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At a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying match at Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium, Brazil led Chile 1–0 and La Roja needed to win.Chilean goalkeeper Roberto Rojas fell to the pitch with an apparent injury to his forehead.
Since the mid to late 1960s, the Elo ratings ranks Chile among the 25 strongest football teams in the world.Bielsa stated that he would leave his position if Jorge Segovia were elected as President of the Chilean Football Board.He followed through on this threat, despite Segovia's election being annulled, and resigned in February 2011.On July 19, 2007, the Chilean Football Federation banned six of the national team players, because of "internal indiscipline" during the Copa América tournament, for 20 international matches each and none of the players will ever be allowed to captain the national team.The players banned were captain Jorge Valdivia, defenders Álvaro Ormeño, Rodrigo Tello, Jorge Vargas, Pablo Contreras and striker Reinaldo Navia.However, video footage of the match showed that the firework had not made contact with Rojas.
FIFA forfeited the game to Brazil, Chile was banned from the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and Rojas was banned for life, although an amnesty was granted in 2001.
A new manager, Jorge Sampaoli, was appointed in December 2012.
A disciple of Marcelo Bielsa, Jorge Sampaoli broke new records for La Roja by winning 10, drawing 3, and losing only 3 of 15 games as the head of the Chilean national team.
Chilean players made two World Cup firsts: the first player to miss a World Cup penalty kick was the Chilean Guillermo Subiabre, in a 1930 FIFA World Cup match against France, and Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card, during a match against West Germany at the 1974 World Cup.
La Roja's most infamous moment, known as the "Roberto Rojas scandal" or in Chile as "El Maracanazo", occurred on 3 September 1989.
The Chile national football team (Selección de fútbol de Chile) represents Chile in all major international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895.