Uruguay's 1974 World Cup football team held its first practice in Montevideo on Thursday (14 March).
Uruguay's 1974 World Cup football team held its first practice in Montevideo on Thursday (14 March). The team, which includes the nation's top scorer -- Fernando Morena -- is being coached by Roberto Porta.
Uruguay won the first World Cup in 1930 and beat favorites Brazil to win it again in 1950. This year the team has been drawn in Group Three for the West German finals against Holland, Sweden and Bulgaria. The team plays its first game, against Holland on 15 June in Hanover. Its other games are against Bulgaria on 19 June in Hanover and Sweden on 23 June in Dusseldorf.
Sports experts say they will be surprised if Uruguay, with its strong tradition of successes in World Cup tournaments, does not go forward into the next stage - although some of its top players have been away playing for foreign clubs.
SYNOPSIS: Uruguay's 1974 World Cup football team held its first practice in Montevideo, the capital, on Thursday. It's being coached by top trainer Roberto Porta.
Uruguay has been drawn for the finals in West Germany in Group Three against Holland, Sweden and Bulgaria. The team plays its first game -- against Holland -- on June the fifteenth in Hanover.
Top scorer Fernando Morena is in the team.
.....Pedro Alvarez, another top Uruguayan player.
After its game against Holland, Uruguay goes on to meet Bulgaria -- also in Hanover -- on June the Nineteenth, and then travels to Dusseldorf a few miles away for its game against Sweden on the twenty-third.
Uruguay has a strong tradition of success in World Cup tournaments. It won the Cup in the first tournament in 1930, and beat favorites Brazil to win again in 1950 -- but this year preparations suffered because some top players were away with foreign clubs.