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World Cup: Uruguay University to cancel all classes whilst national team plays in tournament

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A University in Uruguay has announced its plans to suspend all classes whilst the national football team are playing matches in the World Cup.

One of the countries most prestigious learning centres - The Catholic University of Uruguay - will push back all classes and activities for its 10,000 students.

In a letter to students, the university’s vice-chancellor, Álvaro Pacheco, wrote: "One of the main missions of the university student is to be attentive to the reality that surrounds us, from a critical, academic spirit, but also immersed in it, vibrating and participating with society as a whole.

"It is evident that sports in general, and especially soccer, is an element that defines us as Uruguayans, and that has the virtue of creating a common sense of unity that is rare in our days."

All classes and exams at the Montevideo based University will be taken after the tournament concludes on Sunday July 15th.

Uruguay are favourites to progress from Group A, which also contains the hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The South American side are currently ranked 14th in the world although were knocked out by Colombia in the Round of 16 in the 2014 event.

This will be their 13th appearance at a World Cup having won the inaugural competition on home soil in 1930 as well as the 1950 edition in Brazil.

This year they will rely on the attacking talents of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani who between them have scored over 90 goals for the national team.

Students can already cancel their studying on Friday June 15th as Uruguay take on Egypt at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg.

They then play Saudi Arabia in Rostov on Wednesday June 20th before taking on Russia in Samara on Monday June 25th.

Should they qualify from the group stages, Uruguay will most likely play either Spain or Portugal.

One thing's for sure though, students from The Catholic University of Uruguay will be hoping their nation will make it all the way to the final.

You can read more about Uruguya's Group A by clicking here.

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