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Old 06-23-10, 05:37 AM
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Jonathan Wilson: Disciplined Uruguay could be dark horse

On the wall of Oscar Washington Tabarez's house in Montevideo hangs a plaque bearing the motto, "One must toughen oneself without ever losing tenderness." It is a line attributed to Che Guevara, and marks El Maestro, as he has known, in the grand tradition of left-leaning South American footballing intellectuals. It is also a line that seems to summarize Tabarez's soccer philosophy; his Uruguay team is one rooted on a defense strong enough to keep three successive clean sheets in this World Cup, and yet it still has a swagger and a charm.

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