World Cup 2014: Chile – Key Players

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Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez

Age

25

Club

Barcelona

Position

Winger

Int. Caps

64

Int. Goals

22

 

Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez is arguably Chile’s best player heading to the World Cup. The explosive forward has been in sensational form for both club and country over the past year, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that Chile will be pinning their hopes on the 25-year old if they are to do well in Brazil.

Sanchez has blistering pace and a wonderful eye for goal, which makes him one of the finest wingers in world football today.

As evidence by his 19 goals and 12 assists for Barcelona this season, Sanchez is used to performing at the highest level and Chile will be desperately hoping that the young man will be on form for his national team next month as well.

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

Age

27

Club

Juventus

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

52

Int. Goals

8

 

In Alexis Sanchez, Chile possess one of the best attacking players in the world and in Arturo Vidal, they certainly can boast of having one of the finest box-to-box midfielders in the modern game.

The 27-year old has been creating waves in Europe with his wonderful performances for Juventus over the last couple of seasons and he played a huge role in helping the Bianconeri lift their third successive Serie A title during the current campaign.

Vidal is a tireless midfielder who is equally important in attack as he is in defence and he will be playing as the engine for Chile. Up against powerful nations such as Spain and Netherlands in their group, Vidal will undoubtedly need to be on form if his side are to stand a chance against such giants of world football.

Gary Medel

Gary Medel1

Age

26

Club

Cardiff City

Position

Midfielder

Int. Caps

58

Int. Goals

5

 

Gary Medel will be leading Chile into the World Cup and it has to be said that the midfielder is arguably the most integral part of his side. They say games are won and lost at the middle of the park and the man who is called ‘the Pitbull’ certainly adds steel and solidity to the Chilean midfield.

A tough-tackling midfielder who does not allow players too much time on the ball, the 27-year old gives even the best of players in the world a hard time. While his campaign with Cardiff City ended on a sour note, Medel will undoubtedly be looking to cap off the campaign on a high by performing well in Brazil.

While Chile making it out of their group looks unlikely at the moment, the partnership of Medel and Vidal in midfield will ensure that no team will encounter an easy ride against the Chileans.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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