Striker Diego Forlan will be a key player for Uruguay at the World Cup [GALLO/GETTY]

One of the storied names in football, Uruguay won the first World Cup in 1930 by beating Argentina – and repeated the feat against Brazil 20 years later.

Few give Oscar Tabarez's troops a chance of repeating that feat, but Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan is sure to give opposition defences a headache.

Ranked 16th in the world ahead of the likes of Cote d'Ivoire, Australia and Africa Cup of Nations finalists Ghana, the inaugural world champions could prove to be dark horses this summer.


Fernando Muslera (Lazio), Juan Castillo (Deportivo Cali), Martin Silva (Defensor Sporting).

Group A fixtures

Friday June 11

 South Africa v Mexico  
 Uruguay v France 

Wednesday June 16

South Africa v Uruguay 

Thursday June 17

France v Mexico 

Tuesday June 22

Mexico v Uruguay  
 France v South Africa


Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce), Diego Godin (Villarreal), Andres Scotti (Colo Colo), Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica).


Sebastian Eguren (AIK Stockholm), Alvaro Pereira (Porto), Walter Gargano (Napoli), Diego Perez (AS Monaco), Alvaro Fernandez (Universidad de Chile), Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Penarol), Ignacio Gonzalez (Levadiakos).


Luis Suarez (Ajax), Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Abreu (Botafogo), Edinson Cavani (Palermo), Sebastian Fernandez (Banfield).

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies