July 26th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Team spirit makes Uruguay a World Cup contender

Uruguay's players celebrate after beating Paraguay 3-0 in the 2011 Copa America final.
Uruguay's players celebrate after beating Paraguay 3-0 in the 2011 Copa America final.

Size isn’t everything. If it was, there would be no way Uruguay could ever be as successful as it is at football. Despite a population of only 3.5 million people, the tiny South American nation has recently enjoyed a spectacular renaissance, making the semifinals of the World Cup last year and winning a record 15th Copa America title last weekend.

How has this happened? A lot of people have pointed to the fantastic performances of star players Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez. However, there is more to it than that.

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