Uruguay hosted and won the first ever World Cup in 1930, they then shocked Brazil in the 1950 final to win their second title. Success has avoided the South American country since then though.
More recently in 1990 they managed to reach the second round, they made the 2002 finals but failed to qualify from their group. In South Africa this summer, Uruguay have been one of the form teams.
They topped their tricky group, which contained Mexico, 2006 finalists France and host nation South Africa, to qualify for the knockout stage.
They were drawn against an awkward South Korea team in the second round, but two goals from Luis Suarez gave the Uruguayans a 2-1 victory. They will now face Ghana in the quarter-finals. With Ghana being the only African team left in the World Cup, those betting world cup quarter finals money should note that they can count on the support of the whole continent.
Uruguay possesses a deadly duo up front, in Suarez and Diego Forlan, between them have scored five goals in the competition so far. They will face a Ghanaian defence that has only conceded three goals in their four games so far but has looked shaky at times.
Suarez scored 49 goals in all competitions for Ajax last season to alert many of Europe’s big clubs to his ability. That interest will increase after catching the eye for his national side this summer. Forlan has been his country’s main striker for nearly a decade, scoring 26 goals in his 66 caps.
After another good season for Atletico Madrid, where he scored 22 times, Forlan has been instrumental to his teams’ success so far at this World Cup. He will look to be again against Ghana, despite the fact that few betting world cup semi final money will back the winner of this tie to progress.
Regardless, Uruguay will be hoping that the spirit of 1950 will be on show again this campaign, as they look to surprise the world by winning the World Cup again.