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Oscar Tabarez
Gender Male
Ethnic Uruguayan
Job Uruguayan Football Coach
Desc Known as El Maestro - the teacher - the native of Montevideo has been doing great work with Uruguay for over a decade. After reaching an unlikely semi-final in 2010, they went on to win the Copa America in 2011 and qualify ahead of England and Italy out of the group in the 2014 World Cup.


Club as Player Uruguay National Team [Head Coach]

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez and The FIFA Ban] We know the mistakes he’s made, but there’s another side to this person. The severity was excessive. Many times you forget that the scapegoat is a person, who has rights

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He (Suarez) is a great forward, an elite player among forwards in the world

2016 10 08 Retrieve

[Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez following their win over Venezuela in Russia 2018 qualifying] He who believes that by winning these games we have become a super team is dreaming, is delusional

2019 06 27 Retrieve

[Oscar Tabarez underlined after Suarez’s first game back off the bench in a warm-up friendly against Panama] He has great commitment to this country’s football. Today he looked like a player who had come off playing seven or eight games.

2019 06 30 Retrieve

[Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez offered no excuses after his side slumped out of the Copa America with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru. Luis Suarez’s miss with Uruguay’s opening spot-kick proved costly in Salvador, with Peru converting all of their penalties to book their place in the last four] The result caused us a great disappointment, but we must accept it. We came with the idea of winning, we tried to impose our game and could not. You have to know how to lose. We failed in one aspect, the offsides. We committed seven offsides, three of them ended in a goal.

There is no excuse. I do not come here to justify anything. We could not win, we misjudged. The opponent came with a plan and it was not possible to win. I see it from that point of view. There are no teams that always win and there are no teams that always lose. We are going to continue on this path, learning from this defeat to keep growing

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez said it is premature to think Luis Suarez’s time with the national team is over] Every player wears out during his career. In the 60’s I read an article about Pele, I don’t need to introduce him, written by doctors saying that Pele had the body of someone 20 years older than him. So, how long has Suarez been on the national team? He’s here from 2007. How many games he played? How many goals he scored? How many times did he play injured? How many times he had surprising recoveries?

For how quick they were or how they scaped normal things like the necessary recovery time and he overcame that, so I think it’s rushed and it’s not knowing the player [Suarez] saying he’s over. Not at all. Time will tell who’s right. We have a lot of confidence on him being fit. It’s very hard to guess the future of a player. I didn’t guess what Luis Suarez has achieved in football. In 2006, when he first came here to train I saw things on him that weren’t normal, but there was no way I could imagine, from there, all the career he had. I don’t take credit on that either. The credit is his. He did all that. He had ups and downs, he made mistakes, but every time he came, he brought something new.

He was the top scorer in Groningen, he went to Ajax, he became Ajax’s captain with just 21 years old, then moving to Liverpool, all the goals he scored, he keeps breaking records… With a huge wear out that has given him some problems but he always keeps his head up. That’s the kind of player that sets an era in a national team, and in a given time those players were youngsters. So you have to pay attention to them sometime and if you see something, you help them out. What Luis Suarez has given to Uruguayan football is huge. Never mind the chance that he can give something little from now on. I hope he can still give us something. I’m not 100 per cent sure, he can have some problem. But we can’t worry just for one injury or missing one game

2020 01 15 Retrieve

[On Goncalves’ advice, Uruguay Under-15 coach Alejandro Garay called him up at the end of 2012, and Valverde went on to represent the Celeste at every age group until Oscar Tabarez gave the youngster his senior bow in 2017, less than a month after his 19th birthday] I have known Valverde since he came to the [Celeste youth academy] Complex when he was 13. I have followed all his progress. He was a very different footballer to what he is now. He was tiny, skinny. And he was different in terms of his personality: he was extremely shy. But the youth trainers at his club and in the national team could see that he had things normal players do not have, above all a vision of the game which was surprising at such a young age. I was not 100 per cent sure he would turn out as good as he has, because I knew I was putting a lot of pressure on him […] but I think he has taken a big step and I have the satisfaction of his contribution to our win and that he answered me. He made sure I was not wrong