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Reinaldo Rueda hopes to ease Chile's transition from the Vidal and Sanchez generation

Reinaldo Rueda's difficult task is to keep Chile relevant while transitioning away from the country's golden generation.
Reinaldo Rueda's difficult task is to keep Chile relevant while transitioning away from the country's golden generation.

Outside of Brazil and Argentina, there is a traditional tale with the other South American nations -- one generation and out.

Peru, for example, struggled for years to replace the Teofilo Cubillas generation of the 1970s. It was the same story with Colombia and the Carlos Valderrama-led team of the late '80s and early '90s. Paraguay have found it hard to follow the Roque Santa Cruz team. And now it's Chile's turn.

Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and company formed the most brilliant and victorious...

Alexis Sanchez is a Chilean hero after a rise from humble origins

Alexis Sanchez's climb to the heights of world football is truly the stuff of dreams.
Alexis Sanchez's climb to the heights of world football is truly the stuff of dreams.

This is a profile of Alexis Sanchez, who is part of ESPN's World Fame 100.

He's not the most charismatic footballer in the country, and nobody will underline what he says. But in Chile, Alexis Sanchez is the idol of millions of people.

Considered by many the best Chilean soccer player of all time, Sanchez is admired for something different. His life story has brought him a great deal of popularity because it meets all the premises of the golden dream.

From humble origins in Tocopilla and being the...

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After World Cup failure, what now for Italy, U.S., Chile and Netherlands?

Brad Guzan joins Taylor Twellman in the ESPN FC Heineken Boot Room bus to talk all angles of the USMNT's World Cup qualifying debacle.
With 100 days to go until the FIFA World Cup, Ian Darke joins a group of ESPN writers and experts for a roundtable discussion about what to expect in Russia this summer.

Several powerhouses won't be present when the World Cup begins. How are Italy, the U.S., Chile and Netherlands dealing with their failure to qualify and what happens next?

What is the biggest issue facing the national team?

Italy: 

The choice of manager to replace Giampiero Ventura. Unable to elect a new president, the FIGC is under the emergency supervision of CONI, Italy's Olympic Committee. Alessandro Costacurta has the job of picking the new coach -- and setting the agenda of reform --...

 By Tim Vickery

Chile national team in state of flux after missing 2018 World Cup

The critics are already out on Man United's latest big money signing Alexis Sanchez, who has struggled as of yet to make a splash at his new club.

The 2022 World Cup starts in Scandinavia for Chile, who will play their first matches under new coach Reinaldo Rueda against Sweden and Denmark in the next few days.

"The players have a challenge ahead of them," Rueda said earlier this month. "They have to replace and aim to equal the feats of a historic generation for the national team."

The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are still around, for the time being, as is Gary Medel and Mauricio Isla. Those four came through the 2007 Under-20...

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How Chile can be seeded at the World Cup finals for Russia 2018

Chile have had a great few years, winning back-to-back Copa America titles. But a poor run of form, which has seen them win only five of 14 competitive fixtures in the last 12 months, means they are struggling to be seeded for the 2018 World Cup finals draw on Dec. 1.

Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers.

But how can this be achieved by Chile in the Dec. 1 group-stage...

 By Tim Vickery

Venezuela, Uruguay show Chile the way to success through U-20 progression

Venezuela have shown success in blooding young players.

When Venezuela take on Uruguay in Thursday's World Cup qualifier, the importance of Under-20 football should be very clear.

The Venezuelans have no chance of making it to Russia. They are already building for the long term, hoping to make their senior World Cup debut in Qatar 2022. And they hope they have unearthed the generation that will get them there -- the squad that reached the final of this year's U-20 World Cup.

Nine members of that group have been called up for the upcoming matches against...