Uruguay sacked coach Oscar Tabrez after record-breaking 15 years in charge

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Iconic Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez was sacked on Friday after a record-breaking 15 years in the job after a poor result that put the country’s World Cup qualification hopes in limbo. Tabrez, 74, has almost great status in Uruguay, leading the small country of 3.4 million people to the World Cup semi-finals in 2010 and then the Copa America title a year later. But four straight losses – three of them by three goals – have left Uruguay in danger of missing out on next year’s World Cup, a tournament they won in 1930 and 1950. “The Executive Committee of the AUF informs that it has decided to terminate the contract of Oscar Washington Tabrez and other members of the national team’s coaching staff,” the Uruguay Football Association (AUF) said in a statement.

The AUF described it as a “difficult decision” that in no way “denies Tabrez’s significant contribution to Uruguay football.”

Uruguay has scored only one goal in their last four matches, leaving 11, including twice defeats to Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.

They are seventh in the single South American qualifying table for the World Cup in Qatar, with only the first four progressing automatically.

Brazil and Argentina have already qualified, while Ecuador needs to win just two of their last four matches to join them.

Five teams, including Uruguay, were separated by just two points in the battle for last place.

Tabrez commanded a record 221 matches with a single national team, even putting him ahead of former Germany boss Joachim Lowe with 198 games.

He was the current national team coach for the longest time at 15 years and eight months till Friday.

Tabrez first held the reins of Uruguay from 1988 to 1990, before he was hired again in 2006.

He coached Boca Juniors and AC Milan twice between his two stints with the national team.

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