The Uruguay team will receive a “stunning welcome” home on Monday, according to government and football officials.
Plans have been announced for an enormous parade, which will give fans in the capital city, Montevideo, the chance to show their appreciation for the players and coaching staff.
Oscar Tabarez’s men still have one game left to play in South Africa, when they face Germany in Saturday’s third-place play-off match.
However, regardless of the result in Port Elizabeth, the Celeste will be welcomed home in style, after the nation’s best World Cup campaign for over 40 years.
The South Americans won Group A and defeated Korea Republic in the second round, before facing Ghana in the quarter finals.
The Africans pushed them all the way, but Uruguay progressed courtesy of a penalty shoot-out after Ghana missed an injury-time spot-kick given for a Luis Suarez hand-ball. Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi unveiled the plans for the team’s heroic return and paid tribute to their achievements in South Africa.
“We arrived, we fought well and we will put on a stunning welcome for the players,” he said.
He also revealed that the team will take to the stage on the steps of the nation’s Legislative Palace, alongside Uruguayan President Jose Mujica and AUF chief Sebastian Bauza. “If we had five minutes more, we would have won,” newly elected President Mujica added, referring the Uruguay’s late fight-back against the Netherlands in the semi-finals.