Chile national football team
The Chile men's national football team (Selección masculina de fútbol de Chile) represents Chile in 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.
|Nickname(s)||La Roja (The Red One)|
El equipo de todos (The team of everyone)
|Association||Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFCh)|
|Confederation||CONMEBOL (South America)|
|Head coach||Reinaldo Rueda|
|Most caps||Alexis Sánchez (132)|
|Top scorer||Alexis Sánchez (43)|
|Home stadium||Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos|
|Current|| 17 |
|Highest||3 (April–May 2016)|
|Lowest||84 (December 2002)|
|Current|| 21 |
|Highest||2 (7 July 2016)|
|Lowest||59 (8 June 2003)|
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 27 May 1910)
(Santiago, Chile; 29 August 1979)
(Viña del Mar, Chile; 4 January 1997)
(Santa Clara, California, United States; 18 June 2016)
(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, 2016)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2017)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2017)|
Chile were the reigning Copa América champions; after winning 2015 Copa América on home soil, they 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, where they finished second.
The Federación de Fútbol de Chile is the second oldest South American federation, having been founded in Valparaíso on 19 June 1895. Chile was 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 12 October 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.
A scandal known as "El Maracanazo" occurred on 3 September 1989. At a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium, Brazil led Chile 1–0 and La Roja needed to win. 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 Rojas was carried off the pitch, the Chilean players and coaches claimed that conditions were not safe and they refused to return, so the match was abandoned. However, video footage of the match showed that the firework had not made contact with Rojas. FIFA forfeited the game to Brazil, Chile was banned from the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life, although an amnesty was granted in 2001.
On 19 July 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 16 October 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, who then led La Roja to a second Copa America Centenario 2016 victory after again beating Argentina in the final.
In the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia, for which they had qualified by winning the Copa America, Chile won their first group stage match against Cameroon with 2–0 being the score. In their second match against the Germany, Chile drew after a hard match and both team scored 1. In their final game of the group stage against Australia, Chile drew once again but qualified to the knockout stage on virtue of having more points than Australia, though having less points than Germany. In the semis, after a tense and exciting match, Chile came out on top, beating Portugal on Penalties, 3–0 and hence they qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final. In their first ever final in a FIFA-sanctioned tournament, Chile faced Germany and lost 1–0.
On 10 October 2017, after losing 3-0 to Brazil, Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, causing an end to what was perceived as their "golden generation". They ended up being the highest ranked team that failed to qualify at 9th.
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 2015 Copa América with the tender for the new brand that will outfit the team since August 2015. This procedure was won by the American company Nike. The contract with Nike lasts 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 26 December 1962, for a game between Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile.
Does not maintain any special rivalry, however two matches are considered important:
With 90 games played, is the most played fixture in the history of the Chilean national team and the third most played for Argentina – after their encounters with Uruguay and Brazil. The teams' first meeting was in Buenos Aires on 27 May 1910, and matches always draw large crowds in Chile. Only 1 of the 6 victories on the 90 games played, was in an official competition, which occurred in 2010 World Cup qualification.
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 ranking 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.
- Coca-Cola (since 1962 FIFA World Cup)
- Claro (since 2019)
- Sodimac (since 2007)
- Cerveza Cristal (since 2007)
- Chilevision (TV broadcaster of Chile's qualifying and friendly matches) (since 2018)
- Nike (since 2015)
- Santander (since 2015)
- Arauco (since 2018)
- Unimarc (since 2017)
- Cecinas PF (since 2012)
- Gillette (since 2012)
- Ariel (since 2013)
The following 19 players have been called up for the friendly match against Peru on 19 November 2019. However, they have officially decided not to play this match to support the social movement in Chile.
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2019 after the match against Guinea.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Claudio Bravo||13 April 1983||123||0|
|GK||Gabriel Arias||13 September 1987||12||0|
|DF||Gary Medel (captain)||3 August 1987||126||7|
|DF||Mauricio Isla||12 June 1988||115||4|
|DF||Guillermo Maripán||6 May 1994||24||2|
|DF||Miiko Albornoz||30 November 1990||14||2|
|DF||Sebastián Vegas||4 December 1996||9||1|
|DF||Francisco Sierralta||6 May 1997||2||0|
|MF||Arturo Vidal||22 May 1987||115||28|
|MF||Charles Aránguiz||17 April 1989||78||7|
|MF||Erick Pulgar||15 January 1994||24||1|
|MF||Diego Valdés||30 January 1994||13||1|
|MF||Lorenzo Reyes||13 June 1991||10||1|
|MF||Esteban Pavez||1 May 1990||8||0|
|MF||Claudio Baeza||23 December 1993||4||0|
|MF||Felipe Gallegos||3 December 1991||0||0|
|FW||Felipe Mora||2 August 1993||5||1|
|FW||Jean Meneses||16 March 1993||2||1|
|FW||Christian Bravo||1 October 1993||2||0|
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Gonzalo Collao||9 September 1997||1||0||v. |
|GK||Brayan Cortés||11 March 1995||3||0||v. |
|GK||Yerko Urra||9 July 1996||0||0||2019 Copa América|
|GK||Zacarías López||30 June 1998||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|GK||Luis Ureta||8 March 1999||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|GK||Lawrence Vigouroux||19 November 1993||0||0||Unattached||v. |
|DF||Óscar Opazo||18 October 1990||13||1||v. |
|DF||Alfonso Parot||15 October 1989||5||1||v. |
|DF||Paulo Díaz||25 August 1994||23||0||v. |
|DF||Igor Lichnovsky||7 March 1994||7||0||v. |
|DF||José Bizama||25 June 1994||4||0||v. |
|DF||Felipe Campos||8 November 1993||0||0||v. |
|DF||Guillermo Soto||10 January 1994||0||0||v. |
|DF||Gonzalo Jara||29 August 1985||115||3||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Jean Beausejour RET||1 June 1984||107||6||2019 Copa América|
|DF||Benjamín Kuscevic||2 May 1996||1||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Diego Carrasco||25 May 1995||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Diego González||29 April 1998||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Valber Huerta||26 August 1993||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Álex Ibacache||11 January 1999||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Nicolás Ramírez||1 May 1997||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Raimundo Rebolledo||14 May 1997||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Erick Wiemberg||20 June 1994||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|DF||Eugenio Mena||18 July 1988||56||3||v. |
|MF||César Pinares||23 May 1991||9||1||v. |
|MF||Tomás Alarcón||19 January 1999||1||0||v. |
|MF||Felipe Gutiérrez||8 October 1990||35||4||v. |
|MF||José Pedro Fuenzalida||22 February 1985||53||5||2019 Copa América|
|MF||Pablo Hernández||24 October 1986||30||3||2019 Copa América|
|MF||Jimmy Martínez||26 January 1997||4||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|MF||Gabriel Suazo||9 August 1997||1||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|MF||Carlos Lobos||21 February 1997||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|MF||Ignacio Saavedra||12 January 1999||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|MF||Matías Sepúlveda||12 March 1999||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|MF||Jason Flores||28 February 1997||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019 INJ|
|FW||Nicolás Castillo||14 February 1993||24||4||v. |
|FW||Diego Rubio||15 May 1993||9||0||v. |
|FW||Niklas Castro||8 January 1996||0||0||v. |
|FW||Alexis Sánchez||19 December 1988||132||43||v. |
|FW||Fabián Orellana||27 January 1986||41||2||v. |
|FW||Eduardo Vargas||20 November 1989||91||38||v. |
|FW||Ángelo Sagal||18 April 1993||18||2||v. |
|FW||Ignacio Jeraldino||6 December 1995||4||0||v. |
|FW||Junior Fernandes||10 April 1988||19||0||2019 Copa América|
|FW||Edson Puch||9 April 1986||20||2||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|FW||Iván Morales||27 July 1999||1||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|FW||Andrés Vilches||14 January 1992||1||0||Unattached||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|FW||Matías Cavalleri||8 April 1998||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|FW||Nicolás Guerra||9 January 1999||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
|FW||Diego Valencia||14 January 2000||0||0||Microcycle, 15–16 April 2019|
Results and fixtures
|22 March Friendly||Mexico ||3–1||San Diego, United States|
||Stadium: SDCCU Stadium|
Referee: Ted Unkel (United States)
|26 March Friendly||United States ||1–1||Houston, United States|
||Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium|
Referee: Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)
|6 June Friendly||Chile ||2–1||La Serena, Chile|
||Stadium: Estadio La Portada|
Referee: Ricardo Marques (Brazil)
|17 June 2019 Copa América||Japan ||0–4||São Paulo, Brazil|
|20:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Morumbi|
Referee: Mario Díaz de Vivar (Paraguay)
|21 June 2019 Copa América||Ecuador ||1–2||Salvador, Brazil|
|20:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova|
Referee: Patricio Loustau (Argentina)
|24 June 2019 Copa América||Chile ||0–1||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
||Stadium: Maracanã Stadium|
Referee: Raphael Claus (Brazil)
|28 June 2019 Copa América||Colombia ||0–0|
|São Paulo, Brazil|
|20:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Arena Corinthians|
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
|3 July 2019 Copa América||Chile ||0–3||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|21:30 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Arena do Grêmio|
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
|6 July 2019 Copa América||Argentina ||2–1||São Paulo, Brazil|
|16:00 UTC−3||Report||Stadium: Arena Corinthians|
Referee: Mario Díaz de Vivar (Paraguay)
|5 September Friendly||Chile ||0–0||Los Angeles, United States|
|19:30 UTC−7||Report||Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
|10 September Friendly||Honduras ||2–1||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
||Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano|
Referee: Juan Calderón (Costa Rica)
|12 October Friendly||Colombia ||0–0||Alicante, Spain|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Estadio José Rico Pérez|
Referee: Jason Barcelo (Gibraltar)
|15 October Friendly||Chile ||3–2||Alicante, Spain|
|18:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Estadio José Rico Pérez|
Referee: Fyodor Zammit (Malta)
Most capped players
FIFA World Cup
Runners-up Third Place Fourth PlaceChampions
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|Group Stage||5th||3||2||0||1||5||3||Qualified as invitees|
|Group Stage||9th||3||1||0||2||5||6||Qualified automatically|
|Did not qualify||4||0||0||4||1||10|
|Third Place||3rd||6||4||0||2||10||8||Qualified as hosts|
|Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||5||4|
|Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||3|
|Did not qualify||9||5||2||2||18||12|
|Round of 16||16th||4||0||3||1||5||8||16||7||4||5||32||18|
|Did not qualify||18||3||3||12||15||27|
|Round of 16||10th||4||2||0||2||3||5||18||10||3||5||32||22|
|Did not qualify||18||8||2||8||26||27|
|To be determined||To be determined|
FIFA Confederations Cup
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|Did Not Qualify|
Runners-up Third Place Fourth PlaceChampions
|South American Championship record|
|Did not participate|
|Did not participate|
|Copa América record|
|1896||No football tournament|
|1900||Did not participate|
|1932||No football tournament|
|1948||Did not participate|
|1956||Did not participate|
|1960||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1992–present||See Chile Olympic football team|
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 2019||Did not participate|
|2023||Qualified as host|
- FIFA World Cup
- Third place (1): 1962
South American Championship / Copa América
- FIFA Confederations Cup
- Runners-up (1): 2017
- Panamerican Championship
- Runners-up (1): 1952
- In 2010, Chicago-based rock band Manwomanchild released the song "Chile La Roja" in support of Chile's 2010 World Cup team.
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- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- "World Football Elo Ratings: Chile". eloratings.net. World Football Elo Ratings. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- 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). 29 February 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
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- "Archived copy" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 10 September 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- (in 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. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015. 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.
- "A derby and a debut in South America". FIFA. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
- 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.
- "Nómina de la Selección Chilena para amistoso con Perú". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Comunicado Selección Chilena". Retrieved 13 November 2019.
- "La razón por la que Niklas Castro aún no puede jugar por la Roja". Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "Comunicado Selección Chilena". Retrieved 14 November 2019.
- "La pegajosa canción que alienta a Chile en inglés". Il Mercurio (in Spanish). 21 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- "Top: La Roja tiene himno anglo". Las Últimas Noticias (in Spanish). 23 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- "La Roja de Bielsa ahora tiene un himno en versión anglo". La Nación (in Spanish). 23 June 2010. Archived from the original on 28 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- 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)