Chile national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
|Association||Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFC)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Jorge Sampaoli|
|Most caps||Leonel Sánchez (84)|
|Top scorer||Marcelo Salas (37)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional
Estadio Monumental David Arellano
|Highest FIFA ranking||6 (April 1998)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||84 (December 2002)|
|Highest Elo ranking||5 (July 2011)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||60 (2003)|
| Argentina 3–1 Chile
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 27 May 1910)
| Chile 7–0 Venezuela
(Santiago, Chile; 29 August 1979)
Chile 7–0 Armenia
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 4 January 1997)
| Brazil 7–0 Chile
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 17 September 1959)
|Appearances||8 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Third place, 1962|
|Appearances||35 (First in 1916)|
|Best result||Second place, 1955, 1956,
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 eight World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup, finishing in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the World Cup. Since the mid to late 1960s, the Elo ratings ranks Chile among the 25 strongest football teams in the world.
Chile is one of the four founding member nations of CONMEBOL. Together with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, the four competed in the first South American Championship, later to be renamed the Copa América, in 1916. On October 12, 1926, Chile made the first corner-kick goal in Copa América history in a match against Bolivia. Chile is the only one out of the founding members never to have won the tournament.
Chile was one of the thirteen national teams that competed in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. The team started off well, beating Mexico and France without conceding a goal. A 3–1 loss to Argentina in the final game left the Chilean team in second place within the group, eliminating it from the tournament. In the 1950 World Cup, Chile defeated the United States, 5–2, but nevertheless was eliminated in the first round.
The best Chilean result in the World Cup was third place in 1962, as the host nation. Chile lost 4–2 to eventual champion Brazil in a semi-final but went on to defeat Yugoslavia 1–0 to earn third place. Chilean players made two World Cup firsts: the first player to miss a World Cup penalty kick was the Chilean Guillermo Subiabre, in a 1930 FIFA World Cup match against France, and Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card, during a match against West Germany at the 1974 World Cup.
World Cup history
1930 World Cup
The manager of Chile was the young Hungarian György Orth. Chile was part of Group 1, with Argentina, Mexico, and France. Chile won their first two games, defeating Mexico 3–0 on 16 July, then France 1–0 on 19 July. Sharing the same number of points, Chile and Argentina played a decisive game, on 22 July at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, which ended 3–1 in Argentina's favor, and thus Chile failed to qualify for the second round.
1950 World Cup
The 1950 edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil. The Chilean manager at the tournament was Alberto Bucciardi, while the team captain was goal keeper Sergio Livingstone. "La Roja" were in group 2 and Chile lost their first two games against Spain and England, both with a score of 2–0. The last match was played against the United States, which Chile won by a score of 5–2, but it was not enough for Chile to advance to the next round.
1962 World Cup
The 1962 World Cup in Chile was the third World Cup hosted on South American soil. In 1960 the Great Chilean Earthquake struck the country with the highest magnitude ever recorded: 9.5 on the Richter scale. Despite the disaster, plans went ahead for Chile to be the host nation of this World Cup tournament.
They won their first match, against Switzerland, by 3–1. The second match against Italy, which they won 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.
Chile defeated European champions USSR, to earn a semi-final against defending World Champions Brazil, but a capacity crowd of 76,600 watched Brazil beat the hosts 4–2. 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
England was the stage for the eighth World Cup. It was also the first European World Cup that Chile took part in. Qualification for the 1966 edition ended with a play-off between Ecuador in Lima, Peru on 12 October 1965. Chilean manager, Francisco Hormazabal, resigned shortly before the event and was replaced by Luis Alamos. The match against Ecuador finished 2–1 in Chile's favor, with 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. Facing 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 the 1974 World Cup 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, so the Chilean players kicked off on an otherwise empty pitch, and 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 sent off in the second half, thus becoming the first player awarded a red card in the tournament's history since the cards went into use.
Guided by coach Luis Alamos, Chile then fought out a 1–1 draw with East Germany, again in Berlin. Martin Hoffmann put East Germany ahead, but Sergio Ahumada equalised with 20 minutes left. Finally, they played out a goalless draw against Australia, which eliminated both teams.
1982 World Cup
At the 1982 World Cup, 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 West Germany, Gustavo Moscoso scoring 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 September 3, 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 have eliminated them from the tournament. Around the 67-minute mark, Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead. A firework had been thrown from the stands by a Brazilian fan named Rosenery Mello do Nascimento and was smouldering about a yard away. After carrying Rojas off the pitch, the Chilean players and coaches claimed that conditions were not safe and they refused to return, so the match was abandoned.
After studying video footage of the match showing that the firework had not made contact with Rojas, FIFA forfeited the game to Brazil, 2–0. The team was banned from the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life, although an amnesty was granted in 2001.
Rosenery Mello turned into a model and TV celebrity. She also appeared in the cover of Playboy Brazil in November 1989 but her modelling career didn't last for long. She eventually died of brain aneurysm on 4 June 2011, at the age 45.
1998 World Cup
Chile qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup 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 with Italy in Bordeaux in their opening match, 2–2, with Salas scoring both goals in reply to Christian Vieri's opener, before Roberto Baggio's late penalty equalizer for Italy.
Chile drew their next two matches 1–1. The first was against 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.
Italy had been the only team to win in the group, so Chile's unbeaten record took them into the Round of 16, to play against South American rivals Brazil at the Parc des Princes in Paris. César Sampaio scored twice early on, and a Ronaldo penalty made it 3–0 before half-time. Chile kept fighting, and Salas got his fourth goal of the competition, heading in a rebound after Claudio Taffarel had saved a shot from Zamorano, but Ronaldo scored again quickly and Chile were out of the tournament.
2010 World Cup
On October 10, 2009, Chile qualified for the 2010 World Cup with a 4–2 away win against Colombia. At the end of the qualification they finished in second place, ahead of Paraguay on goal differential following the latter's defeat to Colombia. They were drawn in Group H with Spain, Switzerland and Honduras. In the first match, Chile defeated Honduras 1–0. The goal was scored on a deflection off of Jean Beausejour in the first half. It was their first win at the World Cup since they beat Yugoslavia for third place at the 1962 FIFA World Cup. In the second game Chile defeated Switzerland, with the decisive goal scored by South African born Mark González. Although beaten 2-1 by Spain in their final group match, Chile finished second in group thus qualifying for the Round of 16, in which they were eliminated from the World Cup by Brazil once again, by a score of 3-0.
Copa América history
Chile featured in the first ever held Copa América in 1916 when it was known as the South American championship. The country has hosted the tournament on 6 different occasions. The Chilean national team has been unable to obtain the championship trophy after reaching the final on four separate opportunities.
History (Results) at the Summer Olympic Games
1928 Olympic Games Results
|Results in the 1928 Summer Olympics|
|27 May 1928||Portugal||L||2–4||Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam), Amsterdam, Netherlands||1928 Summer Olympics Games Preliminary Round|
|5 June 1928||Mexico||W||3–1||Monnikenhuize, Arnhem, Netherlands||1928 Summer Olympics Games Consolation first round|
|8 June 1928||Netherlands||D||2–2||Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel, Rotterdam, Netherlands||1928 Summer Olympics Games Consolation final|
1952 Summer Olympic Results
|Results in the 1952 Summer Olympics|
|16 July 1952||Egypt||L||4–5||Arto Tolsa Areena, Kotka, Finland||1952 Summer Olympics Games Preliminary Round|
1984 Summer Olympic Results
|Results in the 1984 Summer Olympics|
|29 July 1984||Norway||D||0–0||Harvard Stadium, Boston, United States||1984 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group A)|
|31 July 1984||Qatar||W||1–0||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, United States||1984 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group A)|
|2 August 1984||France||D||1–1||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, United States||1984 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group A)|
|5 August 1984||Italy||L||0–1||Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, United States||1984 Summer Olympics Games Quarter-finals|
2000 Summer Olympic Results
|Results in the 2000 Summer Olympics|
|14 September 2000||Morocco||W||4–1||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group B)|
|17 September 2000||Spain||W||3–1||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group B)|
|20 September 2000||South Korea||L||0–1||Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Games Group Stage (Group B)|
|23 September 2000||Nigeria||W||4–1||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Games Quarter-finals|
|26 September 2000||Cameroon||L||1–2||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Games Semi-finals|
|29 September 2000||United States||W||2–0||Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia||2000 Summer Olympics Bronze Medal Match|
On July 11, 2007, the Chilean Football Federation banned six of the national team players, because of "internal indiscipline" during the Copa América tournament, for 20 international matches each and none of the players will never be allowed to captain the national team. The players banned were captain Jorge Valdívia, defenders Álvaro Ormeño, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas, Pablo Contreras and striker Reinaldo Navia. Nelson Acosta's resignation as manager came after Chile were knocked out of the 2007 Copa América. Chile had qualified to the quarter-finals after a 3-2 win against Ecuador, and a 0-0 draw against Mexico. But two losses, one of those being a 6-1 defeat against Brazil, sealed Acosta's fate. Former Argentina manager Marcelo Bielsa was given the task of becoming the Chile national team manager in preparation for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. On October 16, 2008, Chile beat Argentina 1–0 for the first time in a qualifying competition, making history. Marcelo Bielsa was acclaimed for this accomplishment by both Chilean and Argentinian people. This match was seen as one of the reasons that ended Alfio Basile's tenure as Argentina's coach.
After finishing in second place of the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa and reaching the round of 16 at the tournmanet, head coach Marcelo Bielsa extended his contract with the Chilean national team until 2015.
Bielsa stated that he would leave his position if Jorge Segovia were elected as President of the Chilean Football Board. He followed through on this threat, despite Segovia's election being annulled, and resigned in February 2011. Claudio Borghi then became Chile's manager in March 2011.
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification Standings
|Round 1 7 October 2011||Argentina||4 – 1||Chile||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:10 UTC-3||Higuaín 7', 51', 62'
|Report||Fernández 59'||Stadium: Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|Round 2 11 October 2011||Chile||4 – 2||Peru||Santiago, Chile|
|19:45 UTC-3||Ponce 2'
Suazo 63' (pen.)
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Referee: Raúl Orosco (Bolivia)
|Round 3 11 November 2011||Uruguay||4 – 0||Chile||Montevideo, Uruguay|
|20:00 UTC−2||Suárez 42', 45', 68', 74'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Centenario
Referee: Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)
|Round 4 15 November 2011||Chile||2 – 0||Paraguay||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC-3||Contreras 28'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|Round 5 2 June 2012||Bolivia||0 − 2||Chile||La Paz, Bolivia|
|16:10 UTC−4||Report||Aranguiz 45+3'
|Stadium: Estadio Hernando Siles
Referee: Alfredo Intriago (Ecuador)
|Round 6 9 June 2012||Venezuela||0 − 2||Chile||Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela|
|18:05 UTC−4:30||Report||Fernández 85'
|Stadium: Estadio Anzoátegui
Referee: José Buitrago (Colombia)
|Round 8 11 September 2012||Chile||1 – 3||Colombia||Santiago, Chile|
|16:30 UTC−3||Fernández 42'||Report||Rodríguez 58'
|Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago
Referee: Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru)
|Round 9 12 October 2012||Ecuador||3 – 1||Chile||Quito, Ecuador|
|16:00 UTC–5||Caicedo 33', 56'
|Report||Paredes 25' (o.g.)||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|Round 10 16 October 2012||Chile||1 – 2||Argentina||Santiago, Chile|
|21:05 UTC−3||Gutiérrez 90+2'||Report||Messi 28'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
|Round 11 22 March 2013||Peru||1 – 0||Chile||Lima, Peru|
|21:10 UTC−5||Farfán 87'||Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Diego Abal (Argentina)
|Round 12 26 March 2013||Chile||2 – 0||Uruguay||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Paredes 10'
|Report||Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|Round 13 7 June 2013||Paraguay||1 – 2||Chile||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción|
|20:10 UTC−4||Santa Cruz 88'||Report||Vargas 41'
|Referee: Leandro Vuaden (Brazil)
|Round 14 11 June 2013||Chile||3 – 1||Bolivia||Estadio Nacional, Santiago|
|20:30 UTC−4||Vargas 16'
|Report||Martins 32'||Referee: Darío Ubriaco (Uruguay)
Matches from the past 12 months.
|Friendly August 15, 2012||Ecuador||3 – 0||Chile||New York, USA|
|20:00 UTC-5||Narciso Mina 9'
Jaime Ayovi 13'
Jefferson Montero 67'
Referee: T. Vaughn
|Friendly November 14, 2012||Serbia||3 – 1||Chile||St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|||Henríquez 89'||Stadium: AFG Arena
Referee: A. Bieri
|Friendly January 15, 2013||Chile||2 – 1||Senegal||La Serena, Chile|
|C. Muñoz 52'
Meneses 65' (pen.)
|||Sané 10'||Stadium: Estadio La Portada
Referee: G. Delfino
|Friendly January 19, 2013||Chile||3 – 0||Haiti||Concepción, Chile|
|C. Muñoz 48'
P. Rubio 76'
|||Stadium: Estadio Municipal de Concepción
|Friendly February 6, 2013||Chile||2 – 1||Egypt||Madrid, Spain|
|||Salah 88'||Stadium: Vicente Calderón Stadium
Referee: F. Texeira
|Friendly April 24, 2013||Brazil||2 – 2||Chile||Belo Horizonte, Brazil|
|22:00 UTC-3||Réver 24'
|Stadium: Estádio Mineirão
Referee: Carlos Amarilla
Win Draw Loss
Caps and goals updated as June 11, 2013.
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.