World Cup 2014: Player profile - Diego Lugano, the Uruguay defender
Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer
Saturday 29 March 2014
The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past, but who will be the star of the show?
With 75 days to go until things kick-off, check out our latest instalment of 100 players to look out for at the competition below.
75. Diego Lugano (Uruguay)
Centre-half Lugano knows what it takes to be successful in the world’s biggest football spectacle after captaining his side to the semi-final stage in South Africa four years ago, eventually being voted the best skipper of the tournament. He was first given the national team armband when Le Celeste faced England in 2006 and has gone on to earn 92 caps and counting for his country.
However, his domestic career has been hampered by injury and poor form, and after sealing a move to Midlands outfit West Brom last summer, has failed to hold down a regular starting spot. He’s been limited to just five starts for the Baggies.
Despite being a centre-half, he’s managed nine goals at international level. He’s one of four Uruguayan’s currently playing in England’s top division but after suffering a twisted knee against Austria in his countries last international outing, his hopes of breaking into Pepe Mel’s starting XI and helping his new team avoid relegation look slim.
Did you know? It was compatriot Luis Suarez that convinced Lugano to move to the Premier League
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech to Arsenal: How does the £11m deal compare with the Gunners' best ever Premier League signings?
Wimbledon 2015: Andy Murray tests himself with practice games against Rafael Nadal
Paulinho leaves Tottenham: Former Spurs midfielder agrees £9.8m transfer to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande
Copa America 2015: When does it start, what channel is it on and who should I support?
Arsenal sign Petr Cech: Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey - and even Wojciech Szczesny welcome goalkeeper
- 1 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 Tunisian builder has been hailed a hero after knocking gunman to the ground with roof tiles
- 4 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 5 E.L James's #AskELJames Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned