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The Chilean national football team represents Chilemarker 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.

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 Valparaisomarker. Its first President was David Scott.

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. 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. 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.

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, Chilemarker was to be among the first of thirteen nations invited to participate in the inaugural tournament.

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 Argentinamarker. The game was played on 22 July at the Estadio Centenariomarker in Montevideo, Uruguaymarker. 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 Brazilmarker. 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 Spainmarker and Englandmarker by the similar score of 2-0. The last match was played with the United Statesmarker 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 Chilemarker was to be the third World Cup hosted on South American soil.In 1960 the Great Chilean Earthquakemarker would strike the country with the highest recorded magnitude in world history of 9.5 on the Richter scale. 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.

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.
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.

1966 World Cup

Englandmarker 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 Ecuadormarker in Lima, Perumarker 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 Unionmarker, Italy, and North Koreamarker, 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 Nacionalmarker in Santiagomarker, which had been used as a concentration camp by the military dictatorship of Pinochet. However, FIFAmarker 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.

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.

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 Maracanãmarker 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, FIFAmarker 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 (although an amnesty was granted in 2001).

1998 World Cup

Chile qualified for the World Cup in Francemarker 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. 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 Nigermarker was dismissed from further matches during the WC.

Chile drew their next two matches 1-1. The first was a cagey game with Austriamarker in St-Étiennemarker. 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 Cameroonmarker, equalised in the last minute, Ivica Vastic scoring a spectacular long-range effort.

Against Cameroon in Nantesmarker 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, 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 Princesmarker 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. 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. 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..

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 Dublinmarker, drew with the Cote d'Ivoire 1-1 in Paris, Francemarker and drew with Sweden 1-1 in the Råsunda Stadiummarker Stockholmmarker. Chile lost to Colombia 2-1 in Santiago de Chilemarker but beat Peru twice, 3-2 in a home game in Viña del Marmarker and 1-0 in an away game in Tacnamarker, Perumarker, a few days later. The team then beat Paraguay 3-2 in Viña del Marmarker, Chilemarker. The year ended with a 1-0 loss to Aragón in Zaragozamarker, Spainmarker 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 Swedenmarker (this time in Gothenburgmarker), the team lost against Brazil 4-0. The next week,in Talcamarker, the team drew 1-1 against Costa Rica. Chile then drew 0-0 against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentinamarker.

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. 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.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





Latest results



Upcoming fixtures

20 January 2010 Francisco Sánchez Rumorosomarker

Coquimbomarker, Chilemarker
International Friendly
January / March 2010 TBD International Friendly
3 March 2010 Estadio Nacional de Chilemarker

Santiagomarker, Chilemarker
International Friendly
May 2010 TBD International Friendly
May 2010 RheinEnergieStadionmarker

Cologne, Germanymarker
International Friendly


  • †: There was another friendly on Saturday 14 November, against Germany, but this friendly was canceled due to the death of German goalkeeper Robert Enke.


  • ♦: For comfirmed.


  • ‡: If Chile and South Africa were in the same group in the World Cup, would play Uruguay.


Players

Current squad

The following 19 players were called up for a friendly match against , on November 17.









Recent call-ups

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







Most appearances



  • (*) in activity.


Top goalscorers

  • (*) in activity.


Competitive Record

FIFA World Cup record



  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil. Bronze background color indicates third place finish.


Copa America record



  • 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



  • 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 Chilemarker located in Santiago, Chilemarker and can be found at the commune of Ñuñoamarker.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. An example would be the 1962 FIFA World CupSemi-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 Catolicaand Universidad de Chile

It has hosted four Copa Americafinals, The final of the 1962 FIFA World Cupand the final to the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Kit Evolution

The Official Team Kitrepresenting 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 Americaand has remained as such ever since.

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



Managers



Notes

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


See also



References

  1. Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
  2. Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
  3. http://revista.guachacas.cl/Epi_mundial30.html
  4. 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
  5. FIFA.com - Ken Aston – the inventor of yellow and red cards
  6. World Cup Knowledge: part four | Football | guardian.co.uk
  7. FIFA.com
  8. FIFA.com
  9. FIFA.com
  10. Goal.com - Editorial/Comment - Own Goal: Faking Being Hit By Objects
  11. FIFA.com
  12. FIFA.com
  13. FIFA.com
  14. FIFA.com
  15. News - Chile name Bielsa as new coach - Soccerway
  16. The Stadium Guide - Estadio Nacional
  17. http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=251738
  18. Acosta, born in Uruguay, was given Chilean nationality on 1984
  19. Source: Conmebol News Article


External links



#
Name
Career
Caps
Goals
1.
Leonel Sanchez
1955 - 1967
84
23
2.
Nelson Tapia
1994 - 2005
75
0
3.
Marcelo Salas
1994 - 2007
70
37
4.
Alberto Fouilloux
1960 - 1972
70
12
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
60
3
10.
Juan Carlos Letelier
1979 - 1989
56
18
11.
José Luis Sierra
1991 - 2000
54
8
12.
Pedro Reyes
1994 - 2001
54
4
13.
Jaime Pizarro
1986 - 1993
53
3
14.
Sergio Livingstone
1941 - 1954
52
0
15.
Pedro Araya
1964 - 1971
51
11
16.
Nelson Parraguez
1991 - 2001
51
0
17.
Ronald Fuentes
1991 - 2000
50
1
18.
Francisco Valdés
1962 - 1974
49
9
19.
Roberto Rojas
1983 - 1989
49
0
20.
Carlos Caszely
1969 - 1985
48
29
#
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.
Jaime Ramirez Banda
1954 - 1966
12
46
10.
Alberto Fouilloux
1960 - 1972
12
70
Year
Round
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1930 Round 1 3 2 0 1 5 3
1934 Withdrew
1938 Withdrew
1950 Round 1 3 1 0 2 5 6
1954 Did not qualify
1958 Did not qualify
1962 Third-place 6 4 0 2 10 8
1966 Round 1 3 0 1 2 2 5
1970 Did not qualify
1974 Round 1 3 0 2 1 1 2
1978 Did not qualify
1982 Round 1 3 0 0 3 3 8
1986 Did not qualify
1990 Disqualified
1994 Banned
1998 Round 2 4 0 3 1 5 8
2002 Did not qualify
2006 Did not qualify
2010 Qualified
Total 7/18 25 7 6 12 27 40
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
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






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

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