Chilean soccer heroes set off for S.Africa, in pursuit of glory (2)

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Chile national team coach, the Argentinian "Madman" Marcelo Bielsa, as usual, kept silent, but his poker face was brightened by the warmth of the his royal supporters who put up a sign saying: "Bielsa, the time proved your reason!"

Bielsa, a man of very few words, who had been fiercely criticized, now has become a hero to the Chilean fanatics and has gained the admiration and respect of as many fans as any of his players, if not more.

Despite the absence of striker "the Pacifier" Suazo in the first two World Cup games, the Chileans are determined to fight hard. And the fanatics are hoping that the "Madman" will lead the Red towards a new, glorious chapter of their soccer history, in ink of magic realism.

The Chilean "Red" flew to Nelspruit, northeast of South Africa, where, on June 16th they will confront Honduras in their debut, followed by duels against Switzerland and Spain.

The Chilean national team gave their best performance in 1962 when as the World Cup host, they placed third. In 1998, counting on the amazing duet of Zamorano and Salas, Chile managed to step onto the second stage, but only to suffer a defeat in a bitter game against Brazil.

From 2002 to 2006, Chile was unable to obtain qualification for a trip to South Korea and Japan nor to Germany.

In 2007, Bielsa took over "the Red" and brought a brand new style of flexibility plus positive aggression. By his design, Chile has become a team of solid defense, flexible middle center and powerful forwards.

Bielsa's 4213 formation helped Chile to stand out in South America after a series of historic victories in the qualifying rounds, and end up as the second best team to be in South Africa.

"We can go further!", the Chileans said. For that, they are well prepared, and they are confident.Source:Xinhua
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