Chile national football team
|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
|Association||Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFCh)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Juan Antonio Pizzi|
|Most caps||Claudio Bravo (112)|
|Top scorer||Alexis Sánchez
Marcelo Salas (37)
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional|
|Current||4 (6 April 2017)|
|Highest||3 (April–May 2016)|
|Lowest||84 (December 2002)|
|Current||6 (19 April 2017)|
|Highest||2 (July 2016)|
| 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)
Mexico 0–7 Chile
(Santa Clara, United States; 18 June 2016)
| Brazil 7–0 Chile
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 17 September 1959)
|Appearances||9 (first in 1930)|
|Best result||Third place, 1962|
|Appearances||38 (first in 1916)|
|Best result||Champions, 2015 and 2016|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2017)|
|Best result||TBD, 2017|
The Chile national football team (Selección de fútbol de Chile) represents Chile in all major international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. The team is commonly referred to as La Roja ("The Red One"). They have appeared in nine World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they finished 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 are the reigning Copa América champions; after winning 2015 Copa América on home soil, it successfully defended their title in the United States in the Copa América Centenario in 2016. Prior to this, Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four occasions. As a result of winning the 2015 Copa América, they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- 1 History
- 2 Kits
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Sponsors
- 6 Managers
- 7 Players
- 8 Results and fixtures
- 9 Records
- 10 Competitive record
- 11 Honours
- 12 Notes
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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 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.
On July 19, 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 ever be allowed to captain the national team. The players banned were captain Jorge Valdivia, 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 tournament, 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.
After a string of bad performances and harsh criticisms, Claudio Borghi stepped down as Chile's manager in November 2012. A new manager, Jorge Sampaoli, was appointed in December 2012. A disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli broke new records for La Roja by winning 10, drawing 3, and losing only 3 of 15 games as the head of the Chilean national team.
In the 2015 Copa América, Chile won their first game against Ecuador, with 2–0 being the score. In their second game, Chile drew against Mexico. Chile advanced to the knockout stage as Group A winners with 7 points and most goals scored of any team in the tournament (10). Then they beat Uruguay in the quarterfinals and Peru in the semifinals. In the final, Chile defeated Argentina on penalties (4–1) after a 0–0 draw, to win their first Copa America title.
In January 2016, just six months after winning the 2015 Copa America, Jorge Sampaoli stepped down as Chile's manager. A new manager, the argentinean Juan Antonio Pizzi, was appointed at the end of the same month.
The team kit consists of a red jersey, blue shorts, and white socks. The away jersey features a white jersey, white shorts, and blue socks. The color scheme of red, white, and blue that was featured in the 1947 South American Championship, the precursor of the Copa América, has remained in place since. In 2016, red shorts were introduced as an option for the first time.
In August 2010, Puma acquired the contract to be the official kit supplier for the Chilean team from 2011–2015, paying US$ 3 million per year, also providing referees' kits and balls for domestic club competitions. The previous kit supplier, from 2004 to 2010 including the 2010 World Cup, was Brooks Sports 
Puma company ended its link after the Copa America 2015 with the tender for the new brand that will outfit the team since August 2015. This procedure was won by the American company Nike. Thus, the brand will be responsible for all the costumes of the selection once the Copa America ends. The contract with Nike last until the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Chilean national team plays their qualifying matches at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos located in Santiago, Chile and can be found at the commune of Ñuñoa. The construction of the stadium began in February 1937, and opened on 3 December 1938. The current official registered capacity is of 49,000 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 Cup semi-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 Católica and Universidad de Chile.
Chile maintains a rivalry with neighboring Peru; the Chile–Peru football rivalry is known in Spanish as the Clásico del Pacífico ("Pacific Derby"). The rivalry is considered to be one of the fiercest rivalries in the world, with CNN World Sport editor Greg Duke ranks it among the top ten football rivalries in the world. The rivalry between Chile and Peru stems from historical politics, border disputes, and the War of the Pacific, with the rivalry producing some of the most intense matches in South American footballing history.
Chile first faced Peru in the 1935 South American Championship, prevailing 1–0. The two countries traditionally compete with each other over the rank of fourth-best national team in South America (after Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay). They also both claim to have invented the bicycle kick; Peruvians call it the chalaca, while it is the chilena in Chile.
- Coca-Cola (since 1962 FIFA World Cup)
- Entel (since 2003)
- Homecenter Sodimac (since 2007)
- Cerveza Cristal (since 2007)
- Mega (TV broadcaster of Chile's qualifying and friendly matches)
- Nike (since 2015)
- Itau Corpbanca (since 2015)
- Samsung (since 2011)
- Chery (since 2013)
- Cecinas PF (since 2012)
- Gillette (since 2012)
The following 27 players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Argentina on March 23 and Venezuela on March 28, 2017.
Caps and goals updated as of March 28, 2017 after the match against Venezuela.
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.
- INJ Withdrew from the squad due to injury
- PRE Preliminary squad
- SUS Withdrew from the squad due to suspension
Results and fixtures
|March 24 2018 World Cup Q||Chile||1–2||Argentina||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 (UTC−3)||Gutiérrez 10'||Report (FIFA)
|Di María 19'
|Stadium: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|March 29 2018 World Cup Q||Venezuela||1–4||Chile||Barinas, Venezuela|
|19:00 (UTC−4.5)||Otero 9'||Report (FIFA)
|Pinilla 33', 52'
Vidal 72', 90+2'
|Stadium: Estadio Agustín Tovar
Referee: Diego Haro (Peru)
|May 27 Friendly||Chile||1–2||Jamaica||Viña del Mar, Chile|
|19:00 (UTC−3)||Castillo 81'||Report||Donaldson 35'
|Stadium: Estadio Sausalito
Referee: Raúl Orozco (Bolivia)
|June 1 Friendly||Mexico||1–0||Chile||San Diego, United States|
|19:00 (UTC−6)||Hernández 86'||Report||Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (United States)
|June 6 Copa América Centenario||Argentina||2–1||Chile||Santa Clara, United States|
|22:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Di María 51'
|Fuenzalida 90+3'||Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (Uruguay)
|June 10 Copa América Centenario||Chile||2–1||Bolivia||Foxborough, United States|
|19:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Vidal 46', 90+10' (pen.)||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Campos 61'||Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|June 14 Copa América Centenario||Chile||4–2||Panama||Philadelphia, United States|
|20:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Vargas 14', 42'
Sánchez 49', 86'
|Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|June 18 Copa América Centenario||Mexico||0–7||Chile||Santa Clara, United States|
|22:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Puch 16', 88'
Vargas 44', 52', 57', 74'
|Stadium: Levi's Stadium
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|June 22 Copa América Centenario||Colombia||0–2||Chile||Chicago, United States|
|20:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Stadium: Soldier Field
Referee: Joel Aguilar ()
|June 26 Copa América Centenario||Argentina||0–0 (a.e.t.)
|Chile||East Rutherford, United States|
|20:00 EDT (UTC−4)||Report (CONMEBOL)
|Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Referee: Héber Lopes (Brazil)
|September 1 2018 World Cup Q||Paraguay||2–1||Chile||Asunción, Paraguay|
|20:00 UTC−4||O. Romero 6'
Da Silva 9'
|Vidal 37'||Stadium: Estadio Defensores del Chaco
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|September 6 2018 World Cup Q||Chile||3–0
|20:30 UTC−3||Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Referee: Ricardo Marques (Brazil)
|October 6 2018 World Cup Q||Ecuador||3–0||Chile||Quito, Ecuador|
|16:00 UTC−5||A. Valencia 19'
|Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
|October 11 2018 World Cup Q||Chile||2–1||Peru||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Vidal 10', 85'||Report (FIFA)
|Flores 76'||Stadium: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (Ecuador)
|November 10 2018 World Cup Q||Colombia||0–0||Chile||Barranquilla, Colombia|
|15:30 UTC−5||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
|November 15 2018 World Cup Q||Chile||3–1||Uruguay||Santiago, Chile|
|20:30 UTC−3||Vargas 45+1'
Sánchez 60', 76'
|Cavani 16'||Stadium: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
|January 11 2017 China Cup||Chile||1–1
|19:35 (UTC+8)||Pinares 18'||||Andrijašević 76'||Stadium: Guangxi Sports Center
Referee: Fu Ming (China)
|January 15 2017 China Cup||Chile||1–0||Iceland||Nanning, China|
|15:35 (UTC+8)||Sagal 19'||||Stadium: Guangxi Sports Center
|March 23 2018 World Cup Q||Argentina||1–0||Chile||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|20:30 UTC−3||Messi 16' (pen.)||Report (FIFA)
|Stadium: Estadio Alberto J. Armando, Buenos Aires
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
|March 28 2018 World Cup Q||Chile||3–1||Venezuela||Santiago, Chile [note 1]|
|19:00 UTC−3||Sánchez 4'
Paredes 7', 22'
|Rondón 62'||Stadium: Estadio Monumental David Arellano
Referee: Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
|June 18 2017 Confederations Cup||Cameroon||v||Chile||Moscow, Russia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
|June 22 2017 Confederations Cup||Germany||v||Chile||Kazan, Russia|
|21:00 (UTC+3)||Stadium: Kazan Arena
|June 25 2017 Confederations Cup||Chile||v||Australia||Moscow, Russia|
|18:00 (UTC+3)||Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
- Chile were sanctioned by FIFA to play one home match (against Bolivia on 6 September 2016) away from Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago due to homophobic chants by the team’s fans, with a possible ban on a second match subject to a probation period of two years. Since Chile committed another infringement during this period, a second match ban on playing at Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos will be served (against Venezuela on 28 March 2017).
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|FIFA World Cup record|
|1954||Did Not Qualify|
|1970||Did Not Qualify|
|1978||Did Not Qualify|
|1986||Did Not Qualify|
|1998||Round of 16||16th||4||0||3||1||5||8|
|2002||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||3||5|
|2014||Round of 16||9th||4||2||1||1||6||4|
|2018||To be determined|
Record by opponent
|FIFA World Cup matches (by team)|
|Opponent||Wins||Draws||Losses||Total||Goals Scored||Goals Conceded|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did Not Qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
Champions Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
|South American Championship record|
|1929||Did not participate|
|1959||Did not participate|
|Copa América record|
Summer Olympics Record
Gold Silver Bronze
|1896||Athens||No Football Tournament|
|1900||Paris||Did Not Participate|
|1932||Los Angeles||No football tournament|
|1948||London||Did Not Participate|
|1956||Melbourne||Did Not Participate|
|1960||Rome||Did Not Qualify|
|1988||Seoul||Did Not Qualify|
|2004||Athens||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|2020||Tokyo||To Be Determined|
Pan American Games
|Pan American Games record|
|1955 and 1959||Did not participate|
|1967 to 1979||Did not participate|
|1991||Did not participate|
|1999 to 2011||Did not participate|
- FIFA World Cup
- Third place (1): 1962
- South American Championship / Copa América
- Panamerican Championship
- Runners-up (1): 1952
- China Cup
- Winners (1) 2017
- In 2010, Chicago-based rock band Manwomanchild released the song "Chile La Roja" in support of Chile's 2010 World Cup team.
- Chile women's national football team
- Chile national under-20 football team
- Chile national under-17 football team
- South American Footballer of the Year
- Fifa.com, Comparison of Armenia and Chile
- After 1988, the tournament has been restricted to squads with no more than 3 players over the age of 23, and these matches are not regarded as part of the national team's record, nor are caps awarded.
- "Uno a uno de la Roja: Buenas individualidades pero falta juego colectivo". EMOL (El Mercurio On-Line). February 29, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
- Mateo, Miguel Ángel (May 31, 2010). "El porqué de 'la Roja'". El Mundo (España). Retrieved September 15, 2011.
- "Sudáfrica será el octavo Mundial para la 'Roja'". El Mercurio de Antofagasta. March 6, 2012. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
- IFFHS, ed. (2010). "Chile: Full "A" internationals (1910)". IFFHS. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
- Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol
- (Spanish) http://revista.guachacas.cl/Epi_mundial30.html
- "Chile blacklist six Copa players". BBC Sport. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
- "Chile name Bielsa as new coach". Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Jorge Sampaoli quits as Chile manager after row with new president". The Guardian. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
- "Juan Antonio Pizzi named new Chile coach to 2018 World Cup". Dailymail. 30 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-11-22.
- (Spanish) http://www.emol.com/noticias/deportes/detalle/detallenoticias.asp?idnoticia=251738
- C. Barrera y M. Parker, ed. (24 April 2015). "Nike vestirá a la Roja hasta el Mundial de Rusia de 2022". La Tercera. www.latercera.com. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
El acuerdo se cerró en los últimos días. El contrato será vigente después de la Copa América hasta la cita planetaria.
- "Estadio Nacional de Chile". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
- "Copa America: Pacific 'Clasico' as Chile face Peru". Zee News. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
- "A derby and a debut in South America". FIFA. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
- Domin, Martin. "Chile vs Peru Copa America preview: A rivalry dating back to 1800s is about more than cocktails and overhead kicks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
- Arango, Juan. "Peru, Chile and the War of the Pacific". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
- Greg Duke (6 November 2008). "Top 10 international rivalries". CNN. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Politics, war and the bicycle kick: Chile and Peru set to renew storied rivalry at Copa America". The National. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
- Long, Gideon. "Fierce rivalry underpins Chile versus Peru clash". Reuters. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
- "Inside South American Soccer Rivalries". wbur.org. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
- "Chile – Peru matches, 1935–2011". RSSSF. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Henshaw 1979, p. 126.
- Witzig 2006, p. 22.
- "NÓMINA DE LA SELECCIÓN CHILENA PARA LOS PARTIDOS CLASIFICATORIOS CON ARGENTINA Y VENEZUELA". www.anfp.cl. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "NÓMINA LOCAL DE LA SELECCIÓN CHILENA PARA LOS DUELOS CON ARGENTINA Y VENEZUELA". www.anfp.cl. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
- ""Chile v Bolivia"". FIFA.
- "Report (CONMEBOL)".
- FIFA awarded Chile a 3–0 win as a result of Bolivia fielding the ineligible player Nelson Cabrera, after the match had finished 0–0. Nelson Cabrera had previously represented Paraguay and did not meet eligibility rules.
- "FIFA sanctions several football associations after discriminatory chants by fans". FIFA.com. 27 May 2016.
- "Several football associations sanctioned after discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans". FIFA.com. 4 October 2016.
- "La pegajosa canción que alienta a Chile en inglés". Il Mercurio (in Spanish). 2010-06-21. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "Top: La Roja tiene himno anglo". Las Últimas Noticias (in Spanish). 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "La Roja de Bielsa ahora tiene un himno en versión anglo". La Nación (in Spanish). 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- The official Chile national football team web site
- RSSSF archive of results 1910–2003
- RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
- El Almanaque de Futbol de la Red
|Copa América Champions
2015 (1st title)
2016 (2nd title)