2006-06-01 10:34

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.



World Cup appearances: 6 (1930, 1950, 1958, 1986, 1998, 2002)

World Cup best: Last 16 (1998, 2002)

Copa America champions: 2 (1953, 1979)

Fifa world ranking: 33

Odds: 80/1

Coach: Anibal Ruiz

The veteran Uruguayan was appointed on a short-term basis after the departure of Cesare Maldini following the 2002 World Cup. Remained in charge throughout qualifying for the 2006 finals, where they started well but faded badly during a period where they went seven matches without a win.

Was voted South American Coach of the Year by Uruguayan newspaper El Pais last month.

Key player: Nelson Valdez

A clinical finisher and playmaker, Valdez will be playing the World Cup on 'home' soil in Germany, where he has earned a living with Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen since 2001.

The 22-year-old was a key figure in Bremen's 2004 double-winning team but has found it hard to get a regular run in the first team. Has only just broken into the Paraguayan national team but impressed immediately.



Justo Villar (Newell's Old Boys/ARG), Aldo Bobadilla (Libertad), Derlis Gomez (Sportivo Luqueno)


Denis Caniza (Cruz Azul/MEX), Carlos Gamarra (Palmeiras/BRA), Julio Cesar Caceres (River Plate/ARG), Delio Toledo (Zaragoza/ESP), Paulo Da Silva (Toluca/MEX), Julio Manzur (Santos/BRA), Jorge Nunez (Estudiantes de La Plata/ARG)


Edgar Barreto (NEC/NED), Roberto Acuna (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Carlos Humberto Paredes (Reggina/ITA), Julio Dos Santos (Bayern Munich/GER), Cristian Riveros (Libertad), Carlos Bonet (Libertad), Jose Montiel (Olimpia), Diego Gavilan (Newell's Old Boys/ARG)


Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern Munich/GER), Nelson Haedo (Werder Bremen/GER), Jose Cardozo (San Lorenzo de Almagro/ARG), Salvador Cabanas (Jaguares de Chiapas/MEX), Nelson Cuevas (Pachuca/MEX)


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