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Charles Aranguiz's absence a challenging reality for Chile

Charles Aranguiz was a key contributor to Chile's Copa America win and the team missed him in an uneasy win against Paraguay.

Chile's current generation have made history. In the last two World Cups they have made it to the second round -- with the exception of 1962, which they hosted, their best ever performances. And a couple of months ago they finally put an end to the trophy drought, winning the Copa America on home soil.

They can count on a group of players who will be at their peak for a while yet. The Copa, then, might not mark the end of the story. Almost all of the current side should still be good for Russia...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Hulk's early goal helps Brazil defeat Costa Rica in friendly

Hulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazil dominance and the five-time world champions beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Saturday in a friendly in Harrison, N.J.

Despite Costa Rica employing five defenders, Brazil clearly had the better of play throughout, with the Ticos only occassionally managing to get forward on counters.

Brazil used a somewhat experimental lineup with Hulk as the lead striker. Manager Dunga stayed with his starters until the middle of the second half. He used six...

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Arturo Vidal back at Bayern Munich training after abrupt Chile exit

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arturo Vidal's move to Bayern Munich and the impact he will have at the Allianz Arena under Pep Guardiola.

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal was back at Bayern Munich training on Thursday after leaving the Chilean national team for reported "personal problems" and returning to Germany on Wednesday. 

The Bayern Munich star implored reporters on Wednesday to stop "making things up" and denied rumours out of Chile that his departure from the national team for Saturday's friendly against Paraguay was down to disciplinary reasons.

He posted a picture on his Twitter account on Thursday along with Bayern strength...

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Arturo Vidal insists he left Chile squad for 'personal problems'

Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal denied rumours out of Chile on Wednesday his departure from the national team for Saturday's friendly against Paraguay was down to indiscipline and insisted that he was returning to Germany because of personal problems.

"I am leaving due to personal problems but I will be back for the [CONMEBOL] qualifier," Vidal told reporters who were camped out in front of his house in Santiago.

Vidal implored reporters "to not make things up" after an avalanche of reports in Chile...

Charles Aranguiz tears Achilles tendon ahead of Bayer Leverkusen debut

Charles Aranguiz is set to miss a significant part of the Bundesliga season.

New Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz has torn his Achilles tendon and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Chile international Aranguiz, 26, joined Leverkusen from Internacional on Aug. 13 in a deal reported to be worth €12 million plus add-ons.

Having been an unused substitute in the club's first two games this season, Aranguiz was expected to make his debut against Hannover on Saturday but he now faces several months on the sidelines after suffering an injury in training...