Chile

Defender Roberto Cereceda dropped from Marcelo Bielsa's final World Cup 2010 squad.

    Chile will face European champions Spain in South Africa [EPA]

    The Chileans go into the World Cup ranked 15th in the world and widely tipped to be one of the teams to watch.

    Coached by master Argentine strategist Marcelo Bielsa, Chile are back in the big time after last appearing at France 1998, where they reached the last 16 only to lose 4-1 to eventual finalists Brazil.

    Chile finished just a point behind the Brazilians in South American qualifying and boast a dangerous strikeforce in the form of Matias Fernandez, Alexis Sanchez and Humberto Suazo.

    Goalkeepers:

    Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Miguel Pinto (Universidad de Chile), Luis Marin (Union Espanola)

    Group H fixtures

    Wednesday June 16

     
    Honduras v Chile 
     Spain v Switzerland 

    Monday June 21

     
    Chile v Switzerland 
     Spain v Honduras 

    Friday June 25

     
    Chile v Spain 
     Switzerland v Honduras 

    Defenders:

    Pablo Contreras (PAOK Athens), Ismael Fuentes (Universidad Catolica), Mauricio Isla (Udinese), Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich Albion), Gary Medel (Boca Juniors), Waldo Ponce (Universidad Catolica), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen).

    Midfielders:

    Rodrigo Tello (Besiktas), Gonzalo Fierro (Flamengo), Carlos Carmona (Reggina), Marco Estrada (Universidad de Chile), Rodrigo Millar (Colo Colo), Matias Fernandez (Sporting Lisbon), Jorge Valdivia (Al Ain).

    Forwards:

    Mark Gonzalez (CSKA Moscow), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Juan Beausejour (America), Fabian Orellana (Xeres), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese), Humberto Suazo (Real Zaragoza).

    SOURCE: Agencies


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