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Possibly forgotten by - or maybe unknown to - many younger sports fans, Uruguay were the winners of the first ever football World Cup in 1930, and won it again 20 years later, when they unexpectedly defeated hosts Brazil to lift the trophy, in one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history. While they have yet to match this achievement in rugby terms, they have at least become fairly regular qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup, and are the only team apart from Argentina to ever win the South American Rugby Championship.
Among other largely unknown facts about this Latin American nation is their love of partying. The carnival season in Uruguay is the longest in the world, lasting from shortly after New Year right through until the start of Lent in March.
Over the centuries, Uruguay has been influenced by Spain and other European countries, but - like its neighbour Brazil - also by the culture of slaves brought to the country from what is now Angola.
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Food for a Uruguayan Rugby PartyUruguayan food is very similar to that of its larger neighbours Argentina and Brazil. Uruguayans love a traditional barbecue - asado - which is usually cooked over a wood fire for an authentic flavour. As in Argentina, beef is universally popular, as are Spanish style sausages such as chorizo, and Empanadas.
They also love large meat-based sandwiches (like a club sandwich made with steak) called Chivito al pan, which are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, and are ideal to serve at a Uruguayan rugby party.
Drink for a Uruguayan PartyThe national drink of Uruguay - although also very popular in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile and Bolivia - is a type of herbal tea called mate . It is not unusual to see Uruguayans walking around the streets with mate in its traditional serving vessel and a flask of hot water to top it up with. There are many traditions surrounding the preparation and serving of mate, and particular etiquette surrounding the way the drink should be consumed socially.
Uruguayan wine is not as widely available nor as highly regarded as that of Argentina or Chile. However, that may be about to change, because according to the wine experts Uruguay does produce some excellent wines from its tannat grapes, and more and more is being exported - worth trying to find some if you can.
The best-selling local beers are Pilsen (ok, I get that one) and Patricia. Patricia? What's that about?! Well, it may have a name that looks odd to the English-speaking world, but by all accounts Patricia is an excellent lager, and well worth seeking out.