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Chile
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) La Roja
(The red one),
El Equipo de Todos
(Everybody's team)
Association Federación de Fútbol de Chile
Confederation CONMEBOL (South America)
Head coach Marcelo Bielsa
Captain Claudio Bravo
Most caps Leonel Sánchez (84)
Top scorer Marcelo Salas (37)
Home stadium Estadio Nacional
FIFA code CHI
FIFA ranking 15
Highest FIFA ranking 6 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 84 (December 2002)
Elo ranking 11
Highest Elo ranking 9 (February 1956)
Lowest Elo ranking 60 (2003)
Home colours
Away 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; 1 April 1997)[1]
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 7 - 0 Chile Chile
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 17 September 1959)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1930)
Best result Third place, 1962
Copa América
Appearances 35 (First in 1916)
Best result Second place, 1955, 1956,
1979, 1987
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Bronze 2000 Sydney[2] Team
Medal record
Men’s Pre-Olympic Football
Silver 1984 Ecuador NA
Silver 2000 Brazil[2] NA
Medal record
Men’s Pan American Games
Bronze 1951 Argentina NA
Bronze 1963 Brazil NA
Silver 1987 USA NA

The Chilean 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 seven World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup finishing in third place.

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History

The Federación de Fútbol de Chile is the second oldest South American federation, with 114 years of existence. Its foundation dates back to 19 June 1895 in the port city of Valparaiso. Its first President was David Scott.[3]

Chile is one of the four founding member nations of CONMEBOL which include Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The members established the South American footballing organization on 9 July 1916.[4] The four associations enacted and participated in the first held South American Championship which would later be re-named the Copa America.

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

Their best World Cup result was a third place finish in 1962, when Chile was the host nation. Chile lost 4-2 to eventual champions Brazil in a semifinals match. Chile went on to defeat Yugoslavia 1-0 for third place.

Many historical incidences have occurred while Chile has been involved in World Cup competition. The first player to miss a World Cup penalty kick was Guillermo Subiabre in a 1930 FIFA World Cup match against France.[5] Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be officially sent off with a red card in a 1974 World Cup game, during their match against West Germany. Red cards were formally introduced in World Cup play in 1970, but no players were sent off in that tournament.

In Olympic tournament play, Chile's best result was the Bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, with striker Ivan Zamorano the competition's top scorer.[2]

Chile has also attained bronze medals in both the U-17 World Cup held in Japan and the U-20 World Cup in Canada. The 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship hosted in Chile had the national team finishing in fourth place.

Notable past Chilean players include Guillermo Subiabre, Sergio Livingstone, George Robledo, Enrique Hormazabal, Leonel Sánchez, Elías Figueroa, Carlos Caszely, Marcelo Salas and Ivan Zamorano.

World Cup history

1930 World Cup

The Chilean national team during the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

At the first ever FIFA World Cup held in Uruguay 1930, Chile was to be among the first of thirteen nations invited to participate in the inaugural tournament.[5]

The manager in charge of the Chilean national team was the young Hungarian György Orth. Chile was part of Group 1 that included national teams such as Argentina, Mexico, and France.

Chile had an impressive start defeating the Mexican national team by a score of 3-0 on 16 July, then beating France 1-0 on 19 July. Sharing the same amount of points, the decisive game was against the neighboring country of Argentina. The game was played on 22 July at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay. The game ended 3-1 in Argentina's favor, and the scoreline prevented Chile from qualifying onto the second round.

1950 World Cup

The 1950 edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in the South American country of Brazil. The Chilean national team manager at the tournament was Alberto Bucciardi, while the team captain was the starting goal keeper Sergio Livingstone. "La Roja" were located in group 2 and Chile eventually lost their first two games against Spain and England by the similar score of 2-0. The last match was played with the United States where Chile went on to win by a score of 5-2, even though it was not to be enough for Chile in advancing onto the next round of the tournament.

1962 World Cup

Chile national team in 1962

The 1962 World Cup in Chile was to be the third World Cup hosted on South American soil. In 1960 the Great Chilean Earthquake would strike the country with the highest recorded magnitude in world history of 9.5 on the Richter scale.[6] Despite the natural disaster plans went as followed for Chile to be the host nation of this World Cup tournament.

The host country won their first match against Switzerland by 3-1. The second match against Italy (2-0) became known as the Battle of Santiago. Although only two players were sent off by the English referee Ken Aston, the match saw repeated, deliberate attempts from players on both sides to harm opponents, and the teams needed police protection to leave the field in safety. Years later Ken Aston went on to invent the yellow and red cards used in football.[7]

Chile defeated European champions USSR that included Lev Yashin to land themselves a semi-final game against the defending World Champions Brazil but a capacity crowd of 76,600 watched Brazil beat the hosts 4-2. This game saw Garrincha sent off for Brazil and Landa sent off for Chile. Chile eventually went on to take third place in a 1-0 victory over Yugoslavia in the playoff.

Joint top scorer of the 1962 FIFA World Cup, Leonel Sanchez holds the record for appearances with the Chilean national team

The team is said to have eaten Swiss cheese before beating Switzerland, spaghetti before beating Italy, and drank vodka before beating the USSR. They also drank coffee before the match against Brazil, although they did not win that match. This was Chile's best performance in a World Cup.[8]

1966 World Cup

England was the stage for the eighth World Cup. It was also to be the first European World Cup that Chile would participate in. Qualifying for the 1966 edition ended with a play-off between Ecuador in Lima, Peru on 12 October 1965. The current Chilean manager at the time Francisco Hormazabal decided to resign from that position. Chile immediately needed a replacement, and Luis Alamos would take the reins of the national team. The match against Ecuador finished 2-1 in Chile's favor, both goals scored by Leonel Sanchez and Ruben Marcos, and the result secured Chile's World Cup berth.

Chile was unable to repeat the same success found in the previous World Cup of 1962. Among the nations congregated in group 4 which included the Soviet Union, Italy, and North Korea, Chile was only able to gain 1 point with a 1-1 draw against North Korea. Chile scored two goals in the 1966 World Cup both coming from Ruben Marcos.

1974 World Cup

Chile qualified for Deutschland 74 after a controversial play-off with the USSR. Following a drawn first leg in Moscow, the Soviets refused to play the second leg at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, which had been used as a concentration camp by the military dictatorship of Pinochet. However, FIFA refused to switch the match to a neutral venue, and the Soviets refused to fly to Santiago. The Chilean players kicked off on an otherwise empty pitch, scored into the unguarded USSR net, and because there was no opposition to restart the game, the referee awarded the match to Chile, ensuring they qualified for the 1974 finals.

At the tournament itself, Chile lost their opening game 1-0 to West Germany in Berlin, thanks to a long-range shot from Paul Breitner. Striker Carlos Caszely was controversially sent off in the second half.

Guided by coach Luis Alamos, Chile then fought out a 1-1 draw with East Germany, again in Berlin. Martin Hoffmann put the GDR ahead, but Sergio Ahumada equalised with 20 minutes left. Finally, they got another draw, this time a goalless one, against Australia, which eliminated both teams.

1982 World Cup

At España 82, the Chileans performed poorly with an aging team in which Carlos Caszely and the 35-year-old central defender Elias Figueroa were still the main men. Guided by coach Luis Santibañez they lost their first game 1-0 to Austria in Oviedo, Walter Schachner scoring the only goal midway through the first half. Caszely missed a penalty soon afterwards.[9]

Chile were then beaten 4-1 in Gijón by a Karl-Heinz Rummenigge-inspired West Germany, with goalkeeper Mario Osbén making a couple of costly errors; Gustavo Moscoso grabbed a late consolation goal. Finally, against Algeria, Chile were overrun in the first half and went in at half-time 3-0 behind, but managed to save some face with second-half goals from Miguel Neira and Juan Carlos Letelier.[10][11]

Disqualification and banishment from the 1990 & 1994 World Cups

La Roja's most infamous moment known as The Roberto Rojas Scandal (also known in Chile as the "Maracanazo") occurred on 3 September 1989. During a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium, Brazil led Chile 1-0. A defeat for Chile would eliminate them from the tournament. At around the 67-minute mark, Chilean goalkeeper Roberto "Cóndor" Rojas fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead. A firework, thrown from the stands by a Brazilian fan named Rosemary de Mello, was smouldering about a yard away. After carrying Rojas off the pitch, the Chilean players and coaches refused to return claiming conditions were not safe. The match went unfinished.

After studying video footage of the match showing that the firework had not made contact with Rojas, FIFA awarded Brazil a 2-0 win (eliminating Chile from the 1990 World Cup). The team was banned from the qualifiers of the 1994 Football World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life[12] (although an amnesty was granted in 2001).

1998 World Cup

Chile qualified for the World Cup in France in 1998 having been banned from entering the 1994 tournament. They were drawn in Group B, along with Italy, Cameroon and Austria. With much expected of their strike partnership of Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano, Chile drew impressively with Italy in Bordeaux in their opening match, 2-2, with Salas scoring both goals in reply to Christian Vieri's opener.[13] The game was most noted for Roberto Baggio's late equalizer for Italy with an extremely controversial penalty, banishing memories of his fatal miss in the 1994 final against Brazil in Los Angeles. But due to this bad performance, the referee Lucien Bouchardeau from Niger was dismissed from further matches during the WC.

Chile drew their next two matches 1-1. The first was a cagey game with Austria in St-Étienne. Salas opened the scoring with a disputed goal scored from close range (the Austrians protested his shot never crossed the line), but Austria, as they had in their first match against Cameroon, equalised in the last minute, Ivica Vastic scoring a spectacular long-range effort.[14]

Against Cameroon in Nantes five days later, José Luis Sierra's free-kick gave Chile the lead, but the Africans fought back strongly and equalised with a header from Patrick Mboma. Despite having Rigobert Song and Lauren Etame Mayer sent off[15], Cameroon played a good second half, but Chile was able to keep the result.

Italy had been the only team to win in the group, so Chile's unbeaten record took them into the last 16, and a tie with South American rivals Brazil at the Parc des Princes in Paris. The Brazilians took Chile to pieces in the first half, despite Zamorano's superb performance (the footage of him passionately singing the national anthem prior to kick-off was one of the most enduring images of the tournament). César Sampaio scored twice early on, and a Ronaldo penalty made it 3-0 before half-time. Chile courageously kept fighting, and Salas got his fourth goal of the competition, heading in a rebound after Claudio Taffarel had saved from Zamorano, but Ronaldo scored again quickly and Chile were out of the tournament.[16] Despite the loss finishing among the top 16 of the tournament was perceived as a prosperous campaign amid the disappointments with controversy and scandal that had disqualified Chile in previous World Cup tournaments.

2010 World Cup

On 10 October 2009, Chile qualified for the 2010 World Cup with a 4-2 away win against Colombia.[17] At the end of the qualification they eventually finished in second place, ahead of Paraguay on goal difference following the latter's defeat to Colombia..[18] They were drawn in Group H with Spain, Switzerland and Honduras.

History (Results) at the Summer Olympic Games

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1928 Olympic Games Results

1952 Summer Olympic Results

1984 Summer Olympic Results

Summer Olympic Games 2000 in Sydney

In January 2000 was played on the South American Olympic Qualifying Tournament U23 2000 Londrina in the Brazilian city to choose the two U23 teams representing South America for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina reached the final run of Londrina. The Chilean team, the Red Uruguayans defeated 4-1 and then lost 3-1 to Brazil, so it should define against Argentina. Everything was the same in points and goals between them so the teams that scored, ranked at Sydney. In the 86th minute, Reinaldo Navia scored the only goal of the game and gave the tickets to the Australian continent for the national team. The tournament rules allowed the Olympians selected reinforced with three players 'adult', so included Chile Nelson Tapia, Pedro Reyes and Ivan Zamorano in such equipment. Back in the game, on 14 September 2000, Chile was faced with the choice of Morocco, defeating it 4-1 with three goals and one of Navia Zamorano. Three days later, in the same sub-headquarters in Melbourne, the goals of Olarra and Navia (2) scored the 3-1 final that was won with the selection of Spain. In Adelaide, South Korea defeated the South American team 1-0, but anyway, Chile ranked as the leader in group B. On day 23, in the quarterfinals, Chile faced Nigeria. Contreras, Zamorano, Navia and Taylor scored, getting the 4-1 with that imposed at the picture of Africa. Melbourne got back to the Chilean national team in the semifinals against Cameroon. However, the team was eliminated 2-1 (M'Boma and Etame goals, own goals of Wome). Finally, Chile reached the bronze medal, beating the U.S. team with two goals from Ivan Zamorano.

2000 Summer Olympic Results

Current status

Chile finished with a record of 4 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses in the matches played in 2006. It all started with the friendlies preparing teams for the 2006 World Cup. The tour included many of the players who started in Copa America 2007 as well as the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers. They beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin, drew with the Cote d'Ivoire 1-1 in Paris, France and drew with Sweden 1-1 in the Råsunda Stadium Stockholm. Chile lost to Colombia 2-1 in Santiago de Chile but beat Peru twice, 3-2 in a home game in Viña del Mar and 1-0 in an away game in Tacna, Peru, a few days later. The team then beat Paraguay 3-2 in Viña del Mar, Chile. The year ended with a 1-0 loss to Aragón in Zaragoza, Spain with Elías Figueroa as a guest coach and a "B" team. In 2007 in February, they earned a 1-0 victory over Venezuela, but in March, in the return to Sweden (this time in Gothenburg), the team lost against Brazil 4-0. The next week,in Talca, the team drew 1-1 against Costa Rica. Chile then drew 0-0 against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina.

Results 2005-2007 With Nelson Acosta

On 11 July 2007, the Chilean Football Federation banned six of the national team players, because of "internal indiscipline" during the Copa America 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 Valdivia, defenders Álvaro Ormeño, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas and Pablo Contreras and striker Reinaldo Navia.[19] Nelson Acosta's resignation as manager came after Chile were knocked out of the 2007 Copa America. Chile had qualified to the quarter-finals after a win against Ecuador 3-2, and a draw against Mexico 0-0. But, two losses against Brazil sealed Acosta's fate. Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa was given the task of becoming the current Chile national team manager in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.[20] In 16 October 2008, Chile beat Argentina 1-0 for the first time in a qualifying competition, making history. Marcelo Bielsa was acclaimed for this defeat from both Chilean and Argentinian people, and this was one of the reasons that ended in the resigning of Alfio Basile from the Argentinian bench.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification standings

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 18 9 7 2 33 11 +22 34
 Chile 18 10 3 5 32 22 +10 33
 Paraguay 18 10 3 5 24 16 +8 33
 Argentina 18 8 4 6 23 20 +3 28
 Uruguay 18 6 6 6 28 20 +8 24
 Ecuador 18 6 5 7 22 26 −4 23
 Colombia 18 6 5 7 14 18 −4 23
 Venezuela 18 6 4 8 23 29 −6 22
 Bolivia 18 4 3 11 22 36 −14 15
 Peru 18 3 4 11 11 34 −23 13
  Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela
Argentina  3–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
Bolivia  6–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 4–2 3–0 2–2 0–1
Brazil  0–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Chile  1–0 4–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–2
Colombia  2–1 2–0 0–0 2–4 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0
Ecuador  2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–2 0–1
Paraguay  1–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
Peru  1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0
Uruguay  0–1 5–0 0–4 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 6–0 1–1
Venezuela  0–2 5–3 0–4 2–3 2–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 2–2

2010 FIFA World Cup
Group H

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Honduras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Chile 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Latest results

Upcoming fixtures

31 March 2010 Estadio Municipal Germán Becker
Temuco, Chile Chile
 Venezuela International Friendly
16 May 2010 Estadio Azteca
Mexico City, Mexico Mexico
 Mexico International Friendly
16 June 2010 Mbombela Stadium
Nelspruit, South Africa South Africa
 Honduras 2010 FIFA World Cup
21 June 2010 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Port Elizabeth, South Africa South Africa
 Switzerland 2010 FIFA World Cup
25 June 2010 Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Pretoria, South Africa South Africa
 Spain 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • There will be 4 friendlies matches on May 26, May 30 and June 4 (at Chile) and a friendly match at South Africa on June 9 or 10

Players

Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the friendly matches against the cancelled games between  Costa Rica and  Korea DPR, on March 3, 2010. They were cancelled due to the 2010 Chile earthquake.[21]

Caps and goals as of January 20, 2010, subsequent to the friendly match against  Panama .

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Claudio Bravo April 13, 1983 (1983-04-13) (age 26) 41 0 Spain Real Sociedad
DF Pablo Contreras September 11, 1978 (1978-09-11) (age 31) 49 1 Greece PAOK
DF Osvaldo Gonzalez August 10, 1984 (1984-08-10) (age 25) 3 0 Mexico Toluca
DF Gary Medel August 3, 1987 (1987-08-03) (age 22) 21 3 Argentina Boca Juniors
DF Arturo Vidal May 22, 1987 (1987-05-22) (age 22) 21 1 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
MF Carlos Carmona February 21, 1987 (1987-02-21) (age 23) 18 0 Italy Reggina
MF Matías Fernández May 15, 1986 (1986-05-15) (age 23) 35 7 Portugal Sporting CP
MF Gonzalo Fierro March 21, 1983 (1983-03-21) (age 26) 15 1 Brazil Flamengo
MF Mauricio Isla June 12, 1988 (1988-06-12) (age 21) 10 0 Italy Udinese
MF Rodrigo Tello October 14, 1979 (1979-10-14) (age 30) 32 2 Turkey Beşiktaş
MF Jorge Valdivia October 19, 1983 (1983-10-19) (age 26) 36 3 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
FW Jean Beausejour June 1, 1984 (1984-06-01) (age 25) 23 1 Mexico América
FW Mark González July 10, 1984 (1984-07-10) (age 25) 38 3 Russia CSKA Moscow
FW Héctor Mancilla November 12, 1980 (1980-11-12) (age 29) 6 0 Mexico Toluca
FW Fabián Orellana January 27, 1986 (1986-01-27) (age 24) 13 2 Spain Xerez
FW Alexis Sánchez December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19) (age 21) 26 8 Italy Udinese
FW Humberto Suazo May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10) (age 28) 41 17 Spain Zaragoza

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the Chile squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Christopher Toselli June 15, 1988 (1988-06-15) (age 21) 1 0 Chile Universidad Católica vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
GK Nery Veloso March 1, 1987 (1987-03-01) (age 23) 1 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
GK Raúl Olivares April 17, 1988 (1988-04-17) (age 21) 0 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Slovakia, November 17, 2009 (Friendly)
GK Miguel Pinto Injury July 4, 1983 (1983-07-04) (age 26) 13 0 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Ecuador, October 14, 2009 (WCQ 2010)
DF Roberto Cereceda October 10, 1984 (1984-10-10) (age 25) 26 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
DF Hans Martínez January 4, 1987 (1987-01-04) (age 23) 7 0 Chile Universidad Católica vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
DF Gonzalo Jara Injury August 29, 1985 (1985-08-29) (age 24) 31 3 England West Bromwich Albion vs  Slovakia, November 17, 2009 (Friendly)
DF Paulo Magalhaes December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) (age 20) 1 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Paraguay, November 4, 2009 (Friendly)
DF Albert Acevedo May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06) (age 26) 1 0 Chile O'Higgins vs  Paraguay, November 4, 2009 (Friendly)
DF Waldo Ponce December 4, 1982 (1982-12-04) (age 27) 23 2 Chile Universidad Católica vs  Ecuador, October 14, 2009 (WCQ 2010)
DF Ismael Fuentes August 4, 1981 (1981-08-04) (age 28) 25 1 Chile Universidad Católica vs  Ecuador, October 14, 2009 (WCQ 2010)
DF José Manuel Rojas June 23, 1983 (1983-06-23) (age 26) 2 1 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Japan, May 27, 2009 (Kirin Cup)
MF Rodrigo Millar November 3, 1981 (1981-11-03) (age 28) 18 1 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
MF Marco Estrada May 28, 1983 (1983-05-28) (age 26) 20 1 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
MF Manuel Iturra Injury June 2, 1984 (1984-06-02) (age 25) 33 1 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
MF José Pedro Fuenzalida February 22, 1985 (1985-02-22) (age 25) 9 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
MF Charles Aránguiz April 17, 1989 (1989-04-17) (age 20) 2 0 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
MF Claudio Maldonado January 3, 1980 (1980-01-03) (age 30) 41 1 Brazil Flamengo vs  Slovakia, November 17, 2009 (Friendly)
MF Renato González February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19) (age 20) 1 1 Brazil Ponte Preta vs  Paraguay, November 4, 2009 (Friendly)
MF Boris Sagredo March 21, 1989 (1989-03-21) (age 20) 2 0 Chile Rangers vs  Paraguay, November 4, 2009 (Friendly)
MF Braulio Leal November 22, 1981 (1981-11-22) (age 28) 1 0 Chile Unión Española vs  Belgium, May 29, 2009 (Kirin Cup)
FW Esteban Paredes August 1, 1980 (1980-08-01) (age 29) 11 5 Chile Colo Colo vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
FW Emilio Hernández September 14, 1984 (1984-09-14) (age 25) 4 0 Argentina Argentinos Juniors vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
FW Daud Gazale August 10, 1984 (1984-08-10) (age 25) 6 0 Chile Huachipato vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
FW Edson Puch September 4, 1986 (1986-09-04) (age 23) 4 0 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
FW Eduardo Vargas November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20) (age 20) 2 0 Chile Universidad de Chile vs  Panama, January 20, 2010 (Friendly)
FW Juan Gonzalo Lorca January 15, 1985 (1985-01-15) (age 25) 10 1 France Boulogne vs  Paraguay, November 4, 2009 (Friendly)

Most appearances

# Name Career Caps Goals
1. Leonel Sanchez 1955–1967 84 23
2. Nelson Tapia 1994–2005 73 0
3. Alberto Fouilloux 1960–1972 70 12
4. Marcelo Salas 1994–2007 70 37
5. Iván Zamorano 1987–2001 69 34
6. Fabián Estay 1990–2001 69 5
7. Javier Margas 1990–2000 63 6
8. Miguel Ramírez 1991–2003 62 1
9. Clarence Acuña * 1995–2004 61 3
10. Juan Carlos Letelier 1979–1989 57 18
11. Pedro Reyes 1994–2001 55 4
12. José Luis Sierra 1991–2000 53 8
13. Jaime Pizarro 1986–1993 53 3
14. Sergio Livingstone 1941–1954 52 0
15. Nelson Parraguez 1991–2001 52 0
16. Pedro Araya 1964–1971 50 11
17. Ronald Fuentes 1991–2000 50 1
18. Francisco Valdés 1962–1974 50 9
19. Roberto Rojas 1983–1989 49 0
20. Pablo Contreras * 1999 - activity 49 1
  • (*) in activity.

Top goalscorers

# Name Career Goals Caps
1. Marcelo Salas 1994–2009 37 70
2. Ivan Zamorano 1987–2001 34 69
3. Carlos Caszely 1969–1985 29 49
4. Leonel Sanchez 1955–1968 23 84
5. Jorge Aravena 1983–1989 22 36
6. Juan Carlos Letelier 1979–1989 18 57
7. Enrique Hormazabal 1950–1963 17 42
8. Humberto Suazo * 2005 - activity 17 41
9. Alberto Fouilloux 1960–1972 12 70
10. Hugo Eduardo Rubio 1983–1991 12 36
  • (*) in activity.

Competitive Record

FIFA World Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Round 1 3 2 0 1 5 3
Italy 1934 Withdrew
France 1938
Brazil 1950 Round 1 3 1 0 2 5 6
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Third-place 6 4 0 2 10 8
England 1966 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 5
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974 Round 1 3 0 2 1 1 2
Argentina 1978 Did not qualify
Spain 1982 Round 1 3 0 0 3 3 8
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify
Italy 1990 Disqualified
United States 1994 Banned
France 1998 Round 2 4 0 3 1 5 8
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010 Qualified
Total 7/18 25 7 6 12 27 40
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.

Copa America record

Copa America / South American Championship
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1916 Fourth place 1939 Fourth place 1967 Third place
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 Quarter-Finals
1935 Fourth place 1959 Withdrew 2004 Round 1
1937 Fifth place 1963 Withdrew 2007 Quarter-Finals
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil. Silver background color indicates second place finish. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.

American Games record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1951 Third place 4 1 2 1 8 6
1955 and 1959 Did not participate
1963 Third place 4 2 1 1 12 6
1967 to 1979 Did not participate
1983 Round 1 3 1 2 0 3 2
1987 Second place 5 2 2 1 6 6
1991 Did not participate
1995 Quarter-Finals 4 1 1 2 3 6
1999 to 2007 Did not participate
Total 5/15 20 7 8 5 32 26
  • Silver background color indicates second place finish. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.

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 official registered capacity is of 62,000 spectators, but has surpassed the 75,000 mark on many occasions when the match is of high demand.[22] 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 Catolica and Universidad de Chile

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

Kit Evolution

The Official Team Kit representing Chile is characterized by a red jersey, blue shorts, and white socks. The away jersey features a white jersey, white shorts, and blue socks. The color schematics of red, white, and blue were featured in the 1947 edition of Copa America and has remained as such ever since.

Due to a relationship between the Football Federation of Chile and the company that represents Brooks Sports in that country, the national football team’s clothes, the referee's clothes and the balls of the national championship are supplied by Brooks.[23]

1910−1941
1941−1947
1947−present[24]

Managers

Manager Year(s)
Chile Carlos Fanta 1916
Uruguay Julián Bertola 1917
Chile Hector Parra 1918–1919
Uruguay Juan Carlos Bertone 1920–1922
Chile Carlos Acuna 1924
Italy José Rosetti 1926
England Frank Powell 1928
Hungary György Orth 1930
Uruguay Pedro Mazullo 1936–1939
Hungary Maximum Garay 1941
Hungary Franz Platko 1941–1945
Chile Luis Tirado 1946–1956
Argentina José Salerno 1956–1957
Hungary Ladislao Pakozdi 1957
Chile Fernando Riera 1958–1962
Chile Francisco Hormazábal 1962–1965
Chile Luis Alamos 1965–1966
Argentina Alejandro Scopelli 1966–1967
Chile Salvador Nocetti 1968–1969
Chile Francisco Hormazábal 1970
Chile Fernando Riera 1970
Chile Luis Vera 1971
Chile Raúl Pino 1971–1972
Germany Rudi Gutendorf 1972
Chile Luis Alamos 1973–1974
Chile Pedro Morales 1974–1975
Chile Caupolicán Peña 1976–1977
Chile Luis Santibanez 1977–1982
Chile Luis Ibarra 1983
Chile Isaac Carrasco 1984
Argentina Vicente Cantatore 1984
Chile Pedro Morales 1985
Chile Luis Ibarra 1986
Chile Orlando Aravena 1987
Chile Manuel Rodríguez 1987
Chile Orlando Aravena 1988–1989
Chile Arturo Salah 1990–1993
ChileUruguay Nelson Acosta[25] 1993
Croatia Mirko Jozić 1994
Spain Xabier Azkargorta 1995–1996
ChileUruguay Nelson Acosta 1996–2000
Chile Pedro García 2001
Chile Jorge Garcés 2001
Chile César Vaccia 2002
Chile Juvenal Olmos 2003–2005
ChileUruguay Nelson Acosta 2005–2007
Argentina Marcelo Bielsa[26] 2007–present

Notes

  • 12 October 1926 was to mark the first corner-kick goal in Copa America history in a Chile match against Bolivia.
  • Along with Ecuador and Venezuela, they are one of three South American nations who have never won the Copa America competition.

See also

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
  4. ^ Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
  5. ^ a b (Spanish) http://revista.guachacas.cl/Epi_mundial30.html
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey (7 March 2006). Historic Earthquakes - Chile - 1960 22 May 19:11:14 UTC - Magnitude 9.5: The Largest Earthquake in the World. Retrieved on 2007-01-09
  7. ^ FIFA.com - Ken Aston – the inventor of yellow and red cards
  8. ^ World Cup Knowledge: part four | Football | guardian.co.uk
  9. ^ FIFA.com
  10. ^ FIFA.com
  11. ^ FIFA.com
  12. ^ Goal.com - Editorial/Comment - Own Goal: Faking Being Hit By Objects
  13. ^ FIFA.com
  14. ^ FIFA.com
  15. ^ FIFA.com
  16. ^ FIFA.com
  17. ^ "Chileans book finals place". ESPN. 2009-09-10. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=230077&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  18. ^ "2010 World Cup Qualifying - CONMEBOL Qualifying Stage Results". ESPN. 2009-10-15. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/round08?league=fifa.worldq.conmebol&season=2010&cc=5739. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  19. ^ "Chile blacklist six Copa players". BBC Sport. 11 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6294098.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 
  20. ^ News - Chile name Bielsa as new coach - Soccerway
  21. ^ "BIELSA NOMINA JUGADORES DEL EXTRANJERO A LA "ROJA"" (in Spanish). ANFP. 17 February 2010. http://www.anfp.cl/noticia.php?id_noticia=5657. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  22. ^ The Stadium Guide - Estadio Nacional
  23. ^ (Spanish)http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=251738
  24. ^ See discussion page. The inner layout of the t-shirt has changed several times, although the colors have remained the same.
  25. ^ Acosta, born in Uruguay, was given Chilean nationality on 1984
  26. ^ Source: Conmebol News Article

External links


Simple English

Chile
Association Federación de Fútbol de Chile
Confederation CONMEBOL
Coach Marcelo Bielsa
Most caps Leonel Sánchez (84)
Top scorer Marcelo Salas (37)
World Cup
Appearances 8
First Apps 1930
Best result 3rd (1962)

Chile national football team is the national football team of Chile.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Leonel Sánchez84231955-1967
2Nelson Tapia7501994-2005
3Marcelo Salas70371994-2007
3Alberto Fouilloux70121960-1972
5Iván Zamorano69341987-2001
5Fabián Estay6951990-2001
7Javier Margas6361990-2000
8Miguel Ramírez6211991-2003
9Clarence Acuña6031995-2004
10Juan Carlos Letelier56181979-1989

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Marcelo Salas37701994-2007
2Ivan Zamorano34691987-2001
3Carlos Caszely29491969-1985
4Leonel Sánchez23841955-1968
5Jorge Aravena22361983-1989
6Juan Carlos Letelier18571979-1989
7Enrique Hormazabal17421950-1963
8Alberto Fouilloux12701960-1972
8Jaime Ramirez Banda12461954-1966
8Hugo Rubio12291985-1992


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