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Ex-Man United forward Diego Forlan lands first managerial role with Penarol

Diego Forlan played for Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning the Uruguayan Primera Division title.
Diego Forlan played for Club Atletico Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning a Primera Division title.

Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan has been named manager of Uruguayan side Club Atletico Penarol, marking his first coaching role.

Forlan, 40, represented United between 2002 and 2004, while his playing career also included spells at Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Villarreal. The former Uruguay international played for Penarol between 2015 and 2016, winning a Primera Division title with the club.

"It gives me great happiness," Forlan said after his appointment.

"A huge honour to have...

Nacional fan shot and killed in Uruguayan club's title celebrations

Newly crowned Uruguay champions Nacional have condemned the killing of one of their fans during Sunday's title celebrations.

Local media reported that a 24-year-old supporter was shot dead near the club's headquarters in Montevideo.

Fans took to the streets in the Uruguay capital to celebrate Nacional's championship-clinching 1-0 win over Penarol on Sunday.

According to El Pais, a video on social media showed around 500 fans singing on the street before six to eight shots were heard. One of the fans...

Uruguayan club Fenix handed sanction after chicken-kicking fiasco

Animal rights groups have condemned the actions of Gaston Alegari after he was photographed kicking a chicken on Sunday.

Uruguay's football association has sanctioned first-division club Fenix after two chickens were let loose on the pitch in a game against Racing on Sunday.

The incident has also made club director Gaston Alegari a target of criticism from animal rights groups and fans after he violently kicked the chicken off the pitch.

Alegari took to Twitter on Monday to apologise for his behaviour.

"I'm sorry for the events that happened yesterday," he wrote. "That's not my way of acting. The situation of the...

 By Tim Vickery

Club football in Uruguay struggling against global pressures

Nacional were the last Uruguayan team to win the Copa Libertadores back in 1988.

The Uruguayan Primera Division got underway this weekend with one of its teams missing.

On the eve of the kickoff, El Tanque Sisley pulled out due to not being able to pay their debts. And so the championship proceeds with the awkward, odd number of 15 participating clubs.

The size of the debt in question seems, by the standard of global football, almost laughably puny. El Tanque Sisley allegedly owe some $357,000, but have only been able to raise around $250,000.

Uruguay is limited by its size....


Penarol center-back Yeferson Quintana joins San Jose on loan

Yeferson Quintana
Yeferson Quintana, left, has joined the San Jose Earthquakes from Uruguay's Penarol.

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Penarol's Yeferson Quintana on a year-long loan with an option to buy.

The 21-year-old center-back made 29 appearances across all competitions for the Carboneros last season, scoring three goals.

"Yeferson fits the profile of the player we wanted to add at this position," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli.

"His arrival will also give us different options as to how our defense will line up next season. Yeferson has a strong presence in both phases...