Uruguay Lights Up the World Cup

July 3, 2010 at 4:19 am | Posted in World Cup 2010, World Cup Memories | Leave a comment

What a stunning match!   Surely today’s Ghana-Uruguay quarter final must go down as one of the most thrilling and dramatic in football history.   Uruguay prevailed on penalties after Ghana failed to pot a penalty kick with literally the last kick of extra time.

Outside of football, Uruguay is a quiet little place which is seldom heard from for other reasons. I am thrilled that Uruguay has made the semi-final of the World Cup for the first time since 1970, when they lost 2-1 to Brazil.   Uruguay has such a great history in the game, and what an accomplishment for this small nation of 3 Million or so.  Uruguay won the Olympic gold in 1924 and 1928 and the first World Cup in 1930, which it hosted.   Uruguay stunned host Brazil by taking the World Cup again in 1950.   After the 1970 tournament, Uruguay went into steep decline and it looked as though they would never be heard from again.   They are back with a vengeance.

It is a beauty to behold their fine skills and toughness.  Funny that the team is led by a brilliant little blonde fellow, Diego Forlan, who looks more like a fashion model than a footballer.

While they surely must fall in the semi-final due to cards and injuries, it is very satisfying to be able to see them play in the semi-final.   I wish them all the best of luck going forward.

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