Even though their days of dominance were in the first half of the 20th century, Uruguay is still considered part of World Cup elite.  Only 3 other nations have won more trophies than this relatively small country, obscured geographically and otherwise by it's giant neighbors Brazil and Argentina.  In 2006 they will be the only former winner absent from the finals.

Uruguay's World Cup dreams came undone in 4-2 penalty shoot out loss against Australia on November 16th, 2005.  The away-leg elimination was the most heart-breaking result imaginable, but what really ruined Uruguay's run was poor early form in the qualifying tournament.  Big losses to Paraguay, Peru and Colombia in 2004 mitigated a much more successful 2005, and forced the playoff against Australia.

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