Mauricio Victorino is a central defender whose assured aerial presence is matched by a sureness of touch on the ball. He possesses a ferocious right boot and is a worthy ambassador for the garra charrua, that famous Uruguayan sense of bravery in adversity.
A native of Montevideo, Mauricio is the nephew of Waldemar Victorino, the centre-forward who blazed a trail with Nacional in the 1980s. In fact, it was his uncle who arranged a trial for the then 18-year-old at El Bolso. He honed his craft before making a loan move to humble Club Plaza Colonia de Deportes, where he made his Uruguayan First Division debut in 2004.
Returning to Nacional for the first time, Victorino lifted the 2005 Torneo Especial and the 2005/2006 Uruguayan Championship with the club, before moving on to Mexican outfit Necaxa. By then he had come to the attention of Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez, with El Maestro handing him his senior debut for the national team in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Venezuela in September 2006. Following a second friendly appearance against the Vinotinto that October, it would be some time before he returned to Celeste colours.
After a season in Mexico, Victorino returned to Nacional for his second spell at the club. This time around the side won the 2008/2009 Uruguayan Championship with Victorino chipping in with four goals of his own, and his team also reached the semi-finals of the 2009 Copa Libertadores.
These achievements, coupled with his impressive form since joining Universidad de Chile in the summer of 2009, earned him another call-up to international duty. He started the away leg of the FIFA World Cup play-off against Costa Rica, and was brought on as a substitute in the return leg as Uruguay battened down the hatches to preserve their lead. His performances were enough to convince El Maestro that he can be counted upon when duty requires.