Thursday, 13 May 2010

Bielsa names his Chile squad

Chile coach Marco Bielsa has sprung a surprise with his squad after naming midfielder Jaime Valdes in his preliminary 30 man squad. Valdes hasn't appeared for the national team since 2006 and it is the first time he has been selected under coach Bielsa. Charles Aranquiz of Colo Colo has also been named despite not featuring in the qualifying stage due to injury.
The English connection is provided by West Bromwich Albion defender Gonzalo Jara, one of 14 players currently based in various European Leagues. Claudio Maldonado of CR Flamengo does miss out though despite recovering from a knee injury in double quick time.

The squad in full is

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad, Spain), Miguel Pinto (Universidad de Chile), Luis Marin (Unión Española, Chile)

Defenders: Roberto Cereceda (Colo Colo, Chile), Pablo Contreras (PAOK, Greece), Ismael Fuentes (Universidad Católica, Chile), Mauricio Isla (Udinese, Italy), Gary Medel (Boca Juniors, Argentina), Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich Albion, England), Waldo Ponce (Universidad Católica, Chile), Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

Midfielders: Charles Aranguiz (Colo Colo, Chile), Carlos Carmona (Reggina, Italy), Marco Estrada (Universidad de Chile), Matias Fernandez (Sporting CP, Portugal), Gonzalo Fierro (Flamengo, Brazil), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo, Chile), Manuel Iturra (Universidad de Chile), Rodrigo Millar (Colo Colo, Chile), Pedro Morales (Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia), Rodrigo Tello (Besiktas, Turkey), Jorge Valdivia (Al-Ain, UAE), Jaime Valdes (Atalanta, Italy)

Forwards: Jean Beausejour (America, Mexico), Mark Gonzalez (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Hector Mancilla (Toluca, Mexico), Fabian Orellana (Xerez, Spain), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo, Chile), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese, Italy), Humberto Suazo (Real Zaragoza, Spain)

This squad needs to be reduced to 23 by the FIFA deadline of June 1st

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