After a 12-year absence the Chile national football team is back in the World Cup. Read on to know more on the Chilean football squad/team for the FIFA World Cup 2010.

Chile Team for World Cup 2010

The Chileans are back! After a 12-year snooze the Chileans will return to the FIFA World Cup finals. They make their comeback after their last appearance in France 1998 which was marked by luminous performances by the talented Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas. The Chilean team comes into the 2010 World Cup under the leadership of an experienced and astute Marcelo Bielsa, the coach of the team. The Chileans believe they have what it takes to get past the group stages and maybe even have a go at the biggies of the tournament.

The Chilean national football team made it to the finals with relative ease. Amongst all the South American teams in the competition, Chile managed to finish just behind continental toppers Brazil. That goes to show something, doesn’t it? The team comprises young and attacking players which sometimes can lead to self destruction. Also, the chances of intimidation and a poor show cannot be ruled out. The highlight of their ascending campaign was the nail-biting 4-2 win in Colombia in October. This win catapulted the Chileans to greater heights and helped place them amongst the heavyweights. The Chileans, courtesy their prodigious marksman Humberto Suazo, recorded ten wins in their qualifying matches. This sees them taking part in the tournament as the team with the most number of wins from their continent. It also sees as them as the second-highest scorer with 32 goals.

Chile in South Africa will be taking part for the eighth time in a FIFA World Cup tournament. Their best performance was dished out when the country hosted the FIFA tournament in 1962, the team finished third. The present Chile team is blessed with exceptional talents in the form of Alexis Sanchez, Humberto Suazo and Matias Fernandez. These leading lights on their day can pose as serious threats to even the best teams in the world. The shimmering Sanchez and conniving Fernandez are no bricks in a wall. They are disciplined in their approach and at the same time possess hints of controlled aggression. The two teamed up with a wise and stable Suazo make for an intimidating trio. Look out for them!

“The most important thing at a World Cup is to make sure the players are in top form and that depends on so many different factors. Some of them you can control, but some are the result of everything the player has been through in the previous ten months. I hope everything comes together for Chile,” revealed Argentinean coach Marcelo Bielsa. A lot is expected from Biesla, who is also known as ‘El Loco’ (The Madman). The 54-year old coach is celebrated for his systematic and enterprising approach to the game of football. His passion for the game sieves through all international boundaries, maybe that even explains the reason for adopting the Chilean national football team as his own. Can this great combination of a strategist coach and explosive players work for Chile? Well, that remains to be seen!
Chile Team/Squad For FIFA Football World Cup 2010
The Pre-World Cup list of players for Chile is given below.
Claudio Bravo
Miguel Pinto
Luis Marín
Pablo Contreras
Gonzalo Jara
Roberto Cereceda
Midfielder, Fullback
Ismael Fuentes
Waldo Ponce
Gary Medel
Midfielder, Defender
Mauricio Isla
Midfielder, Defender
Jorge Valdivia
Attacking midfielder, Second striker
Matías Fernández
Attacking midfielder
Rodrigo Tello
Jean Beausejour
Arturo Vidal
Defender / Midfielder
Marco Estrada
Left back, Deep-lying
Rodrigo Millar
Carlos Carmona
Central midfielder
Gonzalo Fierro
Winger, Right midfielder, Right wingback
Humberto Suazo     
Mark González
Left winger
Alexis Sánchez
Winger, Forward
Fabián Orellana
Esteban Paredes
Attacking midfielder, Second striker
Héctor Mancilla

Date - Time Venue
16-June 07:30 Nelspruit Honduras Honduras vs Chile Chile Chile won by 1-0
21-June 10:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Chile Chile vs Switzerland Switzerland Chile won by 1-0
25-June 14:30 Tshwane/Pretoria Chile Chile vs Spain Spain Spain 2-1
28-June 14:30 Johannesburg Brazil Brazil vs Chile Chile Brazil won by 3-0

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