FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Chile announce 21-man squad
What's the story?
One by one, teams qualified for the highly anticipated FIFA U-17 World Cup are landing in India for the biggest honour in youth football. And today, one of the underdogs of the competition, Chile announced their 21-man squad for the big event.
Chile are one of the teams from South America to qualify for the World Cup with La Roja qualifying for the U-17 World Cup for just the fourth time in the competition's history. This edition will be Chile's first appearance after 20 years albeit they appeared in the 2015 World Cup courtesy of hosting the event.
In case you didn't know...
Chile qualified for the 2017 U-17 World Cup by defying all odds and coming second in the South American U-17 competition, organized earlier this year. Courtesy of a strong defence, Chile reached the finals but lost the final hurdle against Brazil. La Roja reached the round of 16 stage in the last World Cup and will be hoping to replicate that feat in India.
The heart of the matter
Head coach of the Chile U-17 side, Hernan Caputto has summoned a 21-man squad for the World Cup which is more or less the same set of individuals which came second at the South American championship. Here is Chile's complete squad:
Julio Bórquez - Sports Iquique
Rodrigo Cancino - University of Chile
Hugo Araya - Cobreloa
Gastón Zúñiga - O'Higgins
Matías Silva - Union San Felipe
Lucas Alarcón - University of Chile
Sebastián Valencia - Colo Colo
Yerco Oyanedel - Catholic University
Nicolás Aravena - Colo Colo
Martin Lara - Catholic University
Mauricio Morales - University of Chile
Oliver Rojas - Audax Italiano
Branco Provoste - Colo Colo
Maximiliano Guerrero - Universidad de Chile
William Gama - Santiago Wanderers
Ignacio Contreras - Colo Colo
Ignacio Mesías - Unión San Felipe
Diego Valencia - Catholic University
Jairo Vásquez - Students of La Plata (ARG)
Pedro Campos - Catholic University
Antonio Díaz - O'Higgins
Chile are in Group F which can also be said as the group of death. It features La Roja along with England, U-17 giants Mexico and Iraq. Chile are based in Kolkata and open their campaign against England on October 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Chile's best outing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup came in 1993 when they finished third in what was also their inaugural participation in the competition. Though a similar feat looks highly unlikely, Chile can cause problems in a group which features two of the favourites in the form of England and Mexico.