An experienced, tough-tackling defensive midfielder, Sebastian Eguren has an impressive work-rate and a seemingly uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time.


Seba, as he is known, began his career in the Uruguayan lower leagues with Montevideo Wanderers, before making his first-division debut for the club at the age of 18. From there he quickly caught the eye of the then Uruguay coach Victor Pua, who gave him his first senior cap in the 2001 Copa America. After that, however, he did not feature in qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, and missed out on a place in La Celeste's squad for the finals.

 

In 2003 Eguren joined Nacional, and also played what would be his last game for Uruguay for five years, with Pua’s successors, Juan Ramon Carrasco and Jorge Fossati, both overlooking him. He then failed a drugs test in 2004 after a match in the Copa Libertadores, but returned to action six months later and soon earned a move to Europe.

 

Eguren completed his renaissance in 2008 with a re-call to Oscar Tabarez's national squad. The midfielder seized the opportunity and played in ten of Uruguay's qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, including their decisive play-off against Costa Rica.  

 

After one brief outing at South Africa 2010, Eguren was again played as a substitute at the 2011 Copa America but featured in five out of six games in Uruguay's run to the title. He has also been used sparingly in La Celeste's qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, but is nonetheless a regular face in Tabarez's squad.