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FORTALEZA Brazil (Reuters) - It is hard to imagine now but until recently Chile were one of the weakest footballing nations in South America, plagued by indiscipline, rocked by scandal and with a record at big tournaments that can only be described as pathetic.

Their opening victory in South Africa in 2010 was their first win at a World Cup in 48 years.

They have never won the South American regional tournament, the Copa America in 36 attempts dating back to 1916.

In the qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, they finished bottom of the South American group with just three wins from 18 matches.