groups and Uruguay was grouped with Peru and Bolivia.
– 1986 WCQ: 6 points (3W-0D-1L, 6GF, 4GA)* – teams were split into 3 groups and Uruguay was grouped with Chile and Ecuador.
It looks like we are stuck in a plateau; we need change to break through to the next level.

Yet, OWT has tremendous support from the AUF and the 3 million coaching collective known as Uruguay. Maybe, just maybe I just don’t get it. I mean, it’s not like I can buy the “Dummies Guide to OWT Football” and find a chapter on the subject. On the internet, I was able to find a presentation prepared by OWT after the success of the 2010 World Cup where he reviewed the progress of his Masterplan for the Uruguayan national team. You can find the complete slideshow under this link: “Intitucionalización de los Procesos de las Selecciones Nacionales y de la Formación de sus Futbolistas. Versión actualized para el período 2010 – 2014.” To be honest, it’s not exactly mind-blowing stuff.

I know… I supported OWT whole-heartedly after the 2010 World Cup. I knew what he had to endure during those qualifiers. OWT re-juvenated the NT, with the addition of key players like Caceres, Suarez, Cavani and Rodriguez. And he had to qualify because of the huge amount of bonus money available. So he went through his revolving door of players and tried almost every formation, 3-5-2, 4-2-2-2, 4-4-2 diamond, 3-4-3. And the NT qualified. But these three years since the Copa America were supposed to be about entrenching a formula for future success, including continuing to re-juvenate the NT by gradually incorporating the young players whenever the opportunity arose. And in my opinion when Uruguay went through 2012 looking like it wouldn’t qualify, he had ample justification to experiment. He just does not “walk the talk” anymore. He preaches a playing style with short passes with the ball on the ground, but he contradicts himself by continuing to employ pit bull midfielders like Perez, Gonzalez and super-sub Eguren, midfielders with poor passing ability and whose inability to find open spaces forces the defense to play long bombs to the forwards. He talks about slowly incorporating the younger players but even after 3 years, “veterans” to the process like Lodeiro and Ramirez are lucky to be starters and Hernandez has completely been forgotten. OWT is being congratulated for his insertion of Stuani and Gimenez. Gimenez played a great game as centre back against Colombia but he was a “last minute” gamble by OWT. Why do I say that, because Gimenez didn’t met OWT’s self-imposed requirement of playing in Europe (or any other league except the local league) when he was called up, he had just recently signed with Atletico Madrid. And Stuani who has performed well is another player being asked to play out of position. I still believe Castro would be better in that role but kudos to Stuani.

El Chori Castro, one of OWT's notable exclusions.

El Chori Castro, one of OWT’s notable exclusions.

I have been reading Tenfield’s interviews with all the coaches in Primera Division. The coaches were asked who they emulated or who had the greatest influence on them; only one mentioned OWT! Tenfield also asked if there was a “escuela del futbol Uruguayo”; most coaches made reference to the “garra” or never die attitude, but with few exceptions, were not able to answer the question. Some clubs have their own historical styles like Danubio or Defensor who emphasize possession and are true to them. Other clubs have recently hired coaches that were groomed by Defensor and Danubio and so have tried to import their style. Most coaches agreed that ball possession is important, you expend less energy trying to recuperate the ball and you will likely have more scoring opportunities. Not only is the NT’s style of tough defense and opportunistic forwards not very eye-pleasing, at times, it can be very ineffective. And it can’t be a long-term plan to have to rely on being to consistently produce strikers of Suarez and Cavani’s calibre. Aragones was able to re-invent the Spanish team’s style; Low did the same thing for the German team, Prandelli for Italy and to a lesser extent, Pekerman with Colombia. That is what great coaches do!

Are we resigned to being fifth or sixth best in Conmebol, behind Chile, Ecuador and Colombia, with the quality of players we have?

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63 Responses so far.

  1. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    No Yorugua! No nazis,no commies!

    Magnetoscope means,you reproduce on TV what you have recorded with TV camera.At that time when there was no video camera,and video tapes.Means you dont watch the direct broadcast,but recorded reproduction.TV called it magnetoscopic recording.It is similar as you listen music and speech on magnetophon,at that time,and afterwards in 70’s,you have got audio tapes.
    You know TV had its own evolution,and today’s equipements have got their diluvial ancestors.

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    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      M55 –– HaHa fantastic answer.

      I do not know the history of video tape or early television reproduction systems. Thank you for sharing this short synopsis of what it is with Ze Blog… must’ve been tough watching a game with this contraption tho… looks like something straight out of Jules Verne 😉


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  2. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    ” but also because after 1950 we failed to qualify to the other two WC’s held on our continent (Chile and Argentina).”

    Jesus,so many people today who are rewriting the history.We are really living in a time of “free historical revisionism,whoever one wants and however one needs to”.
    Where did you get this information that Uruguay has “failed to qualify “to Chile (1962.).?
    I was 7 years old kid than and remember how we (Yugoslavia) have beaten Celeste in a group; 3:1.At that time there was no direct TV broadcasting,but we have watched magnetoscoped tape on national TV, next day.The group was USSR,Yugoslavia,Uruguay,Colombia.And USSR and Yugoslavia proceeded in 4th final.
    But Uruguay was there.With only one win against Colombia,it was not able to pass out of group,and went home.
    But also Italy,went home,Spain went home,Argentina,Colombia,Mexico went home.

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    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      @Maldoror55 – I’m a product of th 80’s so when I read this, I had to stop and say WTF is he talking about…”magnetoscoped tape” What is that? LOL … Is that anything like the special typewriters the Nazis used during the war, typewriters that printed oversized letters for Hitler to read?

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  3. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    “You forgot to include U.A.E., in the London games… lets be fair – that was a tough opponent as well.;)”

    In fact it was much tougher,and played much better than Jordan.I remember that Omar Abdulrahman.Great talent.And I remember Ramirez goal from the free kick.But it was Olimpic team against Olimpic team.
    Lodeiro never played against Messi,Iniesta,Xhavi,Fabregas,Dani Alves together.Cristoforo did it.Lodeiro never played against Milan.Laxalt did it,and scored 2 goals to them.
    Lodeiro’s peak in Europe was when he scored a goal for Ajax against Dinamo Zagreb.

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  4. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    Jordan looked even worse than Faroe islands !It is as if we played against Cuba or Haiti.Even Trinidad and Tobago would do better.I didnt expect that we would have so easy job.Pls nobody coming out with the complain how we again suffer.It was just a bit intensive practice match.That’s why we should have a B team.That is a chance for el viejo, to call-up in Montevideo and test young players.Mexico played against New Zealand with players I never heard of before.No Chicharito,no Giovani Dos Santos,no Guardado,no Chaco Gimenez.And they won 5:1.It seems next year will compete 10 American teams.

    And now Lodeiro will be in,for the rest of his life.What a great player!What an inspiring matches for him to show his quality!First he scored against Estonia,now against Jordan!Que jugadorazo!

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    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      Very sarcastic 😉

      “now Lodeiro will be in,for the rest of his life.What a great player!What an inspiring matches for him to show his quality!First he scored against Estonia,now against Jordan!Que jugadorazo!”

      You forgot to include U.A.E., in the London games… lets be fair – that was a tough opponent as well.;)

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  5. Yorugua Yorugua says:

    Que dijo?

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  6. fafa fafa5 says:


    Thanks for the app with the match info friends. the stream was clear throughout the match

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    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      YES my friend… ONE WORLD SPORTS rules!!!!! I saw the entire match on my phone, clear as day… no freezes and no pop-up ads for Chinese Mail-Order Brides.

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  7. Farerets Farerets says:

    No, Jordan wasn’t Tahiti… it was just Jordan 🙂

    Brazil here we come!!!

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    • plaga9celeste plaga9celeste says:

      “una murga..”
      someone help with a good translation.. a pantomime maybe? (closest thing i can think of)
      hang in there jordan you can still do it by scoring what..? six in montevideo..?

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  8. yayob91 says:

    Does anyone know where I can re watch the game online?

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  9. Celeste24283050 Celeste24283050 says:

    hello brazil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. fafa fafa5 says:

    tin marin de 2 pinguin
    esta historia
    llego a su fin

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  11. NicoGF NicoGF says:

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  12. NicoGF NicoGF says:

    Lugano: “A Hassan Adbel Fattah hay que marcarlo como a Messi”. okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

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  13. Easterner Easterner says:

    Wow, its seems everyone got vaccinated with a dose of “reality” ;)IMO the real “change” to the “old ways” that OTW’s process and Bauza brought forth to the AUF is “CONTINUITY”. I’ve read many complaints on Bauza but if he is a real step in the right direction from “old guard” Figueredo. When we analyze Bauza’s tenure at the head of the AUF we have to separate the local league from the NT. He has very little control over league matters, this is basically run by “la asamblea de clubes” first division teams and second division. Its the interests of Peñarol, Nacional, pro casal minions, against anti casal idealists all mixed in fighting over crumbs the quasi amateur league produces. Its actually sad to see what has become of a league that not only produced top flight teams Peñarol and Nacional and great delegates that created the Copa America and Copa Libertadores to what it is now. Instead of “fighting” on the pitch for international trophies and recognition, they fight over who is older, who has a stadium or who will have local hosting right this coming weekend. Bauza’s greatest achievement comes with the NT, convincing the clubs that OTW was the man and that “continuity” was the key for success. What we see going on in Peñarol today was no different than what occurred in the AUF with past presidents and coaches, a myopic mindset were immediate results were more important than any long term goal. Bauza’s didnt have it easy on getting the clubs behind his decision on choosing OTW for the NT. An anti-casal Peñarol figure was a hard sell, but fortunate enough (or not) Markarian and Acosta had personally stepped out of the race leaving OTW as the only qualified candidate.

    And Continuity has paid off. Even if we disagree with OTW’s call ups and playing style at times, how far back must we go to see every Uruguay NT (youth squads) included have success in international tournaments. They (OTW and Bauza) put Uruguay back in the spotlight it should never have abandoned. Qualifying for Brazil is a big matter, not only because “La Celeste’s” moment of greatness occurred their but also because after 1950 we failed to qualify to the other two WC’s held on our continent (Chile and Argentina). As long as the NT’s do well (read: make money) the clubs will support Bauza and OWT or who ever he chooses as a successor. That we will qualify going through another play off will not disrupt this “trust” the clubs have in them, on the contrary just another opportunity to “sell” the NT and make money. Plus lets not forget the Uruguayan idiosyncrasy of “the law of minimum effort” if eight teams qualified directly and the ninth went through a playoff, chances are we would finish ninth! Laziness is in our blood, why do today what can be done tomorrow!

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    • NicoGF NicoGF says:

      I live in Uruguay since the day I was born, and I will have to agree with this: “Plus lets not forget the Uruguayan idiosyncrasy of “the law of minimum effort” if eight teams qualified directly and the ninth went through a playoff, chances are we would finish ninth! Laziness is in our blood, why do today what can be done tomorrow!”

      Mark my words, that is true! (24 years is my age).

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    • Yorugua Yorugua says:

      This is the nervous time my friend. I don’t care who the Repechaje opponent is – after 2006, I don’t take anyone for granted… well maybe Costa Rica 😉

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