Uruguay FIFA 18 World Cup guide, squad, player ratings, tactics, formation & tips

If you're looking for an underdog to manage at the World Cup, few come grittier than Uruguay, who hold two of the finest strikers on the planet.


Uruguay have a fantastic record in the World Cup. The South American nation won the first two World Cups they participated in and have not got passed the group stage on three occasions. 

2010 was their most successful tournament in recent times, finishing fourth, despite plenty of controversy with Luis Suarez’s handball against Ghana in the quarterfinals.

The 2018 World Cup in Russia will likely be Uruguay’s last with the frightening strike duo of Edinson Cavani and Suarez. Can you make the most of arguably the best strike force at the World Cup on the update for FIFA 18?

Team rating

Uruguay have a 4 and a half star rating on the World Cup update, consisting of an 86 attack, 77 midfield and 80 defence. 

Uruguay’s potential World Cup fixtures

Group Stage

Egypt

Saudi Arabia

Russia

Round of 16

Portugal

Quarterfinals

France

Semifinals

Brazil or Belgium

Final

Spain/Argentina/Germany

Uruguay have been handed a very kind group at the World Cup this summer. La Celeste will be targeting three wins against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia, although there is a capacity for an upset.

In your opening game, keeping the Egyptian King Mohamed Salah quiet will be the key, and hosts Russia will have the nation behind them. 

A generous Group A is followed by a challenging Round of 16 fixture. Portugal are likely to finish behind Spain in their group, meaning your first knockout tie will be against the European Champions. Make sure you don’t give the best player on the game Cristiano Ronaldo an inch.

If you defeat the Portuguese, another step up in quality comes against France. Les Bleus hold plenty of pace, and you will need to sit deep to nullify them. Their lack of experience could play into your hands although you will need to perform a tactical masterclass to come through this one.

Brazil or Belgium will be waiting in the semifinals, and one struggles to see a route past them for Uruguay. You do have Cavani and Suarez up front, and you will need all of that firepower to take you the rest of the way, especially with Spain, Argentina or Germany possible opponents in the final. 

Formation

Uruguay use a 4-4-2 formation, and you should stick with this system to allow the strike pairing to cause havoc. 

Fernando Muslera is in goal, with a back four made up by Maxi Pereira, hard man Diego Godin (89 aggression), Jose Gimenez and Martin Caceres.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino and Diego Laxalt are in midfield as Edinson Cavani (88 finishing) and Luis Suarez tear things up at the top of the pitch.

On the bench go for Martin Campana, Sebastian Coates, Alvaro Pereira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Andres Sanchez, Gaston Ramirez and Cristhian Stuani. 

Tactics

It may seem obvious, but you need to feed the strike pairing of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. The taller Cavani can provide the aerial threat (89 heading accuracy & power header trait), whilst Suarez can find space to score (91 attack positioning). If you find half a yard with these two, strike at goal.

They will need service, and it looks like the pacey Diego Laxalt (90 spring speed) will be your go-to man. To ensure he gets into attacking positions, on the instructions tab select ‘stay wide’ for chance creation and ‘get in behind’ for support runs. 

You shouldn’t have too much to worry about defensively in the group stage, but for the knockouts you will have to change your mentality. Tricks to help you defend the more dangerous opponents is to reign your full backs in by changing their attacking runs to ‘stay back while attacking’ and doing the same for one of your central midfielders.

Grind out results

Uruguay have a reputation of being a tough nut to crack, and judging by their squad for Russia, it looks to be no different this summer. After the group stages, your performances won’t be pretty, but you can suffocate the opposition and use your strike partnership to hurt teams on the counter.

The quarterfinals should be your aim, but even that will not be an easy task. With Cavani and Suarez in attack, even the long ball is an option, and with both players holding a host of attacking attributes, you can trouble any defence. 

Uruguay squad player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Club

OVR

Goalkeepers





Fernando Muslera

31

GK

Galatasaray

82

Martin Campana

29

GK

Independiente

78

Martin Silva

35

GK

Vasco da Gama

74

Gaston Guruceaga

23

GK

Guarani

73

Esteban Conde

35

GK

Nacional

35

Defenders

Diego Godin

32

CB

Atletico Madrid

88

Jose Gimenez

23

CB

Atletico Madrid

83

Sebastian Coates

27

CB

Sporting

27

Maxi Pereira

33

RB

Porto

77

Martin Caceres

31

LB

RB

Lazio

76

Alvaro Pereira

32

LB

Cerro Porteno

32

Mauricio Lemos

22

CB

CDM

Sassuolo

75

Gaston Silva

24

LB

CB

Independiente

74

Guillermo Varela

25

RB

Penarol

74

Emiliano Velazquez

24

CB

Rayo Vallecano

74

Mauricio Victorino

35

CB

Cerro Porteno

74

Mathias Corujo

32

RB

CM

RM

Penarol

73

Camilo Mayada

27

RB
RM

River Plate

73

Midfielders

Matias Vecino

26

CDM
CM

Inter Milan

26

Gaston Ramirez

27

CAM

RM
LM

Sampdoria

78

Diego Laxalt

25

LM
LB

Genoa

78

Nicolas Lodeiro

29

RM

CAM

CF

Seattle Sounders

78

Giorgian De Arrascaeta

23

CAM
LM
CM

Cruzeiro

78

Lucas Torreira

22

CM

CDM

Sampdoria

77

Carlos Andres Sanchez

33

RM
CM

Monterrey

77

Gaston Pereiro

22

CAM
CM

PSV Eindhoven

77

Rodrigo Bentancur

20

CM

Juventus

76

Nahitan Nandez

22

RM
CM

Boca Juniors

76

Cristian Rodriguez

32

CAM
LM

Penarol

75

Jonathan Urretaviscaya

28

RM
ST

Monterrey

75

Federico Valverde

19

CM
CDM

Deportivo La Coruna

74

Alvaro Rafael Gonzalez

33

CM
CDM

Nacional

74

Arevalo Rios

36

CDM
CM

Free Agent

73

Guzman Pereira

27

CM
CDM

Penarol

72

Attackers

Luis Suarez

31

ST

Barcelona

91

Edinson Cavani

31

ST

PSG

89

Cristhian Stuani

31

ST

Girona

78

Diego Rolan

25

ST
LM
RM

Malaga

77

Maxi Gomez

21

ST

Celta Vigo

76

Abel Hernandez

27

ST

Hull

75

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