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Team Profile: Chile

GettyImagesChile were involved in the infamous "Battle of Santiago" in 1962

Appearances at finals:
1930 - First round
1950 - First round
1962 - Third place
1966 - First round
1974 - First round
1982 - First round
1994 - Disqualified
1998 - Second round

Overall record at finals: Played 25, Won 7, Drew 6, Lost 12.

Best performance: Third place in the 1962 World Cup, as hosts.

Most appearances at finals: Leonel Sánchez (1962, 1966), Elías Figueroa (1966, 1974, 1982) - 9.

Most goals at finals: Guillermo Subiabre (1930), Leonel Sánchez (1962, 1966), Marcelo Salas (1998) - 4.

World Cup high: Reaching the semi-finals as hosts in 1962 and doing their best to cheer a nation that had been wracked by a catastrophic earthquake.

World Cup low: Being banned from qualification for the 1994 tournament after goalkeeper Roberto Rojas faked injury at Brazil's Estádio do Maracanã during a qualifier for Italia 90. He had claimed a firecracker hurled from the crowd had hit his head, causing the game to be abandoned. He was consequently banned for life.

World Cup legend: Elías Figueroa is, without doubt, Chile's greatest international player, having played and starred at three World Cups.

The story so far: One of the original 13 countries to play in the first finals in 1930, victories over Mexico and France left them playing a deciding group game with Argentina, but their South American neighbours came out on top. They next appeared in a finals tournament in 1950 and suffered 2-0 defeats to both Spain and England before beating USA 5-2 in their final match, having already failed to make the second round.

As hosts in 1962, they put up their best performance to date, qualifying from the group stage after defeats of Switzerland and Italy, the latter being the infamous 'Battle of Santiago' in which the teams needed police protection to leave the field due to a crowd angered by the vicious scenes on the pitch. Appearances in 1966, 1974 and 1982 saw three first-round exits. A long wait - including the Rojas-inflicted ban until France 98 - saw a team featuring Iván Zamorano and Marcelo Salas draw all three matches in the first round before losing 4-1 to Brazil in the knockout stage.

Qualification: Argentinean coach Marcelo Bielsa, who coached his own country at the 2002 finals, pulled off a famous victory against Diego Maradona's men as his team made determind progress to South Africa. Chile eventually came second in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, only a point behind Brazil. Famous striker Marcelo Salas retired early on in the campaign, but a group of unheralded players always looked likely to qualify.

Qualifying record: P18, W10, D3, L3, F32, A22, Pts33.

Most appearances: Claudio Andres Bravo, Humberto Suazo (18).

Top goalscorer: Humberto Suazo (10).