Teacher and the Uruguayan national team have put an end to a relationship that has consisted of two stages. The first took place between 1988 and 1990, the second being the longest, from 2006 until recently it was officially announced that he will not continue in office due to the poor results in the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
Óscar Tabárez leaves behind 17 years between both journeys in command of the Uruguayan team, being able to condense his legacy in the following points:
The 185 official matches directed and the presence in four World Cups allow him to be the only coach who has reached these figures with the same team. The Master commanded the Uruguayans in the appointments of Italy 1990, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018.
Between June 8, 2011 and August 15, 2012, the Uruguayan team could be seen winning 11 games and drawing seven, extending a streak without being defeated to 18 games. Stakes matched and satisfactorily resolved from the penalty kick count as a win.
Uruguay had played in the Confederations Cup of Saudi Arabia in 1997 and Tabárez allowed them to do so again, this time in Brazil 2013. In that tournament, the Uruguayans agreed in second place after losing (2-1) against Spain and succumbed with the same result. in the semifinals against the hosts. In the consolation final, a draw (2-2) was the result against Italy during regulation time, but on penalties they lost (2-3) and had to settle for fourth place.
Tabárez made the Uruguayans lead Group A ahead of Mexico, South Africa and France. On the way to the playoffs, they left out South Korea (2-1) in the round of 16, Ghana (1-1 and 4-2 on penalties) in the quarterfinals and succumbed (2-3) to the Netherlands in semifinals.
The first major tournament during its initial stage was the 1989 Copa América in Brazil. In Group B it managed to qualify in second place, behind Argentina. In the final group stage, they were on the verge of winning, but lost (1-0) to Brazil in the final match.
22 years later, in Argentina 2011, he managed to achieve glory. They finished second in Group C behind Chile. They eliminated the hosts (1-1 and 4-5 on penalties) in the quarterfinals, leaving Peru out (0-2) in the semifinals and defeating Paraguay (3-0) in the title match.
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