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Uruguay

Uruguay poses for a picture before a game at the South American U17 Women Tournament
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FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup record
Tournament hosts Uruguay will be taking part in their second world finals in the age group. La Celeste’s only previous appearance came at Azerbaijan 2012, where they failed to collect any points in the group phase and finished 14th out of the 16 teams.

The road to Uruguay
Their place assured at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018 as the hosts, Uruguay continued their preparations for the big event by taking part in the U-17 Women’s South American Championships, and with promising results too. Unbeaten in their group courtesy of a goalless draw with Venezuela and defeats of Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile, the Uruguayans began the final four-team phase by registering their first ever win over Brazil. They then lost 2-0 to the Venezuelans and drew 1-1 with Colombia to end the competition in third place.

The coach
A former midfielder who plied his trade in the 1970s and 80s, Ariel Longo started out as a coach in 1996 and promptly found work in China PR and then Guatemala, where he won a number of club titles. He returned to Uruguay in 2015, taking charge of the national U-20 women’s team. He took on the U-17s job in 2016 before becoming the coordinator and head coach of all the country’s women’s teams a year later.

The stat
4 - The number of goals Angela Gomez scored at the South American Championship, a tally that made her the competition’s joint second-highest scorer. Gomez accounted for half of her side’s goals.