Chile national football team

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Chile
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Roja (The Red One)
Association Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFC)
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Jorge Sampaoli
Captain Claudio Bravo
Most caps Leonel Sánchez (84)
Top scorer Marcelo Salas (37)
Home stadium Estadio Nacional
Estadio Monumental David Arellano
FIFA code CHI
FIFA ranking 14 Increase 1
Highest FIFA ranking 6 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 84 (December 2002)
Elo ranking 10
Highest Elo ranking 5 (July 2011)
Lowest Elo ranking 60 (2003)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Argentina 3–1 Chile Chile
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 27 May 1910)
Biggest win
Chile Chile 7–0 Venezuela 
(Santiago, Chile; 29 August 1979)
Chile Chile 7–0 Armenia 
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 4 January 1997)1
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 7–0 Chile Chile
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 17 September 1959)
World Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1930)
Best result Third place, 1962
Copa América
Appearances 35 (First in 1916)
Best result Second place, 1955, 1956,
1979, 1987

The Chile national football team represents Chile in all major international football competitions. The team is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. They have appeared in eight World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup where finished in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the World Cup. They qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on 15 October 2013 with a win against Ecuador.3 Since the mid to late 1960s, the Elo ratings ranks Chile among the 25 strongest football teams in the world.

Despite never winning a trophy, the team is known for its consistency; having earned a top 4 result in 19 editions of the Copa America and coming as close as runners up 4 times.

History

The Chile national football team for the match of June 5, 19104

The Federación de Fútbol de Chile is the second oldest South American federation, having been founded in Valparaíso on June 19, 1895.5

Chile is one of the four founding member nations of CONMEBOL. Together with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, the four competed in the first South American Championship, later to be renamed the Copa América, in 1916. On October 12, 1926, Chile made the first corner-kick goal in Copa América history in a match against Bolivia. Chile is the only one out of the founding members never to have won the tournament.

Chile was one of the thirteen national teams that competed in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. The team started off well, beating Mexico and France without conceding a goal. A 3–1 loss to Argentina in the final game left the Chilean team in second place within the group, eliminating it from the tournament. In the 1950 World Cup, Chile defeated the United States, 5–2, but nevertheless was eliminated in the first round.

The best Chilean result in the World Cup was third place in 1962, as the host nation. Chile lost 4–2 to eventual champion Brazil in a semi-final but went on to defeat Yugoslavia 1–0 to earn third place. Chilean players made two World Cup firsts: the first player to miss a World Cup penalty kick was the Chilean Guillermo Subiabre, in a 1930 FIFA World Cup match against France,6 and Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card, during a match against West Germany at the 1974 World Cup.

On July 11, 2007, the Chilean Football Federation banned six of the national team players, because of "internal indiscipline" during the Copa América tournament, for 20 international matches each and none of the players will ever be allowed to captain the national team. The players banned were captain Jorge Valdívia, defenders Álvaro Ormeño, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas, Pablo Contreras and striker Reinaldo Navia.7 Nelson Acosta's resignation as manager came after Chile were knocked out of the 2007 Copa América. Chile had qualified to the quarter-finals after a 3-2 win against Ecuador, and a 0-0 draw against Mexico. But two losses, one of those being a 6-1 defeat against Brazil, sealed Acosta's fate. Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa was given the task of becoming the Chile national team manager in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.8 On October 16, 2008, Chile beat Argentina 1–0 for the first time in a qualifying competition, making history. Marcelo Bielsa was acclaimed for this accomplishment by both Chilean and Argentinian people. This match was seen as one of the reasons that ended Alfio Basile's tenure as Argentina's coach.

After finishing in second place of the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and reaching the round of 16 at the tournmanet, head coach Marcelo Bielsa extended his contract with the Chilean national team until 2015.

Bielsa stated that he would leave his position if Jorge Segovia were elected as President of the Chilean Football Board. He followed through on this threat, despite Segovia's election being annulled, and resigned in February 2011. Claudio Borghi then became Chile's manager in March 2011.

After a string of bad performances and harsh criticisms, Claudio Borghi stepped down as Chile's manager in November 2012. A new manager, Jorge Sampaoli, was appointed in December 2012. A disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli broke new records for La Roja by winning 10, drawing 3, and losing only 3 of 15 games as the head of the Chilean national team.

Team image

Colours

The team kit consists of a red jersey, blue shorts, and white socks. The away jersey features a white jersey, white shorts, and blue socks. The color scheme of red, white, and blue was featured in the 1947 Copa América and has remained in place since.

In August 2010, Puma acquired the contract to be the official kit supplier for the Chilean team from 2011–2015, paying US$ 3 million per year, also providing referees' kits and balls for domestic club competitions. The previous kit supplier, from 2004 to 2010 includiing the 2010 World Cup, was Brooks Sports 9

1910–1941
1941–1947
since 1947
World Cup 1974 Home
World Cup 1982 Home
Copa América 1993 Home
World Cup 1998 Home
2003–2006
2007–2009

Sponsors

Rivalries

Chile's long time football rivals are Perucitation needed . The rivalry between the two nations dates back from the War of the Pacific. Previously, the two nations had been on friendly terms sharing mutual alliances during the South American wars of independence and Chincha Islands War. Territorial, maritime, and cultural disputes have fueled tensions since the ending of the War of the Pacific. These historical feuds and lingering bitterness have led to a large football rivalry between both nationscitation needed.

Stadium

Estadio Nacional at night.

The Chilean national team plays their qualifying matches at the Estadio Nacional de Chile located in Santiago, Chile and can be found at the commune of Ñuñoa. The construction of the stadium began in February 1937, and opened on 3 December 1938. The current official registered capacity is of 49,000 spectators, but has surpassed the 75,000 mark on many occasions when the match is of high demand.10 An example would be the 1962 FIFA World Cup Semi-final match Chile vs. Brazil, where over 76,000 spectators viewed the game. The maximum attendance ever was 85,262 on December 26, 1962 for a game between Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile.

It has hosted four Copa América finals, The final of the 1962 FIFA World Cup and the final to the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Argentina Jorge Sampaoli
Assistant coach Argentina Sebastián Beccacece
Goalkeeping coach Argentina Martín Tocalli
Fitness coach Argentina Jorge Desio

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called for the Friendly Match against Germany on March 5, 2014.11

Caps and goals updated as March 5, 2014.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Johnny Herrera (1981-05-09) May 9, 1981 (age 32) 7 0 Chile Universidad de Chile
1GK Cristopher Toselli (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 25) 4 0 Chile Universidad Católica
1GK Paulo Garcés (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 29) 1 0 Chile O'Higgins
2DF Gonzalo Jara (1985-08-29) August 29, 1985 (age 28) 64 3 England Nottingham Forest
2DF Gary Medel (1987-08-03) August 3, 1987 (age 26) 59 5 Wales Cardiff City
2DF Mauricio Isla (1988-06-12) June 12, 1988 (age 25) 45 2 Italy Juventus
2DF Marcos González (1980-06-09) June 9, 1980 (age 33) 28 2 Chile Unión Española
2DF Eugenio Mena (1988-07-18) July 18, 1988 (age 25) 23 3 Brazil Santos
2DF José Rojas (1983-06-23) June 23, 1983 (age 30) 18 1 Chile Universidad de Chile
2DF Osvaldo González (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 29) 13 0 Chile Universidad de Chile
3MF Matías Fernández (1986-05-15) May 15, 1986 (age 27) 60 14 Italy Fiorentina
3MF Jean Beausejour (1984-06-01) June 1, 1984 (age 29) 58 5 England Wigan Athletic
3MF Jorge Valdivia (1983-10-19) October 19, 1983 (age 30) 56 4 Brazil Palmeiras
3MF Arturo Vidal (1987-05-22) May 22, 1987 (age 26) 53 8 Italy Juventus
3MF Carlos Carmona (1987-02-21) February 21, 1987 (age 27) 42 1 Italy Atalanta
3MF Fabián Orellana (1986-01-27) January 27, 1986 (age 28) 24 2 Spain Celta Vigo
3MF José Pedro Fuenzalida (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 29) 22 1 Chile Colo-Colo
3MF Charles Aránguiz (1989-04-17) April 17, 1989 (age 25) 19 2 Brazil Internacional
3MF Felipe Gutiérrez (1990-10-08) October 8, 1990 (age 23) 16 1 Netherlands Twente
3MF Francisco Silva (1986-02-11) February 11, 1986 (age 28) 11 0 Spain Osasuna
4FW Alexis Sánchez (1988-12-19) December 19, 1988 (age 25) 65 22 Spain Barcelona
4FW Eduardo Vargas (1989-11-20) November 20, 1989 (age 24) 28 11 Spain Valencia
4FW Mauricio Pinilla (1984-02-04) February 4, 1984 (age 30) 25 5 Italy Cagliari

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Claudio Bravo (Captain) (1983-04-13) April 13, 1983 (age 31) 78 0 Spain Real Sociedad v.  Germany, March 5, 2014 INJ
GK Miguel Pinto (1983-07-04) July 4, 1983 (age 30) 21 0 Mexico UAT v.  Iraq, August 14, 2013
DF Cristian Alvárez (1980-01-20) January 20, 1980 (age 34) 24 0 Chile Universidad Católica v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
DF Gonzalo Fierro (1983-03-21) March 21, 1983 (age 31) 23 1 Chile Colo-Colo v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
DF Enzo Andía (1992-08-16) August 16, 1992 (age 21) 4 1 Chile Universidad Católica v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
DF Albert Acevedo (1983-05-06) May 6, 1983 (age 30) 3 0 Chile O'Higgins v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
DF Miiko Albornoz (1990-11-30) November 30, 1990 (age 23) 1 1 Sweden Malmö v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
DF Cristián Suárez (1987-02-06) February 6, 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Chile Cobreloa v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF Marcelo Díaz (1986-12-30) December 30, 1986 (age 27) 19 0 Switzerland Basel v.  Germany, March 5, 2014 INJ
MF Mark González (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 (age 29) 48 4 Chile Universidad Católica v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Fernando Meneses (1985-09-27) September 27, 1985 (age 28) 16 1 Chile Universidad Católica v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Braulio Leal (1981-11-22) November 22, 1981 (age 32) 7 0 Chile O'Higgins v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Pablo Hernández (1986-10-24) October 24, 1986 (age 27) 1 2 Chile O'Higgins v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Fernando Cordero (1987-08-26) August 26, 1987 (age 26) 1 0 Chile Universidad Católica v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Esteban Pavez (1990-05-01) May 1, 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Chile Colo-Colo v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF César Fuentes (1993-04-12) April 12, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Chile O'Higgins v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF David Pizarro (1979-09-11) September 11, 1979 (age 34) 40 3 Italy Fiorentina v.  Ecuador, October 15, 2013
MF Bryan Rabello (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 19) 3 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña v.  Ecuador, October 15, 2013
MF Luis Pedro Figueroa (1983-05-14) May 14, 1983 (age 30) 16 1 Chile O'Higgins v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF Edson Puch (1986-09-04) September 4, 1986 (age 27) 6 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wasl v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF César Cortés (1984-01-09) January 9, 1984 (age 30) 4 0 Chile Universidad de Chile v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF Lorenzo Reyes (1991-06-13) June 13, 1991 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Real Betis v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF Andrés Robles (1994-05-07) May 7, 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Chile Santiago Wanderers v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
MF Cristian Cuevas (1995-04-02) April 2, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Eindhoven v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
FW Esteban Paredes (1980-08-01) August 1, 1980 (age 33) 34 10 Chile Colo-Colo v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
FW Carlos Muñoz (1989-04-21) April 21, 1989 (age 24) 11 3 United Arab Emirates Baniyas v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
FW Gonzalo Barriga (1984-06-21) June 21, 1984 (age 29) 1 0 Chile O'Higgins v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
FW Gustavo Canales (1982-03-30) March 30, 1982 (age 32) 1 0 Chile Unión Española v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
MF Rubén Farfán (1991-05-29) May 29, 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Chile Universidad de Chile v.  Costa Rica, January 22, 2014
FW Junior Fernandes (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988 (age 25) 9 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Brazil, November 19, 2013
FW Humberto Suazo (1981-05-10) May 10, 1981 (age 32) 60 21 Mexico Monterrey v.  Ecuador, October 15, 2013
FW Ángelo Henríquez (1994-04-13) April 13, 1994 (age 20) 3 2 Spain Real Zaragoza v.  Spain, September 10, 2013
FW Sebastián Pinto (1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 28) 5 3 Turkey Bursaspor v.  Bolivia, June 11, 2013
FW Patricio Rubio (1989-07-18) July 18, 1989 (age 24) 3 1 Chile Universidad de Chile v.  Brazil, April 24, 2013
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury

Results and fixtures

2013

2014

Records

Most capped players

Leonel Sánchez is the most capped player in the history of Chile with 84 caps.
As of March 5, 2014
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International
Career
Caps Goals
1. Leonel Sanchez 1955–1967 84 23
2. Claudio Bravo 2004–Present 78 0
3. Nelson Tapia 1994–2005 73 0
4. Alberto Fouilloux 1960–1972 70 12
Marcelo Salas 1994–2007 70 37
6. Iván Zamorano 1987–2001 69 34
Fabián Estay 1990–2001 69 5
8. Pablo Contreras 1999–2012 67 2
9. Alexis Sánchez 2006–Present 65 22
10. Gonzalo Jara 2006–Present 64 3
11. Javier Margas 1990–2000 63 6
12. Miguel Ramírez 1991–2003 62 1
13. Clarence Acuña 1995–2004 60 3
Humberto Suazo 2005–Present 60 21
Matías Fernández 2005–Present 60 14
16. Gary Medel 2007–Present 59 5
17. Jean Beausejour 2004–Present 58 5
18. Juan Carlos Letelier 1979–1989 56 18
Jorge Valdívia 2004–present 56 4
20. Pedro Reyes 1994–2001 54 4
José Luis Sierra 1991–2000 54 8

Top goalscorers

Marceo Salas is the top scorer in the history of Chile with 37 goals.
As of March 5, 2014
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International
Career
Goals Caps
1. Marcelo Salas 1994–2007 37 70
2. Ivan Zamorano 1987–2001 34 69
3. Carlos Caszely 1969–1985 29 49
4. Leonel Sanchez 1955–1967 23 84
5. Jorge Aravena 1983–1990 22 37
Alexis Sánchez 2006–Present 22 65
7. Humberto Suazo 2005–Present 21 60
8. Juan Carlos Letelier 1979–1989 18 56
9. Enrique Hormazabal 1950–1963 17 43
10. Matías Fernández 2005–Present 14 60
11. Alberto Fouilloux 1960–1972 12 70
Hugo Eduardo Rubio 1984–1991 12 36
Raul Toro Julio 1936–1941 12 13
14. Pedro Araya Toro 1964–1971 11 51
Julio Crisosto 1971–1977 11 27
Eduardo Vargas 2009–Present 11 28
17. Reinaldo Navia 1999–2007 10 40
Guillermo Subiabre 1926–1930 10 10
Atilio Cremaschi 1945–1954 10 29
René Meléndez 1950–1960 10 40
Jaime Ramírez Banda 1954–1966 10 46
Esteban Paredes 2006–Present 10 34

Competitive Record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Round 1 5th 3 2 0 1 5 3
Italy 1934 Withdrew
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 5 6
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Third Place 3rd 6 4 0 2 10 8
England 1966 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1974 Group Stage 11th 3 0 2 1 1 2
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1982 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 0 3 3 8
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Disqualified
United States 1994 Banned
France 1998 Round of 16 16th 4 0 3 1 5 8
South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 10th 4 2 0 2 3 5
Brazil 2014 Qualified
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total 8/22 0 Titles 29 9 6 14 34 45

Copa América

Copa América / South American Championship
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
1916 Fourth place 1939 Fourth place 1967 Third place 2011 Quarterfinals
1917 Fourth place 1941 Third place 1975 Round 1
1919 Fourth place 1942 Sixth place 1979 Second place
1920 Fourth place 1945 Third place 1983 Round 1
1921 Withdrew 1946 Fifth place 1987 Second place
1922 Fifth place 1947 Fourth place 1989 Round 1
1923 Withdrew 1949 Fifth place 1991 Third place
1924 Fourth place 1953 Fourth place 1993 Round 1
1925 Withdrew 1955 Second place 1995 Round 1
1926 Third place 1956 Second place 1997 Round 1
1927 Withdrew 1957 Sixth place 1999 Fourth place
1929 Withdrew 1959 Fifth place 2001 Quarterfinals
1935 Fourth place 1959 Withdrew 2004 Round 1
1937 Fifth place 1963 Withdrew 2007 Quarterfinals

Pan American Games

Pan American Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
1951 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 8 6
1955 and 1959 Did not participate
1963 Third place 3rd 4 2 1 1 12 6
1967 to 1979 Did not participate
1983 Round 1 3 1 2 0 3 2
1987 Second place 2nd 5 2 2 1 6 6
1991 Did not participate
1995 Quarterfinals 4 1 1 2 3 6
1999 to 2007 Did not participate
Total 5/15 0 Titles 20 7 8 5 32 26

Honours

Notes

  • In 2010, Chicago-based rock band Manwomanchild released the song "Chile La Roja" in support of Chile's 2010 World Cup team.121314

See also

References

  1. ^ Fifa.com, Comparison of Armenia and Chile
  2. ^ a b Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.
  3. ^ Uruguay play-off bound, Chile, Ecuador through Fifa.com, 16 October 2013. Sourced 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ IFFHS, ed. (2010). "Chile: Full "A" internationals (1910)". IFFHS. Retrieved 9 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
  6. ^ (Spanish) http://revista.guachacas.cl/Epi_mundial30.html
  7. ^ "Chile blacklist six Copa players". BBC Sport. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  8. ^ News – Chile name Bielsa as new coach – Soccerway
  9. ^ (Spanish) http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=251738
  10. ^ The Stadium Guide – Estadio Nacional
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "La pegajosa canción que alienta a Chile en inglés". Il Mercurio (in Spanish). 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  13. ^ "Top: La Roja tiene himno anglo". Las Últimas Noticias (in Spanish). 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  14. ^ "La Roja de Bielsa ahora tiene un himno en versión anglo". La Nación (in Spanish). 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 

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