Category Archives: Uruguay

From Brooklyn to Omaha to Johannesburg: Reflecting on Heartbreak and Missed Opportunities

My heart broke in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve dreamed of going to the Final Four for as long as I can remember. As all kids do, I dreamed of being the star player. I imagined leading my team through the tournament and hitting the buzzer-beating shot in the national championship game. I visualized confetti streaming down… Read More »

Book Review: “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” by Joshua Nadel

To think of football as just as a game is to ignore not only its relationship to national identities, but also its instrumental role in forging these identities. In his book Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America, Joshua Nadel sheds valuable light on this role by examining the impact of football in Argentina, Honduras,… Read More »

Se muere Eduardo Galeano

El 13 de abril del 2015, falleció el autor uruguayo Eduardo Galeano. Galeano era reconocido mundialmente por sus opiniones políticas izquierdistas y por su periodismo. Escribió varios libros como Las venas abiertas de América Latina y Patas Arriba. Una de sus obras más famosas fue El futbol a sol y sombra que hablaba de la… Read More »

José Manuel Moreno: A Different Type of Player

I was reading through the book Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeno and one of the passages from a particular section stuck me. At the end of the section entitled Moreno Galeno writes: “In 1961 after retiring, he became coach of Medellín in Colombia. Medellín was losing a match against Boca Juniors from… Read More »

Revolution’s Diego Fagundez Cap-Tied to Uruguay, Ineligible to Play for USMNT

  This past Thursday, New England Revolution youngster Diego Fagundez started for Uruguay in the South American Under 20 Championship, which, under current FIFA rules, will permanently exclude him from suiting up for the United States Men’s National Team in the future [1]. Many fans of the USMNT were hoping that the 19 year old… Read More »

Uruguay: World Champions

The Uruguay national football team has undoubtedly had a rough year.  After a promising start to qualifying for the next World Cup, a run of negative results put the team’s chances in jeopardy.  Uruguay ultimately advanced to a two-game playoff against Jordan for a spot in Brazil in 2014.  Their 5th place finish in CONMEBOL… Read More »

L’impulsion de Luis Suarez

On écoute souvent des footballeurs qui sont suspendus pour avoir enfreindre un règlement. Après ce type de transgression, il y a des suspensions et des sanctions que suivre. Quelques footballeurs qui ont été réprimandé incluent Ashley Cole et John Terry. Mais récemment Luis Suarez a été à la front ligne de ce type de scandale.… Read More »

World Cup Waterloos

I’ve just returned from several days in Cape Town, where I saw the Uruguay-Netherlands game and once again learned the limited power of football to offer up moral clarity. After the Ghana match, I was sure I’d be able to take out all my rage and spleen at the Uruguayans in the next game, savoring… Read More »

Black Star Tragedy

Football, we learned last night during the Ghana-Uruguay game, is the most effective tool for mass torture every devised by the human race. A vast majority of the over eighty thousands fans in the stadium, and millions of viewers throughout the world, were left speechless and unwound by what we saw unfold. For me, it… Read More »