Chile profile for 2017 Confederations Cup
FootyOn experts give their Chile profile for the 2017 Confederations Cup, as we analyse all eight nations taking part at the tournament which kicks-off on June 17th.
La Roja will enter proceedings on the back of an impressive two successive Copa America victories.
Having clinched their maiden success in 2015, they backed it up by retaining their crown last year.
Juan Antonio Pizzi named a strong 17-man squad for the upcoming event in Russia.
This includes Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez, with a selection that is sure to frustrate Arsene Wenger.
After so many summer exploits in recent years, Sanchez could again face up to eight games before donning an Arsenal shirt again next season.
While other nations have opted for youthful sides, like Germany, Chile have gone all out with their top names.
Chile’s joint all-time leading goalscorer Alexis Sanchez, alongside Marcelo Salas with 37, is selected alongside Arturo Vidal.
The latter Bayern Munich midfielder helped his club to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga crown.
Despite a forgettable debut campaign in the Premier League, Chile goalkeeper and skipper Claudio Bravo is also picked.
Meanwhile, players that ply their trade in Chile will be called up to the squad at a later date.
Chile are properly hardened to tournament football, with this being the fourth straight summer they have been involved in an event.
Interestingly, there are 10 players in the current squad that have played in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 and 2016 Copa America.
This includes Bravo, Eugenio Mena, Mauricio Isla, Francisco Silva, Sanchez, Vidal, Eduardo Vargas, Gary Medel, Charles Aranguiz and Marcelo Diaz.
Confederations Cup record
Chile are making their first ever appearance in the Confederations Cup this summer.
They are one of three debutants, alongside Portugal and hosts Russia.
How they qualified: 2015 Copa America winners
La Roja earned their maiden spot at this summer’s tournament by claiming Copa America success in 2015.
They clinched that first ever event victory under former coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Pizzi replaced Sampaoli in January 2016 and went on to claim the Copa America title.
The now 48-year-old was previously in charge of La Liga outfit Valencia and Mexican side Club Leon.
Argentine Pizzi’s managerial career has taken him to his homeland, Peru, Chile, Spain and Mexico.
He was a champion in Chile with Universidad de Chile in 2010 and in Argentina with San Lorenzo in 2013.
Key player: Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal forward Sanchez is heavily linked with an exit from the Emirates.
The Gunners frontman is his nation’s joint all-time marksman and will look to move ahead this summer.
Notably, Sanchez was originally listed as a Bayern Munich player by his country in the squad announcement.
Player to watch: Arturo Vidal
Bayern midfielder Vidal is a crucial component of his country’s set-up.
The 30-year-old was key to success at both 2015 and 2016 Copa America victories.
Chile have been drawn in a promising Group B alongside Germany, Cameroon and Australia.
Germany have a young side for the tournament and look the most likely challengers to La Roja.
The South Americans look more than capable of progressing, with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
Initial Chile squad for 2017 Confederations Cup squad (17)
Claudio Bravo (Manchester City).
Paulo Diaz (San Lorenzo), Eugenio Mena (Sport Recife), Enzo Roco (Cruz Azul), Gary Medel (Inter).
Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcelo Diaz (Celta Vigo), Felipe Gutierrez (Internacional), Pedro Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Mauricio Isla (Cagliari), Martin Rodriguez (Cruz Azul), Francisco Silva (Cruz Azul), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich).
Nicolas Castillo (Pumas UNAM), Edson Puch (Necaxa), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Eduardo Vargas (Tigres UANL).
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