Chile which is also an old name in World football has been in seven appearances in the World cup and occupied the third place in 1962 which is so far their best performance in the World cup In the race to South Africa, Chile finished second in the 10-team South American group, only one point behind Brazil.
The highlight of their 18-match campaign was a 1-0 win over Argentina, their first-ever against their neighbours in a competitive game. Two of their four defeats came against Brazil while they managed home-and-away wins over Colombia and old rivals Peru. Prospects: New coach Jorge Sampaoli has brought a swagger back to Chile's football, combining aggressive pressing with a fluent passing game.
Fun to watch, tough to play against, La Roja have the potential to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history - if their best 11 stay fit. To qualify they finished third in South American qualifying despite a mid-campaign wobble which saw them lose four games in a row. A change in coach halted the slump, and they recovered to win five of their last six games.
Coach: Jorge Sampaoli replaced Claudio Borghi midway through qualifying, quickly reviving Chilean fortunes. A self-confessed disciple of fellow Argentine Marcelo Bielsa (who led Chile in 2010) he is a passionate, energetic touchline presence. Early in his career he was blocked from watching his lower league team play, so climbed a nearby tree, from where he bawled instructions at his players.
Key Players: Lightning quick Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, 24, has hit a rich vein of goalscoring form for club and country of late. Arturo Vidal (Juventus): Aged 26 and plays in the midfield. Versatile player who can hold his own in defence or midfield, Vidal is one of the country’s most promising footballers. He was the team’s leading scorer at the South American Under-20 championship in 2007 and helped Chile reach the semi- finals of the World Youth championship later the same and is equally indispensable.