Chile Team - 2014 World Cup Betting
Best Finish: Third, 1962
Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Captain: Cladio Bravo
Key Player: Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
Group B: With Australia, Netherlands and Spain
Chile has been a pretty respectable national team over the past several years, with a Round of 16 appearance in the 2010 World Cup to prove it. However, they'll be looking for more than respectability this time around.
Part of the hope behind Chile comes from their managerial change a year and a half ago. They axed former coach Claudio Borghi after five straight international losses and instated Jorge Sampaoli as the new man in charge. Thanks to the change, Chili was able to run off five wins and one draw in their last six matches to take third in the CONMEBOL standings – good for an automatic qualifying spot. Given that Sampaoli's high-intensity style has revived a team that was once thought to be out of the 2014 World Cup discussion, there's no telling how well they can do.
The system that Sampaoli utilizes has a lot to do with the recent success. The team runs an uncommon 3-4-3 system that allows them to control the ball well and neutralize the opposition's scoring attack. Moreover, Chile is excellent at passing which forces opposing teams to work extra hard to stop this squad.
Some of the Chilean players are quite versatile too. Forwards Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas can play different attacking positions and cause mass confusion for the other team's defenders. Midfielder Arturo Vidal fits the versatile billing as well because he's such a complete player. Vidal can pass, dribble, tackle and shoot very well – basically everything that one would want in a dream midfielder. This being said, it's no wonder why many people consider him to be the best midfielder in the world.
Chile is definitely a dangerous team that could go far in the World Cup. But given that both Span and the Netherlands are in their group, they could also get bounced before elimination play begins. It's definitely possible that the second team moving on from Group B will come down to Chile and the Netherlands, with number one-ranked Spain being considered almost a lock.