Uruguay needed a play-off against Jordan to reach the World Cup finals. The team looked incapable of troubling many teams in Brazil during a tortuous qualification campaign, but La Celeste had a similarly difficult path in 2010 and surprised the world with a semi-final finish.
To put it simply, the Uruguayan national team never looks more dangerous than when it has been written out of contention: 1950, anybody?
Forty days before the show itself kicks off with holders Brazil facing Croatia, who is likely to make coach Oscar Tabarez's list and represent Los Charruas in their neighbour's backyard? Dividing the nation's hopefuls by position, I look over the candidates and predict who will be on the plane aiming for another Maracanazo.