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Oriental Republic of Uruguay South America Montevideo 3,332,972 inhabitants 176,215 sq km 18.91 inhabitants/sq km Uruguayan pesos (UYU) population evolution

Famous people from Uruguay

Here is a list of famous people from Uruguay. Curious if anybody from Uruguay made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Luis Suárez

Soccer

Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool and the Uruguayan national team. At age of 19 Suárez moved to the Netherlands to play for Groningen in the Eredivisie. Suárez transferred to Ajax in 2007. In 2008–09 he was named club Player of the Year. The following year he was named the club captain, led the Eredivisie in scoring with 35 goals in 33 games and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year. He scored 49 goals in all competitions and Ajax won the KNVB Cup. In the 2010–11 season he scored his one hundredth Ajax goal and joined an elite group of players from the club, including Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, to do so. In January 2011, Suárez transferred to Liverpool for €26.5 million. During his partial season at Liverpool, Suárez helped the club move from twelfth in the league in mid-January to finish sixth. In February 2012 Suárez won his first trophy with Liverpool, as they won the Football League Cup. On 26 October 2013 he scored his fourth Premiership hat-trick for the club, making him the most frequent scorer of hat-tricks in Premier League history.

Edinson Cavani

Soccer

Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1 and the Uruguayan national team. A very prolific goalscorer, Cavani is well known for ability to score impressive goals and his tireless work-rate. In 2012, Cavani was listed 10th in The Guardian 's list of The 100 best footballers in the world. Cavani began his career playing for Danubio in Montevideo, where he played for two years, before moving to Italian side Palermo in 2007. He spent four seasons at the club, scoring 34 goals in 109 league appearance. In 2010, Cavani signed for Napoli, who signed him on an initial loan deal before buying him for a total fee €17 million. In the 2011–12 season, he won his first club honour, the Coppa Italia, in which he was top scorer with 5 goals. With Napoli, Cavani went on to score 33 goals each in his first two seasons, followed by 38 goals in his third season, where he also finished as Serie A top scorer with 29 league goals. On 16 July 2013, Cavani was transferred to PSG for a reported €64 million. Cavani is an Uruguayan international and made his debut and scored against Colombia on 6 February 2008. He has since participated in two major tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa América. He scored once at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, to help Uruguay to fourth place in the tournament. He went on to win the 2011 Copa América with Uruguay, being part of the Uruguay squad, that won a record 15th Copa América title.

Diego Forlán

Soccer Midfielder

Diego Forlán Corazzo is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Internacional and the Uruguayan national team. He is a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe, and also received the Golden Ball as the best player at the 2010 World Cup. Forlán was born into a family of footballers — his father Pablo having played for São Paulo and Uruguay in the 1966 and 1974 World Cups and his maternal grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, for Independiente in Argentina. Forlán joined Independiente himself after rising through their youth team, and after a successful four-year spell, he signed for Manchester United of England's Premier League. His form for United was not as successful as at Independiente, although he won the Premier League in 2003 and the FA Cup in 2004. In the summer of 2004, he moved on to La Liga side Villarreal CF. In his first season in Spanish football with Villarreal, Forlán scored 25 league goals and won the Pichichi Trophy. After two more successful seasons with Villarreal, Forlán joined Atlético Madrid, where he once again became the league's top scorer, and became the first player to win the Pichichi Trophy twice since Ronaldo achieved this feat in the 2003–04 season. Forlán scored in Atlético's 2010 Europa League final victory against Fulham. In 2011, he joined Inter Milan of Italy's Serie A before moving to Internacional in 2012.

Mario Benedetti

Novelist

Mario Orlando Hardy Hamlet Brenno Benedetti Farrugia, known as Mario Benedetti, was an Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet as well as being an integral member of the Generación del 45. In spite of publishing more than 80 books and being published in twenty languages he was not well known in the English-speaking world, but in the Spanish-speaking world he was considered one of Latin America's most important writers from the latter half of the 20th-century.

Diego Lugano

Soccer

Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and for the Uruguayan national team as a central defender. Nicknamed Tota, Lugano has previously played for Plaza Colonia, Club Nacional de Football, São Paulo FC, and Fenerbahçe. He is also captain of the Uruguayan national football team, and was selected the best captain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Gus Poyet

Soccer Midfielder

Gustavo Augusto "Gus" Poyet Domínguez is a former Uruguay international footballer and manager of English side Sunderland. Poyet previously managed Brighton & Hove Albion between November 2009 and June 2013. As a player Poyet was a midfielder who began his career with short spells at Grenoble and River Plate. He spent seven years with Real Zaragoza, with whom he won the Copa del Rey and the Cup Winners' Cup. In 1997 Poyet moved to Chelsea on a free transfer, and helped the club win the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 2001 he moved on to Tottenham Hotspur, where he saw out the remainder of his career. He was also part of the Uruguay team which won the 1995 Copa América. After his playing career ended Poyet moved into coaching. He served as assistant manager to Dennis Wise at Swindon Town and Leeds United, and Juande Ramos at Tottenham. In November 2009 Poyet was appointed manager of Brighton and in his first full season led the club to promotion as League One champions, for which he was named League One Manager of the Year by the LMA.

José Mujica

Politician

José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano is an Uruguayan politician, and President of Uruguay since 2010. A former guerrilla fighter and a member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties, Mujica was Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries from 2005 to 2008 and a Senator afterwards. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010. He has been described as "the world's 'poorest' president", as he donates around 90 percent of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities to benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

Óscar Tabárez

Soccer

Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Silva, known as El Maestro is an Uruguayan football manager and former defender, who currently is the manager of the Uruguay national team. After an unassuming career as a player and after working as a primary school teacher, he embarked on an extensive coaching career which has lasted more than 30 years and included coaching teams in Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Spain. Tabárez managed the Uruguay national football team from 1988–1990, returning to the job for a second time in 2006. He led the team to fourth place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and to victory in the 2011 Copa América.

José Gervasio Artigas

Politician

José Gervasio Artigas Arnal is a national hero of Uruguay, sometimes called "the father of Uruguayan nationhood". His portrait is on the watermark on the 1998 Uruguay 5 Pesos Uruguayos banknote.

Jorge Drexler

Musical Artist

Jorge Drexler is an Uruguayan musician, actor, and doctor specialized in otolaryngology. In 2004, Drexler won wide acclaim after becoming the first Uruguayan ever to win an Academy Award. He won for composing the song "Al Otro Lado del Río" from The Motorcycle Diaries.

Bárbara Mori

Actor

Bárbara Mori Ochoa is an Uruguayan-Mexican model, film and television actress. Mori started her career as a fashion model, later she became an actress when she co-starred in 1997 on the smash TV-hit Mirada De Mujer with TV Azteca; then, she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. Her big break came in 2004, with the telenovela Rubí by rival network Televisa, in which she played the main character. She also has starred in several self-produced films and music videos.

Eduardo Galeano

Novelist

Eduardo Galeano is a journalist, writer and novelist.

Sebastián Abreu

Soccer

Washington Sebastián Abreu Gallo is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Rosario Central on loan from Club Nacional de Football as a striker. Best known by his nickname El Loco, the prolific goalscorer – for club and national team – played for more than 20 teams during his professional career, in seven different countries. An Uruguayan international during more than 15 years, Abreu represented the country in two World Cups and three Copa América tournaments.

Álvaro Recoba

Soccer Midfielder

Álvaro Alexander Recoba Rivero, nicknamed "El Chino", is an Uruguayan footballer currently playing for Primera División Uruguaya side Club Nacional de Football. He has played also within European football, most notably during eleven years with Inter Milan of the Italian Serie A. Recoba can operate as an attacking midfielder and won 69 caps for the Uruguay national team between 1995 and 2007, participating at the 2002 World Cup.

Martín Cáceres

Soccer

José Martín Cáceres Silva is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Juventus F.C. in Serie A. His primary position is central defender, but he can also operate as a left back.

Walter Gargano

Soccer Midfielder

Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Parma on loan from Napoli and the Uruguayan national team.

Horacio Quiroga

Author

Horacio Silvestre Quiroga Forteza was an Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer. He wrote stories which, in their jungle settings, use the supernatural and the bizarre to show the struggle of man and animal to survive. He also excelled in portraying mental illness and hallucinatory states. His influence can be seen in the Latin American magic realism of Gabriel García Márquez and the postmodern surrealism of Julio Cortázar.

Enzo Francescoli

Soccer Midfielder

Enzo Francescoli Uriarte is a former Uruguayan football player of Italian origin. Francescoli was nicknamed El Príncipe or Le Prince. He played 73 times for the Uruguay national team between 1982 and his retirement in 1997, making him the most capped outfield player in Uruguayan international football at the time.

Álvaro Pereira

Soccer

Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Internazionale in Italy. On the left side, he can play as either a defender or midfielder.

Andy Ram

Tennis Player

Andy Ram is an Israeli professional tennis player. He plays doubles, primarily. He is the first Israeli tennis player to win a seniors Grand Slam event. He first won the mixed doubles title at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, together with Vera Zvonareva. He then won the mixed doubles title at the 2007 French Open with Nathalie Dechy, and the men's doubles title at the 2008 Australian Open with Jonathan Erlich. Ram attained his highest doubles ranking, # 5, in July 2008. He reached 36 doubles finals and won 20 of them through 2013, mostly with partner Jonathan Erlich; together, they are known in Israel as "AndiYoni". His Davis Cup doubles record, as of 2013, was 17-7.

Comte de Lautréamont

Author

Comte de Lautréamont was the pseudonym of Isidore-Lucien Ducasse, an Uruguayan-born French poet. His only works, Les Chants de Maldoror and Poésies, had a major influence on modern literature, particularly on the Surrealists and the Situationists. He died at the age of 24.

Gastón Ramírez

Soccer

Gastón Ezequiel Ramírez Pereyra is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Southampton and the Uruguay national football team as an attacking midfielder.

Sebastián Coates

Soccer

Sebastián Coates Nion is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a defender for Premier League side Liverpool and the Uruguay national team.

Egidio Arévalo Rios

Soccer Midfielder

Egidio Raúl Arévalo Ríos, also known as Egidio Arévalo or Arévalo Rios, is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Chicago Fire in MLS. Arévalo also plays for the Uruguayan national team.

Maximiliano Pereira

Soccer Midfielder

Victorio Maximiliano "Maxi" Pereira Páez is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica in the Portuguese first division. Mainly a right defender, he can occasionally appear as a midfielder. A Uruguayan international on more than 80 occasions, Pereira represented the nation at the 2010 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments.

Francisco Canaro

Tango Artist

Francisco Canaro was an Uruguayan violinist and tango orchestra leader. His parents, Italians emigrated to Uruguay, and later - when Francisco Canaro was less than 10 years old, they emigrated to Buenos Aires in the late nineteenth century. Canaro was born in San José de Mayo, Uruguay, in 1888. As a young man and found work in a factory, where an empty oil can would, in his skilled hands, become his first violin. Performing in seedy bars initially, he ultimately forged a career that spanned many decades, and his orchestra was one of the most recorded. His introduction to the tango came by orquesta típica leader Vicente Greco in 1908, and in 1912, he composed Pinta brava. Canaro composed the music for the 1915 Argentine classic, Nobleza gaucha, and later was romantically attached to Argentine actress and tango vocalist Ada Falcón, but the relationship, which began in the early 1920s, grew apart a decade later. Canaro was active in the cause of intellectual property rights from 1918 onwards, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Argentine Society of Composers and Songwriters, in 1935, purchasing the downtown Buenos Aires lot where its headquarters were built. He performed in Paris with his orchestra in 1925, and a success among local audiences, he remained in Europe for a decade. Becoming a naturalized Argentine citizen in 1940, much of his recorded music is in the classic salon style of that decade, but he is also considered a member of the old guard, and some of his later recordings contributed to the transition to concert tango.

Juan Carlos Onetti

Novelist

Juan Carlos Onetti was an Uruguayan novelist and author of short stories.

Santiago Silva

Soccer

Santiago Martín Silva Olivera nicknamed The Tank, is a Uruguayan football forward currently playing for Lanús in the Primera Division Argentina.

Joaquín Torres García

Painting Artist

Joaquín Torres García, was a Uruguayan plastic artist and art theorist, also known as the founder of Constructive Universalism. In 1978, most of his works were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, while a large exhibition of the artist's works was being held. His likeness is on the 1998 Uruguay 5 Pesos Uruguayos banknote.

José Enrique Rodó

Author

José Enrique Rodó Piñeyro was a Uruguayan essayist. He called for the youth of Latin America to reject materialism, to revert to Greco-Roman habits of free thought and self enrichment, and to develop and concentrate on their culture. He cultivated an epistolary relationship with important Hispanic pensadores of that time, Leopoldo Alas in Spain, José de la Riva-Agüero in Peru, and, most importantly, with Rubén Darío, the most influential Latin American poet to date, the founder of modernismo. As a result of his refined prose style and the modernista ideology he pushed, Rodó is today considered the preeminent theorist of the modernista school of literature. Rodó is best known for his essay Ariel, drawn from The Tempest, in which Ariel represents the positive, and Caliban represents the negative tendencies in human nature, and they debate the future course of history, in what Rodó intended to be a secular sermon to Latin American youth, championing the cause of the classical western tradition. What Rodó was afraid of was the debilitating effect of working individuals' limited existence doing the same work, over and over again, never having time to develop the spirit. Among Uruguayan youth, however, he is best known for Parque Rodó, the Montevideo park named after him.

Jules Supervielle

Poet

Jules Supervielle was a French poet and writer born in Uruguay. Jules Supervielle always kept away from Surrealism which was dominant in the first half of the twentieth century. Eager to propose a more human poetry and to rejoin the real world, Supervielle rejected automatic writing and the dictatorship of the unconscious, without disavowing the assets of modern poetry since Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Apollinaire, like certain fundamental innovations of surrealism. Attentive to the universe which surrounded him, as he was to the phantoms of his interior world, he was one of the first to recommend this vigilance, this control that the following generations, moving away from the surrealist movement, put at the forefront. He anticipated the movements of the years 1945-50, dominated by the powerful personalities of René Char, Henri Michaux, Saint-John Perse or Francis Ponge, then - after the bracket avant-gardist of the years 1960-70 - those of the poets eager to create a new lyricism and to introduce a certain form of crowned or, at least, a more modest approach to the mysteries of the universe, without radical questioning of the language: Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Dupin, Eugène Guillevic, Jean Grosjean, Andre Frénaud, Andre du Bouchet, Jean Follain, to mention only a few.

Nicolás López

Soccer

Nicolás Federico López Alonso, commonly known as Nico López is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Udinese.

Diego Pérez

Soccer Midfielder

Diego Fernando Pérez Aguado, nicknamed "Ruso", is a Uruguayan footballer who last played as a defensive midfielder for Italian Serie A club Bologna. He played for Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2011 editions of the Copa América. Pérez is one of the greatest representatives of the famous "garra Charrúa".

Nicolás Lodeiro

Soccer Midfielder

Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez, commonly known as Nicolás Lodeiro, is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Botafogo.

Marcelo Zalayeta

Soccer

Marcelo Danubio Zalayeta is an Uruguayan football striker, who currently plays for Peñarol.

Carlos Bueno

Soccer

Carlos Heber Bueno Suárez is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Belgrano in Argentina, as a striker.

Pedro Cea

Soccer

José Pedro Cea was an Uruguayan football player and coach.

Paolo Montero

Soccer

Rónald Paolo Montero Iglesias is a former Uruguayan footballer who played as a central defender or left back. He has been described as "skillful on the ball and calm under pressure", and a "wonderfully talented and intelligent footballer". His international reputation is one of a man who was "fearsome, immovable and essential, in a back line that conquered Italy and Europe.". He is well known for his poor disciplinary record and rough tackles as well as his long spell with Italian giants Juventus FC., which have earned him a reputation as "being something of an uncompromising hardman"; he currently holds the record for the greatest number of red cards received in Serie A.

Gustavo Munúa

Soccer

Gustavo Adolfo Munúa Vera is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for ACF Fiorentina in Italy, as a goalkeeper. He spent most of his professional career in Spain, namely at Deportivo de La Coruña where he could never be a starter in six seasons. He also played in the country for Málaga and Levante, being first-choice and appearing in 149 La Liga games over the course of one full decade. An Uruguayan international for six years, Munúa represented the country at the 2002 World Cup.

Diego Pérez

Tennis Player

Diego Pérez is a retired professional tennis player from Uruguay. Pérez turned pro in 1981, and won one ATP Tour singles and three doubles titles in his career, which lasted until 1995. He has the most singles wins for the Uruguay Davis Cup team.

Vicente Sánchez

Soccer Midfielder

Vicente Martín Sánchez Bragunde is a Uruguayan footballer. He currently plays for Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

Walter Pandiani

Soccer

Walter Gerardo Pandiani Urquiza is a Uruguayan footballer who plays as a striker. Nicknamed El Rifle, his best assets are his strength and aerial ability. His performances for Peñarol earned him a move to Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, where he remained for the vast majority of his career, also representing Mallorca, Espanyol and Osasuna. He also spent a year with Birmingham City in England. Over the course of 12 seasons, Pandiani amassed La Liga totals of 279 games and 82 goals.

Alfredo Zitarrosa

Musical Artist

Alfredo Zitarrosa was a Uruguayan singer, composer, poet, writer and journalist. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in the popular music of his country and Latin America in general.

Diego Laxalt

Soccer Midfielder

Diego Sebastián Laxalt Suárez is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays as a left or attacking midfielder for Serie A side Bologna F.C.. He's a youth exponent from the Defensor Sporting. He passed through the youth ranks in July 2012. He is left footed.

Sebastián Eguren

Soccer Midfielder

Sebastián Eguren Ledesma is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Palmeiras in Brazil, mainly as a defensive midfielder.

Tabaré Vázquez

Politician

Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas is a Uruguayan politician who was President of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010. A physician by training, he is a member of the leftist Frente Amplio coalition. Vázquez was elected president on October 31, 2004, took office on March 1, 2005, and relinquished the office on March 1, 2010. As president, Vázquez presided over considerable improvements in education and working conditions, a significant expansion of the welfare system, and a dramatic reduction in poverty, with the percentage of Uruguayans living in poverty falling from 32% to 20% of the population from 2004 to 2009.

Álvaro Rafael González

Soccer Midfielder

Álvaro Rafael González Luengo, nickname "Tata" is a Uruguayan football Midfielder who currently plays for Lazio in the Italian Serie A. The Uruguayan also plays as a full back for the capital team.

Ruben Rada

Bandleader

Rubén Rada is an Afro-Uruguayan percussionist, composer and singer. He is closely associated with Candombe, an Afro–Uruguayan rhythmic style music, which is based on the sound of three types of drums: ´chico´, ‘repique’ and ‘piano’. Rada has recorded more than 30 albums, which today are considered Uruguayan classics.

Rodrigo Mora

Soccer

Rodrigo Mora is a football player.

Jorge Andrés Martínez

Soccer Midfielder

Jorge Andrés Martínez Barrios is a Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Novara in the Italian Serie B, on loan from Juventus .

Jorge Fucile

Soccer

Jorge Ciro Fucile Perdomo is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for F.C. Porto in Portugal. A defender, he is equally at ease on the right or left flank. After starting out at Liverpool Montevideo he moved to Porto in Portugal, going on to appear in 153 official games over the course of six seasons and win 12 major titles, namely five national championships and the 2011 Europa League. An Uruguayan international since 2006, Fucile represented the country at the 2010 World Cup and the 2007 Copa América.

Rafael Viñoly

Architect

Rafael Viñoly is a Uruguayan architect.

Gabe Saporta

Alternative rock Artist

Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta is the lead singer and primary creative force behind the synthpop band Cobra Starship. He was previously the lead singer, bassist, and lyricist for the pop punk band Midtown. Cobra Starship is signed to the Decaydance record label. The band Cobra Starship released their second album ¡Viva La Cobra! on October 23, 2007. Their third album, Hot Mess, was released on August 11, 2009, and debuted at #4 on Billboard 200 albums chart with sales of more than 42,000.

Sergio Markarián

Coach

Sergio Apraham Markarián Abrahamian is a Uruguayan football coach of Armenian descent. He is currently the head coach of the Peruvian national football team.

Ignacio María González

Soccer Midfielder

Ignacio 'Nacho' María González Gatti is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Nacional de Football in Uruguay, as a midfielder.

Andrés Scotti

Soccer Midfielder

Andrés Scotti Ponce de León is a Uruguayan footballer that currently plays for Club Nacional de Football and the Uruguayan national team as centre back and very rarely as left back. Scotti is an offensive player despite of his position, has a very good air game, cold temper and high concentration when defending, a great physical condition, and a good defensive quality in the challenges with other players among his virtues of footballer. Also he is specialist in free kicks.

Gonzalo Bueno

Soccer

Gonzalo Diego Bueno Bingola is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Russian club Kuban and the Uruguay U20 national team.

Juan Manuel Salgueiro

Soccer

Juan Manuel Salgueiro Silva is an Uruguayan football striker who plays for Olimpia in the Paraguayan Primera División.

Darío Silva

Soccer

Darío Debray Silva Pereira is an Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a striker. After making a name for himself in his country and in Italy with Caglari, he spent the following seven years of his career in Spain – scoring 48 La Liga goals in 163 games, mostly for Málaga – before moving to England, where he suffered a serious car accident shortly after leaving Portsmouth, which caused him to lose a leg, and effectively end his career. Amongst other tournaments, Silva represented Uruguay at the 2002 World Cup, gaining nearly 50 caps.

China Zorrilla

Comedian

China Zorrilla is an award-winning Uruguayan theater, film and television actress. She has made over 40 appearances in film and TV since 1971. She has lived in Argentina for over 35 years and is active in the TV, theater and cinema of Argentina. A very popular star in the Rioplatense area, she is regarded as one of the Grand Dames of the South American theater stage. In 2008 Zorrilla was awarded the distinction of Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government. In 2011 the Correo Uruguayo released a postage stamp dedicated to Zorrilla, with a print run of 500 copies.

Mario Regueiro

Soccer Midfielder

Mario Ignacio Regueiro Pintos is an Uruguayan footballer who plays for Racing Club in Argentina. He plays mainly as a left winger, but is also capable of switching to the other side, and even appearing as a forward. He is known for his runs down the flank and ability to at drawing fouls in and around the box. During his professional career, he played mainly in Spain – eight seasons, seven of those in La Liga, with totals of 167 matches and 25 goals.

Rubén Sosa

Soccer

Ruben Sosa Arzaiz is a retired Uruguayan football forward. He was a member of the Uruguay national team and a plethora of clubs around the world.

Sebastián Fernández

Soccer

Sebastián Bruno Fernández Miglierina is an Uruguayan football forward who plays for Rayo Vallecano in Spain. He is commonly referred to as Seba Fernández.

Iván Alonso

Soccer

Iván Daniel Alonso Vallejo is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Club Nacional de Football as a striker. Gifted with an excellent aerial ability he is most noted for his Alavés stint, and spent the bulk of his professional career in Spain, playing for three teams and appearing in seven La Liga seasons, three each with Alavés and Espanyol.

Jorge Fossati

Soccer

Jorge Daniel Fossati Lurachi is a former Uruguayan footballer and coach who currently manages Al Ain. He was played as a goalkeeper, mainly in Peñarol. While playing at Peñarol, he helped the club win five league titles. He also had spells in Argentina with Independiente and Rosario Central, in Chile with Green Cross Temuco and with Brazilian team Coritiba. He played for Mandiyú de Corrientes, of Argentina in 1987 and in 1988, and respectively played for Brazilian clubs Avaí in 1989, and Coritiba in 1990.

Jaime Roos

Musical Artist

Jaime Roos is an Uruguayan singer, composer and record producer. In 2000, he won a Silver Condor Award for Best Score Musician in El Amateur. He has German blood from his father side. His grandfather migrated from Germany at the end of 19th century.

Daniel Fonseca

Soccer

Daniel Fonseca Garis is an Uruguayan former footballer, now a football agent. As a forward, he played for Italy's S.S.C Napoli, A.S. Roma and Juventus. Fonseca, nicknamed el castor, started his football career at Nacional, his local team in Uruguay, in 1988. He played 14 games in two years and scored 3 goals, winning the South American Cup Winners Cup whilst there. In 1990, he moved to Cagliari, scoring 17 goals in 50 appearances, playing mostly on the left than in the centre. In 1992 Napoli signed him and Fonseca managed a more impressive strike rate, scoring 31 goals in two seasons in Naples, including 5 goals against Valencia in the UEFA cup. This form brought attention from A.S. Roma, who promptly signed him in 1994. However, his three seasons were far from successful. He played as a second striker supporting the Argentine centre forward Abel Balbo, but, because of the many injuries he suffered, he played discontinuously. Juventus signed Fonseca in 1997, but again was played out of position on the left as he had been at Cagliari and AS Roma. His goalscoring record in Serie A was very good considering he was not always first choice at AS Roma and at Juventus. Fonseca was always regarded as a super sub and scored important goals coming off the bench. He won one Serie A title, a Champions League runner-up medal and the Supercoppa Italiana whilst there.

Sebastián Ribas

Soccer Midfielder

Sebastián César Helios Ribas Barbato is an Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Barcelona Sporting Club on loan from Serie A club Genoa.

Juana de Ibarbourou

Author

Juana Fernández Morales de Ibarbourou, also known as Juana de América, was a Uruguayan poet. She was one of the most popular poets of Spanish America. Her poetry, the earliest of which is often highly erotic, is notable for her identification of her feelings with nature around her.

Juan Guillermo Castillo

Soccer

Juan Guillermo Castillo Iriart is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Uruguayan Primera División club Danubio and the Uruguayan national football team as goalkeeper. Castillo began his career with the Defensor Sporting youth team and made his Uruguayan Primera División debut in the 1999 season. He was loaned to Huracán Buceo in 2001. However, he soon moved on to Peñarol and made his debut in 2006. After a good spell with Peñarol, two years later in 2008, he joined to Brazilian Série A side Botafogo. In December 2009, he was released of the club and then he moved to Colombian side Deportivo Cali, in where he remained one season, winning the 2010 Copa Colombia. In the next season, he abandoned the club for high costs and then signed a one–season deal with Colo-Colo for play the national tournament and the 2011 Copa Libertadores. However, he had a very regular season and was sacked of the club in December. On 16 February 2012, he joined to Liverpool de Montevideo in the transfer deadline day of the South American football. At international level, Castillo played for Uruguay's adult team since 2007. He made senior debut in 2008, and has generally been selected as the second-choice keeper behind Fernando Muslera. He was part of the Uruguay squad for the 2010 World Cup and one year later, he won the 2011 Copa América, earning him his first international honour, despite not making an appearance in the competition.

Julio Sosa

Tango Artist

Julio María Sosa Venturini, usually referred to simply as Julio Sosa or El Varón del Tango, was a Uruguayan tango singer. Sosa was born in Las Piedras, a Canelones Department suburb of Montevideo, Uruguay. He moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1949, where he became famous with the Orquesta Francini-Pontier the Orquesta típica formed by the violinist Enrique Mario Francini and the bandoneonist Armando Pontier . Working with numerous other orchestras, he was reunited with Pontier in 1955, with whom he recorded several best-selling albums on the RCA Victor and Columbia labels and became one of the most important tango singers in the genre's history. He married Nora Ulfed in 1958 and had a daughter. His marriage ended in separation, however, and he settled into a relationship with Susana Merighi. Nicknamed El Varón del Tango, Sosa also published a book of poetry, Dos horas antes del alba, in 1960. Following his switch to Columbia Records in 1961, the Pontier orchestra incorporated a new bandoneonist, Leopoldo Federico, and the association helped make the group the most successful in its genre, at the time.

Martín Silva

Soccer

Martín Andrés Silva Leites is a Uruguayan footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Paraguayan Primera Division side Club Olimpia and the Uruguay national football team.

Jules Laforgue

Author

Jules Laforgue was an Franco-Uruguayan poet, often referred to as a Symbolist poet. Critics and commentators have also pointed to Impressionism as a direct influence and his poetry has been called "part-symbolist, part-impressionist".

Carlos Diogo

Soccer Midfielder

Carlos Andrés Diogo Enseñat is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for K.A.A. Gent in the Belgian Pro League. A player of great physical strength, he operates as a defender or midfielder, on the right side of the pitch.

Ever Hugo Almeida

Soccer

Ever Hugo Almeida is a Paraguayan former footballer who played as a goalkeeper and is currently manager of Asunción side Olimpia. Almeida was born in Salto, Uruguay, but became a naturalized Paraguayan in 1975.

Jorge Larrionda

Football Referee

Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa is FIFA football referee from Uruguay who has officiated at international matches since 1998. He is currently one of the world's top referees, having had the highest moment of his career during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which he officiated four matches, including a semifinal between Portugal and France. However, his refereeing style has also won him many critics, especially because of the high number of red cards he has shown, earning him the nickname "Red Card Larrionda". Larrionda has made several controversial decisions during matches involving the United States, and is often vilified amongst American fans. Larrionda is also well known in South America, having participated in countless matches of continental competitions such as the Copa Libertadores and the Campeonato Uruguayo. He was preselected as a referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Diego Fagúndez

Soccer Midfielder

Diego Santiago Fagúndez Pepe is a Uruguayan-American footballer who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Erwin Schrott

Singer

Erwin Schrott is an operatic bass-baritone, particularly known for his interpretation of the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Delmira Agustini

Poet

Delmira Agustini, a Uruguayan poet, is considered one of the greatest female Latin American poets of the early 20th century.

Rubén Olivera

Soccer Midfielder

Rubén Ariel Olivera da Rosa is a Uruguayan footballer who plays for Serie A side Fiorentina. He began his career in Danubio and signed by Juventus F.C., and made his Serie A debut in 2–1 win to A.S. Roma, 19 April 2003. He was on loan to Atlético Madrid in the second-half of the 03–04 season, after he did not make any appearance, also not playing any match in 2005–06 season. In 2007, while playing for Sampdoria, he was banned for 5 matches for giving away a punch in the ribs and a kick in the groin on an opponent player. For the 2009–10 season, he went back to Uruguay for Peñarol, On 1 July 2010, he returned to Italy for Lecce, signed a 3-year contract.

Alcides Ghiggia

Soccer Winger

Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia is a former Italian Uruguayan football player. He achieved lasting fame for his decisive role in the final match of the 1950 World Cup. He is also the only surviving member of the Uruguayan team that defeated Brazil in that particular game. Ghiggia, an excellent dribbler on the right wing, 1,69 m tall and 62 kg light, is considered one of the best wingers of the 1950s. The World Cup winner of 1950 played for the national sides of Uruguay and Italy. He also played for the club sides of the Peñarol and Danubio in Montevideo and AS Roma and AC Milan in Italy.

Álvaro Fernández

Soccer Midfielder

Álvaro Fernández is a Uruguayan footballer. He currently plays as a midfielder for Nacional on loan from the Chicago Fire.

Marcel Felder

Tennis Player

Marcel Felder is a Uruguayan professional tennis player. He is right-handed. In 2009 he was ranked his high of # 227 in singles, and in 2012 he was ranked his high of # 82 in doubles. In Davis Cup play, through September 2013 he is 21-14 in singles, and 12-10 in doubles. As of September 2013, he held the Uruguay record for most Davis Cup wins in doubles. His father is Geraldo, and his mother is Judith. He has a brother named Andres, and a sister, Celine. Felder began playing tennis at four years of age. As a junior, his career-high rankings were # 4 in singles, and # 5 in doubles, both in 2002. In February 2007 he played for the Uruguay Davis Cup team against Jamaica. Felder won a gold medal in men's tennis at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

Cristian Gonzáles

Soccer Forward

Cristian Gonzáles is an Uruguayan-born Indonesian naturalisation footballer who plays as a striker for Arema Cronous. He has been 4 times Liga Indonesia top scorer and has scored 191 goals in the Liga Indonesia. In his early career he played along with Álvaro Recoba in the Uruguay U-20. As of 3 November 2010, he officially holds an Indonesian passport and has become the first naturalized player to be called up to the Indonesian national football team.

Elli Medeiros

Singer

Elli Medeiros is a singer and actress.

Fernando Espuelas

Entrepreneur

Fernando Espuelas is an American entrepreneur, author, media personality and philanthropist. Espuelas is one of the pioneers of the consumer Internet. He is the co-founder and first CEO of Starmedia, the first pan-Latin Internet portal, launched in 1996 and now part of Orange, France Telecom's Internet services company. Starmedia was the first venture-capital backed Latin Internet company and also the first initial public offering in the Latin Internet industry. According to the Harvard Business School case StarMedia: Launching a Latin American Revolution, "by the fall of 1999,StarMedia had sprinted to a sizable lead in the race to acquire Latin American Internet users. Its pan-regional, horizontal portal was the first to target Spanish- and Portuguese-language speakers on the Internet, registering 1.2 billion page views in the third quarter of 1999. Thirty-three-year-old StarMedia co-founder Fernando Espuelas was the toast of "Silicon Alley" and a recognized hero throughout Latin America. A picture of him on the cover of Internet World magazine--ripping his shirt open to show the Starmedia logo, like Superman, summed up the spirit of the company."

Fabián Carini

Soccer

Héctor Fabián Carini Hernández is a Uruguayan football goalkeeper who plays for Sociedad Deportivo Quito in the Ecuadorian Serie A from Ecuador.

Mauricio Victorino

Soccer

Mauricio Bernardo Victorino Dansilo is a Uruguayan football defender, currently playing for Cruzeiro.

Víctor Púa

Soccer

Víctor Haroldo Púa Sosa is a retired Uruguayan football player and currently a football manager. He coached the Uruguay U-20 national team, finishing runner-up in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was appointed to coach the Uruguay national team in the 1999 Copa América, earning second place honors. In 2001 he was chosen to replace Daniel Passarella, qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup after finishing 5th in the South American zone and winning a playoff against Australia. Uruguay was drawn into group A alongside world champions France, Denmark and eventual tournament revelation Senegal. After a defeat to Denmark and a 0-0 draw with France, Uruguay had to beat Senegal to make it to the next round. Despite coming back from a 0-3 at half time, Richard Morales narrowly missed a fourth goal with the goalkeeper down, which left Uruguay in 3rd place and out of the next round. In 2004 he coached Argentine side Rosario Central but resigned after only 2 matches, because of differences with the board and a defeat to Newell's Old Boys in the local derby.

Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Soccer

Juan Alberto "Pepe" Schiaffino Villano was an Italian-Uruguayan football player. He played inside forward, in particular with CA Peñarol and AC Milan, and won the 1950 FIFA World Cup with the Uruguayan national team. Schiaffino was renowned as proficient creator and assister, best known for his technique and vision. He was ranked as the best Uruguayan footballer of all time by an IFFHS poll.

Obdulio Varela

Soccer

Obdulio Jacinto Muiños Varela was a Uruguayan football player. He was the captain of the Uruguayan national team that won the 1950 World Cup after beating Brazil in the decisive final round match popularly known as the Maracanazo. He was nicknamed "El Negro Jefe" because of his dark skin and the influence he had on the pitch, and especially after the unlikely victory over Brazil. Commonly regarded as one of the greatest classic holding midfielders, Varela was adept in defence and was renowned for his tenacity and leadership.

Marco Banderas

Pornographic actor

Marco Banderas is a pornographic actor, director and singer.

Luca Barbareschi

Actor

Luca Barbareschi is an Italian-Uruguayan actor, television presenter and politician, member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He was one of four actors whom the Italian police believed had been murdered in the making of the 1980 horror film Cannibal Holocaust. So realistic was the film that shortly after it was released its director Ruggero Deodato was arrested for murder. The actors had signed contracts to stay out of the media for a year in order to fuel rumours that the film was a snuff movie. The court was only convinced that they were alive when the contracts were cancelled and the actors appeared on a television show as proof. In 2008 he was elected as Member of the Italian Parliament at the Chamber of Deputies with Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party People of Freedom. In 2010 he joined, with other 32 deputies and 10 senators, the Gianfranco Fini's new party "Future and Freedom for Italy". In 2012 he made a great stir when he knocked out an Italian journalist who was asking about his absence from sessions of parliament.

Adrián Romero

Soccer

Adrián Marcelo Romero González is an Uruguayan football defender.

Joaquín Boghossian

Soccer

Joaquín Boghossián is an Uruguayan-Armenian football player who currently plays forward for Argentine Primera División club Quilmes. He formerly played for the Uruguay U-20 team.

Gonzalo Castro Irizábal

Soccer Midfielder

Gonzalo "Chori" Castro Irizábal is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Real Sociedad in Spain, as a winger.