Chile are this World Cup’s dark horses for a few. A group of Australia, Holland and Spain is the ultimate way for the South Americans to prove themselves.
Jorge Sampaoli’s men have had a strong influx of talent in recent years with the emergence of Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez (above) and Arturo Vidal of Juventus bringing real star quality to the side.
Gary Medel has also had a good campaign despite Cardiff’s relegation from the Premiership and Jean Beasejour will bring in his FA Cup winning experience to the side.
La Roja have a solid foundation of players and could well dump out one of the major nations in what looks like a weak Holland side.
What works in Chile’s favour is that they open the group stage against the weakest side Australia which should get them three points before facing Spain which with their morale could lead to a shock result. If not, they have their do-or-die clash against the Netherlands in their last game.
Should Chile make it past the group stages, hosts Brazil will be likely opponents in the last 16 for the second World Cup in a row which could equal elimination again but this summer will provide further experience for a side still looking to establish itself on the world stage.