On January the 18th, Ecuador will host the next edition of The South American Youth Football Championship. We know it as the Campeonato Sudamericano Sub-20 and the competition that runs for almost a month every other year. Teams in South America field; youth sides comprised of players under the age of 20 fighting for qualification to the Under-20 World Cup and the championship itself.  It’s basically the Copa America for the youth of South America.  Recently the tournament has brought some success for Uruguay not in terms of wins but in terms of qualifying to major youth tournaments such as the U20 World Cup and the Olympic Games back in 2012. So Here is the quick preview during a busy time in January…. to breakdown the tournament quickly and present some recent statistics leading up to the big event. 

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Uruguay’s Under 20 team in 2013 has to be remebered as one of best ever Uruguayan youth sides. Uruguay finshed as the runners up of the 2013 U20 World Cup, with a team featuring players like Gimenez, Gaston Silva, Nico Lopez and Giorgian De Arrascaeta

Uruguay in the Tabarez era (2006-) has had solid showings at these tournaments. Since 2007 Uruguay has finished no lower than third in the tournament. These results have been positive for Uruguayan football seeing our youth teams qualify to five straight U20 World Cups including the runners up position in that fantastic run back in 2013 in Turkey. Notable Players to come out these positive showings have been; Lodeiro, Abel Hernández, Cavani, Suarez, Caceres and Gimenez to name a few. Recently we’ve seen glimpses of hope in some star players such as; De Arrascaeta, Gastón Pereiro, Mauricio Lemos, Erick Cabaco and Franco Acosta who have all moved onto teams in Europe. This year we will be watching once again to catch a glimpse to what the future holds. The tournament kicks off with the hosts Ecuador playing on January 18. Uruguay makes their debut in group B against Venezuela on January 19. Below is the complete breakdown of the groups and schedule.

Two Groups with Five teams each. The best three teams from each group advance to a final round robin to determine the winner and teams that will qualify to the 2017 U20 World Cup in South Korea later this year.


Uruguay in the Sudamericano Sub 20 since 2007 (Source: Wikipedia):



Brazil (Winner) Argentina Uruguay Chile


Brazil (Winner) Paraguay Uruguay Venezuela


Brazil (Winner) Uruguay Argentina Ecuador


Colombia (Winner) Paraguay Uruguay Chile


Argentina (Winner) Colombia Uruguay Brazil


Players to Watch: 

Fabian Coito’s squad is full of some young talents to keep eyes on for the future. However, it’s key to note the exclusion of two fine players. Ramiro Guerra (19) who operates in the central midfield position and Federico Valverde (18) who plays in the number 10 role. Both players have both been denied the right to participate in the tournament by their respective clubs, Villarreal and Real Madrid .

Clicking on the player’s names will lead you to their player profiles on TransfrMarkt
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Former River Plate (U) Striker, Schiappacasse has an eye for goal and will be leading the line in the tournament.

Nicolás Schiappacasse (Atlético De Madrid) -Winger/Striker



Uruguay’s Preparation for the Tournament: 


Since October 2015; Uruguay has played 22 games to prepare for the tournament. All Statistics are from the official website for AUF

PJ (Games Played): 22
PG (Games Won): 10
PE (Games Tied): 6
PP (Games Lost): 6
GF (Goals Scored): 42
GC (Goals Conceded): 31

Top Scorers from Friendly’s and Preparation Games: 

Goleadores/Top Scorers: 
Nicolás Schiappacasse: 9 goles
Rodrigo Amaral: 6 goles
Carlos Benavídez: 4 goles
Federico Valverde: 4 goles
Diego Rossi: 3 goles
Gonzalo Pereira: 3 goles
Matías Viña: 3 goles
Pablo García: 2 goles
Diego Vicente: 2 goles
Joaquín Ardaiz: 2 goles
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You never know who you’ll discover… 2007’s U20 Team gave us Suarez and Cavani…

There you have it, the nice and quick preview for this year’s Sudamericano Sub20…. So let the games begin, as we sit down and once again hopefully enjoy the best these tournaments have to offer. On a final note; La Celeste Blog will present further coverage on Uruguay as the tournament progresses! So let’s wish the youngsters good luck…. Vamos Uruguay!!


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Remember “the pause player” article? Well, we’ve found that striker who can make the pause, run, assist, score, that forward/striker is gold playing up-front everytime he touches the ball he turns water into wine. Amaral, you are welcome to play alongside Suarez and Cavani. Pereiro & De arrascaeta could sit on the bench for their turn, maybe giving a hand in the midfield, so could Nacho do (yes the one from Wanderers). For midfield there is also Porras, Vecino, Guzman, Brugman, Torreira, Cristoforo, the list who can defend and pass goes on and on. As for the laterales: leftback: Espino… Read more »

Haven’t watched one single game and have made ZERO effort to try to watch a game ––– Love being retired!

Hasta La Victoria!


Not 1000% sure but Argie/Uru match will be streamed on TyC Sports international channel at 7:15 tonight… If you have that channel you might be able to watch it in North America…. If not, usual illegal Internet RojaDirecta might be your ticket


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