Last World Cup for Suárez and Cavani
With many former stars around Luis Suárez (35) and Edinson Cavani (35), the Uruguay national team travels to Qatar for the World Cup. Coach Diego Alonso named his 26-man squad with many veterans on Thursday (local time) – six of them are 35 or older.
Among others, Diego Godín (36/Vélez Sarsfield), Martín Cáceres (35/LA Galaxy) and Fernando Muslera (36/Galatasary Istanbul) received tickets for the World Cup. For Club Nacional’s Suárez and FC Valencia’s Cavani, this should be the last World Cup for them. However, the Albiceleste don’t have the oldest squad as Brazil, Belgium and Japan also have an average age of 27.8.
Uruguay’s most valuable player is Real Madrid attacking all-rounder Federico Valverde (24), who managed to cross the €100m mark after the latest La Liga market value update. They are followed by Darwin Núñez (23, Liverpool), the current injured Ronald Araújo (23, Barça), who hopes to recover during the World Cup, José María Giménez (27, Atlético) and Rodrigo Bentancur (25) , Tottenham), the €310m manager of the second most valuable team in Group H with €452m.The first betting matchday kicks off with the opener between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday, November 20 (5:00 p.m.). Click here for the TM betting round!
Uruguay will face Portugal, Ghana and South Korea in the group stage. This is Ghana’s first meeting since the legendary 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, when Suárez was sent off for a last-minute handball down the line. Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty – Ghana lost the ensuing penalty shootout and were eliminated.
Suárez and part of the squad began training for the World Cup earlier this week. The units were led by Gabriel Raimondi and Darío Rodríguez as Alonso was in Europe.
Los 26 selected for a Uruguayan defender in the Copa del Mundo.
— Uruguaya Selection (@Uruguay) November 10, 2022
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