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 By Chris Wright

Italy, Uruguay, Ghana among 10 teams to get very similar away kits from Puma

With the World Cup beginning to crown on the horizon, Puma have released a flurry of new kits for the likes of Uruguay, Ghana and Switzerland.

While rival suppliers Adidas have been widely praised for their retro-infused offerings, Puma have opted to plough a more prosaic furrow.

Indeed, it looks like "very, very white" was the central design brief for all 10 shirts, with Italy, Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Austria and Serbia also getting new looks.

According to the accompanying...

Uruguay looking strong thanks to Suarez, Cavani, Tabarez

With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

NOTE: This is translated from an original piece for ESPN Argentina.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- In 100 days' time the 2018 World Cup will kick off in Russia and the Uruguay team is undergoing the important process of trying to change their mindset. The team, led by Oscar Tabarez, is facing the challenge of converting their midfield power into a fluid attack.

Throughout the years, Uruguay's success has been based upon their defensive strength. They wouldn't always need the ball to harm their opponents;...

 By Tim Vickery

Uruguay, Argentina appear to be headed in opposite directions ahead of World Cup

Federico Valverde has helped bring optimism to Uruguay, solidifying their midfield.

Less than a year ago, Uruguay were in disarray.

They took the lead in three consecutive World Cup qualifiers -- and lost them all (3-1 to Chile, 4-1 at home to Brazil and 2-1 to Peru). Matters were not improved in the friendlies they played last June -- defeats by margins of 3-0 and 3-1 to Italy and Ireland, respectively.

The problem was not so much in defence. It was in midfield, where the quartet chosen by veteran coach Oscar Washington Tabarez were having no influence on the game; they were not...