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March 18, 1986 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
The guerrillas of yesterday were playing street soccer in a poor part of town. Their goalkeeper was white-haired but tenacious, and his old comrades in revolution scored few goals against him. Maybe it was the light. In Uruguay, it looks like dusk for the guerrillas, although they think it is dawn. Julio Marenales Saenz, 56, watched the play with paternal affection. He is strong and wiry, with a thick shock of gray hair. He is a teacher, a mason, a Marxist, a bank robber, a terrorist.
March 11, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell and Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Over lamb chops and cuts of beef, President Bush chatted amiably Saturday at this presidential retreat with a former leader of a legendary band of leftist guerrillas known as the Tupamaros. "I respect you and I'm proud to be in your country," Bush told Jose "Pepe" Mujica, who is now Uruguay's minister of agriculture and livestock, according to a White House aide. Mujica, the aide said, was pleased to give Bush an expansive overview of this tiny nation's agricultural needs.
June 22, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Rustenburg, South Africa — Mexico's trip through group play at the World Cup was a little like a visit to a buffet in that they got to try everything — a tie, a win and a loss. In the end, that was enough to earn Mexico an invitation to stay for the next course, the tournament's knockout round. Yet, backing in on goal differential after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Tuesday was far from appetizing. "It leaves a bitter taste," said Mexico defender Rafael Marquez.
April 24, 2010
France A controversial playoff win over Ireland gave France a place in the tournament but might have cost it a seeding in group play. The near-debacle in qualifying also showed that France is still rebuilding and could be a first-round casualty in a well-balanced group. Only captain Thierry Henry remains from the 1998 championship team. Mexico Mexico has reached the quarterfinals only twice, both times when the tournament was played at altitude, a good omen considering El Tri will play all three group matches above 4,000 feet.
June 7, 2002 | Grahame L. Jones
Defending champion France moved to the brink of World Cup elimination Thursday night when it could manage no better than a 0-0 tie with Uruguay in an ill-tempered and foul-ridden game in Pusan, South Korea. The result means that Coach Roger Lemerre's team has to win its final first-round match, against Denmark in Inchon, South Korea, on Tuesday, or become the first reigning champion since Brazil in 1966 to be knocked out in the opening round.
August 6, 2002 | From Reuters
The promise of $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to help underpin Uruguay's ailing banking system calmed public jitters Monday, with the streets largely quiet as banks reopened after a run had forced their closure. Sunday's announcement that the United States would front aid until Uruguay reached a deal with the International Monetary Fund was a welcome tonic ahead of today's stopover by Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill as he tours the troubled region.
July 1, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Quarterfinals: NETHERLANDS vs. BRAZIL Where: Port Elizabeth. Time: 7 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1, KSPN-AM 710. The buzz: Moments after his team's second-round win over Chile, Brazilian Coach Dunga had already turned his attention to Friday's foe, the Netherlands. "The style they play is very similar to a South American team," he said. Dunga was equally worried about travel.
June 21, 2010 | From Times staff reports
Group A: MEXICO VS. URUGUAY Where: Rustenburg. Time: 7 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM, KSPN-AM 710, KLYY-FM 97.5, KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1. The buzz: A tie sends both teams on to the second round, but that's not the result Mexico will be playing for. That's because a draw would send Uruguay on to the second round as the group champion by virtue of a better goal differential leaving Mexico, as the group runner-up, to face powerful Argentina in the knockout round.
Here's an unlikely setting for a jazz festival: among cows and tractors on a dairy farm in Uruguay, one of the smallest and most remote nations of South America. Despite the unusual locale, the Punta del Este Jazz Festival has emerged as one of Latin America's hottest jazz events.
June 21, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa The poet and essayist Octavio Paz, perhaps the most thoughtful observer of the Mexican psyche, once suggested that his people have long been weighed down by a feeling of inferiority. On Monday, Javier Aguirre, the country's philosophical soccer coach, said there's no room for that kind of thinking on his team. Not now. Instead, Aguirre wants only positive thoughts going into Tuesday's crucial World Cup match with Uruguay, Mexico's most important soccer game in four years.
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