Uruguay exceeded all expectations in South Africa this year.

Most onlookers probably didn't expect them to get past the group stage where they came up against France, Mexico and the hosts South Africa but they took almost all before them to play-off against Germany in the third-place match.

They fought hard to get past South Korea in the Round of 16 and were fortunate against Ghana in the quarter-final then were narrowly beaten by Holland for a place in the final.

Diego Forlan turned back the clock and performed brilliantly, scoring the equal most goals whilst taking out the Golden Ball for best overall player and his showing was a main reason for La Celeste's fourth-placed finish but he left South Africa slightly empty after coming so close from a team perspective.

"I'm very happy about this award and the goals I scored, but to be honest I'm heading home a little sad because, having watched the Final, it hit me how close we were to playing in it. Losing the semi-final was a really cruel blow, which took me a couple of days to get over and which I still find hard to swallow," he told FIFA.com.

Finished: 4th Record: Wins - 4; Draws - 1; Losses - 2; Points - 7 Matches: France (0-0), South Africa (3-0), Mexico (1-0), RO16-South Korea (2-1), QF-Ghana (1p-1), SF-Holland (2-3), 3P-Germany (2-3) Goals: 11 Against: 8

tribalfootball.com's Star ManDiego Forlan (Was simply brilliant, netting five goals and creating many other chances. Won the Golden Ball for best player at South Africa 2010)

Official statistics

Minutes playedFernando Muslera 660 Maxi Pereira 660 Egidio Arevalo 660 Diego Forlan 654 Diego Perez 644

Top scorersDiego Forlan 5 Luis Suarez 3 Edinson Cavani 1 Alvaro Pereira 1 Maxi Pereira 1

Total shotsDiego Forlan 32 Luis Suarez 25 Edinson Cavani 10 Maxi Pereira 10

Pass Completion RateDiego Godin 72% diego Lugano 72% Diego Perez 67% Maxi Pereira 65%

Most FoulsDiego Perez 16 Luis Suarez 15 Maxi Pereira 9 Edinson Cavani 8

Yellow cardsJorge Fucile 2 Diego Perez 2 Martin Caceres 1 Mauricio Victorino 1 Egidio Arevalo 1 Diego Lugano 1 Maxi Pereira 1

Red cards Nicolas Lodeiro1 (2 yellow cards)

SavesFernando Muslera 22