The Chilean national team finished third at the 1962 FIFA World Cup?, which was held on home soil. Since then, success has eluded this football-crazy country, with the third-place finish at the Olympic Men's Football Tournament Sydney 2000 the only notable exception. Players such as Zamorano, Salas and Margas (to name but three) have plied their trade in top European leagues. With regard to development work, Chile
assumed a pioneering role in South America in 1960 when it opened the very first school for coaches. With its own headquarters, training centre, football institute and playing pitches, the national association has a very good football infrastructure in place.