Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chile Greatest All-time 23 member team

Chile World Cup 1962

If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

South America without Brazil and Argentina.

The best result for Chile at a World Cup Finals were in 1962 when they finished 3rd as the host.  Leonel Sanchez was their star player. Their next major success came in 1998. The strike force of  Marcelo Salas and Iván Zamorano helped them to reach the round of 16. In 2000, Chile won the Bronze medal at the Olympics with Zamorano as one of the overage players.  Since then, another Golden Generation emerged.  They qualified for both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals, advancing to the second stage on both occasions.  Chile won back-to-back Copa America in 2015 and 2016.
Copa America 2016

Sergio Livingstone was the greatest keeper in Chile's history.  He was of Scottish descent.  He was nicknamed "El Sapo" ("The Toad") for his typical posture in the goal mouth. From 1938–1959 he played primarily for CD Universidad Católica in Santiago. At the international level, He played 52 times for Chile between 1941 and 1954. With Chile he took part in seven South American Championships.  He went to the 1950 World Cup Finals in Brazil.  
Sergio Livingstone
Roberto Rojas is best remembered for faking an injury hit by a rocket during a match against Brazil in 1989 and led to a lifetime ban on football.  He was actually a good keeper who was capped 49 times. With Colo-Colo, Rojas won national titles in 1983 and 1986. In 1987, after a successful performance in the Copa América 1987 championship, he transferred to Brazil's São Paulo where he remained until 1989. 

GK: Claudio Bravo
As of 2018, Claudio Bravo is Chile's most capped player with 119 times.  He was the hero of Chile's two back-to-back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016, winning penalty shootouts on both Finals.  He also went to two World Cup Finals. He started his professional career playing with Colo-Colo at home.  He also played with Real Sociedad, Barcelona and Manchester City.

RB: Luis Eyzaguirre
Luis Eyzaguirre played right back in the Universidad de Chile football team known as the Ballet Azul, with which he won four national championships. He was capped 39 times. He played in 1962 World Cup Finals at home where Chile reached the semi-final.  He also played a single match at the 1966 World Cup Finals in England. He was considered the best rightback of his time.

RB/LB: Mario Galindo
Mario Galindo was rated as one of the greatest Chilean fullbacks.  He played 12 times for Chile between 1973 and 1982.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974 and 1982. During his playing career, Galindo played at the club level for Colo Colo. He reached the Final of Copa Libertadores 1973. He also played for Everton(Chile) and Santiago Wanderers.

CB: Fernando Astengo
Fernando Astengo was considered one of the best defenders in Chilean history.  In 1988, he was voted as the best center-back in South America while playing for Gremio in Brazil.  He also played for Colo Colo and Unión Española. In 1989, he received a 3 year ban for the Rojas incident vs Brazil. He played 18 times for Chile.
CB:  Alberto Quintano
Alberto Quintano had 49 caps for Chile. He played in the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany, forming a strong partnership with Elias Figueroa. For his club career, he spent most of his career with Universidad de Chile.  He went to play for Cruz Azul(Mexico) in 1971 and became one of the best defenders playing in the Mexican league.

SW:  Elias Figueroa
Elias Figueroa was one of the best defenders in South American history.  He was named the Brazilian Player of the year award whilst playing for Internacional in 1972 and 1976. He was also awarded the South American Footballer of the Year three times in a row. He played notably for Santiago Wanderers, Internacional and Uruguayan club Peñarol. He also represented Chile 47 times, appearing in three world cups, in 1966, 1974, and 1982.
Elias Figueroa

CB: Ignacio Prieto 
For the national team, Ignacio Prieto played at the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.  He played with Club Deportivo Universidad Católica at home and Nacional in Uruguay before moving to France. While playing with Lille, he was the joint-winner of the Trophée de l'Étoile d'or in 1974-1975. He also played for Stade Lavallois.

CB: Ulises Poirier
Ulises Poirier had 16 caps for Chile between 1919 and 1930.  He was voted Best Defender of the South American championship twice in 1922 and 1926. He was the captain of Chilean national team at the 1930 World Cup finals in Uruguay.  For club football, he played for Colo Colo and La Cruz Valparaíso.

LB: Sergio Navarro
Sergio Navarro was the captain of the 1962 World Cup team, where Chile reached the semifinal.  It was Chile's best ever result at the World Cup Finals. He was capped 31 times between 1957 and 1962.  For his club career, he played for Universidad de Chile (1955-1964), Colo-Colo (1965-1967) and Unión Española (1967-1968).  With Universidad de Chile, he was a part of the team known as "Ballet Azul". He won the Primera División in 1959, 1962 and 1964.
Sergio Navarro (L)
LB: Antonio Arias
Antonio Arias played 30 times for the Chile between 1968 and 1973.  He went to the 1974 World Cup and played 3 matches in the Finals.  At the club level, Arias played for Magallanes and Unión Española. With Unión Española, he won three league titles and finished second at the 1975 Copa Libertadores. It was the club's greatest era in its history.

DM: Eladio Rojas
Eladio Rojas spent most of his career with Everton(Chile).  He was a hero at the WC Finals in  1962. He scored the winning goal in the quarterfinal against the Soviet Union. He again scored the winning goal against Yugoslavia at the 90th minute that gave Chile a third place finish in the Third Place match.  He went to play for River Plate in Argentina after the World Cup Finals.

CM: Rubén Marcos 
Rubén Marcos was considered one of the best Chilean midfielders ever.  He was known for his endurance.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1966. He also went to the South American Championship in 1967. During his career, Marcos played for Universidad de Chile, and Palestino.  Estadio Rubén Marcos Peralta at his home town Osorno was named after him.

CM: Arturo Vidal
At time of writing, Arturo Vidal is considered one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 2010 and 2014.  He played with Colo Colo and Bayer Leverkusen before transferring to Juventus in Italy.   In 2015, he moved to Bayern Munich.  He moved to Barcelona in 2018. At the time of writing, he has 100 caps.  He helped Chile to win back-to-back Copa America in 2015 and 2016.
Arturo Vidal
RW: Enrique Hormazabal
Enrique Hormazabal is considered one of the greatest Chilean attackers in history. He spent most of his career with Colo Colo. He was influential with the national squad in both the 1955 and 1956 editions of the Copa America where Chile both times would finish as runners-up. He played his club football with Santiago Morning and Colo Colo.

LW:  Leonel Sanchez
Leonel Sanchez was Chile's record cap holder until 2014.  He had 85 caps between 1955 and 1968. He was one of the greatest left wingers ever in South America.  He scored 4 goals in the 1962 World Cup Finals, where he finished as a joint-top scorer, as Chile finished 3rd.  He spent the majority of his career with Universidad de Chile, despite offers from big clubs in Europe. He was an icon at the club.  He finished his career playing for different Chilean clubs such as Colo-Colo, Palestino and Ferroviarios.
Leonel Sanchez
Francisco Valdes is the all-time leading scorer in the Chilean league.  He played for many clubs, but he spent the longest period with Colo Colo, where he formed a notable partnership with Carlos Gaszely.  He earned 50 caps for Chile and served as the national team captain. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1966 and 1974.

FW/WF/RW: Carlos Caszely
Carlos Caszely was known to be a critics of Pinochet's government of Chile.  He played in the 1974 and 1982 World Cup Finals.  In Chile, he played mostly with Colo Colo.  He also went to play for Levante and Espanyol in Spain. He was the first ever player sent off in a World Cup Finals when he received a red card against West Germany at the WC Finals of 1974.

FW/RW: Alexis Sanchez
After his debut season of first-team football with Cobreloa, Sánchez was signed by Italy's Udinese in 2006. Following successful loans at Colo-Colo and River Plate, he began playing in Serie A. In 2011, he was signed by Barcelona for £25 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Chilean football history. In 2014, he moved rot Arsenal.  At the time of writing, he earned 108 caps.  He has played in the WC Finals of 2010 and 2014. He helped Chile to win the 2015 Copa America.  A year later, he led Chile to win Copa América Centenario in the US.
Alexis Sanchez
ST: Raúl Toro Julio
Raúl Toro Julio was considered the first star in Chilean football.  He played with Santiago Morning , Santiago National and Santiago Wanderers.  He was known for his wild life-style. He went to the South American Championship in 1937, where he scored two goals against Uruguay and Uruguay lost its first ever match in the tournament.

ST: Marcelo Salas
Salas played 71 times for Chile and the all-time leading scorer for Chile.  He went to the WC in 1998, where he formed a partnership with Ivan Zamorano.  Salas made his debut playing for Universidad de Chile in 1993, but he first made his name with River Plate, where he was considered one of the greatest foreigner ever played for them.  He moved to Lazio in 1998, where he won the Serie A in 1999-2000. He also had a successful spell with Juventus.

ST: Iván Zamorano
Iván Zamorano is considered to be one of Chile's greatest strikers.  He played in the 1998 World Cup and four Copa América tournaments. He won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics, where he also finished as the top-scorer.  He played notably Real Madrid, where he won La liga and was the league's top scorer in 1994-1995.  He also scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Barcelona that season. He developed a great partnership with Michael Laudrup. He also played with Inter Milan, Sevilla, Colo Colo, etc.
Iván Zamorano
Honorable Mention
Jorge Aravena, Nelson Tapia, Lizardo Garrido, Carlos Reinoso, Jamie Pizarro, David Pizarro, Humberto Cruz, Francisco Molina, Mauricio Isla, George Robledo, Jorge Toro, Rubén Espinoza,  Gary Medel, Hernán Carvallo, Fernando Astengo, Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, Jean Beausejour, Jorge Valdivia, Matias Fernandez, Eduardo Vargas.

Squad Explanation
-- The current generation of Chile might be their greatest ever.  They won back-to-back Copa America in 2015 and 2016.  They also reached the second round of two World Cup Finals, in which Chile had only managed to do twice before the 2010 World Cup Finals. Claudio Bravo, Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal were on this team. This generation is under represented. Mauricio Isla, Gonzalo Jara, Eduardo Vargas and Gary Medel deserved a spot on the team.  It is hard for Isla to unroot rightback Luis Eyzaguirre, but taking Mario Galindo's spot is possible.
-- Chile as the host of the 1962 World Cup Finals finished third. I selected Luis Eyzaguirre, Leonel Sanchez, Eladio Rojas and  Sergio Navarro from that team onto this all-time team.
-- Sergio Livingstone is often considered to be the greatest keeper in Chile's history. Claudio Bravo edged out Mario Osbén and Nelson Tapia. He should even be the number one.  He had a successful career in Europe, which is rare for a goalkeeper from Chile. He was also the hero of two Copa America titles. Roberto Rojas was a good player, but remembered for the wrong reason. I kept him as one of the three keepers.
-- Luis Eyzaguirre was one of the best rightback in South America at his time.
-- Elias Figueroa won South American Player of the Year three times in a row.  He is largely considered among the greatest ever defender in the region.  He was also voted 8th best South American and 37th best player in the world of the 20th Century by the IFFHS in 1999.
-- Matías Fernández made honorable mention,  His career was largely unfulfilled by his early promises, but he won the South American Player of the Year in 2006.  He was great for a few seasons.
-- Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are becoming Chile's greatest ever players.  Besides brining glories to the national team, they enjoyed successful career playing in Europe.
-- I could not find spaces for Jorge Aravena, Nelson Tapia, Lizardo Garrido, Carlos Reinoso, Jamie Pizarro, David Pizarro, Humberto Cruz and Francisco Molina.
-- Francisco Molina was born in Spain.  He moved to Chile as a boy.  He played for Atletico Madrid in the 1950's.  No many Chilean player was playing in Europe at the time.  He only made honorable mention.
-- David Pizarro had a successful club career, but unfortunately, he did not go to a World Cup Finals. He lost out to players who contributed to Chile in a major tournament.
-- Iván Zamorano and Marcelo Salas helped Chile to reach the second round of the 1998 World Cup Finals.  It was their best finish since 1962.  Zamorano was La Liga Best Foreign Player for the 1994-95 season.  He also helped Chile to win a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics.
-- Raúl Toro Julio is sometimes listed as the greatest striker from Chile.
-- George Robledo was added to Honourable Mention after a suggestion from a poster here.  He was a pioneer for South American players playing in Europe. He was a hero of Newcastle United in the 1950's.  He was capped by Chile, in which he should be considered to be an early player who were capped through the "grandfather" rule.

Starting lineup
Formation: 4-4-2
The starting one was changed in 2019.  Both Vidal and Alexis finally earned their starting Position. Many experts ranked Marcelo Salas ahead of Iván Zamorano, but I preferred Zamorano.  I stayed with Livingstone for now, but Bravo is a making a strong statement to be the number one keeper.  He is the most decorated keeper ever in Chile's history, winning two Copa Americas through his heroic effect in a penalty shootout.


  1. Honorable Mention also
    1).- George Robledo idol of John Lennon in NewCastle, finalist of Sudamericano and multichampion with Colo colo.
    2).- Davir Arellano emblem player of Colo Colo goal scorer of sudamericano 1926.
    3).- Patricio Yáñez and 4).- Alberto Fouillioux.

    I congratulate you on the good work.

  2. George Robledo was scorer England league. Arellano legend!

  3. Jorge Valdiva and Gary medel should be considered greats

  4. They also reached the second round of two WC Finals, let's join us deposit ovo bola

  5. Colo Colo deserves a all-time team.