Suarez named in Uruguay Olympic squad

Published Jul 09, 2012 03:50pm

Luis Suarez. -Photo by AFP

MONTEVIDEO: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was one of three over-age players included in the 18-man Uruguay squad for the Olympic Games that was announced here on Monday.

Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez has also named prolific Napoli striker Edinson Cavani and Palermo's Egidio Arevalo Rios as players over the age of 23 in the squad that will compete in Group A alongside Great Britain, Senegal and the United Arab Emirates.

Other familiar faces include Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, Ajax midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro and Palermo attacker Abel Hernandez.

Uruguay, who won last year's Copa America and finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup, will face the United Arab Emirates in their opening game on July 26.

Uruguay famously won football gold at the 1924 Summer Games in Paris and again four years later in Amsterdam.

Uruguay squad

Goalkeepers: Martin Campana (Cerro Largo), Leandro Gelpi (Penarol) Defenders: Sebastian Coates (Liverpool/ENG), Diego Polenta (Genoa/ITA), Ramon Arias (Defensor Sporting), Alexis Rolin (Nacional), Emiliano Albin (Penarol).

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Palermo/ITA), Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax/NED), Matias Aguirregaray (Palermo/ITA), Gaston Ramirez (Bologna/ITA), Maximiliano Calzada (Nacional), Diego Rodriguez (Defensor Sporting)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool/ENG), Edinson Cavani (Napoli/ITA), Abel Hernandez (Palermo/ITA), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Tabare Viudez (Nacional)

Stand-by: Alejandro Silva (Fenix), Marcelo Silva (Penarol), Federico Pintos (Defensor Sporting), Martin Rodriguez (Wanderers)

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