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Chile

Chile poses for a photo during the Copa America Femenina 2018

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Chile will be making their debut at the tournament at France 2019.

The road to France

La Roja booked their spot at their maiden Women's World Cup with their spirited performances on home soil at the Copa America Femenina 2018. Following hard-fought 1-1 draws with Paraguay and Colombia, they edged past Uruguay 1-0 and then thrashed Peru 5-0 to finish second in Group A. Their only defeat, a 3-1 reverse at the hands of Brazil, came in their opening game of the final stage. Another stalemate with Colombia, this one goalless, subsequently left them needing to beat Argentina in their concluding fixture to keep their World Cup dreams alive. In front of a packed crowd, the hosts rose to the occasion with a flourish, routing La Albiceleste 4-0 to seal a runners-up finish and with it, qualification for France 2019.

The coach

Jose Letelier is a former goalkeeper who represented several clubs in his homeland during a nearly 20-year playing career, the highlight of which was winning the Copa Libertadores with Colo-Colo. After hanging up his gloves in 1997, he studied physical education before completing his coaching badges and taking his first steps in the dugout as head of Colo-Colo's youth teams. In 2010, he took over the club's women's first team. He promptly led them to ten straight domestic titles and, in the middle of that run, to 2012 Copa Libertadores Femenina glory. He has been at the helm of the national team since 2015.

The stat

13 The number of times that Chile scored across seven matches en route to qualifying for the World Cup, with three-goal attacker Yanara Aedo spearheading their charge. Other Roja players to watch out for include their goalkeeper and captain Christiane Endler, defenders Carla Guerrero and Camila Saez, and midfielders Karen Araya and Francisca Lara.