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So, to the fourth in this series of 6 articles looking at the top 60 players in world football and probably the hardest list to select. In researching this list I realised our generation is blessed with a group of fantastic central midfielders and picking just 13 was very difficult. In fact, it proved too difficult and I had to choose 4 honourable mentions instead of just 3. I apologise and hope you will understand the difficulty. Thank you and please enjoy, comment, discuss, vent your outrage at my selections and read the …

“While the chances of winning the title are limited, the opportunity of pleasing the fans watching you is in your hands. Luckily, Chile has grasped that”.
The above quote came from Johann Cruyff, writing shortly after Chile were eliminated from the tournament at the hands of Brazil. Following on from the group stage, the secular saint of beautiful football bestowed upon the South American’s the accolade of “the best team I’ve seen so far”.
If ever a side had reason to grasp the opportunity to please the fans at home it was …

Chile may be out of this World Cup but their players return to Santiago with reputations enhanced and heads held high. It was not the fact that they made the last 16 that was impressive it was the way in which they did it.
Johann Cruyff knows a thing or two about entertaining football and used his regular column in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf to endorse Marcelo Bielsa’s side:
“The best team I’ve seen so far is Chile.” He said on Monday.
“Chile has, on its own, created more chances than just about …

Chile are out of the World Cup after losing 3-0 to Brazil at Ellis Park. Goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho put the Selecao through to the quarter finals, eliminating Marcelo Bielsa’s great entertainers in the process.
Brazil beat Chile at the set piece and on the counter, exposing vulnerabilities apparent in Bielsa’s side through qualifying and during the tournament. In staying true to an attacking philosophy the Chileans won over legions of admirers at this World Cup before succumbing to a side with added strength and big game savvy.
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In this game artisans take on artists for a place in the quarter finals. Whilst nothing in that statement sounds unusual, the casting of Brazil as artisans certainly is. Dunga’s Brazil are solid, pragmatic, ruthless and effective while Marcelo Bielsa’s Chile play a game based on the notion that the most effective way to win is to play beautifully.
Chile are taking part in the knockout stages of a World Cup for only the third time in their history but despite Friday’s defeat at the hands of Spain certainly merit their …

Chile scraped through to the knockout stages of the World Cup despite losing 2-1 to Spain in an exciting encounter at Loftus Versfeld.
David Villa scored one goal and made another as Spain overcame ten-man Chile but Switzerland’s failure to beat group minnows Honduras in tonight’s other game saw both teams qualify from Group H.
Chile began the game in a frenzy, playing at a furiously high tempo and dominating territory whilst walking a disciplinary tightrope. Gary Medel and Marco Estrada were booked early on as Chile sought to pressurise Spain when the …

Switzerland’s victory over Spain on the first day of World Cup Group H was a disaster for both of these teams. Had Spain beaten the Swiss, both sides would have six points by now and a draw would have put both through. Instead, Chile must take something from the European Champions to be certain of qualification while Spain must win to keep their destiny in their own hands.
Chile have one foot in the last 16 but a failure to convert their dominance into goals over the previous two games means …

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa remained cautious about his side’s World Cup chances yesterday, despite admitting that he was pleased with their performance in beating Switzerland 1-0.
Despite taking a maximum six points from their opening two matches, Bielsa was keen to point out that Chile still need a point from their final game to ensure progression from Group H.
“We were in possession of the ball for most of the match and we had lots of goalscoring opportunities, but scored only one goal. But I think the victory was deserved.
Qualification is not …

Chile have one foot in the last 16 after Mark Gonzalez’s headed goal took them to victory against ten man Switzerland. Gonzalez struck in the 75th minute and Chile squandered a hat full of second half chances after Valon Behrami controversially saw red before the break.
The game followed a similar pattern to Chile’s first Group H win over Honduras. Switzerland were disgracefully negative and the South Americans dominated possession and territory. In the end, 1-0 was a disappointing winning margin for a team who could and should have won by …