Uruguay and South Korea are expected to produce entertainment when they launch Group H at the 2022 FIFA World Cup by playing each other.
Two-time World Cup winners Uruguay have lost one of their last nine internationals in 2022, making them favourites – but South Korea are in their 11th World Cup, the most by any Asian nation.
South Korea have lost one of their last nine matches, winning six times on that run and recording 1-0 victories over Cameroon and Iceland in their two most recent games.
Here’s the latest team news, squad details and the possible starting sides for the nations.
Uruguay vs. South Korea lineups
Much could depend on the fortunes of the forwards in this game, not to mention their availability.
For Uruguay, Luis Suarez is targeting a prolific tournament in his final World Cup campaign at the age of 35 and could partner Darwin Nunez, of Suarez’s former side Liverpool.
Valencia and former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is recovering from an ankle injury but could still feature for the South American side.
Tottenham and South Korea star Son Heung-min has been passed fit for the World Cup despite fracturing a bone around his eye earlier this month.
Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan and Hwang Ui-jo, of Olympiacos, will also be hoping to shine on the international stage after struggling to score for their club teams this season.
Uruguay projected starting 11
(4-4-2, right to left): 23. Rochet (GK) — 22. Caceres, 3. Godin, 2. Gimenez, 16. Olivera — 15. Valverde, 5. Vecino, 6. Bentancur, 7. De la Cruz — 11. Nunez, 9. Suarez
- Injured: None
- Suspended: None
Question marks remain around the fitness of Cavani and Barcelona defender Ronaldo Araujo, who will likely not take part in this game. Veterans Diego Godin and Luis Suarez are both expected to start.
South Korea projected starting 11
(4-4-2 , right to left): 1. S. Kim (GK) — 25. J. Park, 4. M. Kim, 16. J.G. Yoon, 20, K. Kwon — 22. C. Kwon, 5. Jung, 8. S.H. Paik, 10. J. Lee — 7. Son, 9. Cho
- Injured: none
- Suspended: none
Son is expected to feature prominently in Qatar but will be donning a face mask to protect his injury.
World Cup squads
Here are the 26 names on each team’s squad lists at the World Cup in Qatar:
|Goalkeeper||Fernando Muslera||Galatasaray (TUR)||36||133|
|Goalkeeper||Sergio Rochet||Nacional (URU)||29||8|
|Goalkeeper||Sebastian Sosa||Independiente (ARG)||36||1|
|Defender||Ronald Araujo||Barcelona (ESP)||23||12|
|Defender||Martin Caceres||LA Galaxy (USA)||35||115|
|Defender||Sebastian Coates||Sporting CP (POR)||32||47|
|Defender||Jose Maria Gimenez||Atletico Madrid (ESP)||27||78|
|Defender||Diego Godin||Velez Sarsfield (ARG)||36||159|
|Defender||Mathias Olivera||Napoli (ITA)||24||8|
|Defender||Jose Luis Rodriguez||Nacional (URU)||25||9|
|Defender||Guillermo Varela||Flamengo (BRA)||29||9|
|Defender||Matias Vina||AS Roma (ITA)||24||26|
|Midfielder||Rodrigo Bentancur||Tottenham (ENG)||25||51|
|Midfielder||Nicolas De La Cruz||River Plate (ARG)||25||17|
|Midfielder||Facundo Pellistri||Manchester United (ENG)||20||7|
|Midfielder||Lucas Torreira||Galatasaray (TUR)||26||40|
|Midfielder||Manuel Ugarte||Sporting (POR)||21||6|
|Midfielder||Federico Valverde||Real Madrid (ESP)||24||44|
|Midfielder||Matias Vecino||Lazio (ITA)||31||62|
|Forward||Agustin Canobbio||Athletico Paranaense (BRA)||24||3|
|Forward||Edinson Cavani||Valencia (ESP)||35||133|
|Forward||Giorgian De Arrascaeta||Flamengo (BRA)||28||40|
|Forward||Maxi Gomez||Trabzonspor (TUR)||26||27|
|Forward||Darwin Nunez||Liverpool (ENG)||23||13|
|Forward||Luis Suarez||Nacional (URU)||35||134|
|Forward||Facundo Torres||Orlando City (USA)||22||10|
|Goalkeeper||Kim Seung-gyu||Al Shabab (KSA)||32||66|
|Goalkeeper||Song Bum-keun||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||25||1|
|Goalkeeper||Jo Hyeon-woo||Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)||31||22|
|Defender||Kwon Kyung-won||Gamba Osaka (JAP)||30||27|
|Defender||Kim Moon-hwan||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||27||21|
|Defender||Kim Min-jae||Napoli (ITA)||25||44|
|Defender||Kim Young-gwon||Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)||32||95|
|Defender||Kim Jin-su||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||30||61|
|Defender||Kim Taehwan||Ulsan Hyundai (KOR)||33||18|
|Defender||Yoon Jong-gyu||FC Seoul (KOR)||24||3|
|Defender||Cho Yu-min||Daejeon (KOR)||25||3|
|Midfielder||Hong Chul||Daegu FC (KOR)||32||46|
|Midfielder||Kwon Chang-hoon||Gimcheon Sangmu (KOR)||28||41|
|Midfielder||Na Sang-ho||FC Seoul (KOR)||26||23|
|Midfielder||Paik Seungho||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||25||13|
|Midfielder||Son Jun-ho||Shandong Taishan (CHN)||30||14|
|Midfielder||Son Heung-min||Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)||30||105|
|Midfielder||Son Mink-yu||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||23||2|
|Midfielder||Lee Kang-in||Mallorca (SPA)||21||5|
|Forward||Lee Jae-sung||Mainz 05 (GER)||30||64|
|Forward||Jung Wooyoung||Al-Sadd (QAT)||32||66|
|Forward||Jeon Woo-yeong||SC Freiburg (GER)||23||9|
|Forward||Hwang In-beom||Olympiacos (GRE)||26||37|
|Forward||Hwang Hee-han||Wolves (ENG)||26||49|
|Forward||Cho Gue-sung||Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR)||24||15|
|Forward||Hwang Ui-jo||Olympiacos (GRE)||30||39|