The 20-man Chilean soccer squad have started practising at a training ground near Santiago for the soccer World Cup Finals to be held in West Germany in June.
The 20-man Chilean soccer squad have started practising at a training ground near Santiago for the soccer World Cup Finals to be held in West Germany in June. The Chileans are in group One with Australia, West Germany and East Germany.
Their entry into the final rounds has been marred by controversy. It should have been dependent on the result of a play-off with the Soviet Union in Santiago last November. But the Soviet Union demanded that the game be played on a neutral ground, because the Santiago Stadium had been used as a detention centre for opponents of the new Chailean military regime after the September coup topples President Salvador Allende. When the request was turned down by the International Football Federation, the Soviet Union withdrew and Chile went through after scoring a goal with no opponents on the field to face them.
Some of the players play for foreign teams, but Manager Luis Alamos and trainer, Gustavo Graeff, have been working hard to weld them into a tactical unit.