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Player Focus: Aránguiz Acquisition Would Provide Leverkusen with Alternate Midfield Threat

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Player Focus: Aránguiz Acquisition Would Provide Leverkusen with Alternate Midfield Threat   Charles Aránguiz stepped up to take his penalty in the Copa America final. Gonzalo Higuain had just blazed over for Argentina and, if the midfielder scored, Chile would be firmly in the driving seat to secure international glory. La Roja’s number 20 calmly strode up to the spot,...

Match Focus: Chile & Argentina Battle to End Trophy Drought in Copa America Final

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Match Focus: Chile & Argentina Battle to End Trophy Drought in Copa America Final   The Copa America probably has the final it deserves. Chile were the team of the group stage, while Argentina, having promised so much without delivering once again, finally caught light in the semi-final with their 6-1 evisceration of Paraguay. These are the two top scorers in the competitio...

Team Focus: Díaz & Aránguiz Partnership at the Heart of Chile's Hopes

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Team Focus: Díaz & Aránguiz Partnership at the Heart of Chile's Hopes   There is no side at this Copa America so tactically flexible as Chile, capable of switching from a back four to a back three in the blink of an eye, and that – along with a relatively simple group and a phalanx of in-form forwards – is the reason they’ve scored more than tw...

Tournament Focus: Copa America 2015 Group Stage Roundup

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Tournament Focus: Copa America 2015 Group Stage Roundup   The culmination of the group stages of the 2015 Copa America eventually saw few surprises, despite both Mexico and Venezuela falling at the first hurdle, and ultimately those expected to progress did so. Heavyweights Uruguay and Colombia navigated their way through Group B and C respectively...

Player Focus: Sánchez The First Star to Fall from Brazil 2014

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Player Focus: Sánchez The First Star to Fall from Brazil 2014   Without question, Chile quickly became supporters' second team at the World Cup. Having knocked Spain out of the competition and gone toe-to-toe with Brazil, La Roja’s brand of high-intensity, attacking football won them the plaudits they rightly deserved. However, it wasn’t to b...

Team Focus: Chile's Bid to Become the World & People's Champion

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Team Focus: Chile's Bid to Become the World & People's Champion   Chile have no right to be as good as they are. That may be a sweeping statement but look at the individual components of their team and most are hardly world-beaters, despite recently becoming world champion beaters after a convincing 2-0 win over Spain.The likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis S...

Team Focus: Chile Expected to be the Top Entertainers in Brazil

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Team Focus: Chile Expected to be the Top Entertainers in Brazil   In November last year, Chile repeated their 2-0 win over England at Wembley from 1998. A Marcelo Salas double secured victory for the South American outfit before the turn of the Millennium, but it was Alexis Sánchez who put the England backline to the sword in their most recent clash...

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