With two World Cup titles and two Olympic Football triumphs to their name, as well as a number of Copa América titles, Uruguay
currently lie third in the South American rankings. However, most of those successes lie in the past. Having said that, for a relatively small country, Uruguay
has produced a number of excellent players in recent years (Recoba, Zalayeta, Fonseca, etc). Hundreds of Uruguayan players earn transfers abroad each year. Sustained youth development work paid dividends in 1997 with qualification for the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Malaysia. A group of players from that team now represent Uruguay
at full international level. Uruguayan coaches also enjoy an excellent reputation abroad (Washington Tabarez and Victor Púa, to name but two).