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Uruguay release World Cup roster, and yes, Luis Suárez is included

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On Saturday, Uruguay released their final 23-man roster for the 2014 World Cup. Unsurprisingly, Luis Suárez is included in the list of players bound for Brazil.

Head coach Óscar Tabárez didn’t have a lot of cuts to make ahead of the tournament’s start. Uruguay’s preliminary roster included just 25 players. Only Sebastian Eguren and Alejandro Silva, both of whom play their club football in South America, were cut. Tabárez is set to go heavy on attack.

In addition to Suárez, Edinson Cavani of PSG, Abel Hernández of Palermo and Diego Forlán of Cerezo Osaka are all included. But when it comes to goals, Uruguay may do well to look to Diego Godín.

The center back scored the equalizer against Barcelona that earned Atlético Madrid the La Liga title. He followed that goal up with the opener against Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Who’s to say he won’t score the decisive goal that lifts Uruguay over Italy, England or Costa Rica to move on to the Round of 16?

Uruguay’s 2014 World Cup Roster

Goalkeepers : Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto)

Midfielders: Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Walter Gargano (Parma), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Diego Perez (Bologna), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Christian Stuani (Espanyol)

Costa Rica announces 23-man World Cup squad

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Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto revealed his 23-man roster on Friday.

The Ticos, currently 34th in FIFA’s rankings, have been hit hard by injury. As expected, Everton defender Bryan Oviedo will not recover from a broken leg in time to make the trip to Brazil. Defender Kendall Waston and midfielder Carlos Hernandez also did not make the final squad.

Perhaps the most depressing exclusion is that of Real Salt Lake forward Álvaro Saborío. At 32, Saborío has 93 caps for Costa Rica, and this would almost certainly be his final chance to play in a World Cup. But the forward broke his hand in training on Thursday, and will not be able to play in the tournament.

The injuries have made Costa Rica’s task in Brazil even more formidable. The Ticos face Uruguay, England and Italy in Group D.

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano)

Defenders: Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa)

Midfielders: Michael Barrantes (Aalesunds), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Celso Borges (AIK), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Christian Bolaños (Copenhagen)

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Bryan Ruiz (PSV), Randall Brenes (Carthaginian), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Marco Urena (Kuban Krasnodar)

Spain announces 23-man roster for World Cup

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On Saturday, Vicente del Bosque announced the 23-man squad that will represent Spain in the 2014 World Cup. The biggest news is that, despite his injury woes, Atlético Madrid star Diego Costa is included in the squad.

Of course, with Spain, the story’s often more about who’s staying home than who’s headed to the World Cup. Some of the choices made by del Bosque seem curious.

After scoring against Bolivia in Spain’s friendly on Friday evening, Fernando Torres is included in the final list – despite having just five goals for Chelsea this season. However, that means Fernando Llorente, who netted sixteen for Juventus in Serie A, stays home. Considering Llorente offers a much different option and could fill in for Costa should the Atléti man’s fitness fail once more, this seems rather short-sighted from del Bosque.

The coach has also eliminated Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal, who played 31 games for his side this season, while bringing the aging Juanfran, who’s struggling with fitness. Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno also didn’t make the cut.

Despite speculation that Juan Mata wouldn’t make the trip, the Manchester United man is included in the final 23. That’s at the expense of others such as Ander Iturraspe of Athletic Bilbao and Jesus Navas of Manchester City. Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara withdrew with injury.

Navas’s City teammate, Alvaro Negredo, also didn’t make the cut, with Barcelona’s Pedro and Atlético Madrid’s David Villa round out del Bosque’s forwards.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Forwards: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Netherlands 23-man World Cup roster finalized

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Louis van Gaal announced on Saturday the 23 men that will be representing Netherlands in Brazil.

There aren’t many surprises from van Gaal. With the exception of Rafael van der Vaart, who misses out with injury, he cut young players from the domestic league. As a result, Holland’s bringing a rather aging side to the 2014 World Cup. Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelar, and Robin van Persie will all be 30 when the tournament starts, and Dirk Kuyt is nearly 34. Dutch fans will be hoping these attackers all have some gas left in the tank.

The seven men that will remain at home are goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet (PSV); defenders Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse) and Karim Rekik (PSV); midfielders  Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg) and Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord); and forwards Quincy Promes (Twente) and Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord).

Netherlands play their first game on June 13, opening against Spain. Chile and Australia are also included in Group B.

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Michel Vorm (Swansea City)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij, Daryl Janmaat, Terence Kongolo, Bruno Martins Indi (all Feyenoord), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax)
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)

As friendlies play out and we edge ever closer to the June 2nd deadline, expect to see more information on who’s heading to Brazil – and who’s sad about staying behind.

Rafael van der Vaart to miss World Cup after injury in training

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The Netherlands provisional roster is down to 29, thanks to an injury to Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

That makes two high-profile midfielders down for the count, as Kevin Strootman was lost for the tournament during AS Roma’s season.

MORE: Soccerly – Van der Vaart to miss World Cup

The 31-year-old attacker hurt his calf during training for Louis van Gaal’s unit, and will not participate in the 2014 World Cup.

The two-time vice captain did not score in his previous World Cups, 2006 and 2010, and was hoping to rectify that in Brazil.

Here are the remaining midfielders currently in Dutch camp:  Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven).

Van der Vaart is in his second stint with Hamburg after spending time at Tottenham, Ajax and Real Madrid. He has 25 goals for country in 109 caps.