Oscar Washington Tabarez

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From left to right: Mr. Oscar Tabarez, UNESCO Champion for Sport and Mr. Diego Lugano, captain of the Uruguayan national team.

The retired football player Óscar Washington Tabárez was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport in January 2012, in recognition of his commitment to promoting education and sport programmes in favor of vulnerable children in Uruguay through the “Tabárez Project”.

Mr Tabárez was a manager of the Uruguay national football team from 1988-1990, returning to this post for a second time in 2006. He led the team to fourth place in the 2010 World Cup, and to victory in the 2011 Copa América. According to many football experts, Tabarez is considered as one of the best tacticians in modern days.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Champion for Sport, Mr Tabárez aims to strengthen the social and ethic value of sports in Uruguay.

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