Nicknamed Palmatoria after a Chilean cartoon character of the 1960s and born to a Haitian father and a Chilean mother, Jean Beausejour went down in Roja history when he scored against Honduras at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, to earn a first win for Chile at the tournament for 48 years.
Occupying an advanced or slightly more defensive position on the left flank, Beausejour began his career at Universidad Catolica in 2002 and has since excelled in the Swiss, Brazilian, Belgian, Mexican and English leagues.
After featuring in the qualifying tournament for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Athens 2004 and playing a solitary Germany 2006 qualifier, Beausejour was eventually handed a regular place in the national team by Marcelo Bielsa.
His ability to beat his man ensured he remained in the side after South Africa 2014, with Claudio Borghi and Jorge Sampaoli both counting on his services in the qualifiers for Brazil 2014. He then played in all his side’s games in Brazil and became the only Chilean player to score at consecutive World Cups.
A member of the side that won the 2015 Copa America, Beausejour was named in the team of the tournament when the Chileans retained the trophy under Juan Pizzi at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.