Egidio Arevalo Rios is a disciplined and gritty central midfielder who, after doing the rounds at a number of clubs, is now – at the age of the 31 – a first-choice starter for his country and club side Palermo.


Cacha started out at homeland club Bella Vista, where he played until August 2006, whereupon he signed for domestic heavyweights Penarol. Quick to make his mark at his new club, within a month Oscar Tabarez had given him his senior debut for Uruguay.

 

Called up to La Celeste a couple of times in early 2007, the combative Arevalo Rios missed the cut for that year’s Copa America. And, though El Maestro Tabarez again brought him into the squad at the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, including an appearance against Chile on Matchday 3, that was his last action of the preliminary phase.

 

True to form, the midfielder did not let his head drop, returning to Penarol and winning the Uruguayan title – standing out to such an extent Tabarez was persuaded to give him another chance, one he did not let pass him by. Indeed, the hard-running player started all seven of Uruguay’s games at South Africa 2010, when they finished fourth, all six in the victorious Copa America 2011 campaign and all three of Los Charrúas’ matches at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament 2012.

 

Furthermore, Arevalo Rios has played in each of Uruguay’s 11 Brazil 2014 qualifiers to date, one of only three Uruguayans to do so.