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Tuesday 27 May 2014

Around the World: Uruguay and the Barclays Premier League

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup a look at the Uruguayan influence on the Barclays Premier League

  • Liverpool's Luis Suarez is Uruguay's top scorer in the BPL with 69 goals

  • Diego Forlan was the most high-profile Uruguayan in the BPL when he joined Manchester United

  • Gus Poyet is the first man from Uruguay to manage in the Barclays Premier League

  • Southampton's Gaston Ramirez is one of four BPL players in the provisional Uruguay squad

Ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, which starts on 12 June, looks at the 31 nations outside of England who are competing in Brazil and their influence on the Barclays Premier League.

Uruguay are returning to Brazil, the scene of the second of their FIFA World Cup victories, where in 1950 they stunned the host nation to lift the Jules Rimet trophy. They won the first FIFA World Cup which they hosted in 1930.

They have appeared in 11 finals in total, and since 1950 have reached the semi-finals twice, in 1970 and 2010.

In the provisional Uruguay squad named by coach Oscar Tabarez there are four players registered with a Barclays Premier League club: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates, who has been on loan back in his homeland with Nacional, Gaston Ramirez, of Southampton, and West Bromwich Albion defender Diego Lugano, who will be leaving the Baggies in the summer.

There have been 14 Uruguayans to have played in the Barclays Premier League, racking up 524 appearances in total. The first was Adrian Paz, for Ipswich Town against Manchester United on 24 September 1994, the second season of the competition. A month later, the forward scored his first goal, against Ipswich.

That was Paz’s only goal in the competition and of the total of 151 goals by Uruguayans, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez leads the pack with 69 from 110 appearances. Suarez trails Gustavo Poyet in terms of appearances, the former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder playing 187 times in total.

Poyet is also the only Uruguayan to have managed in the competition, taking over at Sunderland last season and steering them to safety despite being bottom of the table at Christmas.


Uruguayans in Barclays Premier League
Total players in BPL history 14
Total BPL appearances 524
Total BPL goals 151
Total BPL managers 1
Total BPL matches managed 31

First Uruguayan to play in the Barclays Premier League
Adrian Paz
- Ipswich Town (v Manchester United, 24 September, 1994)

Top 10 BPL appearances by Uruguayans
Gustavo Poyet
Luis Suarez
Diego Forlan
Gaston Ramirez 44
Walter Pandiani 31
Gonzalo Sorondo 28
Adrian Paz 17
Dario Silva 13
Sebastian Coates 12
Diego Lugano 9

First Uruguayan to score in the Barclays Premier League
Adrian Paz
- Ipswich (v Liverpool, 29 October, 1994)

Uruguayan goalscorers in BPL
Luis Suarez
Gustavo Poyet
Diego Forlan
Gaston Ramirez 6
Walter Pandiani 6
Dario Silva 2
Adrian Paz 1
Sebastian Coates 1
Williams Martinez 1

Uruguay's provisional 2014 World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco Da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Martin Caceres (Juventus/Italy), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Sebastian Coates (Nacional, on loan from Liverpool).

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Walter Gargano (Parma), Diego Perez (Bologna), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeiras), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alejandro Silva (Lanus), Alvaro Pereira (San Paolo), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo).

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), Abel Hernandez (Palermo).

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Key Points

  • Ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup we look at the influence of players from 31 participating nations outside England on the BPL
  • We look at players from Uruguay in the Barclays Premier League
  • Gus Poyet has made the most BPL appearances among Uruguayans but Luis Suarez is their top scorer