Born in Montevideo on 16 June 1986, Fernando Muslera will turn 27 on the day Uruguay play their first match at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 against world champions Spain.
His assured manner and dominance of his penalty area have set him apart as a reliable goalkeeper since youth level, as he showed in Uruguay’s U-17 and U-20 teams. Muslera is a product of the Montevideo Wanderers youth system and made his debut in the first team aged just 18, before later joining Nacional.
His performances between the sticks, especially at the 2007 Copa Libertadores, brought him to the attention of several European clubs, with Lazio winning the race for his signature. Muslera became No1 at the start of 2009 and consolidated his status throughout that season.
In March that year, Oscar Tabarez called him up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying matches against Paraguay and Chile, although he did not feature. His senior debut arrived against Ecuador in Quito, in Uruguay’s penultimate qualifying game for the tournament.
Muslera has been Uruguay’s go-to man in goal ever since and was crucial to the team’s fourth-placed finish at South Africa 2010 and at the triumphant Copa America a year later. That achievement helped pave the way for a move to Turkish club Galatasaray, with whom Muslera reached this season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.