The return of ‘Uruguayo’

Forlán leads his national team to the Copa América title

Atlético's Forlán and Godín celebrate a Uruguay goal(Getty)

Atlético's Forlán and Godín celebrate a Uruguay goal

La Celeste proclaimed themselves champions of South America for a record 15th time in the history of the Copa América.

After comfortably seeing off Peru in the continental tournament’s semi-finals by a score of 2-0 last Tuesday, Uruguay crushed Paraguay 3-0 in the competition’s final in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Atlético Madrid’s Diego Forlán struck twice in his national team’s victory, while Uruguayan head coach Óscar Tabárez handed Rojiblanco Diego Godín his first minutes of play in the tournament.

While Forlán had struggled to impress throughout the cup and was considered somewhat of a disappointment following his electrifying World Cup Golden Ball-winning campaign of the summer of 2010, he had been very instrumental in his side’s success en route to the championship match.

Forlán consistently displayed his world class skill as his country’s set piece specialist, but the emphasis was always on his poor form in front of goal.

But on Sunday, Atleti fans witnessed the return of ‘Uruguayo’.

After the competition’s ‘Most Valuable Player’, Luis Suárez, had given Uruguay an early 1-0 lead, Forlán smacked home a left-footed shot to put la Celeste up 2-0 in the 41st minute.

The goal was Diego’s first since the 5th of March and broke a streak of 13 international games in which he had not found the back of the net.

Then, Forlán capped off his country’s historic day with a late goal in the 89th minute.

The drought-busting brace took Cachavacha’s total to 31 goals in the sky blue shirt, tying him with striker Héctor Scarone at the top of the Uruguayan national team’s all-time goalscoring chart.

The 32-year-old now belongs to a third generation of family members who have lifted the CONMEBOL trophy, following in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather Juan Carlos Corazo and his father Pablo Forlán.

“My grandfather won it, my father won it and now I’ve won it,” Forlán said after the clash. “It’s an honour for my family.

“We’re happy for all of Uruguay, for all the people. And now, to celebrate!”

Moments later, Forlán inadvertently exposed team-mate Martín Cáceres by submitting a very short video of his squad’s locker room celebration via Twitter.

Sevilla’s Cáceres appeared in the background of the clip as naked as the day he was born.

Last week, Forlán reportedly told coach Gregorio Manzano he wanted to return to Madrid as soon as possible after the cup to take part in our Europa League qualifier at the Vicente Calderón on Thursday against Stromsgodset.

The fully-in-shape blonde attacker could be a major asset to Atleti in their bout against the Norwegian side should he be called upon by Manzano.

Diego Godín enters the scene
Godin came into the final in the 88th minute, after having spent the entirety of the Copa on the bench up until that point.

A virus and ensuing lack of fitness kept our centre-back out of service in previous matches, and the 25-year-old had been the only Uruguayan field player to not have participated in the competition before coach Tabárez subbed him in on Sunday.

Manzano chose to leave Godín off the list for our Europa League qualifier, and it is unclear when he will be returning to Madrid.

  • Uruguayo! Uruguayo! Uruguayo! Uruguayo! Uruguayo!
    I am looking forward to the Europa League qualifiers and the Liga now. 🙂

  • Godín and Forlán will probably arrive in Madrid at wednesday.


  • Chalet

    What a well deserved win for la Celeste!
    I felt very happy for Cachavacha to have found the back of the net again after such a long time.
    But despite his goal drought I always had the feeling that he was very much the heart, soul and brain of this team and so together with shining Luisito they could secure the win.

    Cachavacha´s first goal against Paraguay reminded me very much of the Forlán of old – hopefully to be continued with Atléti…


    Now ‘special message’ for me this time?
    Or was it the mention of the “Cáceres incident”? 😉
    Well – El Loco in thong underwear was also pretty funny to watch… 😉

  • javi

    Yesterday’s game officially broke the spell on Forlan. he is back and will be glorious with us, just like before. Eat your heart out KUN-Forlan enjoys the cup in your own country.

  • palc

    Forlan played well yesterday because he wasn’t lying too deep. He and Suarez partnered up front. It’s pretty obvious that if Forlan plays to much of a playmaker and always go deep to get the ball, he won’t be effective as a goalscoorer. We saw that last year when he lost the ball often and unnecessary. So playing in a 4-3-3 he cannot drop deep as he is the one being relied on putting the ball past the keeper.

  • Flo

    Vamos Uruguayo! Well deserved!

  • Guest

    For so many reasons this tournament was a great one for Uruguay. It was good to see them get the title.

    Forlan scoring not once, but twice the in the final was a welcome sight. If he can continue to sharpen that skill through the preseason and Manzano makes sure he’s not dropping back all the time, we could see more than 8 goals out of him.

  • Chalet

    Just found this on Uruguayan media.
    I knew about this before but forgot it for a while:

    ‘Con 10 años Forlán escribió “decálogo de cosas necesarias para ser un gran futbolista”. Lo firmó y se lo dio a la madre.’

    La tenía clara no?