By now you’ve probably heard that the Netherlands will face Spain in the World Cup final after eliminating Uruguay and Germany, respectively. Though four of the eight teams in the quarterfinals came from South America only Uruguay advanced to the final four and they subsequently lost 3-2 to the Dutch.
Though Uruguay has been seen by some in a negative light due to Luis Suarez’ infamous handball, we prefer to celebrate the extraordinary run by los charruas. Coach Oscar Tabarez has deservedly received plenty of praise for leading his side to one of the best World Cup finishes by a South American side (excluding regional heavyweights Argentina and Brazil) in decades. Suarez may be Uruguay’s leading scorer in South Africa but it was the veteran Diego Forlán who was his team’s heart and soul. Young goalkeeper Fernando Muslera showed that he was one of the Americas’ elite netminders and he could be Uruguay's captain of the future.
In the end, fans of Uruguay are proud of their team’s efforts in reaching the semifinals and perhaps even winning the third place game on Saturday:
Online Sources- Americas Quarterly, SI.com, FIFA.com, The Guardian, Univision.com, The Latin Americanist