Football in Uruguay
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).
Third Goal project
The Uruguay Celeste elite performance centre, which was built with FIFA's assistance and opened in 2000, is to undergo a complete renovation in accordance with the details of a project approved by the Goal Bureau on 21 March 2007. The complex will be enlarged and the facilities and apparatus will be upgraded.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Renovation of technical centre in Canelones
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Other sources USD 209,957 Total cost USD 609,957