The 27-year-old Luis Marin is one of the surprise names in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The Union Espanola goalkeeper has enjoyed a rapid promotion after failing to feature in any of Chile’s qualifying matches, though he did make his international debut in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in May. His inclusion certainly caught the national media unawares, with most pundits tipping the young Cristopher Toselli for the third goalkeeping slot. Marin, who will be vying to become second-choice custodian with Claudio Bravo, had to overcome several setbacks at the start of his career, most notably rejections from both Santiago Wanderers and Colo Colo in 2002.
Blessed with good reflexes and a powerful frame, it was not until six years later that he finally cemented a place in the Chilean top flight, signing for Union Espanola after trying his luck with Audax Italiano and Lota Schwager. "Maybe I just lacked that little bit of good fortune earlier in my career, though I don’t regret any of the decisions I made,” he said after joining the Santiago club. In a 2009 Apertura championship match against Everton Marin achieved the notable feat of saving two penalties in his side’s 1-0 victory.