Matias Vecino was one of the revelations of Uruguay’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, during which he played in 12 out of 18 possible matches. Oscar Tabarez handed him his full debut against Brazil in March 2016, and his performance in midfield was so impressive that within a few matches he had sealed a place in the team for the foreseeable future.
A technically gifted player, he is a great admirer of Toni Kroos and Sergio Busquets. “Neither of them is particularly strong but they win possession just by reading the game so well and being in the right place,” he told FIFA.com last year. Tabarez had kept a close eye on the Inter Milan man since the 2011 South American Youth Championships, where he scored the goal that saw Uruguay reach the 2012 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament – the nation’s first appearance at the event since 1928.