The head of the Uruguayan football team since 2006, Oscar Tabarez is not only a fine tactician and a charismatic leader of men. He who has been working for 12 years to bring Uruguay back to the forefront of the world football scene is above all an educator, and has always made it a point of honor to transmit his values to its players.
The message he sent to the leaders of his country, after defeating France in the quarterfinals of the Russian World Cup, will be unsurprising to those who already know the infinite wisdom of Oscar Tabarez. “There is no point in being world champions if our young people do not know where Russia is, or why there are so many players from Africa on the French team,” this former teacher said. “This is the moment to keep our promise of spending 6% of our GDP on education.”