Farewell UruguayJuly 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Posted in World Cup Memories | Leave a comment
One of the joys of watching the World Cup is watching heroic minnows make their way deep into the tournament. While it is rather hard to characterize a nation which has won the World Cup twice as a minnow, Uruguay has not appeared in a semi-final since 1970. Indeed, Uruguay was, back in the 1930’s indisputably the best football team in the World, having won the Olympic Gold in 1924 and 1928, and the first world cup in 1930. A small nation of 3 Million or so people, Uruguay has certainly punched well above its weight in this year’s South African World Cup. Their run reminds me of Cameroon’s run in Italia 90 in its heroism.
I thought they would go down easy against Holland today, but no such thing occurred. They went down 3-2 fighting like lions and died a noble death in the tournament.
Diego Forlan’s play was fantastic, and his performance must go down in the history of the World Cup as one of the great performances in a World Cup by an individual player. He led his team superbly and scored some wonderful goals.
Poor Uruguay will rue its suspensions and injuries. Who knows, had they their full team out they might be playing in the final on Sunday!