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Last World Cup: Round of 16
Nickname: La Roja
Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
Star man: Alexis Sanchez
Tournament best: Third 1962

Chile boast a good combination of experienced campaigners like Claudio Bravo, Pablo Contreras and Jorge Valdivia with exciting younger players including Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and Fiorentina's Matias Fernandez. Demonstrated their potential by playing England off the park in a November friendly at Wembley.

Strengths: Only two sides converted more chances from close range than Chile, with almost 40% of their goals arriving from inside the six yard box, partly driven by their success from corners. At the back they proved resilient to similar tactics, rarely conceding from set pieces, and patrolled their flanks well.

Weaknesses: Chile's defensive performances were their biggest problem in qualifying: they conceded an average of over 1.5 goals per game – the most of any finalist – and didn't recover a single point from the six matches in which they fell behind. Even when ahead things were far from certain, with no side taking a smaller share of points from winning positions.

Prospects: This will be a tough group for Chile, competing alongside 2010's eventual finalists who both qualified easily this time around and didn't let any side score from close range against them. None of their Group B opponents conceded from a corner in qualifying either and even the weakest side on paper, Australia, were strong at coming from behind.