- Address: Montevideo
- Country: Uruguay
- Capacity: 60,000
- Opened: 18 July 1930
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Estadio Centenario
The Estadio Centenario, which hosted numerous concerts, is used by the national football team of Uruguay. They are nicknamed La Celeste (The Sky Blue). The national football team of Brazil won three games in their first 20 attempts against Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario. One of those three Brazilian victories became the heaviest defeat for Uruguay at the stadium. The Brazilians scored four times in that game. Brazil became the first national football team with five world championship titles in 2002. They won their fifth title against Germany in the Japanese city of Yokohama.
The inaugural FIFA World Cup and the 1950 FIFA World Cup
In 1930, the stadium’s record attendance of 79,000 was set in a FIFA World Cup match between Uruguay and the former national football team of Yugoslavia. The Estadio Centenario hosted the final of the first-ever FIFA World Cup in 1930, which was won by the national football team of Uruguay after defeating the Argentine Republic 4-2 in front of 68,000 fans. The Argentines reached the final after defeating the United States and Uruguay reached the final after defeating Yugoslavia. In 1950, Uruguay won their second world championship title after beating the national football team of Brazil 2-1. The football match took place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
Club Nacional de Football and Peñarol
Club Nacional de Football and Peñarol played numerous home games at the Estadio Centenario. They became the first sports clubs from Uruguay with 100,000 followers on their main social media page. Club Nacional de Football and Peñarol both won the top-flight football league of Uruguay numerous times. They became the first Uruguayan football clubs with world championship titles. Club Atlético Peñarol won their first-ever world championship title in 1961 after beating the Portuguese side SL Benfica. Club Nacional de Football won their first-ever world championship title in 1971 after defeating the Greek side Panathinaikos FC.
The Copa Libertadores
Peñarol became the second football club with five Copa Libertadores titles in 1987. Peñarol won their fifth continental championship title after beating América de Cali, one of the major sports clubs from Colombia. Club Nacional de Football, the arch-rivals of Peñarol, won the South American championship for football clubs two times when Peñarol won its fifth title. Nacional won their first-ever Copa Libertadores title in 1971 after defeating the Argentine side Estudiantes de La Plata. They won their second South American championship title after beating Sport Club Internacional from Brazil in 1980.