Earning his first call-up to the Uruguay side at the age of 30, ten years into his professional career, Andres Scotti might be inclined to agree with the saying: “Better late than never”.

 

Seven years after first getting the nod from Oscar Tabarez, the Nacional defender retains the confidence of the national team coach. Strong in the air and a powerful header of the ball, the right-footed Scotti is primarily a central defender but can play in any position in the back line.

 

After serving his apprenticeship with a regional club in Uruguay, he had his first brush with success with Necaxa, helping the Mexican side take third place at the FIFA Club World Cup Brazil 2000.

 

Enjoying an initial spell with Nacional two years later, he then signed for Russia’s Rubin Kazan in 2003, going on to become the Russian league’s best foreign defender that year and striking five goals in 2005 to end that season as the league’s highest-scoring defender.

 

A first-choice at every club he has played for, Scotti played an active role in Uruguay’s qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, where he made two appearances. He also formed part of the squad that won the 2011 Copa America and has been called up on a regular basis during the Brazil 2014 qualifying competition.