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Chile World Cup Roster 2014: Full 30-Man Squad and Starting 11 Projections

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Alexis Sanchez of Chile in action during the international friendly match between England and Chile at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

Chile found themselves drawn into one of the toughest World Cup groups we'll see in Brazil, as Spain, the Netherlands and Australia await.    

Now, at least we know who will comprise the squad that will be undertaking that challenge. 

BBC Sport reported on Jorge Sampaoli's provisional roster—according to Reuters, via The Guardian, the manager has until June 2 to trim the roster down to 23 players—which you can find below:

Chile's Provisional World Cup Squad
PositionPlayerClub
GKClaudio BravoReal Sociedad
GKJohnny Herrera Universidad de Chile
GKCristopher ToselliUniversidad Catolica
GKPaulo GarcesO'Higgins
DGary MedelCardiff City
DGonzalo JaraNottingham Forest
DMarcos GonzalezUnion Espanola
DEnzo AndiaUniversidad Catolica
DJose RojasUniversidad de Chile
DEugenio MenaSantos
DMauricio IslaJuventus
MFJorge ValdiviaPalmeiras
MFFelipe GutierrezTwente
MFRodrigo MillarAtlas
MFJose Pedro FuenzalidaColo Colo
MFPablo HernandezO'Higgins
MFMatias FernandezFiorentina
MFFrancisco Silva Osasuna
MFArturo VidalJuventus
MFCharles AranguizInternacional
MFMarcelo DiazBasel
MFCarlos CarmonaAtalanta
MFMiiko Albornoz Malmo
FAlexis SanchezBarcelona
FEsteban ParedesColo Colo
FEduardo VargasValencia
FGustavo CanalesUnion Espanola
FJean BeausejourWigan
FMauricio PinillaMauricio Pinilla
F Fabian Orellana Celta
BBC

 

Starting 11 Projections

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 19:  Claudio Bravo #1 of Chile directs his teammates in the second half against Brazil during a friendly match at Rogers Centre on November 19, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.Brazil defeated Chile 2-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Formation: Varies and fluctuates between 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2. Occasionally, they will play with three at the back as well. 

GK: Claudio Bravo

LBEugenio Mena

CBMarcos Gonzalez

CBGary Medel 

RBMauricio Isla

LMJean Beausejour

CMCharles Aranguiz

CMJorge Valdivia

CM: Arturo Vidal

RM: Alexis Sanchez

FEduardo Vargas

 

Analysis

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Arturo Vidal of Chile looks on prior to the Spain v Chile international friendly at Stade de Geneve on September 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Without question, the biggest area of concern for Chile heading into this tournament is the health of midfielder Arturo Vidal, the team's talisman. The Juventus star recently had surgery on his right knee, and both he and his surgeon are hopeful he can play, per Paul Collins of the Daily Mail:

'The surgery went very well,' Vidal tweeted after the procedure. 'Now, I'll give it my best to join my team-mates in Brazil! Go Chile!'

The operation in Barcelona was led by specialist surgeon Ramon Cugat, and was accompanied by Chile and Juventus team doctors. The club, who won the Serie A title on Sunday, said Vidal needed arthroscopic surgery on the lateral meniscus of his right knee.

'We don't dare to say a recovery time because there's a World Cup in the making,' Cugat after the surgery. 'There are many factors at play here: He has to be in good form, in a good mood, and his knee has to respond well. But he's a very courageous player with a strong character, and he's always positive. He's a winner.'

Chile are a strong, fairly deep squad, but without a player of Vidal's quality, it's hard to imagine them beating Spain or the Netherlands. The midfielder scored 11 goals, notched five assists and earned an excellent 7.43 average match rating from WhoScored.com in Serie A play this season, proving once again his value.

Chile are also led by Barcelona's bright star Alexis Sanchez, the country's most dangerous attacking player. The crafty winger is coming off an excellent season for Barcelona where he scored 18 goals and added 10 assists, so he'll be a key man for Chile. 

There are a few selections for the starting 11 that seem pretty clear. Claudio Bravo will start as the keeper. Gary Medel, Eugenio Mena and Mauricio Isla will almost surely feature on defense. Jorge Valdivia has been a Sampaoli favorite in the past. Eduardo Vargas has become a mainstay at forward. 

But Chile are a fluid side that shift tactically depending on the opponent, so predicting a starting 11 for them can be tricky. Very likely, they'll look a little different for each match. Sampaoli has the players to play such a shifting style, which makes Chile quite dangerous. 

If you think teams don't fear Chile, well, just consider the following tweets from Ed Malyon of the Mirror and Leander Schaerlaeckens of Fox Soccer about Dutch manager Louis van Gaal:

They won't be hyped as much as the Spaniards or the Dutch, but it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the Chileans advanced to the knockout phase at the expense of either.

This is a very talented squad, and if Vidal is able to play, they are quite capable of making a deep run in Brazil.

 

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