FIFA Confederations Cup history
This will be Chile’s first appearance in this competition.
The Road to Russia 2017*
*Chile qualified for the Festival of Champions by winning a long-awaited and maiden Copa America title in July 2015. This historic feat, achieved on home soil, was secured with a tactically astute and ultra-attacking side that were able to handle the pressure and expectation of being hosts.
After topping Group A ahead of Ecuador, Mexico and Bolivia, La Roja saw off Uruguay in the quarter-finals (1-0) then Peru in the semis (2-1). They followed that with a penalty shoot-out victory in the decider against an Argentina side with Lionel Messi in their ranks – the sweetest possible way to wrap up the country’s first major title at senior level.
*Following Jorge Sampaoli's triumph with Chile at the 2015 Copa America, another Argentinian took over as coach of the national team in January 2016: Juan Antonio Pizzi. Pizzi's managerial career has taken him to his homeland Argentina, Peru, Chile, Spain and Mexico, where he was coach for Club Leon until taking the job with La Roja. Pizzi was a champion in Chile with Universidad Catolica in 2010 and in Argentina with San Lorenzo in 2013.
*Alexis Sanchez (forward), Arturo Vidal (midfielder), Jorge Valdivia (midfielder), Gary Medel (defender), Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper).
99 - *The number of years Chile had to wait for an international trophy at senior level. The first edition of the Copa America, known at the time as the Campeonato Sudamericano, took place back in 1916.