The video of Uruguay revealing its squad for the World Cup received more than ten million views despite having a population of just three and a half million. Diego Alonso, Uruguay’s head coach, is seen in the movie holding a map of the nation to highlight how the country’s many regions provide the national squad. Darwin Nunez was born in Artigas, which is a border town with Brazil. Both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez are Salto natives. Each name is revealed by a member of the general public, including bus drivers in Montevideo’s capital city, gauchos on horseback, farmers in the countryside, and fruit vendors. The story of Uruguay as a country is that sense of cohesion fostered by soccer.
Uruguay developed its identity through football as its neighbors expanded and old-world navy ships patrolled La Plata. Its rise during the Civil War was hastened because government-owned publications were unable to cover the revolution. The gap was filled by football. The game flourished, gaining the support of eager amateurs and finally the general public. National pride was fueled by Olympic triumph. That accomplishment would define Uruguay in the past, present, and future thanks to the World Cup victory.
As one of only eight nations to have won the men’s World Cup twice, Uruguay’s standing as a superpower in football is so deeply ingrained in the history of the game that it is simple to overlook how incredible that feat still is. More than 45 million people live in the other seven winning countries. Uruguay will be seen as heavyweights anticipated to advance even if they are only a small portion of the size when they play South Korea, Ghana, and Portugal in Group H. The Uruguay team’s diversity has been a strength from the beginning, much as this most recent film highlights the various religions and cultures that make up the group.
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