If there was ever a time to celebrate it is when the World Cup is going on; the football tournament only happens every four years and the novelty of it is simply stupendous. Many people around the world will dance and shout and cheer for their squads at this year’s event. And several optimistic fans at the start of the tournament will see their team ultimately be eliminated from contention in the end. There is only one champion, after all.
32 teams have a shot at glory in Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including a South American squad that will go under the radar a bit in terms of pre-tournament speculation. But even in a difficult group, Chile is a team worth talking about. Here is a preview of the squad that will represent Chile at the 2014 World Cup.
Group B is strong
Chile will definitely earn their spot in the round of 16 if they are able to escape Group B. It features the two finalists from the last World Cup, in Spain and Netherlands, as well as underdog, Australia. There is no question that defending World Cup and Euro champions Spain will be the favorite to win Group B, but the Chileans have a very realistic shot at gaining favorable results in the group.
Chile may have gotten an unfavorable group draw, but they do have one thing going for them: location. European teams historically have not faired well in World Cups held on soil not in Europe, and with this one being held in South America, fans of Chile can hope for success on their home continent.
Who to watch
Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona is definitely a fun player to watch. He has quick pace and talent that will prove to be difficult for opposing players. He had a very solid season for his club in Barcelona and has to be bright for the squad to have success in Brazil. Arturo Vidal is another tough midfielder for Chile and will be key to their success at the World Cup, but will be coming off a knee injury that leaves his status somewhat uncertain. If there ever were a dark horse pick to advance out of this group, it would be Chile, and one can only wait to see how they will fare in the quality Group B.
June 13 versus Australia in Cuiaba
June 18 versus Spain in Rio de Janeiro
June 23 versus Netherlands in Sao Paulo