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With all the qualifiers finally done and dusted and the names of 32 teams in their respective pots it was time for the long awaited draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As always there are a few teams that would be a little disappointed with the draw they got, perhaps none more so than Costa Rica in Group D, who find themselves stuck with a whole host of former winners - Uruguay, England and Italy!

Here's how the groups look...

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has thrown his weight behind unsettled striker Luis Suarez, giving fans reason to believe that the 26 year old Uruguayan international will not quit Anfield this summer.

Carragher, who retired from Liverpool this summer and is on course to becoming a media pundit, shared in an interview with the Metro, “Suarez is very important for the team and you want to be keeping your best players, which is what he is.”

Luis Suarez had asked Liverpool to allow him to leave the club last month. The Uruguayan blamed the media for making his life in Liverpool difficult and declared that he wanted to test himself at the highest level of the game by moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

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Brazil beat Uruguay 2-1 at the Belo Horizonte in an ill tempered and rather feisty all-South-American clash to advance to the Final of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The match was not much of a spectacle as it lacked the quality that one would usually associate with the beautiful game, and was instead littered with fouls and rarely featured good flowing football.

Much like Brazil’s final group game against Italy there was little to talk about in the first 40 odd minutes barring a David Luiz foul on the Uruguayan captain Diego Lugano in the penalty area which was spotted by the referee. Diego Forlan stepped up to take the penalty but was thwarted by Julio Cesar much to the delight of the partisan fans.

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The SA President’s XV started their IRB Tbilisi Cup campaign strongly on Friday as they thumped Uruguay 37-9 in a one-sided encounter at the Avchala Rugby Stadium in Georgia.

The team scored six tries in total, three of which were earned in the first half.

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Luis Suarez has been a hero to Liverpool fans and pantomime villain to the rest of the Premier League since his move from Ajax in 2011 and the Uruguayan’s days in English football could be numbered after yet another controversy. Suarez was at the centre of everything during Liverpool’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Chelsea yesterday, providing an assist and scoring a late equalizer. But his dark side stole the headlines as he was again caught out for a deliberate hand-ball inside the box and more damagingly, he bit into the shoulder of Branislav Ivanovic during a scuffle inside the box.

It isn’t the first time the 26 year old has used his teeth to do the talking on the pitch as he was banned for seven games in the Dutch Eredivisie for a similar incident, which ultimately brought his Ajax career to an end. Liverpool could follow suit if the comments from the club are anything to go by, although the player has come out and apologized for his inexcusable actions. The FA are now expected to take retrospective action against Suarez, which will all but end his season for Liverpool.

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Australia have claimed the Shield in emphatic fashion at the Las Vegas Sevens, securing a 41-0 win over Uruguay on day three of the tournament. The Australians found themselves contesting the Shield in the fifth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series after leaving the pool stage with just one win from three and falling to England in the Bowl quarter-final.

Australian coach Michael O'Connor said inexperience and a lack of mental toughness cost his team. "I'm bitterly disappointed, I'm not happy," O'Connor said. "We're a young squad and we find it difficult to get mentally to where is needed. We have to get tougher mentally. You need mental toughness to tackle that second tournament."

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Argentina continued to set the pace in the South American World Cup Qualifying group as Lionel Messi inspired them to a 3-0 victory over Uruguay last night. The Colombians stayed in touch with Argentina after a 2-0 defeat of Paraguay courtesy of a brace from Radamel Falcao. Ecuador also marched on with a 3-1 victory over Colombia while Bolivia drew 1-1 with Peru.

The Argentines were frustrated by the Uruguayans for most of the 1st half, with Messi the only attacker coming close for the home side. They had to wait until the 2nd half to break open the Uruguayan defence and unsurprisingly it was the little magician who was at the heart of the move as he fed the ball to Angel Di Maria on the left and raced into the box to meet the square pass to put Argentina 1-0 ahead after 55 minutes. The pair were involved for the 2nd goal ten minutes later, with a similar move ending with Sergio Aguero turning in the cross from close range. Messi then capped off a satisfactory evening's work by rolling a free-kick under the wall in the 80th minute. The Albiceleste sit atop the standings with 19 times, five ahead of Uruguay in 4th spot.

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