In spite of the country's tiny population, Uruguay has the right to be regarded as a footballing power, both historically and in recent times.
Their exit from the 2014 World Cup at the first knockout phase must be regarded as something of a disappointment, then, especially considering the fact they had already escaped from an extremely tough group.
Wins against England and Italy counted for little as Uruguay were bundled out by a superior Colombia side who defeated them 2-0 on Saturday.
So what went wrong for the side who made the semi-finals in 2010 and won the 2011 Copa America?
Here are four reasons the Uruguayans came up short in Brazil.