CHILE (17)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

CHILE en­ter 2010 on the back of an im­pres­sive qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign and with the goal of putting an end to a his­tory of foot­ball fail­ures.

Un­der the lead­er­ship of Ar­gen­tine coach Marcelo Bielsa and Udi­nese striker Alexis Sanchez, the South Amer­i­can min­nows are over­flow­ing with con­fi­dence – a con­fi­dence that Chilean foot­ball only pre­vi­ously knew in 1962, when they came third in the World Cup played at home.

“La Roja” fin­ished a point be­hind Brazil in qual­i­fy­ing and South African fans are only too aware of the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the South Amer­i­can team af­ter Bafana Bafana were made to look de­cid­edly sec­ond-best in a 2-0 loss ear­lier this year.

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