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The 27 called up by Pua to start training with the WC in sight

Arqueros: Fabián Carini (Juventus-Italia), Federico Elduayen (Peñarol) y Gustavo Munúa (Nacional).

Defensas: Joe Bizera (Peñarol), Alejandro Lembo (Nacional), Gustavo Méndez (Nacional), Paolo Montero (Juventus-Italia), Darío Rodríguez (Peñarol) y Gonzalo Sorondo (Inter-Italia).

Volantes: Gonzalo De los Santos (Valencia-España), Sebastián Eguren (Wanderers), Daniel Fonseca (Nacional), Pablo García (Venezia-Italia), Gianni Guigou (Roma-Italia), Fabián O'Neill (Perugia-Italia), Nicolás Olivera (Sevilla-España), Ruben Olivera (Danubio), Diego Pérez (Defensor Sporting), Alvaro Recoba (Inter-Italia), Marcelo Romero (Málaga-España) y Gustavo Varela (Nacional).

Delanteros: Sebastián Abreu (Cruz Azul-México), Diego Forlán (Manchester United-Iglaterra), Federico Magallanes (Venezia-Italia), Richard Morales (Nacional), Mario Regueiro (Racing de Santander-España) y Darío Silva (Málaga-España).

My question is what is Fonseca doing in this group????:confused: may as well call Bendoecha and Da Silva while you are at it. If there is a veteran who deserved an opportunity it was Poyet
 

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I dont know what the hell Pua is thinking. Pua said that he has always wanted to give Fonseca chance but he never had the opportunity until now.

He says he wants to use him as "El Enganche" (ofensive midfielder). He said he is the only player that Uruguay have with WC experience, and that nobody can argue his abilities, when he is in form.

This came as a total shock to me. I dont like it one bit. Fonseca has always had a temper problem, and he has not performed extremely well with Nacional either.

If the was shortage of Uruguayin strikers, than maybe he would be worth the risk, but how can u look at that list of strikers, and say that Fonseca dserves to be there more than anyone of them.
Completley ridiculous. Now Pua will truly loose all the respect of his players if Fonseca goes to the WC.

Also u may notice that Washignton Tais was not put on the list meaning he has no chance of going to the WC. He played half the qualifiers, and was always solid in defence. Now he just gets dropped. Disgusting.
 

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I also noticed that Tais was left out. Doesn't make any sense to me either.


I like Fonseca, but including him in the team makes no sense. I saw him play have a match for River and other than a brilliant freekick, his play stunk. He sure doesn't have the game to play offensive mid anymore. If Pua wants experience, he should call up Bengoechea who still contributes. Granted, Fonseca played in 1990 WC, but that means little. Calling up Francescoli for that matter. At least he's a good influence. :rollani:
 

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Fonseca, 32, the only member of the 27-man squad named by coach Victor Pua to have played at the World Cup finals, has recently returned to Montevideo club Nacional after a long spell in the reserves with Italy's Juventus and Argentina's River Plate.

But he has only made a modest return to first team football and public opinion has been strongly opposed to a recall.

In an Internet poll carried out by the Montevideo daily El Observador, 92 percent of the readers who voted were against Fonseca's inclusion. :eek:

Fonseca, a member of the Uruguay squad the last time the twice former champions played at the World Cup in 1990, did not play in any of the qualifying matches for the forthcoming campaign in South Korea and Japan.

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Uruguay to play Singapore in World Cup warm-up

Uruguay to play Singapore in World Cup warm-up
SINGAPORE, May 7 (AFP)
World Cup qualifier Uruguay will play Singapore here in their final warm-up match on May 21, organisers said.
"Uruguay is not coming here to draw or win one-nil, two-nil. It is coming here to win -- and win big," Marcus Luer, chief executive of events promoter Total Sports Asia, told the Straits Times.
"This is a team that has recently challenged the likes of Brazil, Italy and Argentina. And when Uruguay meets Singapore, the result could be pretty ugly," he said.
Uruguay, which won the World Cup in 1930 and 1950, is ranked 20th in the world, while hapless Singapore is ranked 115.
The South Americans last week scrapped a planned pre-tournament friendly against Thailand, citing financial reasons.
Powered by Inter Milan's Alvaro Recoba and Malaga striker Dario Silva, Uruguay are in Group A with defending champions France, Senegal and Denmark.

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As you mentioned,where is Tais???He played many quals and all magazines had him in in the squad of Uruguay.In fact they had Tais in the first eleven of the team.And now,with no excuse he is out!

About Fonseca,the only reason of takeing him is to give his experince to the youth team of Uruguay as most of them are under thirty years old.
 

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Fonse....ca !!!!

Fonseca's pre-World Cup call-up sparks fury in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, May 7 (AFP)
The surprising selection of veteran striker Daniel Fonseca in Uruguay's pre-World Cup training squad provoked a wave of criticism here Tuesday.
Fonseca, a 32-year-old veteran of Uruguay's last World Cup campaign in 1990, was named on Monday in a pool of 27 players from which coach Victor Pua will choose his final 23.
The selection of the former Juventus and Napoli player, who has been kept out of action through injury for long periods during the past three years, has incensed Pua's critics.
Pua defended his choice here Monday and said Fonseca deserved to be given a chance to earn his place. "I have my own opinions about him, and until now my judgement has not been wrong," Pua said.
"He has never let Uruguay down and he deserves to be given a chance."
But several newspapers poured scorn on the choice of Fonseca, saying other younger players were worthy of a place ahead of the former Serie A star.
El Pais newspaper said Fonseca's selection would fuel rumours that Pua had caved in to pressure from the player's agent, Francisco 'Paco' Casal.
"Pua is running the risk of losing all his credibility with the fans and the players," El Pais's football correspondent said.
"If the player is not good enough to play in a World Cup, he will soon be found out - and he should be gotten rid of. If he isn't it will only make people think that Casal is picking the team," he said.
Fonseca was doing his best to ignore the furore on Tuesday. "Pua will look at me and decide if I go to the World Cup," Fonseca said.
"I'm in the squad now and that's all that matters."
Pua will pick his final World Cup squad after the team plays friendlies in a tour of North America.

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Uruguay key player penpics

MONTEVIDEO, May 7 (AFP)
Key players for Group A contenders Uruguay at World Cup:

PAOLO MONTERO
Age: 30
Position: Defender
Club: Juventus
The rock around which coach Victor Pua will seek to build his defence, captain Paolo Montero has been an ever-present for Uruguay for close to a decade.
By far the most experienced member of what will be a young squad, Montero has enjoyed a successful career in Serie A with Juventus although this season he has been hampered by a knee injury.
He returned to form and fitness just in time though however, helping Juve during their successful title run-in.
While Montero has earned a deserved reputation for being something of an uncompromising hardman, he is also skilful on the ball and calm under pressure.
Has excellent distribution with one of the most reliable left feet around, and his timing in the tackle is invariably impeccable, although he frequently falls foul of referees. Son of a former Uruguay international.

DARIO SILVA
Age: 29
Position: Striker
Club: Malaga
Strong on the ball and with pace to burn, Dario Silva is a vital cog in Uruguay coach Victor Pua's World Cup plans.
With Uruguay often keen on playing with only one out-and-out striker, Silva has become a regular fixture in attack thanks to his ability to retain possession and bring others into play.
Though never one to shirk his defensive responsibilites, Silva has scored 12 times for Uruguay in nearly 40 appearances and was his team's top-scorer with six goals in qualifying.
The key issue is whether Silva has truly settled his differences with Pua, after the two men fell out following Uruguay's victory over Australia in the play-offs.
Now plying his trade with unfashionable Malaga in Spain's Primera Liga, Silva moved to Europe after becoming a star at home with Penarol.

ALVARO RECOBA
Age: 26
Position: Midfielder
Club: Inter Milan
If Uruguay manage to improve on their poor recent record at the World Cup and make it beyond the first phase, it is likely that Alvaro Recoba will have something to do with it.
The golden boy of Uruguayan football, Recoba is believed to be the highest paid player in Italy's Serie A, and was a key figure in Inter Milan's heart-breaking title near-miss.
Can play either as a striker or a midfielder, his preferred role is operating as a deep-lying forward, where his exceptional close control and deadly accurate passing can hurt opposition defences.
A dead-ball specialist, Recoba is a lethal marksman from freekicks. Though slight of build, Recoba has proved remarkably resilient this year in one of the world's toughest leagues.
Moved to Inter after two incredible seasons in Uruguay, scoring at a rate of more than a goal a game in nearly 60 matches for Danubio and Nacional.

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If he's just giving Fonseca a chance, then fine. Let him earn it or lose it. If he has given Fonseca a guaranteed spot based on experience he had 12 years ago and is disregarding his currently crappy play, then he's an idiot.
 

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Tais expresses outrage

Washington Tais has expressed his outrage to www.futbol.com.uy

In the article Tais talks about all the times he traveled to South America, & the 2 games vs Australia during the qualfying run.

He continiously put his starting position with Betis at risk for the NT, and now it has abandoned him. He says he wants to no why he was left out, because he cannot think of a good reason. Well I cant think of a good reason either.
 

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Very good point said by Tais.He travlled so many times to South America and now he is out???When Fonseca didn't play neither a match and seems to have a place in the roster.I can't find a reason neither.
 

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Recoba lauds veteran Fonseca

MONTEVIDEO, May 10 (www.DailySoccer.com) -

Uruguayan national coach Victor Pua recently announced his preliminary 27-man squad for the World Cup warm-up friendlies.
Veteran striker Daniel Fonseca got a surprising international call. And his Uruguayan teammate Alvaro Recoba believes that Fonseca can be of much help for the two-time World Cup champions. The Inter midfielder revealed in an interview with El Pais that the atmosphere in the squad is good, and that there is complete understanding between the coach and the players.
Commenting on Fonseca's chances to travel to Japan and South Korea, Recoba said: "His presence is very important for us and we are proud to be near him. He can help us, because he is the only player who has World Cup experience."
"I think he can make his way to the 2002 World Cup. Daniel is the kind of player, who can change the situation on the pitch in just 10 minutes. We can compare him with Ronaldo in Inter, who, though not very fit, is still important for the team," concluded Recoba.


If he's good enough for Chino !!!!! You know the rest .... :happy:
 

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Preview: USA v. Uruguay

05/11/2002.

Uruguay and the United States clash on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. in the first of three quick tune-ups before the World Cup for both sides. Coach Victor Pua named 27 players for matches against team USA, China and Singapore over the next ten days, during which the embattled coach will make evaluations and decisions on how best to pare his side down to the mandatory 23.

In a day where coaches are highly criticized for omitting old stars (e.g. Trapattoni and Baggio, Scolari and Romario), Pua has come under fire for the inclusion of veteran Daniel Fonseca. The unpopular veteran has bounced from Juventus to River Plate and to Nacional since the beginning of the year, seeing scant minutes.

For team USA, the complete side has been named and the only real controversy within the squad is over whom coach Bruce Arena will name as his #1 'keeper. Brad Friedel will get an opportunity to audition for the top goalkeeping spot on the team. Kasey Keller is on club duty with Tottenham, meaning Friedel can expect to go the full 90 for the Americans on Sunday. Keller then will hope to get the call against Jamaica and/or Holland, USA's next two opponents.

Also on display likely will be attacker Clint Mathis, who's club future has been speculated endlessly in American online media ever since his two-goal performance in Rostock. Another good performance from the current NY/NJ MetroStar may have the forward inking a deal with a European club within the next few weeks. But Mathis will be under pressure all afternoon by Pua's able defensive unit, led by captain Paolo Montero.

In midfield, Alvaro Recoba may have the opportunity to run rampant with USA skipper Claudio Reyna absent for club duty. Arena may experiment with a 3-5-2 during part of the match in an attempt to slow down any Uruguayan counter attacks.

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- Goals from Tony Sanneh and DaMarcus Beasley led the United States to a 2-1 victory over fellow World Cup participants Uruguay, but they may have lost midfielder Chris Armas to a knee injury.
Armas injury was the only black mark on a U.S. victory that saw goalkeeper Brad Fridel shine in net, and saw the U.S. get a taste of the physicalness that may be required in Korea.

“I was pleased that we did a good job of getting our guys ready to play the game,” said Bruce Arena, referencing the team’s 10-day training camp in Cary, N.C. “Our fitness was pretty good, and it showed in the last 10 minutes. We were able to manage that game the way it had to be managed. Overall (the match was) a good step.”

In the 7th minute, Jeff Agoos curled the ball from the corner to the near post, where an onrushing Sanneh nodded the ball just under the bar into the upper left corner of the net.

Armas left the game in the 24th minute after injuring twisting his right knee earlier in the half, and was taken to the hospital at halftime. He will be re-evaluated on Monday. Pablo Mastroeni replaced the Fire midfielder, earning his ninth cap.

Armas missed the Sydney Olympics two years ago with a torn MCL in the same knee, and his loss as the player who meshes so well with Claudio Reyna in the American midfield could cause Arena to have to tinker with his roster weeks before the World Cup opener.

Beasley was dangerous all afternoon, recording the game-winning goal in the 40th minute. The Fire midfielder intercepted an errant pass in the midfield and carried the ball into the penalty box. Beasley cut the ball around defender Gonzalo Sorondo and fired a shot that Munua saved. Beasley jumped on the rebound and knocked it home for his second career goal.

Even on Uruguay’s lone goal, Brad Friedel showed the skill that made him one of the top keepers in England this year. Friedel saved two consecutive shots from inside of 10 yards from Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba, before Fabian O’Neill converted a rebound on the third shot.

In the 72nd minute, second-half substitute Joe-Max Moore played a beautiful ball behind the defense, and Beasley received the ball, danced around a Uruguayan defender and ripped a shot that forced Munua to make a full extension save.

The game got chippy late with the Uruguayans picking up three yellow cards in a five minute span late in the second half. The U.S. responded on a late game counter-attack with Beasley again dancing through their defense and firing a shot at a narrow angle just wide of the net.

Jeff Agoos set a U.S. Soccer record with his 119th start for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Agoos passed Marcelo Balboa, who started 118 matches in his 13-year career. Agoos also played his 10,000th minute with the U.S., becoming just the third player in MNT history to pass that milestone.

The U.S. faces CONCACAF rival Jamaica at 7:30 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2) at Giants Stadium on Thursday. From there, the U.S. heads north to Boston where they play Holland in their World Cup send-off match on May 19 at CMGI Field in Foxboro, Mass., at 2 p.m. ET in a match that will be shown live on ABC.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Friedel (capt.); 6-David Regis, 12-Jeff Agoos, 23-Eddie Pope, 22-Tony Sanneh (2-Frankie Hejduk, 68); 14-Chris Armas (4-Pablo Mastroeni, 24), 13-DaMarcus Beasley, 8-Earnie Stewart (21-Landon Donovan, 46), 13-Cobi Jones; 11-Clint Mathis, 20-Brian McBride (9-Joe-Max Moore, 67).

URU: 1-Gustavo Munua; 2-Alejandro Lembo, 3-Gonzalo Sorondo, 6-Dario Rodriguez (19-Ruben Olivera, 68), 8-Gustavo Mendez; 5-Pablo Garcia (capt.), 10-Fabian O’Neill, 11-Federico Magallenes (7-Gianni Guigou, 46), 18-Nicolas Olivera (16-Mario Regueiro, 46); 13-Sebastian Abreu, 20-Alvaro Recoba.
 

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I also saw the game live. I drove 10 straight hours to watch the game, and drove 10 straight hour right after to get to work on time.

Let me tell how pissed off I was at Uruguays effort. Right after the first minute I could tell it was going to be one of those days.
I was so syked to see Recoba play, but its to bad I didnt. Sure Recoba was on the field, but he didn't play. He looked like a house leaguer.

I know it was only a freindly, but the first half Uruguay showed no enthusiam, and really no effort. After they states scored the first goal ( and man it was a beauty ) they woke up for a little bit but then went right back to sleep. The second goal was a pure give away (Although a great run by Beasly).

In the second half Uruguay woke up with the substitution of Reguiero. Then they played pretty good for the rest of the match until the last ten minutes, and they got all those yellow cards, and still Recoba played like crap.

Everything I said might suggest that I dont think much about the states, but I really do. This team was great tactically, and much more fluent. The number 23 defence men was one of the best I've ever seen, and coby jones was a constint threat. They can make the second if the ball goes there way.
 

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I agree on teh Regeurio point. His entrance in the game really woke up the team. I was impressed with his play against Australia in teh qualification game and again against the US. I hope he gets teh spot.


Yeah, Recoba was often invisible, but you see that a lot from the superstars in freindlies. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose from injury, so they jog through it. No excuse, but often expected.
 

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International Friendly Preview: China-Uruguay
China - Uruguay | News Archive

A live-wire in attack...Dario Silva (AP)
05/15/2002. BACKGROUND

Su Maozhen was the star of the show for China in their hastily arranged friendly against Thailand on Saturday.

The Shandong Luneng forward helped himself to a hat-trick in the 3-1 win and certainly gave coach Bora Milutinovic food for thought with regards to exactly who will take to the field for the first World Cup game against Costa Rica on June 4.

Expectations are understandably low. China, after all, lack big match experience, and although they'll have no shortage of support, this never compensates for the lack of top quality players. Many fans will expect their side to reach the second round but after being placed into a group containing Brazil, Turkey and Costa Rica, this will surely prove beyond them. Against Uruguay, a by no means outstanding but experienced side, the reality of just what a task awaits them in Asia may just hit home.

So, after a 29-hour journey from Washington, Uruguay arrived in China for the next of their Wold Cup preparation games.

Coach Victor Pua was full of excuses after his side lost 2-1 to the USA in Saturday's friendly. Heavy travelling, hard ground and hot whether were some of the reasons why Uruguay were defeated according to Pua. He added that the match was a valuable learning experience for his players.

Uruguay, though, look in decent shape going into the World Cup and will be confident of progressing from a first phase group including France, Denmark and Senegal. Defensively there are few question marks over Pua's well-drilled unit, while in attack the team will have been boosted by Alvaro Recoba's impressive end to the season. Partner-in-crime Dario Silva also finishing the Liga campaign strongly and will certainly be one of the men to watch in Japan and South Korea.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Su Maozhen (China)- the forward netted a hat-trick against Thailand, and Milutinovic may give him another start in this game. Should the striker impress, he will stake his claims for a starting-place when the real action starts.

Dario Silva (Uruguay)- the Malaga forward is a live-wire in and around the box and is currently at the peak of his powers. The World Cup may be his last real chance to impress on the big-stage and who'd put it past him to be one of the surprise packages of the tournament?

SOCCERAGE PREDICTION

Uruguay to edge a victory.

China Win 25%
Draw 35%
Uruguay Win 40%

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International Friendly Report: Late Goals See Uruguay Past China
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Two goals for Abreu (Reuters)
05/16/2002. China showed plenty of encouraging signs against Uruguay but were ultimately beaten 2-0 after two late goals from Sebastian Abreu .

China were more than a match for the South Americans in the first-half although Uruguay had an Abreu goal disallowed for offside.

They were undone, though, in the 74th and 87th minutes as the Cruz Azul striker put away two chances after good build-up play. Zhao Junzhe missed a decent chance net when firing over.

So plenty for China coach Bora Milutinovic to be happy about but also a demonstration of just what kind of finishing they are likely to come up against in Japan and South Korea.

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The 2002 WC will be Abreu's chance to "Rise and Shine" !!! ;)
 

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Fonseca injury signals World Cup boot

MONTEVIDEO, May 17 (AFP)

Veteran Uruguay striker Daniel Fonseca is likely to see his World Cup dream dashed after failing to recover from a badly swollen foot, reports said here Tuesday.
Coach Victor Pua is set to name his final 23-man squad on Tuesday and Fonseca looks certain to be one of four players trimmed from a 27-strong party currently touring Asia ahead of the finals.
Fonseca, 32, cannot even put a sock on his badly swollen foot, and is rated as doubtful.
The former Napoli and Juventus' player had been a controversial choice in Uruguay's World Cup plans after being named by Pua earlier this month.
The three other unlucky players are tipped by Uruguayan press reports to be the injured Federico Magallanes of Venezia in Italy, and Diego Perez and Sebastien Eguren, both based in Uruguay.
Uruguay take on France, Senagal and Denmark in Group A of the 2002 World Cup first round.

Dream...turning into nightmare !!!!
 
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