February 3, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Chile (CONMEBOL), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Chile, with 4 other player-options).

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Chile national team. CONMEBOL (South America). La Roja (the Red One). Home jersey: red.
-Chile is in Group B (with Australia, Netherlands, and Spain). ‘2014 FIFA World Cup/Group B‘ (
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Chile’s 9th qualification out of 20 tries.
Chile has qualified for the World Cup in: 1930, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1974, 1982, 1998, 2010, 2014.
Previous World Cup qualification: 2010, Round of 16 / 2-0-2.
Highest World Cup finish: 1962, Third Place / 4-0-2.

Population of Chile: 17.4 million {2012 estimate}.
Capital and largest city: Santiago, pop. 6.3 million (metro area) {2011 figure}.

Chile coach, Jorge Sampaoli. Jorge Sampaoli.
Chile captain, GK Claudio Bravo. Claudio Bravo.

Here is an analysis of Chile’s style of play under coach Jorge Sampaoli – from The New Libero, from 16 Jan. 2014, by Ian Walker, ‘World Cup Preview: Sampaoli’s Chile‘ (

The following link features a short article on the Chile team plus a 20-player photo gallery…from, from 27 Aug. 2013, ‘La Roja: el positivo panorama de Sampaoli previo a Venezuela‘ / translated, ‘Reds: positive outlook…‘ (

Below: Theoretical Best XI for Chile (with 4 other player-options further below) -
Note: players below reflect final 2014 WC squad selection.
Photo and Image credits -
Map of Chile on globe, by Addicted04 at
Map of Chile, by NordNordWest at
Chile home jersey, photo from;
Jorge Sampaoli photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe via
Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), photo from
Mauricio Isla (Juventus), photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images Europe via
Gary Medel (Cardiff City), photo by Catherine Ivill/AMA via
José Manuel Rojas (Universidad de Chile), photo from
Eugenio Mena (Santos), photo by Daniel Vorley/Getty Images South America via
Arturo Vidal (Juventus), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Marcelo Díaz (Basel), photo from
Charles Aránguiz (Internacional), photo from
Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona), photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe via
Jorge Valdívia (Palmeiras), photo from Agencia Uno via
Eduardo Vargas (Napoli/Valencia), photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Europe via
Mauricio Pinilla FW (Cagliari), photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images Europe via
Other player-options,
Gonzalo Jara RB/DM/RM (Nottingham Forest), photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images Europe via
Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), photo
Jean Beausejour (Wigan), photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images Europe via
Esteban Paredes (Querétaro), photo from


Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Chile national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.

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