Chile 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Nick DorringtonSpecial to Bleacher ReportMay 13, 2014

Chile 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    On Tuesday, Chile national team coach Jorge Sampaoli named his preliminary 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as per La Tercera (in Spanish).

    The squad was largely as expected, although the absences of Fiorentina midfielder David Pizarro and Monterrey striker Humberto Suazo are sure to raise eyebrows in some quarters.

    Arturo Vidal and Eugenio Mena both make the cut even though they are currently sidelined with injuries. The pair are expected to recover in time to take part in the tournament.

    Universidad Catolica defender Enzo Andia, Malmo wing-back Miiko Albornoz and O'Higgins midfielder Pablo Hernandez are among the lesser known players included.

    Sampaoli will use his time with the squad to whittle his selection down to 23 for the tournament itself, but for now, here is our player-by-player guide to Chile's preliminary World Cup squad.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Claudio Bravo

    Date of Birth: 13/04/1983

    Birthplace: Viluco, Chile

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 78

    Club: Real Sociedad

     

    Name: Cristopher Toselli

    Date of Birth: 15/06/1988

    Birthplace: Antofagasta, Chile

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 4

    Club: Universidad Catolica

     

    Name: Johnny Herrera

    Date of Birth: 09/05/1981

    Birthplace: Angol, Chile

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 7

    Club: Universidad de Chile

     

    Name: Paulo Garces

    Date of Birth: 02/08/1984

    Birthplace: Parral, Chile

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: O'Higgins

Defenders

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    Name: Enzo Andia

    Date of Birth: 16/08/1992

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 4

    Club: Universidad Catolica

     

    Name: Jose Rojas

    Date of Birth: 23/06/1983

    Birthplace: Talagante, Chile

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 18

    Club: Universidad de Chile

     

    Name: Marcos Gonzalez

    Date of Birth: 09/06/1980

    Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps: 28

    Club: Union Espanola

     

    Name: Gary Medel

    Date of Birth: 03/08/1987

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Centre-back / Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 59

    Club: Cardiff City

     

    Name: Gonzalo Jara

    Date of Birth: 29/08/1985

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Full-back / Centre-back

    Caps:  64

    Club: Nottingham Forest

     

    Name: Eugenio Mena

    Date of Birth: 18/07/1988

    Birthplace: Vina del Mar, Chile

    Position: Full-back / Wing-back

    Caps: 23

    Club: Santos

     

    Name: Mauricio Isla

    Date of Birth: 12/06/1988

    Birthplace: Buin, Chile

    Position: Full-back / Wing-back

    Caps: 45

    Club: Juventus

     

    Name: Miiko Albornoz

    Date of Birth: 30/11/1990

    Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

    Position: Full-back / Wing-back

    Caps: 1

    Club: Malmo

     

    Name: Jean Beausejour

    Date of Birth: 01/06/1984

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Full-back / Wing-back / Forward

    Caps: 58

    Club: Wigan Athletic

     

    Name: Jose Pedro Fuenzalida

    Date of Birth: 22/02/1985

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Wing-back / Forward

    Caps: 22

    Club: Colo-Colo

Midfielders

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    Name: Carlos Carmona

    Date of Birth: 21/02/1987

    Birthplace: Coquimbo, Chile

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 42

    Club: Atalanta

     

    Name: Francisco Silva

    Date of Birth: 11/02/1986

    Birthplace: Quillota, Chile

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 11

    Club: Osasuna

     

    Name: Marcelo Diaz

    Date of Birth: 30/12/1986

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Caps: 19

    Club: Basel

     

    Name: Charles Aranguiz

    Date of Birth: 17/04/1989

    Birthplace: Puente Alto, Chile

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Caps: 19

    Club: Internacional

     

    Name: Rodrigo Millar

    Date of Birth: 03/11/1981

    Birthplace: Arauco, Chile

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Caps: 28

    Club: Atlas

     

    Name: Arturo Vidal

    Date of Birth: 22/05/1987

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 53

    Club: Juventus

     

    Name: Felipe Gutierrez

    Date of Birth: 08/10/1990

    Birthplace: Quintero, Chile

    Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 16

    Club: Twente

     

    Name: Pablo Hernandez

    Date of Birth: 24/10/1986

    Birthplace: Tucuman, Argentina

    Position: Central Midfielder / Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 1

    Club: O'Higgins

     

    Name: Jorge Valdivia

    Date of Birth: 19/10/1983

    Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 56

    Club: Palmeiras

     

    Name: Matias Fernandez

    Date of Birth: 15/05/1986

    Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Position: Attacking Midfielder

    Caps: 60

    Club: Fiorentina

     

Forwards

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    Name: Eduardo Vargas

    Date of Birth: 20/11/1989

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 28

    Club: Valencia

     

    Name: Alexis Sanchez

    Date of Birth: 19/12/1988

    Birthplace: Tocopilla, Chile

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 65

    Club: Barcelona

     

    Name: Fabian Orellana

    Date of Birth: 27/01/1986

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 24

    Club: Celta Vigo

     

    Name: Esteban Paredes

    Date of Birth: 01/08/1980

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 34

    Club: Colo-Colo

     

    Name: Gustavo Canales

    Date of Birth: 30/03/1982

    Birthplace: General Roca, Argentina

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 1

    Club: Union Espanola

     

    Name: Mauricio Pinilla

    Date of Birth: 04/02/1984

    Birthplace: Santiago, Chile

    Position: Striker

    Caps: 25

    Club: Cagliari