The making of Luis Suárez: a year in Groningen

As featured on Guardian Sport Despite its very obvious and pragmatic function, the humble umbrella has proven itself more foe than friend to football managers. The modern game’s umbrella-related history is short and sour. Wembley’s Steve McClaren, isolated and forlorn under the chasm of an official Football Association golf umbrella, and the likeable Dutchman Ron…

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A Tale of One City: Montevideo

This feature is part of a Tale of One City Flanked by the powerhouses of Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has always shared their passion for football, but has not garnered as much recognition as perhaps it deserves. The first World Cup was won by Uruguay, in 1930, but in the ensuing 85 years, its South American…

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The unforgiving rise of José María Giménez

FRIDAY JULY 12, 2013 – Istanbul, Turkey: José María Giménez was 24 hours away from the biggest game of his life to date – the under-20 World Cup final. After a host of spirited showings throughout the group stage, and then the knockout stages, Uruguay had manifested themselves a date with destiny. But although the game…

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Óscar Tabárez: a timeless visionary

Óscar Tabárez is kicking time in the teeth. He’s spitting in its eye, elbowing it in the stomach and telling it to go to hell. At an age where no one would blame him for hanging everything up and walking away, at a time in his life where he has accomplished so much that you wouldn’t…

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The story of the 1930 World Cup

WHEN FIFA WAS FORMED IN 1904 its membership was comprised of only seven teams, all from Europe. Over the next two decades more and more national sides joined FIFA, and the 1924 Olympic football tournament was the first one to involve non-European teams with Uruguay, the United States, Turkey and Egypt all taking part. Uruguay won…

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The pioneers of South American football

Collectively, the three South American footballing giants, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, have been crowned World Champions on nine occasions. Between them they have competed in 11 of the 19 finals played. The inaugural FIFA World Cup finals were hosted by the eventual winners and reigning Olympic champions Uruguay, who were crowned World Champions in 1930 after…

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