Chile national football team
The Chile national football team are a strong competitor on the international stage. They have been to nine world cup finals with their best performance on home soil in 1962, where they finished third. They are one of the four founding members of the South American Football Confederation and competed in the first South America championship, now known as the Copa America. The other three nations were Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Chile won it for the first time in 2015.
The Chile national football team would have made it to more than the nine finals if they had not been involved in controversy in 1989. During a world cup qualifying match against Brazil they were losing 1-0, with a defeat giving them no chance of qualification. The Chilean goalkeeper feigned being hit by a firework, with the rest of the side refusing to complete the game as a result. After video footage was reviewed the game went down as a 2-0 win for Brazil and Chile were banned from 1994 qualification.
The Chile national football team’s first ever international was all the way back in 1910. It was a 3-1 loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires. The team’s biggest wins are two 7-0 victories. The first at home to Venezuela in 1979 and the second at home to Armenia in 1997. On the other end of things their largest defeat was also by seven goals. In 1959 they lost 7-0 to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.