Sport in Chile

Chile has had a long time love affair with football. Rodeo is their national sport but it is safe to say that football is the most popular sport of the country. They are a member of FIFA and have competed in eight World Cups and even hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup where they took third place.

The Chilean national football team has appeared in the finals of Copa América four times, took home the silver once and the bronze twice from the Pan American Games and a bronze in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Their younger players are also making a name for themselves finishing third in the under 17 and under 20 youth FIFA tournaments.

Chileans are also doing great in tennis. Their national players have taken home the World Team Cup twice (2003 and 2004). They are also making headways in the most recognized sports stage. Their men’s singles have taken the gold and bronze while their men’s doubles took home the gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Marcelo Rios was the first Latin American to reach the top spot of the ATP singles in 1998. In 1937, Anita Lizana took the US Open making her the first Latin American woman to win the Grand Slam. Luis Ayala was a runner-up in the French Open twice while Fernando Gonzalez and Marcelo Rios both were Australian Open men’s singles finalists. Gonzalez was also a silver medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tennis is their biggest Olympic medal producer.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Chile.

Popular sports of Chile

Chilean Traditional or Regional Soorts

Chile Sporting Success

Athletes from Chile

Chile Sports trivia

Chile at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Chile

Upcoming sporting events in Chile

Annual sporting events held in Chile

Sporting Facilities in Chile

Other

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