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Chile announce 55-man provisional squad for Copa America 2024; Alexis Sanchez & Arturo Vidal included

Published at :May 26, 2024 at 5:43 PM
Modified at :May 26, 2024 at 5:43 PM
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Samannay Sen

La Roja’s are one of the top favourites to clinch the trophy

The Chile national football team sent shockwaves through the Copa America landscape with the announcement of a colossal 55-man provisional squad. This unprecedented move by manager Diego Gareca reflects his ambition to leave no stone unturned in his quest to reclaim the Copa America title on American soil.

While a final 26-man roster needs to be submitted to CONMEBOL by June 12th, this extensive selection process allows Gareca to meticulously assess his options and refine tactics before the tournament kicks off on June 20th.

The gargantuan squad boasts a healthy mix of seasoned veterans and exciting young talents vying for a shot at Copa America glory. Chilean talisman, Arturo Vidal, brings years of international experience and leadership to the midfield. Alongside him, established figures like Gary Medel and Sanchez don the Swiss jersey.

Upfront, the battle for the starting striker position is wide open. Veteran attacker Eduardo Vargas aims to continue his impressive goalscoring record for the national team.

Chile will enter the Copa America 2024 with a burning desire to reclaim the title they last conquered in 2016. The upcoming weeks will be crucial for Gareca to refine tactics, build team chemistry, and ensure each player is in peak physical condition.

While the sheer size of the squad might raise eyebrows, it demonstrates Gareca’s meticulous approach and his determination to leave nothing to chance.

With a squad brimming with experience, talent, and a fighting spirit, Chile is poised to be a major force at the Copa America. If Gareca can successfully integrate the blend of experience and youth, La Roja has the potential to cause major upsets and potentially hoist the coveted Copa America trophy once again.

The first hurdle for Chile will be navigating a challenging Group A. They face a tough opening match against Peru (June 21st), followed by a historic clash with neighbouring Argentina (June 25th), and conclude the group stage against Canada (June 29th).

Gareca will need to strategically utilize his squad depth and tactical flexibility to secure a spot in the knockout stages.

Chile’s provisional squad for Copa America 2024

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Betis), Brayan Cortes (Colo-Colo), Gabriel Arias (Racing), Vicente Reyes (Norwich City), Lawrence Vigouroux (Burnley)

Defenders: Gary Medel (Vasco de Gama), Mauricio Isla (Independiente), Eugenio Mena (Universidad Catolica), Guillermo Maripan (Monaco), Paulo Diaz (River Plate), Enzo Roco (Al-Tai), Gabriel Suazo (Toulouse), Sebastian Vegas (Monterrey), Francisco Sierralta (Watford), Oscar Opazo (Colo-Colo), Igor Lichnovsky (Club America), Benjamin Kuscevic (Fortaleza), Matías Catalan (Talleres), Nicolas Diaz (Tijuana), Felipe Loyola (Huachipato), Nicolas Fernandez (Audax Italiano), Erick Wiemberg (Colo-Colo), Thomas Galdames (Godoy Cruz)

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Colo-Colo), Marcelo Diaz (Universidad de Chile), Erick Pulgar (Flamengo), Diego Valdes (Club America),  Marcelino Nunez (Norwich City), Claudio Baeza (Toluca), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo), Pablo Galdames (Vasco de Gama), Felipe Mendez (CSKA Moscow), Rodrigo Echeverria (Huracan), Dario Osorio (Midtjylland), Williams Alarcon (Huracan), Cesar Perez (Union La Calera),  Lucas Assadi (Universidad de Chile), Vicente Pizarro (Colo-Colo), Luciano Cabral (Coquimbo Unido), Ulises Ortegoza (Talleres)

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan), Eduardo Vargas (Atletico Mineiro), Ben Brereton Diaz (Sheffield United), Jean Meneses (Toluca), Diego Rubio (Toluca), Victor Davila (CSKA Moscow), Felipe Mora (Portland Timbers), Alexander Aravena (Universidad Catolica), Diego Valencia (Atromitos), Marcos Bolados (Colo-Colo), Cristian Zavala (Colo-Colo), Maximiliano Guerrero (Universidad de Chile), Steffan Pino (Deportes Iquique), Gonzalo Tapia (Universidad Catolica)

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