12th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 5
Best result: 1
Uruguay were rudderless after Edinson Cavani's early departure in Dublin, where they slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Republic of Ireland.
The forward appears to have ended a prolific campaign on a low note after he limped out of his country's against Ireland
The Republic of Ireland secured a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Uruguay in a friendly match, with Jonathan Walters, Cyrus Christie and James McClean all finding the target in Dublin.Ireland had taken a 28th-minute lead through Walters’s sumptuous effort and, although José Giménez levelled before the break, Christie’s strike and a well-executed third from the substitute McClean rounded off a good evening for the manager, Martin O’Neill. Related: Michael Carrick thanks fans in emotional Old Trafford testimonial Continue reading...
Paolo Guerrero and Edison Flores were on target as Peru upstaged Uruguay in Lima.
Luis Suárez arrived in the Dutch city of Groningen in 2006 as an overweight teenager. He left for Ajax a year later with the habits that would make him a starBy Glenn Billingham for These Football Times, of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe humble umbrella has proven itself more foe than friend to football managers. The game’s umbrella-related history is short and sour, with Steve McClaren, who stood isolated and forlorn under an official FA golf umbrella, and the likeable Dutch coach Ron Jans, providing notable episodes.In September 2006, Jans’ team, FC Groningen, were trailing Partizan Belgrade 4-2 after their Uefa Cup first round first leg. Throughout the return leg, showers lashed rain upon the compact Euroborg Stadion. The persistently chipper manager stood defiantly under a modest green umbrella. On the field, a 19-year-old with slick black hair was proving Jans’ biggest gamble, and Partizan’s biggest thorn. Related: Why Chinese clubs are breaking transfer records – and why players are wise to go Continue reading...