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 By Tim Vickery

Juan Antonio Pizzi takes a risk in following Jorge Sampaoli as Chile boss

Pizzi is taking a risk with Chile but his career in club management makes him a decent choice.

An Argentine centre-forward who played his football for Spain is taking charge of Chile's national team. Juan Antonio Pizzi steps into the slot vacated by the acrimonious resignation of Jorge Sampaoli. Other names were approached or touted -- almost all of them also from Argentina -- but they all declined, and it is easy to see why.

Sampaoli is a tough act to follow. Not only did he win Chile's first silverware (last year's Copa America title), he also turned his team into the neutral's favourites...

 By Tim Vickery

Jorge Sampaoli era finally ends in Chile as he seeks fresh challenge in Europe

Jorge Sampaoli has quit as Chile manager after reportedly falling out with the president of the country's Football Federation, Jaime Baeza.

The Sampaoli era is over. The most glorious chapter in the history of the Chilean national team has come to an end, perhaps as a consequence of that very glory achieved during the reign of little Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Last July, after 99 years of waiting, Chile finally had a serious piece of silverware to put n the trophy cabinet. On home soil, Sampaoli's men beat Argentina on penalties to win the 2015 Copa America. As the country erupted in celebration, a fear haunted the more melancholic...

 By Tim Vickery

Chilean clubs hoping to turn around Copa Libertadores disappointment

Universidad de Chile are hoping to make an impact in the Copa Lib but the signs aren't encouraging.

In South America, the ball is rolling once more in competitive action. The opening round of the Chilean championship got underway on Friday and comes to a close on Monday. In comparison with recent years, January 15 is a relatively late start date for Chile -- even so, the season is underway before anywhere else on the continent, where many domestic campaigns only get started in February.

In theory this should give Chile's clubs an advantage in the Copa Libertadores, at least in the early stages....

 By Tim Vickery

Chile, Jorge Sampaoli have some important decisions to make

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has made his position perfectly clear -- he no longer wants to be Chile's coach.

The Argentine came back from Switzerland, where he had been on the podium as one of the three FIFA world coaches of the year, to be greeted by some jeers at Santiago airport. Before flying to Zurich he had already sat down with Arturo Salah, the newly elected president of the Chilean FA.

"I explained to the president that I can't continue in a position where I'm really being made to feel that...

 By Tim Vickery

Jorge Sampaoli faces a 'stay or go' decision with Chile national team

Sampaoli led Chile to their first-ever senior title but will he choose to stay on and try for more?

Chile's Jorge Sampaoli has been chosen as the best coach of the Americas in the prestigious annual awards organised by Uruguay's El Pais newspaper. The prize is only on offer to those who are based on the continent, which poses an interesting question; will Sampaoli still be around to compete for the award this time next year?

The answer should become clearer in the next few days. Chile chooses a new president of its football association on Monday, Jan. 4, an election made necessary by the resignation...

 By Tim Vickery

Colombia need a result against Chile as both sides struggle for winning form

Jose Pekerman is under added pressure to get Colombia back on track, beginning Thursday.

Chile and Colombia both came away from last year's World Cup with their heads held high. Chile had reached the second round, just as they did in 2006. Outside 1962, which they hosted, it was Chile's best-ever tournament performance and with a famous victory over Spain, plus a perhaps unfortunate exit to the hosts on penalties, there were grounds for the belief that 2014 had been better than 2010. It's true that there were some warning signs on the horizon -- who will replace the current generation...