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Chile - Potential Squad for 2014 World Cup

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With the World Cup less than 40 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Chile.

Chile were eliminated at the last 16 stage four years ago, but despite a daunting group in Brazil definitely have the potential to go further this time around. With a tough group of Spain, Netherlands and Australia, it's a big ask but Jorge Sampaoli will be looking to motivate his to deliver on the biggest stage.

The Probable Squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Claudio Bravo (Likely No.1 and Captain), Johnny Herrera and Miguel Pinto

Defenders - Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, Mauricio Isla, Marcos Gonzalez, Eugenio Mena, Cristian Alvarez and Gonzalo Fierro

Midfielders - Marcelo Diaz, Mark Gonzalez, Matias Fernadez, Jean Beausejour, Jorge Valdivia, Arturo Vidal, Carlos Carmona, Fabian Orellana and David Pizarro

Forwards - Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Mauricio Pinilla, Esteban Paredes and Humberto Suazo

Key Player - Arturo Vidal, with a growing reputation at Juventus as the best box-to-box midfielder in the World, he will be looking to gain more plaudits for this ability. Chile need their biggest player to add goals in vital matches, something he's been doing consistently in Serie A for two years now.

The Player to Watch - Jean Beausejour has established a solid reputation in England for being a capable if unspectacular winger, giving 100% for his team and country, with his pace and ability could prove vital in the group stages for Chile and if playing wide in a 3-5-2, his ability to get back could help just as much as his attacking ability.

The Manager - Jorge Sampaoli has been in charge since December 2012, implementing a style of fluid football that has earned plaudits across the world. With a kinder draw Chile would be genuine dark horses to reach the latter stages, but with a few tactical tweaks and a slice of luck the unheralded coach could make sure that still happens against top opposition.

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