There’s a great line in the movie “Contagion” where someone, I forget who, says “Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation.” Something which we can also apply to comments but there are certain comments that stay with you. And there was one comment said here on this Blog a while back, I forget who said it (geez what’s going on with my memory?) but anyway someone once said that Diego Forlán will be our Roger Milla in the 2014 World Cup. Hmmm…

Its an interesting comment, regardless of who said it. Milla who scored 4 goals in the 1990 World Cup, did so at the ripe old age of 38 – Forlán will be 35 assuming he is selected for to play for Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup. So the idea is that Forlán, 3 years younger than Milla was in 1990, will have a special World Cup in 2014 – and why shouldn’t he? This is a player who twice led La Liga in scoring, this is a player who played in the Brasileirão and whose been an intricate part of the Sky-Blue since 2002.

Roger Milla (left) parties at the 1990 World Cup. Diego Forlán (right) gets ready for the 2014 World Cup.

Age is only a number: a 38 year-old Roger Milla (left) parties at the 1990 World Cup. A 35 year-old Diego Forlán (right) gets ready for the 2014 World Cup.

And then there’s a lot of things when it comes to Blondie that many people take for granted, many historical moments – he scored on his debut with the Sky-Blue jersey, scored in his first World Cup appearance (45 minutes against Senegal) and went on to score 5 goals in his first complete World Cup (2010) – besides the Golden Ball trophy he bagged for his World Cup performance, he went on to become Uruguay’s all-time most capped player and was the first to break Hector Scarone’s 80 year old most goals scored for Uruguay (a record now held by Luis Suárez). Forlán for the longest time was a special player, the records he went on to achieve with Uruguay were well deserved and should be applauded.

The Forlán most of us remember however is not so much the Diego Forlán who put the team on his back and almost willed us to a World Cup final, that talismanic Forlán has been replaced by an aging player – slower, stubborn… not quite the electrifying player most of us discovered in the 2002 World Cup.

Down 3 goals to Senegal in the 2002 World Cup, who in their right mind would turn to a youth player to reverse the tide? But that’s exactly what occurred. In came Forlán in the 2nd half and brought a whole different dynamic to the game. Suddenly a win was possible. Say what you want about Victor Púa, but it was a different era back then, everyone got a chance to play, of course that being said, everyone got to come back home early as well. But there was hope. Hope that youth players could contribute. Something Forlán did thanks to Púa, a dozen years back.

Not quite the sentiment nowadays, under Oscar Tabárez, the youth option is an evil word. Forlán will probably be taken but at what cost? And to preserve what exactly? A memory? A legacy? This is a different era. If there are youth players who could contribute on this World Cup squad – especially the number of players that can be plucked out of the Under-20 Side – none will get the chance that Forlán got in 2002, that much is clear.

Lets assume of course that there is a chance, that Uruguay’s upcoming friendly matches will feature maybe one or two players (besides Gimenez) from the Under-20 side that reached the Under-20 World Cup Final? Unless Tabárez is playing his cards close to his chest, it’s highly unlikely he’ll cap a player like Nicolás López, De Arrascaeta, Laxalt or Diego Rolán. Two games, especially against Slovenia and Northern Ireland won’t tell Tabárez much unless he’s grading on a scale.

Now lets consider another opinion, is capping Forlán the worst thing out there? No, certainly not. If Forlán is inheriting El Loco Abreu’s elder statesman role, OK, I guess we can all live with that call-up. But what if, what if a catastrophe occurs? What if we lose Suárez or Cavani, or maybe both, is this our Plan B? Diego Forlán? And can we live with that?

Well this is where we have to consider some other variables: this will be Forlán’s third World Cup, had Uruguay qualified to the 2006 World Cup, this would have been his fourth World Cup! And then we have to consider all those accolades that are associated with the global Forlán brand. Uruguay never had a player like Forlán, Cameroon did, they had Milla; he set the bar pretty high, in Cameroon at least. In Uruguay, taking Forlán is a double-edged sword. You take him, you know he has the talent but does he have the goods anymore? Good question… Does he?

Forlán can be our Roger Milla, no question about it but he can also be our albatross, does this Uruguay side even need an elder statesman striker anymore? Tabárez has always found room for at least one fogey on his World Cup rosters, in fact all of his World Cup squads have had at least one: Alzamendi in 1990; Abreu in 2010. But in 2014 is that idea even practical? The basic idea of “El Equipo de Memoria” is that the players who took part in the 2010 World Cup will have had the experience of 2010 on which to recall on, in other words the foundation has been set. Does Cavani need a referential point at this moment in his career? Does Suárez? I doubt it. Forlán represents a nice idea, perhaps a romantic one and in a perfect world he should be rewarded for the time he’s put in for Uruguay but think about this… in 2014 a younger Forlán wouldn’t even make this team because an older player already took his spot, even though that old player is named Diego Forlán.

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fafa
Member

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE AUF?!?!
WHAT IS THIS NEWS THAT URUGUAY MIGHT BE HELD BACK FROM GOING TO BRASIL?!

Dutchfan
Member
NicoGF
Admin

fifa may prevent a second maracanazo. it would be unfair after all we went through to qualify in good law: http://www.ovaciondigital.com.uy/futbol/fifa-dejar-uruguay-mundial.html

very very hot news, and bauza gave up his charge in la auf.
maybe it is a new beginning for the uruguayan league?

Cese
Member

Once again in reality it doesn’t matter if Forlán plays. Our problem is the midfield. That is why Cavani’s and Suarez’s success does not mirror their success in Europe. If the ball can’t get to our forwards it does not matter if Jesus God’s son was the forward. Unless he’d use his powers to levitate the ball and pass it to himself. Forlán has a very high football IQ having him wouldn’t hurt us, or help us dramatically. Has anyone seen the news posted on http://www.laseleccion.com.uy? Wondering if it’s true.

NicoGF
Admin

yeah its truth. i dont think it will leave us out of the world cup, but fifa is thinking about it, maybe we receive another kind of punishment. they also thought about leaving russia out remember? it does not have sense to eliminate a country that deservedly qualified due to a political issue.

Cese
Member
No Ia encontré un día buscando la celeste blog @yorugua. I think FIFA has too much power for there own good. Football and politics don’t mix like god and politics. Let politicians be politicians, and let mafia be mafia(FIFA). Football is football. FIFA should get involved investigating there refs. It was an embarrassment of a game 2010 vs Holland still can’t get over that years reffing. But hey they’re FIFA specially the ghost foul vs Ghana. Either let’s go hopefully everybody in Uruguay Mujica and Bauza are on the same page and cover their tracks seems we are here to… Read more »
Farerets
Member

If anyone forgot, Roger Milla, at the age of 42, was also called up for 1994 World Cup in the States – and he even scored a goal, as Cameroon was went out on the group stage with goal difference 3-11!

And Forlán, at the time of 2018 World Cup in Russia, will not even be 40 – and if I understand his intentions correct, he plans to keep on playing until 40 at least! 🙂

Chinatown Kid
Member

I suspect you not only want Forlan to play in this World Cup but would also want him on the 2018 World Cup roster…

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 😉

NicoGF
Admin

tabarez callup: he believes he will defeat england with this team:

3 muslera, martin silva, muñoz
7 caceres, mono, godin, fucile, lugano, gimenez, alejandro silva
8 arevalo, gargano, ruso, tata, lodeiro, ramirez, palito, cebolla
5 suarez, cavani, forlan, abel, stuani

my call-ups:
3 muslera, martin silva, sosa
7 caceres, mono, godin, fucile, lugano, gimenez, alejandro silva
8 arevalo, gargano, tata, nacho gonzalez, ramirez, de arrascaeta, cebolla, lodeiro
5 suarez, cavani, stuani, forlan, jona rodriguez

_______suarez____cavani
_________de arrascaeta
cebolla
__________________ramirez
_________arevalo
caceres_________________mono
________godin_gimenez
____________muslera

ramirez, nacho or cabecita for the second half

Chinatown Kid
Member

Hate to disappoint you, but after that punch he threw in the Summer Clasico, your friend ruled himself out of el Maestro’s good graces.

And your call ups would include Tata? Are you serious? You telling me if you had a chance to assemble a roster you would flex your newfound duties and responsibilities and select Tata?

Bats

NicoGF
Admin

just as a back-up midfielder maybe, i already have a lot of attack. but i can live without tata yeah 😀 anyway maybe fifa will rule us out of the world cup, bauza is already fired or forced to quit.

AussieCeleste
Member
I’ve written before about 3-4-1-2. It all stems from the Copa America penalty shootout win against Argentina. If you remember, even though Ruso Perez got himself sent off the team still caused endless problems to Argentina because Suarez and Forlan were a constant thorn in their side. A more typical counter-attacking model nowadays is 3-4-3 (defending as 3-6-1) but that requires pacy wingers, which Uruguay just hasnb’t got. So instead the model will probably be 3-4-1-2, with Cebolla as the attacking midfielder. But that’s not my preference. My preference is for De Arrascaeta as the attacking midfielder, or Gaston Ramirez… Read more »
Chinatown Kid
Member

More than likely, the player he’ll plug in as the “pseudo–enganche” will be Lodeiro. Cebolla has been reborn as a midfield holder – but he could certainly handle the little playmaking duties an enganche has on a OWT coached side.

De Arrascaeta is interesting, still, I can’t for the life of me see OWT selecting him. Sadly I think we all kinda know that OWT has his team already set.

AussieCeleste
Member
Maldoror55, Isn’t it too late for Damian Suarez? Firstly, do Maxi Pereira and Alejandro Silva deserve to be dropped from the World Cup 23? Secondly, isn’t the only upside of Tabarez’ steady squad selections the fact that the team is almost like a club side in that they have played togather for years and years? Whether there is a Fucile problem is a different question, because for La Celeste he seems only to play at left-back, where the only alternatives are Palito and Caceres. And I think Caceres is needed more as Godin’s central defensive partner. My personal opinion is… Read more »
Maldoror55
Member
Aussie! There you again like a devils advocate.Trying ti impose to Damian Suarez that he could play only on right back position,while he is just like Caceres,and at the moment even better than him,able to play on both flanks.No is never late for him.It is too early for Fucile,since he is practically nowhere. And what about Mono?Is he permanently settled in one mediocree team like Benfica,better than someone who plays succesfully in La Liga? Silva on back position is also very,very undermining and limiting the quality of this very skillfull player.I would rather put Damian Suarez on left,and Caceres with… Read more »
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